Governor, First Lady test negative for coronavirus

Gov. Andy Beshear and First Lady Britainy Beshear

UPDATE, 3:11 p.m. — Both Gov. Andy Beshear and First Lady Britainy Beshear have been tested for COVID-19 after reporting that they woke up feeling ill today, and those tests have come back negative.

“After feeling ill earlier in the day, the Governor took the appropriate steps to protect those around him,” the governor’s communications director, Crystal Staley, said in a statement this afternoon. “He is feeling better, but will provide tonight’s update via video and not a press conference. The Governor’s next live update will be Wednesday, Aug. 12, at 4 p.m. Eastern time.”

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Gov. Andy Beshear and U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers were supposed to hold a virtual ribbon-cutting for three Abandoned Mine Lands funded projects, including Prestonsburg’s new rail-trail.

But those plans have been put on hold after the governor woke up feeling sick today.

The Governor’s Office released a statement saying, “This morning the First Lady and the Governor began not feeling well and out of an abundance of caution, we are postponing today’s 1 p.m. news conference.”

The Governor’s Office has not said if the governor or first lady were experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, or if they would be tested.