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As Kentucky’s number of coronavirus cases rise, Beshear calls AG’s action ‘truly frightening’


By Mark Maynard
Kentucky Today

Gov. Andy Beshear did not mince words when talking about Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s motion filed Wednesday to block all of the governor’s orders and guidelines instituted since March to protect the spread of COVID-19 and to stop him from issuing future orders.

“It is truly frightening,” Beshear said of the motion, which he said would “remove the authority that virtually every other governor is using.” Taking away those protocols “in the middle of a worldwide health pandemic (means) we would fail and it means people would die.”

Gov. Andy Beshear said the commonwealth would look like “the wild west” without any rules in place for the spread of COVID-19. (Facebook screenshot)

Beshear, speaking Thursday afternoon in the Capitol Rotunda, was visibly upset as he spent the first 20 minutes of his daily briefing on his battle with Cameron. He said without these mandates the commonwealth would become “the wild west” and called the AG’s motion “possibly the gravest threat that I’ve seen since we started this.”

The governor said without any rules to hold off the virus the economy will suffer and kids will not be able to go back to school and people will continue to die.

“I don’t want to go back and forth with my own AG, but I will fight every day for the lives of Kentuckians,” Beshear said. “But folks, this is wrong. It is really, really wrong. Don’t play politics with the lives of people.”

Beshear announced 413 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, moving the state’s total number of cases to 21,083. Five more people with the virus have died, raising the death toll at 650.

“What we are seeing across the country is alarming. We are seeing state after state not just facing escalating cases, but facing devastation,” Beshear said after showing examples from Florida, Texas and Arizona. “There’s nothing that means that we can’t end up like any of those states if we don’t do the right thing.”

At least 502,197 tests have been administered, and the infection rate is up to 4.38 percent, roughly 2 percent higher than in late June. “Once it gets to 5 percent, it’s of real concern,” Beshear said.


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  1. Mark Nolan says:

    Realizing that Trump is destroying the Republican Party, GOP officials are determined to taking the rest of the population down with them.

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