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Kentucky millennials threw a 'coronavirus party' to flout social distancing. Now, one of them has COVID-19.


'This is one that makes me mad'

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A group of young adults in Kentucky recently threw a "coronavirus party" in open disregard of social distancing guidelines, and now one of them has contracted the COVID-19 disease, the state's governor reported.

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said the young adult, who attended the party along with several other people in their 20s, was one of 39 new cases reported in the state during a news conference Tuesday.

"This is one that makes me mad, and it should make you mad," Beshear said. "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.

"We are battling for the health and the lives of our parents and our grandparents," he continued. "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.

"We simply can't have folks that are doing things like this," Beshear concluded.

Beshear also announced during the news conference that he would be issuing an executive order Wednesday mandating the closure of all businesses in the state deemed not "life-sustaining" as part of a more drastic effort to control the spread of the disease.

While the virus is considered to be far more deadly for those 60 years of age and older and those with underlying health conditions, officials around the country have been asking young people to abide by social distancing guidelines in order to prevent transmitting the disease to other at-risk people in their communities.

But getting young people to listen has not always been easy. Many millennial spring breakers have rejected the call to isolate, instead choosing to party and let come what may.

"If I get corona, I get corona. At the end of the day, I'm not gonna let it stop me from partying," one such spring breaker told CBS News last week. Though he has since apologized profusely.

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