Kentucky Residents Protested Social Distancing — Then Saw A Spike In COVID-19 Cases
Last week, around 100 protesters came to the capital city of Frankfort, Kentucky, to voice their opposition to continued stay-at-home orders that were designed in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus throughout the rest of the Bluegrass State.
On Wednesday last week, protesters gathered outside the capitol building, and on Thursday, there was a large caravan of protesters inside vehicles that drove on the streets surrounding the structure.
While protesters maintain that the time is right to end social distancing measures in the state, Gov. Andy Beshear, a Democrat, indicated that not to be the case on Sunday, when he announced 273 new cases of coronavirus were identified — the largest single-day increase of cases in the state so far, and almost 10 percent of the state’s totals.
So far, close to 150 individuals have died within Kentucky due to the disease.
Beshear stated on Sunday that he remains dedicated to keeping social distancing measures in place as a result. “We’re still in the midst of the fight,” he said.
It’s unclear at this time whether a spike in the number of cases is related to the protests or not. But the rise in numbers is demonstrative that the virus continues to cause problems for the state, and that the protesters’ aims of reopening the economy are possibly premature.
On Monday morning, Dr. Anthony Fauci, a member of President Donald Trump’s coronavirus task force, explained that protests across the country may face a “backlash” as more cases develop, especially if they happen after distancing measures are relaxed.
He further implied that the argument protesters were trying to make, that reopening things up was important to save the economy, was nonsense — even if things are reopened at this time, the economy wouldn’t suddenly recover, because the virus would continue to cause problems.
“Unless we get the virus under control, the real recovery, economically, is not going to happen,” Fauci said.