Gov. Andy Beshear says the next several weeks are pivotal in the fight against coronavirus.
In his daily media briefing on Wednesday, Beshear said the next two or three weeks will be critical in the fight against coronavirus as the crisis escalates across the country. The World Health Organization is warning that the U.S. could become the new worldwide epicenter for the virus outbreak.
In preparation, Beshear said Kentucky State Police and Kentucky National Guard will be providing security at hospitals across the state in order to help deal with the “surge” of new cases that are anticipated over the coming weeks. He said the National Guard presence is not a step toward martial law and they will not be patrolling neighborhoods. He said there is no reason to worry about the National Guard being utilized.
“These are the people you work with,” Beshear said. “They’re the national guard.”
Kentucky’s positive COVID-19 cases rose by 35 on Wednesday from the previous day to 198 cases in Kentucky. The state also experienced its fifth death, a 77-year-old man from Jefferson County. Beshear said during Wednesday’s briefing that 10,800 coronavirus tests have been administered in Kentucky.
Beshear also said the state has experienced its first positive COVID-19 test for a person who went on spring break in Florida. Last week, thousands defied recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to not gather in large groups and attended spring break gatherings in seaside locations, including Florida and Myrtle Beach, S.C.
“No, we can’t go on spring break,” Beshear said.
Beshear said the first drive-through coronavirus testing facility in Kentucky could be operational next week. He did not specify where it would be located.
Beshear said drive-through testing would start out “limited” with one location for individuals with specific symptoms, and, hopefully, more drive-through locations can be made operational shortly after. Beshear says resources are still going to be limited.