Gov. Beshear gives Friday afternoon update

For the second consecutive day, Kentucky experienced its largest 24-hours spike in number of coronavirus cases since the pandemic began and there are three additional deaths.

Governor Andy Beshear says a 77-year old male from Hopkins County, a 73-year old female from Jefferson County and a 75-year old female from Fayette County have died. The Hopkins County Health Department noted the male had other underlying health conditions and they now have a third confirmed COVID-19 case. Eight Kentuckians have died from the coronavirus.

There are now 302 confirmed cases of COVID-19, up by 54 from the 248 that were reported on Thursday afternoon.

Governor Beshear again stressed the need for southern Kentuckians to not travel to Tennessee, unless it’s for work, noting specifically how close the local area is to hot spots just across the state line.

Tennesse has 1,203 confirmed cases, with Montgomery County’s number up to nine, Robertson up to 22 and Nashville-Davidson County at 216. Asked about potentially closing the border with Tennessee, Governor Beshear said he’s considered all options, but he’s ‘not there yet.’

The governor had praise for two Hopkinsville women—Rose and Rosetta Jackson—for their Adopt a Grandparent program efforts.

Many Kentuckians who filed for unemployment in recent days have received a notice saying they do not have sufficient income to qualify, but Beshear’s administration says those are not accurate and those individuals will receive another message next week with new information.