Coronavirus Updates

Beshear confirms 114 new cases, seven COVID-19 related deaths


FRANKFORT, KY (WOWK) – Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear confirmed 114 new positive COVID-19 cases and seven more deaths associated with the virus.

He says to his knowledge, all the new deaths had other contributing factors, but the coronavirus was a contributing factor. The governor’s mansion will be lit green tonight in remembrance and Beshear says he encourages residents to do the same in their own homes.

Beshear says he’s also extending child care to grocery store workers.

“We need our grocery store workers,” he says. “We appreciate what they’re doing.”

He says he also signed an executive order that allows law enforcement departments to rehire those who have previously retired with no negative impact on the individual’s retirement.

The state plans to hold a practice run on its plans to have drive-through testing in the state.

He also shared the 10 steps to fight COVID-19.

Beshear says at this time, all evictions are suspended. However, he asks landlords and tenants to work together to come up with a plan to take care of any rent due.

When asked his thoughts on drive-in church services, Beshear says he offers four steps that must be followed:

  • No more than one immediate family should be in one vehicle
  • Vehicles must be 6 feet apart
  • No one should exit their vehicles
  • They cannot pass things from vehicle to vehicle
  • He says he appreciates Kentucky churches who are showing creativity in their attempts to follow social distancing guidelines.

Taking time to note positive news, Beshear says the COVID-19 cases are not worse because of the steps Kentucky residents have taken to help slow the spread of the virus.

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