“It is an inexcusable decision.” Beshear continues urging masking in schools

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Governor Andy Beshear Thursday pointed to a troubling trend in the state when it comes to COVID-19 deaths.

According to Beshear, the number of Kentuckians 30 to 49-years-old who are dying from the virus has increased fivefold since May and accounts for 11-percent of COVID-related deaths since June.

Health care workers were invited to speak at Beshear’s press briefing Thursday and said they are seeing more and more children and young adults ending up in the hospital – some dying within only 24 hours.

“I’ve been in codes for people not just my age, but my kids age,” Dr. James Goetz, of King’s Daughter Hospital, said. “When you see that, it really scares us about going forward.”

Beshear, again, said schools districts should be making every effort to keep students and staff safe by requiring masks.

So far, 136 out of 171 school districts in the state have extended the masking requirement. Two districts, Science Hill Independent Schools and Gallatin County Schools, have announced they are leaving the decision to wear masks up to parents and school employees.

The governor had a message for those districts not requiring universal masking.

“You are directly endangering the children, the staff the faculty, everybody who is in each one of your buildings and it is an inexcusable decision,” Beshear said. “Every single public health agency, every one, has said that universal masking is the only way to keep kids in school.”

Beshear also paid tribute to Horse Cave teacher Amanda Nutt, who died from COVID.

Visitation and funeral services for Nutt will take place on Saturday in Horse Cave.

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