The Delta variant of COVID is currently raging in the Southern part of the United States. Many of those states are led by Republican governors who are doing very little to stop the spread.
For Andy Beshear, the Democratic governor of ruby red Kentucky, it is a different story. Beshear would very much like to institute some COVID protocols, but is facing resistance from people in the state. He is also battling Kentucky’s Supreme Court.
The Kentucky governor said this weekend on Meet the Press, “We are setting case records. We have a record number of Kentuckians in the hospital battling COVID in the ICU, battling for their lives. We have a record number of families that are praying for their loved one who is on a ventilator, needing that assistance to breathe.”
Beshear continued, “Recent Supreme Court case and our legislature limit my ability to do some things like masking. If I had the ability to do it right now, we would have a masking order when you’re in public and indoors.”
.@GovAndyBeshear on the Covid surge in Kentucky: "Our situation is dire."
"Recent Supreme Court case and our legislature limit my ability to do some things like masking. If I had the ability to do it right now, we would have a masking order when you're in public and indoors." pic.twitter.com/qQe2rY9GqySee Also
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) September 5, 2021
The two Republican senators in Kentucky have had wildly different responses to the pandemic. Rand Paul has become on of the biggest spreaders of COVID misinformation and has promised to do what he can to block restrictions. Mitch McConnell, on the other hand, has been encouraging everyone who can to get vaccinated.
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