"We have got to take action to make sure we can save lives. and to make sure as many Kentuckians as possible see the end of this virus".
With 2,194 new cases of COVID-19 reported Sunday, Kentucky has again broken its record for new cases reported in a week.
"If we have a major surge of COVID-19 cases after Thanksgiving, our hospitals will simply not have the capacity to give everyone the care they need", Beshear said. "We've got more than 10,000 students quarantined right now just based on the last two weeks alone".
All public and private schools will be closed to in-person instruction beginning November 23.
The state also surpassed a grim milestone with 152,206 total positive COVID-19 cases and 1,762 total deaths since the pandemic began in March.
The governor is said he had issued a recommendation to houses of worship that they move to virtual services beginning Sunday through December 13. The state's positivity rate of 9.18% is the highest since May.
Limiting indoor venues, including funerals and weddings, event spaces and theaters to no more than 25 people.
Kenton County recorded 179 cases while Boone Co. saw 165, Campbell Co.
Almost every Kentucky county is in the "red" on the Department of Public Health's incident rate map, indicating 25 or more daily cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 residents on average over the last seven days. You will be able to collect your own sample without leaving your vehicle and receive results within three to five days.