Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear announced at his daily COVID-19 press conference Monday that he has recommended all schools in the state halt in-person instruction until Sept. 28. He said the recommendation is for both public and private schools.
Christian County Public Schools were set to resume in-person instruction on Aug. 27. Last week at a Hopkinsville Rotary Club meeting, newly-appointed CCPS Superintendent Chris Bentzel said that he would follow the governor’s recommendations.
University Heights Academy is scheduled to return to school on Aug. 17. Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School is scheduled to resume instruction Aug. 19.
Heritage Christian Academy is scheduled to resume today with a noon dismissal. Calls to HCA after the governor’s recommendation were not returned as of press deadline.
Beshear said that the state is in, he hopes, is the highest area of positive COVID-19 cases that it will be in.
“And the concept that we would try to resume in-person classes in Kentucky at our peak instead of during a decline is something that would defy logic, wouldn’t be safe to do,” he said.
CCPS called a special-called board at 11 a.m., Wednesday after the governor’s recommendations.
“100,000 kids tested positive in the United States in just the last two weeks of July,” Beshear said. “It is a myth that kids do not get this virus. It is a myth that kids cannot spread this virus.”
The Christian County Health Department announced 21 new COVID-19 cases Monday. The county has a total of 180 active cases.
Of those active cases, 39 are under the age of 21.
The state reported 275 new cases Monday. Beshear noted in his press conference that a glitch in the state’s data processing is causing a delay in some reporting and that lower numbers from last week will be updated.
“We don’t want to start and stop,” Beshear said. “That may be more difficult on our children.”
The governor also loosened orders on Kentucky bars and restaurants Monday. Both bars and restaurants will be allowed to open at 50% capacity.
That doubles the capacity from the governor’s previous order.
Patrons of bars and restaurants will be required to remain in their seats unless entering, leaving or going to the restroom. If patrons are not seated, they will be required to wear a mask.
Bars and restaurants will be required to halt food and beverage service at 10 p.m. and close at 11 p.m.
“Masks are working,” Beshear said. “But we do not have control over this virus.”