Beshear confirms six new COVID-19 related deaths; total now at 154


In this Sunday, April 5, 2020, photo, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear speaks about the novel coronavirus during a media conference at the state Capitol in Frankfort, Ky. (Ryan C. Hermens/Lexington Herald-Leader via AP)

FRANKFORT, KY (WOWK) – Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear confirmed 102 new COVID-19 cases for the state, bringing the total to 3,050. He also confirmed 1,134 Kentuckians have recovered.

Beshear also confirmed six new deaths in The Bluegrass State. These deaths include a 59-year-old female, a 92-year-old female, a 64-year-old male, a 84-year-old female 62-year-old female and a 76-year-old female, bringing the state’s COVID-19 related death total to 154.

He wants all residents to continue to light the state up green in honor of those Kentucky has lost. There will be a ceremony to honor those lost to the virus. The video will be broadcast at tomorrow’s press conference.

Beshear says Kentucky schools will not have in-person classes for the remainder of the school year. After consulting with multiple health officials, he says this is the best solution for all Kentuckians.

This decision was not made lightly and Beshear says he understands how difficult this will be, especially for those missing out on a traditional graduation ceremony.

“This is a time we’re all called on to do more than you ever thought you could,” he says.

Schools should consider other ways to celebrate, including virtual ceremonies.

Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman provided an update on the state’s unemployment insurance situation.

The state has processed twice as many claims since March 8 than they did last year, she says. The offices are averaging 13,0000 claims and 25,000 phone calls per day. Those who have applied before should not reapply. This will only show the process down for all the applicants.

The offices are currently focusing on those past the two-week deadline for payment, she says. They have hired more employees to help process all the claims as quickly as possible.

“(Everything we’ve done is) not enough until all Kentuckians have what they need,” she says.

Beshear wants all residents to take advantage of the testing facilities.

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