Kentucky: Latest updates on Coronavirus

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Last updated on March 17 at  12:50 p.m. E.D.T.  

On March 16, Governor Andy Beshear reported that 25 people have now tested positive for COVID-19 in Kentucky, according to Lex18

Yesterday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced the state’s first death related to COVID-19. The patient was a male who had multiple medical conditions. The first case of the novel coronavirus in Kentucky was detected on March 6.

In his announcement, the governor also directed all restaurants and bars to close with the exceptions of drive through and delivery. The State Capital building will be closing to all nonessential personnel. 

The governor has already declared a state of emergency and issued an executive order to waive insurance fees and allow residents without insurance to receive testing if needed. 

All public schools in Kentucky, including the Kentucky School for the Blind and Kentucky School for the Deaf are closed, as of March 16. Hospitals have been asked to postpone elective procedures, and the governor has also recommended that senior centers be closed “to help halt the spread of the virus for those most vulnerable.” 

The Kentucky Derby, initially scheduled for May 2, will be moved to Saturday, Sept. 5 in response to COVID-19 and the Kentucky Oaks will be on Sept. 4, according to WLKY.  

Kentucky’s COVID-19 hotline: (800) 722-5725

Cases by county:

  • Bourbon: 1 (1 death)
  • Clark: 1
  • Fayette: 7 
  • Harrison: 6
  • Jefferson: 7
  • Montgomery: 2
  • Nelson: 1

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Originally published on Live Science

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