After months of daily briefings on the COVID-19 pandemic, Kentucky’s governor has ceased the tradition in favor of a new weekly format.
During Wednesday’s briefing, Gov. Andy Beshear announced that day’s briefing would be last daily live update he would conduct. Beshear recently scaled back the schedule for his briefings to four days per week, but since early March, he had mostly been a daily fixture in providing updates on Kentucky’s ongoing response to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.
“I think it’s time. We’ve done a lot of these,” Beshear said Wednesday. “I think I’ve permanently lost part of my voice, but I appreciate everybody sticking with us, especially when information was so critical, changing so quickly. We now know a lot more about this virus and we’ll be able to come to you when it’s important if there are major changes that cause us to change strategy.”
Beshear will now move to a weekly format, and will offer live updates on Tuesdays at 4 p.m. He indicated the new format will not only center upon the state’s response to the ongoing pandemic, but also other happenings and developments across the state.
Updates on the COVID-19 pandemic in Kentucky, including up-to-date numbers may still be found on Kentucky’s COVID-19 information website, kycovid19.ky.gov.
Beshear gave his first press briefing on the coronavirus pandemic on Feb. 27, and he began his daily briefings on March 5, the day before he confirmed the state’s very first confirmed case of COVID-19. The briefings earned him widespread praise for his empathetic and transparent handling of the crisis, while also shining a light on Kentucky for its response to the pandemic. Many times, Beshear became emotional while delivering daily updates on new COVID-19 cases and deaths associated with the virus.
Beshear’s daily briefings and his growing popularity at the time also inspired the Facebook group “Andy Beshear Memes for Social Distancing Teens,” where members of the page shared memes and other posts in support of the governor and his handling of the crisis. The group boasts nearly 225,000 members.