FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - Gov. Andy Beshear gave his daily update on the coronavirus outbreak in Kentucky and the state's response.
Gov. Beshear confirmed an 82-year-old Lexington woman with underlying health conditions has died from COVID-19 related issues.
The governor said the state now has 124 current cases of COVID-19 as of his Monday evening update. That's up 21 from Sunday.
He said those new cases are from counties all over the state including Allen, Breathitt, Daviess, Fayette, Harrison, Jefferson, Scott, Simpson and Warren.
Public Health Commissioner Dr. Steven Stack said even though the numbers are growing, they still seem small, but we all must remain vigilant and take these steps seriously to prevent the exponential spread of COVID-19.
Gov. Beshear said we are entering what will be a tougher time for all of us. He said it’s more important than ever to follow the guidelines to stay healthy.
Beshear: The sacrifice you are making as Kentuckians is making a difference.— Garrett Wymer (@GarrettWKYT) March 23, 2020
“This is the test of our times, of our generation, but I know you and I are up for it,” Gov. Beshear said.
Gov. Beshear asks churches to ring their bells every morning at 10 a.m. Last night at 11 p.m. we aired a montage of a few churches that rang them on Sunday. https://t.co/Ophs9St4EP https://t.co/EkofXqihAM— Garrett Wymer (@GarrettWKYT) March 23, 2020
The governor said this is the time we have been preparing for and it is more important than ever before to limit contacts.
Gov. Beshear said a Louisville man refused to self-quarantine after testing positive.
“Don’t be this guy,” Beshear said.
Dr. Stack said one person can effectively infect 1,000 people over 12 days.
The governor also said he is trying to buy as much personal protective equipment as possible. He said Kentucky is often having to bid against other states and the federal government to get that equipment.
“We’re fighting for it every single day” to replenish a “major critical” shortage across the commonwealth and country, the governor said.
Beshear said boat ramps, campgrounds, fishing lakes, marinas, etc. will not have to close as long as they can operate following CDC social distancing guidelines.
Governor says if a car can be sold completely over the phone and internet car lots can remain open. He says they cannot allow in person contacts.— Phil Pendleton (@philtvnews) March 23, 2020
He said computer repair stores can also remain open if they follow these guidelines.
During the Monday news conference, Gov. Beshear also announced a way to report circumstances, businesses, etc. believed to be dangerous because of a lack of social distancing. That number is 1-833-KY-SAFER (597-2337).
The hotline will be staffed from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
To report business or employer not following safe CDC guidelines call new covid 19 hotline at 1-833-Ky safer or 1-833-597-2337.— Phil Pendleton (@philtvnews) March 23, 2020
The governor also announced Monday the Team Kentucky Fund to help people who have been financially impacted by COVID-19.
Reminder, the number for the state's COVID-19 hotline is 1-800-722-5725.
Beshear ends with saying despite the @WHO admonition about the coronavirus getting worse and the U.S. surgeon general warning of a tough week: “We are tough people.”— Garrett Wymer (@GarrettWKYT) March 23, 2020