Number of Ky. COVID-19 cases passes 1K; total deaths now at 59

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - Gov. Andy Beshear held his daily update about the coronavirus situation in Kentucky.


According to the governor, the state's current official total of COVID-19 cases are at 1008 and 59 deaths. Sunday, the totals were 955 cases and 45 deaths.

Those new cases are Jefferson, Boone, Muhlenberg, Boyd, Kenton, Christian, Hopkins, Marshall, Rockcastle, Todd, Barren, Campbell, Crittenden, Fayette, Madison, Montgomery, Oldham and Shelby counties. The governor also says at least two state inmates and four staff members have tested positive for the coronavirus at the Green River Correctional Complex in Central City.

Gov. Beshear gave an update on the COVID-19 situation at Western State Hospital. The governor says the hospital is "being hit pretty hard" with nine residents and three employees who have tested positive. He says three residents have been hospitalized in Hopkinsville. We're told most of the cases are connected to a single person.

Governor Beshear says today's deaths are from Jefferson, Kenton, Fayette, McCracken, Campbell and Boyd counties. The age of those people ranges from 56 to 96.

Today's increase is "a lot less than we expected at this point," Beshear said, but the state is still escalating. Still, "What you are doing is working."

Beshear confirms 19,955 people have been tested in the state. He says 163 people hospitalized over course of the crisis, but only about 70 are currently hospitalized, he says.

Gov. Beshear says bed capacity for Kentucky hospitals has increased to about 23,000. Gov. Beshear says the state will also begin using cabins in state parks for quarantined first responders. Lodges will be used if needed for additional coronavirus patients, which could add up to 1,200 more beds.

He says getting ventilators is still a challenge. They've increased capacity so far by about 70. He says testing will begin to increase thanks to the agreement he announced Sunday with Gravity Diagnostics.

The governor also continues to push for personal protective equipment, or PPE, including N95 face masks/respirators, gloves and gowns/shields.

Gov. Beshear says Senator McConnell told him that there will be some additional relief for small businesses when it comes to unemployment and loans.

"I just want the maximum the federal government will do, and I want it fast," the governor said.

The governor ended Monday's press conference by saying: "Your actions every single day help us address this virus, help us flatten the curve and help us save lives." He says even with today's high number of deaths, more would be lost if it were not for everyone's sacrifices.