Governor Andy Beshear (D-KY) announced Tuesday afternoon that Kentucky now has 163 confirmed cases of coronavirus — 39 of which have been confirmed in the last day — and also revealed that one of the new cases has been linked with a “coronavirus party.”
In a press conference Tuesday, Beshear said he was “mad” that someone attended an event making light of the epidemic was among the batch of new cases, reports The Lexington Herald Leader.
“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,” said Beshear, reports the news agency.
“We are battling for the health and the lives of our parents and our grandparents. 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,” he said.
According to The New York Post, the coronavirus party was attended by young adults in their 20s. The governor declined to further elaborate on the event, or clarify the person is suspected to have contracted coronavirus at the party.
The Trump administration has advised Americans to avoid gatherings of more than 10 people until March 31.
However, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis had to order the closure of most beaches in the state earlier this week after receiving reports that young people, particularly college students on spring break, were flaunting social-distancing orders despite the pandemic.
“The message I think for spring breakers is that the party’s over in Florida, you’re not going to be able to congregate on any beach in the state,” DeSantis told Fox News. “The bars are closed so you’re not going to have a place to congregate there, so we would just tell those folks maybe come back next year when things are better, but that is not what we’re looking for here in the state of Florida.”
Brady Sluder, one college student in particular, went viral after he told CBS News that he wasn’t going to coronavirus “stop me from partying.”
“If I get corona, I get corona. At the end of the day, I’m not gonna let it stop me from partying,” the student told the news agency. “We’re just out here having a good time. Whatever happens, happens.”
USA Today reports that Sluder has since apologized for the remarks, saying he “wasn’t aware of the severity of my actions and comments.”
“Like many others, I have elderly people who I adore more than anything in the world and other family members who are at risk, and I understand how concerning this disease is for all of us,” said Sluder. “Our generation may feel invincible, like I did when I commented, but we have a responsibility to listen and follow the recommendations in our communities.”
“I will continue to reflect and learn from this and continue to pray for our well-being. I deeply apologize from the bottom of my heart for my insensitivity and unawareness of my actions,” he said.