Beshear: Don't go to Tennessee; 3 more COVID-19 deaths reported, cases at 302

Published: Mar. 27, 2020 at 4:18 PM EDT
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Gov. Beshear held his daily news conference to give updates on the COVID-19 situation in Kentucky.

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According to Gov. Beshear, Kentucky now has 302 confirmed cases. That's up 54 from Thursday.

The governor also announced three more deaths related to COVID-19: a 75-year-old woman in Fayette County, a 77-year-old man in Hopkins County and a 73-year-old woman from Jefferson County.

According to the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department, there have not been any new deaths today among Lexington residents. We're told the death the governor is referring to could have been a person who died in a Lexington hospital.

The new confirmed cases are in Boone, Bullitt, Campbell, Christian or Todd, Daviess, Fayette, Hardin, Jefferson, Jessamine, Kenton, Larue, Logan, Oldham, Pulaski, Scott, Simpson, Warren and Woodford.

Beshear reiterated how critical these next couple of weeks are. He also pointed to the large surges in cases in other parts of the country.

"I believe that Kentucky has been doing better than just about anywhere else in the country, but I need you to do better," Gov. Beshear said.

Gov. Beshear says even though it's the weekend and the weather is beautiful, we must maintain social distance. "Dig deep," he said.

The governor also asked Kentuckians not to go to Tennessee.

"If you are a Kentuckian living on that border, I need you to not go to Tennessee for anything other than work, or helping a loved one, or maybe the grocery," Gov. Beshear said.

Gov. Beshear says Tennessee has not taken as aggressive steps against COVID-19 and it is showing with more cases.

"I cannot control that Tennessee has not taken the steps that we have," Gov. Beshear said. "And what it means, because obviously you can drive anywhere, is that if someone does decide they want to go out to eat, and goes to a crowded restaurant in Tennessee, they bring back that coronavirus here in Kentucky."

CHFS Secretary Eric Friedlander says local communities will also have to be creative and work together with numerous agencies to serve and help the homeless population.

Friedlander says right now the state simply doesn't have enough PPE (personal protective equipment) to pass out yet to the organizations that work with the homeless.

Gov. Beshear says the state is also working with at least two hotels right now to where he believes they could turn into makeshift hospitals in a week.

"There is no stigma [for unemployment]," Beshear said. "This is a difficult time. We want to make sure everybody has enough to get through this."