Update 5:44 p.m.: Beshear said inmates at Green River are being moved into building according to their COVID-19 status: there is a “positive” building, a “negative building” and a building for those who are negative, but have been exposed and a medically fragile group as well. He said all inmates should be told what their status is and he will
Update 5:38 p.m.: “I’m trying to make the best decisions with public health,” Beshear said. “I know that lives are still on the line.”
“The message we’re trying to send is that healthy at home worked,” Beshear said.
Update 5:35 p.m.: On Wednesday, May 13, Kentucky will allow up to 1 visitor per patient at the discretion of the hospital, Beshear said.
Update 5:32 p.m.: Kentucky will be offering COVID-19 testing in Corbin, Lexington, Louisville and Elizabethtown.
Update 5:30 p.m. On Friday, Beshear released guidelines for in-person church services.
“We must make sure that any house of worship is ready,” Beshear said. He said that churches should encourage people to social distance within the churches as well as in the parking lots. Every service should be cleaned, he said.
“All I’m saying is be careful and make sure you’re doing it right,” Beshear said. “Make sure your sanctuary is just that.”
5:22 p.m. Beshear announced some of the new cases in Kentucky. 30% of all cases are from individuals that are between 20 and 40 years old in Kentucky, Beshear said.
As of 5 p.m. Saturday, he said there were 158 new cases, which brings Kentucky’s total to 6,440. He said the commonwealth has tested 86,900 people. There have been 1,757 hospitalized during the pandemic and there are currently 394 in the hospital with 226 in the ICU. In Northern Kentucky, Beshear said there were 11 new cases in Kenton County, seven in Boone County and one in Campbell County.
The daily state totals often differ from the totals by local health departments because of a lag in reporting.
“For those who think that this just hits people 70 and older, that’s just 19% of our cases,” Beshear said. “It’s hitting everybody.”
An 18-year-old and a 21-year-old in Boone County were among the new cases reported Saturday.
Beshear said that six additional Kentuckians have died as a result of COVID-19. None of the new deaths were in Northern Kentucky.
5:14 p.m.: “I’ve said over these last two months… I think we are trying to inspire people to do what need to be done,” Dr. Stack, from the Kentucky Department for Public Health, said. “We’ve cut the head off the peak, we’ve done a fantastic job.”
“The disease is out there and when it hits the people most vulnerable, it’s devastating,” Dr. Stack said.
He encouraged people to continue to practice social distancing and wear masks.
5:10 p.m.: Beshear shared a video from Newport. The video featured a house that was lit up green, as many houses in Kentucky are doing, to show support for frontline workers and the people who have been impacted by COVID-19.
5:03 p.m.: Beshear mentioned 10 steps to fight COVID-19 and said that he wanted to prioritize your mental health by staying healthy, to find joy and to stay active.
“Take care of yourself please, and when you need to shut it off, please,” Beshear said. “Ask each other how you’re doing.”
“If we don’t follow the rules, if we cause a spike that we could’ve avoided, that is what will harm our economy,” he said.
Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear will provide updates on the commonwealth’s fight to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus and the reopening of the state’s economy at 5 p.m. today.
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On Friday, the governor said as of 5 p.m. May 8, there were at least 6,288 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 176 of which were newly confirmed Friday. He also reported four new deaths Friday, raising the state’s toll to 298 deaths related to the virus.
There were no new deaths in Northern Kentucky.
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