FRANKFORT, KY (WOWK) – Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear says Kentucky is beginning its surge of increased cases and says the month of April will be critical in continuing to make a difference on COVID-19’s impact on the state.
Beshear confirmed 93 new cases of COVID-19 in the state bringing the state’s total to 680 positive cases, and two additional deaths bringing the total deaths in the state to 20. He asks Kentuckians to display green lights tonight in their memories.
The governor says Kentucky’s National Guard is being deployed to assist with food banks.
With the first of the month and the first time rent is due since Kentucky’s nonessential businesses were closed and many people across the state have had to file for unemployment, Beshear reminded Kentuckians that it is currently illegal in the commonwealth to evict tenants for inability to pay rent. However, he says those who are able to pay rent still need to do so.
Beshear also reiterated the ten steps to help Kentucky beat the coronavirus:
- Stay Healthy at Home
- Engage in social distancing
- Avoid any sized crowd
- Know when to seek care
- Stay up-to-date with KYCOVID19.KY.GOV
- Wash hands and disinfect surfaces
- Apply for benefits
- Prioritize Mental Health
- Do not travel
- Report non-compliance
- Bonus Step: Complete the Census
The governor also encouraged people to be wary of potential scams and to complete the Census, as the numbers will be important in receiving help to return to normalcy in the state after the pandemic.