FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - Governor Andy Beshear held his daily news conference about the COVID-19 situation in Kentucky and the state's response.
According to the governor, there are now at least 163 COVID-19 cases in the state. That's 39 new cases on Tuesday.
No houses need to be lit up green tonight, thankfully, Gov. Beshear says. No coronavirus-related deaths to report today.— Garrett Wymer (@GarrettWKYT) March 24, 2020
Beshear says the new cases are from Christian, Clark, Daviess, Fayette, Franklin, Jefferson, Jessamine, Kenton, Martin, McCracken, Menifee, Muhlenberg, Pulaski and Warren counties.
Gov. Beshear says one positive case is from someone who attended a “coronavirus party.”
Governor also said Coronavirus Party was group of young adults in their 20s— Phil Pendleton (@philtvnews) March 24, 2020
“Anyone who goes to something like this may think they’re indestructible, but it’s someone else’s loved one they’re going to hurt,” Gov. Beshear said.
GOOD NEWS: @GovAndyBeshear says he believes 4 people in Ky have recovered from coronavirus!— Shelby Lofton (@ShelbyWKYT) March 24, 2020
With cases rising, Gov. Beshear is ordering all non-life-sustaining businesses to close to in-person traffic, effective 8 p.m. Thursday.
Like there was with the retail businesses, there is still a long list of exceptions such as gas stations, grocery stores, banks and agriculture businesses.
The governor says a full list will be available Wednesday. Businesses that remain open must comply with social distancing guidelines.
"This will not last forever," Gov. Beshear said. "There will be a light at the end of the tunnel, even if we don’t know how far it is away."
Gov. Beshear says the next two weeks will be critical in the state's efforts against the coronavirus.
Governor Beshear says several manufacturers are making hand sanitizer. And someone—don’t know who—dropped off 4,000 swabs for kits. pic.twitter.com/uYC507hKJm— Phil Pendleton (@philtvnews) March 24, 2020
Gov. Beshear says he signed SB 177 Tuesday, with an emergency clause to provide relief for school districts, including unlimited NTI days and canceling attendance requirements.
The Ky. Dept. of Education also announced earlier Tuesday is canceling K-PREP for this school year.
Remember, Kentucky’s COVID-19 hotline is 1-800-722-5725. The state’s website is kycovid19.ky.gov.
There is also now a hotline to report businesses that are not following Governor Andy Beshear's recommendations to stop the spread of COVID-19.
The hotline is 1-833-KY-SAFER or 1 (833) 597-2337.
Beshear says the state’s non-compliance hotline got about 2,000 calls last night.— Garrett Wymer (@GarrettWKYT) March 24, 2020
It will be staffed from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Callers can also leave a message.