Governor Andy Beshear conducted his daily COVID-19 briefing Wednesday while protestors made their way inside the state capital calling for him to reopen the state’s economy.
Over 100 protestors gathered outside the capital before the governor began his daily briefing and made their way inside the building where their chanting was audible and sometimes distracted the governor.
right-click to download mp3The governor added that it was his hope the protestors were engaging in social distancing, but he doubted that was case.
right-click to download mp3Meanwhile, the consternation over the governor’s social distancing restrictions wasn’t limited to the protestors. Some Republican legislators kicked off the last day of the 2020 General Assembly by criticizing the governor’s emergency orders on Kentucky businesses.
Gov. Beshear announced 88 new COVID-19 cases in the state Wednesday, with 11 new cases in Daviess County and seven in Hopkins County. He said 412 people are hospitalized in the state with the virus, including 252 in an ICU ward.
Governor Beshear said there were 49 new COVID-19 cases in nursing homes, including 10 staff members, and reported three new deaths. According to state reporting numbers, nearly 31-percent of the state’s COVID-19 deaths have originated in long term care facilities.
He said there were six new cases at the Green River Correctional Complex in Central City and three new cases involving staff members at Western State Hospital.
Gov. Beshear says the state is still in an escalation period and that people need to still follow social distancing guidelines.
right-click to download mp3The governor said statewide testing has increased 50-percent in the past 10 days and announced several more testing initiatives in northern Kentucky and Louisville. He expects over 2,000 tests to be delivered daily to hospitals sometime next week.
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