Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear (D) issued an executive order renewing the mandate for face coverings for an additional 30 days, according to a press release from his office on Wednesday.
Beshear also extended previous executive orders that allow pharmacists to dispense emergency refills for up to 30 days, the release stated.
This comes as a state public health official raised concerns about not having enough healthcare workers to staff hospital beds.
Dr. Steven Stack, Commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health, said on Wednesday, “One of the concerns we have related to hospitals is not that we will first run out of bed space but that we may not have enough health care workers to staff all those beds.”
The southeastern US state has 1,066 people currently hospitalized with Covid-19, according to a press release from Behsear’s office.
There were 1,635 new cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday and 11 new deaths for a total of 1,514 deaths, the release stated. There are currently 286 people in the ICU with Covid-19 and 125 people currently on a ventilator, the release adds.
These numbers were released by Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear, and may not line up exactly in real time with CNN’s database drawn from Johns Hopkins University and the Covid Tracking Project.