FRANKFORT (AP) – Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said Sunday he plans to announce further action Monday aimed at preventing the spread of the coronavirus.

Kentucky reported its second-highest daily total with 836 positive cases of the virus Saturday and a daily record of 979 confirmed cases July 19.

“We’ve got to take proactive steps, and that’s what we’re trying to do,” Beshear said at a news conference.

News outlets reported that among the topics Beshear will address Monday are public schools.

Kentucky has reported 27,079 total coronavirus cases and 700 deaths since the pandemic started, according to state numbers at

Last week, Beshear announced new limits on social gatherings and a travel advisory to combat the escalation of cases. Earlier this month, he ordered most people to wear face coverings in public.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some – especially older adults and people with existing health problems – it can cause more severe illness and be fatal.

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