FRANKFORT, Ky. — Monday, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear made it clear that the coronavirus cases in Kentucky are heading in a troubling direction.
As part of his recommendations to reduce the cases and not shut the state down again, he issued a travel advisory.
The advisory, which is not an executive order, requires Kentuckians who have traveled or plan to travel to states with a positive COVID-19 testing rate over 15% to quarantine for 14 days when back in the commonwealth.
The states include:
- South Carolina
State officials say Kentucky's spike can be connected to vacationers.
WHAS11 talked to a couple who are now vacationing in Florida. Right now Dan and Kasia Hasch are doing more than vacationing in Florida which is now considered an unfriendly border to cross.
"Yes we did stop in Pensacoloa to just kind of see the beach, but we have business down here her (his wife's) mom and dad need help relocating back to Lousville, Dan Hasch says.
"I definitely know why Florida is booming with this virus because people are not social distancing they are not wearing their masks," Kasia Hasch says.
Hasch says most tourist service workers are wearing masks and the tourists aren't.
"Life goes on virus or not and there are some people who have older parents older friends and they need help and somebody's got to do it," Dan Hasch explains.
The two say they will follow Kentucky's rules and self-quarantine when they return.
A Louisvillian, who asked not to be identified, is on vacation in Kiawah Island, SC and says many there are taking precautions. They're at an Airbnb and wiped down the entire place and have their own linens.
She, like the Hasch's said she'll quarantine after coming home despite this being an advisory and not an order with legal teeth.
They see a two week quarantine as a small price to keep the people they love safe if they do bring home an unwanted souvenir... the virus.
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