Gov. Beshear provides COVID-19 update

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If you’re having trouble watching the stream, it is also on the Governor’s Facebook page.

Beshear announced 39 new cases since Monday; the single biggest day increase. There are 157 confirmed cases in Kentucky, according to the state’s website. Beshear says one of the cases came from a coronavirus party.

Beginning March 24, all non life-sustaining businesses are ordered to close to in-person traffic. Beshear says more information will be released Wednesday.

Beshear issued an executive order ceasing all elective medical procedures and says 100% of the healthcare staff needs to be ready as COVID-19 cases increase.

In education, the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) testing for the 2019-2020 school year has been canceled. U.S. Department of Education (USED) officials announced March 20 that students impacted by school closures due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic can bypass standardized testing for the 2019-2020 school year. KDE applied for a waiver and was notified over the weekend that its testing waiver was tentatively approved by the USED.

All Kentucky school districts are now using Non-Traditional Instruction, and in-person classes have been called off through at least April 20. Gov. Andy Beshear has warned superintendents that there may be a need to keep buildings closed later than that date to stop the spread of COVID-19.

The state’s tax filing deadline is now July 15.

You can watch the full press conference above.

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