Beshear urges schools to keep masking policies as cases drop


FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP/FOX 56) — Kentucky’s governor is strongly urging school boards to maintain their pandemic-related mask mandates.

Gov. Andy Beshear warned Monday that relaxing masking requirements would jeopardize recent declines in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.

He says maintaining local policies requiring students and employees to wear masks at school is the best way to keep schools open by reducing the spread of COVID-19.

“Number one, we want our kids to stay in school, the only way to do that is to keep covid from spreading or reduce the spread,” said Gov. Beshear, during his COVID-19 briefing Monday.

Beshear says masks protect school staffs and students who are most susceptible to serious illness from the virus. He also cited deaths among school faculty and staff.

“We’ve lost 50 of them. I don’t want to lose a 51st or a 52nd,” Beshear said.

Last month, school boards voted overwhelmingly to keep masks on students and staff at school, at a time when virus cases were surging.

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