Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear has extended the state's mask mandate for another 30 days.
"We're going to extend that facial covering mandate for another 30 days...it's working. And since we made it mandatory, more people are wearing them. We are ahead this week, we have fewer cases this week through Thursday," the governor said today.
Beshear reported 516 new Covid-19 cases, which he said is 247 less cases compared to Monday through Thursday of last week.
The governor attributed this decline in cases to the assumption that more people are wearing face coverings due to the statewide mandate.
“If these numbers continue they are further evidence that wearing that facial covering, wearing that mask is truly helping Kentucky in so many different ways. Our people, our economy, our kids," he said.
Beshear said he believes that the mask mandate will pave the way for safer reopenings of businesses, and for schools as well.
“This is saving lives, saving our economy, and we hope it will get us in a position to get our kids back in school. It is a small thing to do for such an important reward," the governor added.
By the numbers: Kentucky now has a total of 33,254 Covid-19 cases.