Gov. Beshear announces first death in Kentucky, closure of restaurants and bars


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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WEHT) – Governor Andy Beshear announced the state’s first death related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) during his update to Kentuckians Monday. The victim was a 66-year-old man in Bourbon County.

Additionally, Governor Beshear announced the closure of all restaurants and bars in the state beginning Monday. Restaurants may remain open for take-out service only.

Governor Beshear said the state is also taking steps to waive the waiting period for unemployment for those who are losing their jobs because of COVID-19 and will waive any work search requirements while the state of emergency is in effect.

As of 9 a.m. ET Monday the state still had a total of 21 positive cases. One Harrison County woman had recovered and one Bourbon County man, who had other medical conditions, passed away Sunday night.

As of 5 p.m. ET, March 15, the state’s current COVID-19 patient information includes:

  • 66        M         Bourbon, passed away Sunday, March 15
  • 40        F          Fayette
  • 46        M         Fayette
  • 31        F          Fayette
  • 47        M         Fayette
  • 31        M         Fayette
  • 27        F          Harrison, out of the hospital and fully recovered
  • 67        F          Harrison
  • 68        M         Harrison
  • 54        F          Harrison
  • 60        M         Harrison
  • 51        M         Harrison
  • 69        M         Jefferson
  • 67        F          Jefferson
  • 68        F          Jefferson
  • 80        F          Jefferson
  • 73        F          Jefferson
  • 56        M         Montgomery
  • 53        M         Nelson
  • 49        M         Clark
  • 54        M         Jefferson

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(This story was originally published on March 15, 2020)

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