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Gov. Andy Beshear says Kentucky remains a ‘very fragile place’ as coronavirus cases top 13,000

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By Tom Latek
Kentucky Today

Kentucky has now had more than 13,000 cases of the coronavirus, according to figures released Thursday by Gov. Andy Beshear.

A total of 234 new cases were reported to state public health officials, bringing the total to 13,197. “We have to make sure that we can keep our number of new cases in this type of range,” Beshear stated.

“To give you an idea of how that compares to a couple other place that are struggling right now, Arizona is about seven million people, maybe just a little bit more, compared to our four-and-a-half million people. They had 2,500 new cases on Wednesday, 2,300 on Tuesday. Think about it, that’s over 10 times our cases.”

He says despite no decline in cases, the reopening of Kentucky remains on track and the healthcare system still has the capacity to take care of people. Still, “It is a very fragile place where we are. We need to continue to follow the Healthy at Work rules, we need to continue to wear masks.”

Three more deaths were also recorded, which makes it 520 since the pandemic began. They occurred in Jefferson, Logan, and Perry counties. The 520 reflects the removal of a woman who an investigation determined had recovered from COVID-19, before she died of other causes.

During his press briefing, Beshear also gave updated information regarding the executive order he signed three days after taking office last December, automatically restoring voting rights to felons who had completed their sentences after being convicted of non-violent, non-sexual offenses.

“At that time, we estimated that about 80,000 people got their voting rights back, right then,” he said. “As of today, because that executive order was automatic, and restored rights every day that somebody completed that sentence, 175,053 ex-offenders have now had their right to vote restored.”

He reminded them that they still have to register to vote and that the deadline for the June 23 primary has passed, but there is still plenty of time to register for the November General Election.

Friday is the final day those having problems with their unemployment Beshear benefits can meet in person with adjudicators at the Cabinet for Health and Family Services Building, 275 East Main Street in Frankfort. But that is not the final day such help will be available.

“Our hope, while it won’t be next week but potentially the week after, we can have people back in areas around the state able to help them, so that people don’t have to travel.”

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  1. Karen LaRocco says:

    Andy you have been doing a phenomenal job protecting Kentucky ! But, don’t you think it is time to hold back on some of the new openings…such as the State Fair…public pool openings…Kentucky Kingdom???…. Especially, in light of the many protests that have been happening in Louisville and other cities in our commonwealth… We don’t know yet the toll that it has taken on our health .. Many people I see seem to be lacking in their social distancing and mask wearing… Maybe, just maybe ,,we should slow down just a bit…what do you think??? I personally do not want to lose the progress we have made…. I would like our state to be in the top ten of controlling this virus… Look how well and how far New York has come…

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