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As a new strain of coronavirus (COVID-19) swept through the world in 2020, preparedness plans, masking policies and more public policy changed just as quickly. WVXU has covered the pandemic's impact on the Tri-State from the very beginning, when on March 3, 2020, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine barred spectators from attending the Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus over concerns about the virus, even though Ohio had yet to confirm a single case of COVID-19.

Kentucky Governor Quarantining After Potential Coronavirus Exposure

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Timothy D. Easley

Gov. Andy Beshear and his family are quarantining at the Governor's Mansion after a member of their security detail who drove the family tested positive for coronavirus Saturday.

Beshear said he and his family wore facial coverings, as did the trooper who drove them and later tested positive. The Beshear family is all feeling well and had negative tests, Beshear said in a video posted Sunday afternoon.

They will stay in quarantine until the Kentucky Department for Public Health clears them, and Beshear will give his daily COVID-19 updates virtually.

Federal and state guidelines recommend quarantine if an individual is within six feet of a positive person for more than 15 minutes.

Beshear's exposure comes as Kentucky is experiencing several weeks of escalating, record high confirmed cases of the virus. Beshear announced 1,854 new cases of coronavirus confirmed over the weekend, and 10 new deaths.

Last week's total cases marked a new record high, for the third week in a row.

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