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FRANKFORT (AP) — Kentucky's governor offered a blistering assessment Wednesday of new guidance from federal health officials, calling it “reckless" and contradictory to the need for aggressive testing policies to combat the spread of COVID-19.

Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear responded to guidance that says it's not necessary for people who don’t feel sick but have been in close contact with infected people to get tested. It was posted earlier this week on the website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Beshear, who took office last year, is usually restrained in criticizing the federal executive branch under President Donald Trump, who remains popular in Kentucky. But the governor didn't hold back this time, telling reporters that the new guidance “doesn’t make any sense at all.”

“That’s reckless," Beshear said. “It contradicts everything that we know and have learned about this virus. It is inexplicable. And in Kentucky, we’re going to still continue to do the right thing.”

The new guidance runs counter to what was a steady message from a White House task force for more COVID-19 testing, the governor said.

“Every drumbeat that we hear and that we are pushed on ... is to increase testing," Beshear said. “And so it appears that there is a disconnect going on somewhere there in Washington.”

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