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Beshear raises hope mask mandate might be starting to help

The governor said the state’s positivity rate dropped for the first time in four days.

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Gov. Andy Beshear is expressing hope that a stable number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Kentucky signals his mask-wearing mandate might be starting to help. 

Beshear reported 532 statewide virus cases Tuesday. That's up by 10 cases from the previous day but below the 10-day average. 

He says the state’s positivity rate dropped for the first time in four days. That reflects the average number of tests coming back positive for COVID-19. 

Beshear has taken several steps to slow a surge of virus cases. Those actions include a mandate announced nearly three weeks ago that most people wear masks in public. 

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