17 more Kentuckians have died of COVID-19, cases begin to plateau

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WEHT) – Governor Beshear announced 17 more Kentuckians have died of COVID-19, bringing the total number of deaths in the state to 171. Most of the new deaths are from long-term care facilities throughout the state. There are also 177 new cases in the state.

Governor Beshear said although cases are not yet decreasing, he believes the state’s cases have reached the plateau.

There have now been 33,328 people tested in the state. 1,266 people have recovered from COVID-19.

Governor Beshear also spoke about a Hopkins County couple who have both lost their lives to COVID-19. Eyewitness News will have their story full tonight on Eyewitness News at 9 and 10.

Governor Beshear also spoke about where Kentucky is on meeting benchmarks to reopen the state.

BENCHMARK: NUMBER OF CASES

Although cases have plateaued, Governor Beshear said the cases are not yet decreasing. Cases must decrease on average for 14 days.

BENCHMARK: TESTING

Additionally, Governor Beshear said Kentucky is acquiring more testing including the beginning of drive-through COVID-19 testing in Madisonville today.

There will also be additional testing in the Tri-State as a testing center will be added in Christian County. The testing site will be at Tie Breaker Park in Hopkinsville and will be available for healthcare workers and first responders. The testing site will be made possible in partnership with local health departments.

Governor Beshear says he will make a significant testing announcement on Wednesday.

BENCHMARK: PPE

In terms of PPE, Governor Beshear says the state has made significant gains in PPE over the last week as seen in the graph below.

BENCHMARK: PROTECTING AT-RISK POPULATIONS

Governor Beshear says the majority of the state’s deaths are continuing to spike in long-term care facilities, which remains to be a key focus in the state’s plans.

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(This story was originally published on April 21, 2020)

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