Birx ticked off a list of recommendations for states with rising positivity rates; the only two left on the list that Kentucky hasn't already implemented are closing bars and reducing restaurant capacity.
"We believe a state that has test positivity somewhere between 5 and 7 percent, like Kentucky, has a real opportunity to get ahead of this," she told reporters after meeting with Beshear, Kentucky health officials and other stakeholders.
Beshear said the steps he will announce Monday are ones that White House and public-health officials think will have maximum impact, but "We've got to get better at every event that we are at. We've all got to get to the point that if we show up and we see something that doesn't look right, we go home. That should be a bar, that should be a restaurant, that should be a retail facility."
Beshear reported four new deaths Sunday, bringing the state's covid-19 toll to 700: a 37-year-old man and an 87-year-old woman from Jefferson County; a 70-year-old woman from Harlan County; and a 76-year-old man from Ohio County.
"You can travel if you are super careful, but that means when you are there you are not going to bars and crowded settings and you are not going into large social groups where infection can be spread," she said. " It is possible to travel safely, but you do have to take a level of precaution and those are all on the CDC website on how to travel more safely."
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