FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky’s governor is urging people in the state’s counties hit hardest by the pandemic to take stricter steps to contain the spread of the coronavirus.Gov. Andy Beshear stressed Monday that he is only offering recommendations — not mandates.Beshear says people should avoid hosting or attending gatherings of any size. He says employers should allow employees to work from home when possible, and noncritical government offices should operate virtually. Also, he says, in-person shopping should be reduced, with people opting to order online for pickup.The recommendations are aimed at the 55 counties — nearly half of all Kentucky counties — with the highest infection rates. Those counties have a daily average of at least 25 new virus cases per 100,000 residents.———HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE VIRUS OUTBREAK:— Trump to intensify his campaign schedule despite U.S. virus surge, new White House outbreak— Wary of angering public with restrictions, Iran has few ways to contain virus— Nations across Europe enact more sweeping restrictions to try to slow surging infection rates— Mexico acknowledges far more deaths than officially confirmed, saying 139,153 now attributable to COVID-19— El Paso, Texas imposes curfew as virus cases overwhelm hospitals— COVID-19 cases surge

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