Gov. Andy Beshear gives updates on voting, new COVID numbers

Coronavirus Watch Kentucky

FILE – In this April 19 2020 file photo, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear speaks about the novel coronavirus during a media conference at the state Capitol in Frankfort, Ky. Beshear signed an order Friday, April 24, allowing Kentucky residents to vote by mail in the upcoming primary election, which had already been pushed back to June because of the coronavirus. (Ryan C. Hermens/Lexington Herald-Leader via AP, File)

Ky. (WEHT) — Gov. Andy Beshear said Tuesday’s Green River Correctional Complex numbers were off by 10. A total of 339 inmates and 50 staff tested positive at the facility after everyone was tested.

Beshear says anyone can vote absentee in the June 23 Primary Election. To register to vote, click here. He says a portal is coming to request absentee ballots and there will be fewer polling locations. The Governor said National Guard leaders offered to help and members will work as poll workers and keep polling places operating safely.

Beshear announced 159 new cases Wednesday, for a total of 5,934 cases with three probable. 78,603 tests have been done, and Beshear believes the number is higher. Eight more deaths have been reported.

Beshear says he would not count on summer camps happening in June. He says they’re trying to find a childcare plan to work into Phase Two of reopening.

Beshear announced a new travel ban but says it is similar to the one they had before. The new executive order continues to ban anyone with a positive or presumptively positive case of COVID-19 from entering Kentucky, except as ordered for medical treatment. It also keeps in place requirements of social distancing on public transportation. Those traveling from out of state into Kentucky and staying are being asked to self-quarantine for 14 days.

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