Kentucky’s battle against novel coronavirus COVID-19 has hit a milestone and the state has experienced its deadliest day thus far.
During his daily media briefing, Gov. Andy Beshear announced that Kentucky’s positive coronavirus tests eclipsed the 1,000 mark, totaling 1,008 positive tests as of his briefing. Beshear also announced that the total deaths attributed to COVID-19 in Kentucky had reached 59 as of Monday’s briefing, and the state is rapidly approaching 20,000 people having been tested, with 19,955 people having been tested so far.
The numbers reported by Beshear came on the one-month anniversary of the first case of coronavirus being confirmed in Kentucky. They also came as Beshear reported Kentucky’s deadliest day since the outbreak of the virus began in Kentucky. Beshear said 14 people had been reported, since his Sunday briefing, as having died as a result of the virus. The previous high was 11 people in one day.
“14 is hard,” Beshear said, his voice cracking with emotion. “14 Kentuckians loved by their families and their friends that we have lost to this virus.”
The numbers reported by Beshear are based upon figures reported to the Kentucky Department for Public Health. Some local cases may not be included that total, however, as a coverage map of Kentucky showing where positive cases have been reported does not reflect the positive case confirmed in Letcher County last week.
He added that the number of dead as a result of COVID-19 would be much higher if not for the efforts of his constituents.
“Even on a day where we had to announce as many deaths as we did today, please know that number would be greater and we would be losing more people, but for your willingness and your motivation to do what’s right every day,” Beshear said.
Beshear announced no new actions taken by his office to combat the virus during Monday’s briefing, but he said he is supporting the decision by two pastors in Kentucky to cancel in-person Easter Sunday church services outright, including drive-up services, in order to help stop the spread of the virus. Beshear has said several times that drive-up services are “creative” alternatives to in-person worship services and are acceptable as long as participants maintain social distance and stay in their vehicles. Those pastors, Beshear said, serve in Jefferson and Henderson counties, two of the hardest hit areas in the state.
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Source: Mountain Top