(WSIL) – Governor Andy Beshear discussed the latest news on the delta variant of COVID-19 in Kentucky on Monday.
The governor explained that universal masking will be strongly encouraged in all state-run health facilities, including veterans’ retirement homes, starting August 3.
In addition, following the recommendation of the Long-Term Care Task Force, the firm will strongly encourage all contractors and government employees working in these state-operated facilities to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. here Oct. 1, unless there is a religious or medical reason, they cannot be vaccinated. If any of the staff at these facilities are not vaccinated, they will be tested at least twice a week for their safety and that of the Kentuckians they serve.
“We’re back in a time where a lot is moving – in the public sector, at the federal level – and we are learning more about the delta variant,” Governor Beshear said. âThe delta variant is spreading like wildfire. This variant is spreading faster than anything we’ve seen. If you are not vaccinated you are at significant risk.
Last week, Governor Beshear announced that all employees and visitors to state office buildings, regardless of their immunization status, are required to wear face coverings.
In accordance with CDC guidelines, Governor Beshear also recommended that school districts require a universal inner mask for all teachers, staff, students and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of their immunization status. Children are expected to return to full-time in-person learning in the fall with tiered strategies in place to prevent infection and transmission of COVID-19.
âWe want to get back to normal. Those who are not vaccinated keep us from getting back to normal, âGovernor Beshear said. “If you are not vaccinated, your chances of being in the hospital are significantly higher than those who are vaccinated.”
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