Kentucky counties in the Courierarea have seen a surge in COVID-19 cases since relaxed social distancing guidelines went into effect there, but state officials hope that can be reversed with a new order mandating face masks indoors.

Coronavirus cases in Carroll County have nearly doubled since June 30, jumping from 35 to 62 cases as of the latest report from the Three Rivers District Health Department. Trimble County, meanwhile, reported three new cases Wednesday, bringing the total number of positive tests to 11, the North Central District Health Department announced.

Unlike Trimble, which has remained largely isolated from the virus and has had seven cases recover with no deaths, Carroll County is seeing positive cases at a faster rate — especially in nursing homes and long-term care facilities, which make up more than half of Carroll’s cases (32) with one death.

Of 62 cases in Carroll County, 25 have recovered, 36 have been asymptomatic, seven have been hospitalized and 36 are active, Three Rivers reported. Neighboring Gallatin County, which also shares the I-71 corridor with Carroll, has 65 cases and nine deaths, most in nursing homes.

COVID rates have risen statewide with 333 new cases and four new deaths announced Thursday, bringing the total count to 18,245 cases and 612 deaths in Kentucky. The lack of Kentuckians following guidelines on mask-wearing and social distancing was enough for Gov. Andy Beshear to also announce a 30-day executive order requiring Kentuckians to wear a face covering in most public places, beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday.

“Folks, we are still in a battle, and it is not going away. We have a dangerous and deadly virus out there, and we are now seeing a regular increase in cases in Kentucky,” Beshear said in his address to Kentuckians Thursday. “It’s no longer a question: a mask helps to stop the spread.”

Areas where people are required to wear a mask include grocery stores, restaurants, bars and any indoor space where social distancing of six feet can’t be maintained. Masks are not required when eating, drinking, swimming or exercising as long as that distance is maintained, the order mandates. Drivers and passengers in public transportation or ride-sharing programs, however, must also be masked.

The order could slow the spread, but make things more complicated for businesses statewide and in Trimble and Carroll Counties, especially high-volume areas like the Milton BP gas station where people from both sides of the river gas up and buy cigarettes and snacks.

The gas station’s owner, Troy Burkhardt, said he “didn’t care” for the order imposed on his customers, but the store would comply regardless and post signs reminding visitors to wear a mask.

A report from Goldman Sachs referenced in Beshear’s executive order projected an economic loss close to $10 billion. Local health departments will help enforce the mandate and issue warnings for businesses that don’t comply. If resistance continues, the state has the authority to issue a fine or shut the business down.

“Folks, wear a mask. It’s not a drill,” said Public Health Commissioner Steven Stack Thursday. “This is the biggest infectious public health threat that our species has faced in over a century. All we’re asking you to do is a simple act of kindness.”