Gov. Beshear's Thursday COVID-19 Update
By West Kentucky Star Staff
FRANKFORT - During his Thursday update, Governor Andy Beshear announced 100 new cases of novel coronavirus in the state, for a total of 770 cases.

As of Thursday, 11 more individuals have passed away after contracting the virus, bringing the total number of deaths in the state to 31. According to Beshear, Kentucky may have had the first death associated with the virus, from someone that didn't have other underlying health problems.

Beshear announced that he has been in contact with public school superintendents and private schools to extend the pause on in-person classes until at least May 1.

He also announced a new executive order related to travel. Under the new executive order, anyone traveling into Kentucky will be required to quarantine for 14 days. He has also allowed state, county, and city governments to rehire people that have previously retired in an effort to strengthen their workforce.

Beshear has also put a hold on overnight stays at state parks, including campgrounds and lodges at state parks.

In a second new executive order, Beshear has commuted the sentences of 186 class C and D felons. Officials say they have worked to determine which inmates may be more likely to contract the virus. All that were released will have conditions they will have to uphold including a mental screening, ensuring they have a home to go to after release, and they will be required to be quarantined upon release. Beshear says they have also identified 743 other inmates that are currently going through the screening process.

Here is the complete update:

Published 04:29 PM, Thursday Apr. 02, 2020
Updated 07:59 PM, Thursday Apr. 02, 2020



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