FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) -- The number of new cases of the coronavirus in Kentucky fell sharply on Sunday, but Gov. Andy Beshear says don’t read too much into that low number.
During his daily Capitol press conference, Beshear said there were 38 new cases, bringing the total to 955, along with five more deaths, making it 45 during the pandemic.
“I wouldn’t read too much into it today because of it being a Sunday and what labs are reporting,” he said. “But with that being said, we have now had a number of days in a row, I believe four, where we have been at about the same, and my feeling is when you adjust today, it will be about the same.”
The governor noted, “When you look at other places in the country, many of which are doubling or more every three days, that is pretty good news, if you can find good news in the midst of this crisis.”
Of the five new deaths, three were from Jefferson County: an 80-year-old woman, a 66-year-old woman and a 54-year old woman. The others were an 85-year-old woman from McLean County and a 90-year-old woman from Woodford County.
The governor urged everyone to turn on a green light at their home Sunday night, to honor the victims.
Beshear says more National Guard members have been deployed across the state. “We now have 334 engaged across Kentucky. They’re doing everything from helping at hospitals to helping at our food banks, which need that help now more than ever. We will see more of our Guard being activated as we go.”
While drive-thru testing is on pause, the governor announced they have entered into an agreement with Gravity Diagnostics in Northern Kentucky.
“The agreement will provide up to 2,000 tests a day that we will be able to use around the state,” he said. “The goal is going to be to use that outside the Golden Triangle, which right now has U of L, UK and a number of other avenues to get quick testing. The number of tests will depend on the number of swabs that we can get, which are in critical demand.”
He said this will significantly increase the number of tests around the state, and the results will be available in 24 hours. Materials are being shipped out Monday, with testing beginning the following day.
“Some of the large national labs are taking 7-10 days to get results back, and that’s not really helpful,” he stated. “Somebody could already be through their self-quarantine, stop being symptomatic and be almost over this by the time the results come back.”
According to Beshear, two gyms in Frankfort were defying his executive orders by letting people in the back door, have been cited.
“Honestly, physical exercise is important to me, but if you run a gym where people would be in close proximity, all using the same equipment, spreading the coronavirus which is already killing people, and with an order out there that you cannot operate and you would open up the back door, my goodness. C’mon, we ought to be better than that, and shame on those who are doing that.”