The number of Covid-19 cases continues to increase across the country, as the United States hits an all-time high of 3.5 million confirmed cases and 138,000 fatalities. As of July 17, Kentucky has seen over 400 new cases daily and suffered 675 deaths.

State officials are working on new requirements to help curb the cases in Kentucky while keeping the state open. According to Gov, Andy Beshear, officials want to act to the new trends as quickly and effectively as possible.

“While we have been at a plateau in Kentucky, really for several weeks, over the last four to six days we are seeing larger numbers,” Beshear told Kentucky Today.

Who is at risk?

Most of the fatal victims are elderly residents who live in nursing homes or retirement communities, so officials must continue to hold strict restrictions within those spaces – to help them and other residents.

One of the largest hazards for nursing homes is the employees. Most staff members are the people who come in and out of the facility, increasing the likelihood of contracting the virus and bringing it into the facilities. Most homes now require employees to take temperatures, monitor symptoms or stay home if they were exposed recently.

Along with employees, most homes continue to restrict or forbid visitors due to the risk of Covid-19. Many families find creative ways to see their loved ones, but many residents haven’t seen relatives or friends since the lockdown began in March.

There has also been an initiative to test residents more frequently in order to isolate those infected faster. The new testing practices will be beneficial for treatments and prevention as more residents catch the virus in the early stages.

It’s important to note that these practices only work if everyone takes accountability for their actions, including staff members and employees. Make sure to stay in contact with your loved ones and their facilities to ensure proper action is taking place.