Gov. Beshear encourages all Kentuckians to avoid large crowds
Governor Andy Beshear gave another update on the coronavirus here in Kentucky Wednesday morning, which is now being referred to as COVID-19.
The governor said he has suspended visitor access at all state prisons.
He said state schools have also been told they may be asked to close on short notice, but that we haven't reached that point yet.
He encouraged all Kentuckians to avoid large crowds and recommended churches cancel services this week.
“I don’t believe that whether you go to church or not doing this time is a test of faith," Gov. Beshear said. "I believe that God gives us wisdom, to protect each other. And we should do that.”
There are also a number of other events scheduled in the state.
For example, the girls Sweet 16 starts Wednesday afternoon at Rupp Arena. The governor isn't recommending people NOT go, but is he IS recommending that people who meet the CDC guidelines such as over the age of 60, those who have heart, lung or kidney issues, strongly consider not attending.
Gov. Beshear said he will not be attending the SEC Tournament in Nashville this weekend.
That brings the current total of cases in Kentucky to eight.
We're told four of those people are being treated in hospitals and four are at home. The governor said Wednesday morning all eight are showing signs of improvement.
The governor said he expects more positive tests for COVID-19 in Kentucky.
A state hotline has been set up to help Kentuckians who have questions about the coronavirus or need help. That number is 1-800-722-5725.
Gov. Beshear said the attorney general's office is also monitoring price gouging related to COVID-19.
You can report price hikes by calling the attorney general's hotline at 1-888-432-9257.
Join us at 7 Monday night on CW lexington for Coronavirus: A Community Conversation.
WKYT will speak with various health experts and community leaders about the virus, how it's transmitted and the impact on our community.