Gov. Beshear confirms 163 total COVID-19 cases; all non-life-sustaining business to close Thursday

Published: Mar. 24, 2020 at 4:21 PM CDT
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Gov. Andy Beshear provided his daily update on the coronavirus outbreak in Kentucky Tuesday afternoon.

The governor said there were 163 cases, 39 new cases since Monday including two in Muhlenberg County and one in Warren County. He said there were no deaths.

"As we know, expect more cases every day and what we are trying to do... is to make sure we have enough health care facilities and enough beds as we know our cases are going to increase every day, and we know that they are gong to increase every day and increase significantly," said Beshear.

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Gov. Beshear gives a daily update on COVID-19 in Kentucky

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Beshear said there were people still not following the social distancing guidelines. He said person who tested positive for COVID-19 attended a "coronavirus party."

"Anyone who goes to something like this may think that they are indestructible, but it's someone else's loved one that they are going to hurt," said Beshear. "We are battling for the health and even the lives of our parents and our grandparents, and don't be so callous as to intentionally go to something and expose yourself to something that can kill other people. We ought to be much better than that."

The governor also ordered all non-life-sustaining businesses to close to in-person traffic by 8 p.m. Thursday. A detailed list will be released Wednesday.

As some excepted businesses, Beshear listed groceries, drug stores, pharmacies, banks, agriculture, gas stations, manufacturing key to national interests or life-sustaining goods, all of those under the federal critical infrastructure sector, retail, media, businesses needed for transportation, financial services, housing, building, construction, laundry services, restaurants (as long as they adhere to delivery, takeout, and curbside restrictions), home based care and services, professional services (though he said almost all professional services can be done from home), and manufacturing, distribution, and supply chains for critical projects and industries. The executive order can be read below.

Beshear called for groups that could provide meals to help out in Trigg, Graves, Mason, Taylor, Lawrence, and Christian Counties.

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