FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - Gov. Beshear held his daily news conference to give updates on the COVID-19 situation in Kentucky.
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.
Unfortunately we have had a third death today, bringing our total #COVID19 related deaths to 8. Today we lost a 73-year-old female from Jefferson Co. Our thoughts are with her family. ^AB— Governor Andy Beshear (@GovAndyBeshear) March 27, 2020
To clarify the one death Fayette co death may not be a Lexington resident it is just the info come from Fayette co. It could be a person that lived elsewhere.— Phil Pendleton (@philtvnews) March 27, 2020
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.
Beshear: Don't travel. Be #HealthyAtHome. Go to work, then stay home unless you're getting groceries or other supplies you need, or if you're outside getting exercise.— Garrett Wymer (@GarrettWKYT) March 27, 2020
"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."
Gov. Beshear admits he has not spoken with Tennessee's governor but says he's frustrated that other states have not taken the steps we have. Says he speaks with Ohio's governor regularly.— Garrett Wymer (@GarrettWKYT) March 27, 2020
Gov. Beshear: "We will get through this. We will get through this together."— Garrett Wymer (@GarrettWKYT) March 27, 2020
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.
Gov. Beshear says Kentucky has 1,352 ventilators right now and they're working to augment that by at least 71.— Garrett Wymer (@GarrettWKYT) March 27, 2020
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.
This is where Kentuckians can file claims for unemployment insurance. Self-employed workers, independent contractors, freelancers, substitute teachers and some others who are typically not covered by this can now apply for it. https://t.co/SYa5n27xSx— Garrett Wymer (@GarrettWKYT) March 27, 2020
"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."
REMINDER:— Garrett Wymer (@GarrettWKYT) March 27, 2020
Kentucky's coronavirus website is https://t.co/UM1s5B8QkA.
The state's COVID-19 hotline is 1-800-722-5725.
The state's non-compliance reporting line is 1-833-KYSAFER.
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