Beshear: Virus surge would have led him to issue mask order

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky’s governor says the latest batch of grim COVID-19 statistics would have spurred him to order a statewide mask mandate indoors if he still wielded the authority. But Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear says a recent Kentucky Supreme Court decision shifted such decisions to the Republican-led state legislature. Kentucky reported 65 more virus-related deaths on Wednesday. It also posted its third-highest daily number of new COVID-19 cases as the highly contagious delta variant overwhelms hospitals. Beshear said Thursday those numbers would have been the “trigger” for him to order the indoor masking mandate if he still had such power.

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