Beshear: New order prevents cross-state travel unless necessary

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WEHT) – Governor Beshear announced Monday there are 42 new positive COVID-19 cases as Kentucky now has 480 total confirmed cases.

Governor Beshear also announced a new executive order for Kentuckians not to travel to other states except for very specific reasons such as work, healthcare and medicine needs, food and grocery shopping, caring for a loved one, or if a court requires you to travel.

Additionally, anyone from Kentucky returning to the state from an out-of-state trip for anything than the exceptions listed above is required to self-quarantine for 14 days.

Beshear says the likelihood of getting COVID-19 in other states could be greater, especially on the southern border with Tennessee, where more cases are being reported.

“I believe that you out there are doing well, and we need to do better. And we have to do better, and the lives of our people depend on it, but you are working really hard at it,” Beshear said.

Beshear says he wants to protect the people of the Commonwealth to the maximum extent possible.

You can read the full executive order here.

Additionally on Monday, Governor Beshear announced two additional deaths in the state, an 88-year-old female in Kenton County and a 90-year-old female in Simpson County.

The state estimates that the total number of tests in Kentucky have now reached between 15,000 and 21,000 individuals across the state.

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(This story was originally published on March 30, 2020)

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