Kentucky saw a slight dip in its number of confirmed coronavirus cases announced on Sunday afternoon with only 38, although five new deaths were also reported. The total number of Kentuckians that have been confirmed to have the virus is now up to 955 with 306 of them already recovered. Over 18,700 tests have been reported and the total number of deaths is now up to 45.
Due to a fewer amount of labs reporting, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear made it a point to preface the fact that Sunday’s numbers are likely much lower than they are currently being reported.
“I wouldn’t read too much into it,” Beshear said in reference to only 38 new cases. “This is me being transparent. It’s a low number – we could really celebrate it, but I wouldn’t read too much into it today because of it being a Sunday and what labs are reporting.”
Six of the new cases are from Jefferson County and another seven are from Christian County. Of the five deaths, three are from Jefferson County (an 80-year old woman, a 66-year old woman, and a 54-year old woman), another was an 85-year old woman from McClean County, and the final was a 90-year old woman from Woodford County.
Beshear did provide some good news, nothing that Gravity Diagnostics – a medical lab in Northern Kentucky – is going to provide up to 2,000 tests per day around the state, with healthcare workers being prioritized.
During his daily update, Beshear also provided two separate graphs – one from the White House and one from COVIDACTNOW – that showed the potential estimates of Kentucky’s coronavirus cases in regards to how residents participate in social distancing. The governor believes that the numbers from the White House are more on the optimistic side.
Toward the end of his press conference, Beshear got real with the residents of Kentucky that have defied the state’s orders and are still holding church services or operating businesses behind closed doors. He made it absolutely clear that if they do not cease with actively ignoring government demands, they will be shut down.