Kentucky added 453 Covid-19 cases, "one of the highest days that we have had," Gov. Andy Beshear said Saturday.
The new cases brings the total to up 19,121. The governor said the state reported two additional deaths bringing the total count to 622 lives lost.
"This is another day where it shows that we are no longer in a plateau the cases are increasing which means we must act now," Beshear said in a video posted to his verified Facebook page. "We’ve got to wear facial coverings, we’ve got to stay 6 feet apart, now’s the time to make sure we don’t turn into an Arizona or a Texas or a Florida ... I know that I can count on you."
Kentucky has seen better compliance and more people wearing facial coverings "than ever before," Beshear said. Wearing a mask is "not a political statement, it’s a statement that you care about other people," he said.
Beshear signed an executive order Friday that mandates Kentuckians to wear a facial covering or mask in public in certain situations. The mandate began at 5 p.m. Friday and will last for 30 days.