Gov. Andy Beshear has announced three more confirmed cases of coronavirus in Kentucky, making four total cases in the state.
The cases have been documented in Jefferson, Fayette and Harrison counties. All individuals are being treated in isolation, Beshear said during the announcement on Facebook Live Sunday evening.
Beshear said officials had expected the additional cases and that there would likely be more.
“It was going to happen. Folks, we’re going to have more positive tests that come back. As long as we are ready, as long as we work together and as long as we remain calm, we’re going to be okay,” Beshear said.
The state lab in Frankfort has tested 21 individuals for coronavirus. Seventeen have tested negative.
No information has been released on how the individuals contracted the virus.
Beshear stressed that the best way Kentuckians can prevent the disease is to maintain good hygiene.
“Wash your hands and wash them a lot,” Beshear said. “Wash them a lot more than you normally would and wash them twice as long as you normally would.”
The first coronavirus case was confirmed on Friday. State officials announced on Saturday that the individual who contracted the disease was from Harrison County, and was treated at Harrison County Memorial Hospital in Cynthiana before being transferred to UK Chandler Memorial Hospital in Lexington.
Governor Andy Beshear has signed a bill into law requiring all Kentucky school resource officers, or SROs, to carry a gun.
“The threats to our children in our schools is very real,” Beshear said, citing incidents where guns were found on school campuses, a thwarted school shooting plot in Shelby County, and the 2018 shooting in Marshall County.
“I simply cannot ask a school resource officer to stop an armed gunman entering a school without them having the ability to not only achieve this mission, but also to protect themselves,” he said.
Kentucky abortion rights advocates hope that their lives will be easier with a Democratic governor in office, but they will still have to contend with a strongly anti-abortion legislature.
Tamarri Wieder is the public affairs and policy director for Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky. She says that Gov. Andy Beshear’s defeat of Gov. Matt Bevin last year shows that voters didn’t rally around anti-abortion causes.
“He tried to really use Andy Beshear’s pro-choice stances against him and it failed,” Wieder said.
“While the makeup of the General Assembly hasn’t changed, I think the voices and the votes in Kentucky are standing up and realizing the hypocrisy of these bills and how damaging they are to the commonwealth.”