Beshear asks Kentuckians for masks as virus cases jump by 90, deaths 6

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) – Kentucky had 90 new cases and six more deaths from the coronavirus on Friday announced Gov. Andy Beshear during his daily Capitol news conference.

That brings the totals to 831 cases overall, and 37 people who have lost their lives due to the pandemic.  The governor also said 228 people in Kentucky have fully recovered. “That’s just what we can confirm now, we believe it’s significantly more. These are folks that have fully come through this and are out the other side.”

There is still a shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers and first responders, so Beshear is calling upon Kentuckians to donate what they have and has established a website and phone number to ease the process. For more information, donors can go to giveppe.ky.gov or call (833) GIVE-PPE.

“The number of people that have come together to provide these supplies, what you are doing is protecting our frontline workers,” Beshear said. “I am so proud of you, but I know there is so much more.”

Beshear cited a friend who runs a chocolate company. “He just delivered almost 200,000 gloves. I know there are others out there, we need all of this. This is when it is needed the most, so please, if you have PPE, make sure you get it to us.”

In addition to the website and phone number, he said PPE can be dropped off at all 16 Kentucky State Police posts, as well as the Transportation Cabinet district offices in Louisville and Lexington.

A Campbell County resident sued the governor Friday over his executive order banning interstate travel, calling it unconstitutional. When asked to comment on the report, Beshear replied, “I haven’t read it, I’m not worried about it, and we will win.”

The governor also referenced modeling done on a website known as covidactnow.org, which projected how many cases and deaths could occur in Kentucky over the next three months, based on four scenarios:  limited action, stay at home with poor compliance, stay at home with strict compliance and total lockdown.

According to the model, results after three months showed:

--Limited action would infect more than 70 percent of the population with 47,000 deaths and overload the healthcare system by April 25.

--Stay at home with poor compliance would result in half of the state residents infected with 13,000 deaths and overload the healthcare system by June 4.

--Beshear’s scenario, which is staying at home with strict compliance, would infect six percent of the population with 1,000 deaths and never overload the hospital system.

--A total lockdown would infect less than one percent of residents, with less than 1,000 deaths and never overload the healthcare system.

“I hope this motivates folks,” Beshear said. “I know this could be scary, it is, the whole thing is scary.”

For the latest information on the coronavirus pandemic in Kentucky, guidance from state and federal health officials, and restrictions Gov. Beshear has in place, go to the website, http://kycovid19.ky.gov/. Those without internet access or who may need more information and guidance can call the hotline at (800) 722-5725.  

          

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