Governor Says Kentucky Could See COVID-19 Peak In May

Governor Andy Beshear says Kentuckians need to continue following the ten steps to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Governor Beshear said during his Sunday news conference health officials think Kentucky could see a peak in COVID-19 cases in early May.

Beshear reminded Kentuckians to not travel, adding the steps already taken are making a difference in Kentucky based on the numbers we are seeing.

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He also said the number of Kentuckians testing positive in the state were down to 38 new cases, but added because it is Sunday he feels that number is much higher.

Beshear added the total number of cases is now at 955, with 300 people recovered from the virus. He also noted 18,767 people have been tested, with five new deaths in the past 24 hours. Three of the deaths were reported in Jefferson County, with deaths also reported in McLean and Woodford Counties.

The Governor says for several days the increase in the number of cases has been steady, which could be good news.

Governor Beshear encouraged Kentuckians to apply for unemployment and other benefits.

Kentucky Health Commissioner Dr. Steven Stack says Kentucky is actually close to the bottom in the number of COVID-19 cases.

He also announced that the state has contracted with Gravity Testing to provide 2,000 tests per day. Beshear adds the tests through gravity will provide results within 24 hours, not 7 to 10 days as in some of the national testing labs that have been used.

Governor Beshear thanked the Kentucky National Guard for their work across the state.

And he reminded Kentuckians to continue following the 10 steps that are outlined each day. Those steps can be found in the story at wkdzradio.com, whvoradio.com, and wpkyonline.com.

For more information at kycovid19.ky.gov or call 1-800-722-5725.

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