On Tuesday, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear announced that the state reported 39 new coronavirus cases, including one young adult who attended a “coronavirus party,” flouting the government’s guidelines of social distancing.
The person attended the party of people in their 20s. Health officials considered the group less vulnerable to COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.
Beshear said at a news conference in the capital, Frankfort, “This is one that makes me mad, and it should make you mad. Anyone who goes to something like this may think they’re indestructible, but it’s someone else’s loved one that they are going to hurt.”
“We are battling for the health and the lives of our parents and our grandparents,” he added.
“Don’t be callous as to intentionally go to something and expose yourself to something that will hurt other people. We ought to be much better than that.”
The Kentucky governor also announced that he would issue an order requiring all businesses, which are not considered “life-sustaining,” to close in an attempt to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
Beshear said grocery stores, drugstores, filling stations, and banks would be exempted from the order.
He said the state has 163 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and four patients have recovered from the infection.
In the United States, the virus has affected more than 68,400 and killed over 1,000 so far. Worldwide, COVID-19 has affected 471,417 and killed 21,295 people so far.