Gov. Beshear Saturday update on COVID-19 in Kentucky: 917 total cases; 40 total deaths reported

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - According to the state COVID-19 website, the total number of cases on Saturday is now at least 917 with 40 total deaths. Friday's totals were 831 cases and 37 deaths.

Gov. Beshear gives Saturday update on COVID-19 in Kentucky

The governor says there were three new deaths on Saturday. Those deaths were reported in Fayette, Bullet and Boone county.

Beshear says Saturday's new cases are in Christian, Daviess, Hardin, Henderson, Lyon, Marion, Perry, Shelby, Boone, Bullitt, Caldwell, Clinton, Fayette, Franklin, Kenton, Lewis, Meade, Mercer, Ohio, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Webster and Woodford.

Beshear confirms 16,663 tests have been performed so far in Kentucky, although he says they still believe the actual number is much higher.

Gov. Beshear says he recommends following the CDC guidelines about wearing a cloth mask in public.

The governor says he is trying to model what he is asking Kentuckians to do and says he will wear a cloth mask under appropriate circumstances, but he emphasizes that social distancing still needs to be the primary measure.

Beshear asked for people to donate personal protective equipment (PPE) through a central location: 833-GIVE-PPE (833-448-3773) or giveppe.ky.gov. You can also donate PPE at all 16 Kentucky State Police posts across the state and at the KYTC district offices in Louisville and Lexington.

Governor Beshear says it is hard to say how long all these restrictions will be in place, but he says definitely through end of April.