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Beshear reports seven additional coronavirus deaths, 203 new cases during Tuesday briefing

By Tom Latek
Kentucky Today

A total of 203 new cases of the coronavirus and seven virus-related deaths were reported by Gov. Andy Beshear on Tuesday.

The total number of cases has risen to at least 12,829 since the first case in Kentucky was reported in early March. The deaths are at 512. Boone and Jefferson County each had two of the latest deaths, with one each reported from Allen Green and Hardin counties.

The coronavirus has been associated with more than 500 deaths in Kentucky since March when it was first reported.

“We have come so far, we have sacrificed so much, we have shown so much compassion for one another,” Beshear said. “Let’s continue to be good people, because that’s what’s going to defeat the coronavirus.”

He said everyone needs to remember COVID-19 is still out there, it spreads aggressively, and it can be deadly, adding there are three things you can do to help stop its spread.

“No. 1: Socially distance, wash your hands and wear a mask; that’s critically important,” he said. “No. 2: Make sure you regularly get tested for COVID-19. We need that all over the commonwealth. And No. 3: If you’re contacted by one of our contact tracers, make sure you talk to them. That’s how you protect yourself and everybody around you. If we can do those three things, we can continue to reopen Kentucky, to do it safely and to protect one another.”

On Tuesday, Beshear’s administration also offered updated guidance covering public pools and gatherings of up to 50 people. For details, go to kycovid19.ky.gov, click on “Learn More” in the Healthy at Work section, and scroll down the page to June 29 reopenings. You can then click on a link to those topics plus expanded youth sports, whose guidance also takes effect that day.

Beshear also announced that at least 3,431 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus.

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