Beshear: No outside help for battling coronavirus

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Gov. Andy Beshear says it is important for Kentuckians to do everything they can to stop the spread of the coronavirus, because hospitals are rapidly approaching capacity.

While he says hospitals haven’t reached a crisis point yet, if they do, there won’t be any help coming from elsewhere, because the virus is so widespread throughout the country.

“We’ve got to know that, whether it’s us or another state, we’ve got to solve this problem ourselves by reducing the number of cases,” Beshear said. “There is not help coming in the form of additional health care workers from other states. Everybody is getting hit at the same time, and the answer to all of it is lessening the number of cases.”

The latest numbers show nearly 2,700 new cases reported on Tuesday, bringing the total to nearly 163,000.

Seventeen more Kentuckians have died, raising the death toll to 1,809.

More than 1,600 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, an increase of 85 from Monday. They include 390 people in intensive care, and 207 on ventilators.

The state’s positivity rate dropped slightly for the second day in a row, and is now at 8.82 percent.