On Sunday, Kentucky saw its highest daily spike in the number of coronavirus cases, just days after hundreds of anti-lockdown protesters demonstrated outside the state capitol building, according to Fox News.
The state government reported 273 new cases on Sunday, the largest daily increase in infections, and by Monday morning, another 102 new infections had been recorded overnight.
Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear has stated that the stay-at-home order would not be repealed until the state witnesses a downward trajectory of confirmed cases for at least 14 days.
The previous Wednesday evening, more than 100 protesters shouted “Open up Kentucky” through megaphones in front of the state capitol building, when the governor was about to begin his 5pm daily COVID-19 press briefing inside, according to the Lexington-Herald Leader. Some held signs calling the governor “King Beshear.”
Although the organizers of the demonstration asked participants to stay six feet apart from each other in accordance with social distancing policy, the protesters eventually became crowded outside the lawn. Some wore face masks.
So far, there are 3,192 confirmed cases of COVID-19, along with 171 related deaths.