FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - Gov. Andy Beshear is about to hold his daily news conference to update Kentuckians on the COVID-19 situation and the state's response.
The governor said we now have 248 total COVID-19 cases in Kentucky. That's 50 more than yesterday and the biggest one day increase for the state.
Those new cases have been confirmed in Boone, Calloway, Clark, Christian, Daviess, Fayette, Harrison, Hopkins, Jefferson, Jessamine, Madison, Mason, Mercer, Pulaski, Union and Webster counties.
Gov. Beshear also announced a possible case at a nursing home in Perry County involving a 90-year-old man. We're told he is no longer at the nursing home and more precautions are being taken there. After his press conference, however, Beshear posted a tweet saying that the patient's test results had come back negative for COVID-19.
Very good news! We just received a call and after reviewing it further, the 90-year-old Perry County nursing home resident has tested negative for #COVID19.— Governor Andy Beshear (@GovAndyBeshear) March 26, 2020
Gov. Beshear: I've been so proud to be your governor these past few weeks. Cites the sacrifices so many have made. But asks for even more.— Garrett Wymer (@GarrettWKYT) March 26, 2020
Gov. Beshear says, so far, the state has spent more than $8 million on its coronavirus response efforts, including bidding on personal protective equipment (PPE). But he says we still don't have the amount we need for a sustained surge.
"We're going to spend a lot more than that," Gov. Beshear said. "I'm going to spend what it takes."
Public Health Commissioner Dr. Steven Stack also says he's cautiously optimistic that as we go another week into this, all these efforts will show that we're flattening the curve.
Gov. Beshear asks county judge-executives and city mayors to keep an eye on parks, basketball courts, and if people are congregating there then shut them down.— Garrett Wymer (@GarrettWKYT) March 26, 2020
The governor says the next few weeks will be critical in the fight against COVID-19 and it's important for Kentuckians to stay home.
Beshear: "We will get through this. We will get through this together." Reiterates that the next few weeks are the most critical. "I've never been more proud to be your governor."— Garrett Wymer (@GarrettWKYT) March 26, 2020
"That may be tougher for some of those that are on borders of other states, like Tennessee," Gov. Beshear said. "We are seeing other states that may not have the same restrictions and commitment that we do, have numerous cases just south of the border."
Gov. Beshear says he believes about 11,000 people have been tested so far across Kentucky.
The governor also says they are still working on the specifics for a new drive-thru testing site, but he says there could be tests sometime next week.
Beshear says healthcare workers, first responders and people in vulnerable groups will be prioritized when the drive-thru testing starts.
Kentucky's coronavirus website is http://kycovid19.ky.gov. The state's hotline is 1-800-722-5725.
Gov. Beshear talking about the non-compliance reporting line: 1-833-KYSAFER. Says the line is getting a lot of calls. You can also report online: https://t.co/2lDcWyDpwy— Garrett Wymer (@GarrettWKYT) March 26, 2020