Governor asks communities in the ‘red zone’ to prepare weekly COVID-19 reduction plan

Governor asks communities in the ‘red zone’ to prepare weekly COVID-19 reduction plan

Each Thursday’s incidence rate map determines red zone counties for the following week

FRANKFORT, Ky.  – On Tuesday, Gov. Andy Beshear said that community, long-term care and school leaders and administrators, as well as Kentucky families in red zone counties, should prepare a weekly COVID-19 reduction plan based on each Thursday’s incidence rate map.

Thursday’s red zone map, published on, provides communities and families time to plan and accommodate the new red zone reduction recommendations and other existing guidance, including for schools, the following week (Monday through Sunday).

Beshear said schools already follow the Thursday map for when a county enters the red zone.

“If you’re in a red county, anything you don’t need to do, don’t. Stay home as much as possible,” he said. “Schools shouldn’t be the only ones that are taking these steps. When you coordinate these two responses, the schools and the community together, we can get the best result.”

Case Information

As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, the governor reported the following COVID-19 numbers:

  • New cases: 1,786
  • New deaths: 18
  • Positivity rate: 5.97%
  • Total deaths: 1,428
  • Currently hospitalized: 913
  • Currently in ICU: 233
  • Currently on ventilator: 115

The counties with the most positive cases on Tuesday are: Jefferson, Fayette, Warren, Kenton, Hardin and Pike. A list of Tuesday’s red counties can be found here.

Those reported lost to the virus today include a 99-year-old woman from Christian County; a 79-year-old woman from Henderson County; a 70-year-old woman from Hopkins County; three women, ages 79, 82 and 86, and five men, ages 62, 62, 70, 88 and 93, from Jefferson County; two men, ages 96 and 97, from Jessamine County; a 76-year-old man from Nicholas County; a 72-year-old man from Ohio County; two women, ages 77 and 91, from Scott County; and a 72-year-old woman from Wayne County.