FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Gov. Andy Beshear called on Kentucky's school districts Monday to keep classrooms closed for the rest of the academic year because of the coronavirus outbreak.
The governor had extended school closures a couple of times since the pandemic hit, but he took it a step further with his recommendation that schools remain shuttered for the remainder of the term.
Schools should continue their distance learning plans for students, he said.
“Every health care professional had advised us that this is the right course of action to take," Beshear said during his daily briefing. “Now I know for many this is hard. We had seniors that were looking forward to in-person graduation and a prom.”
Meanwhile, Beshear reported 102 coronavirus cases statewide Monday, bringing the total to 3,050. The Bluegrass State had six new virus-related deaths, raising the death toll to 154, he said.
More than 1,130 Kentucky residents have recovered from the virus, the governor said.
For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in a few weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including life-threatening pneumonia.