Real-time updates | Gov. Beshear confirms 38 new COVID-19 cases, 5 new deaths

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — This blog will be updated daily with the latest information on COVID-19 in Kentucky. You can also see the newest stories in our Coronavirus section.

Sunday, April 5

5:35 p.m.

Governor Andy Beshear confirmed 38 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 955. He also confirmed 5 additional death and that statewide total is 45. He did say in the vain of transparency and because it’s Sunday, fewer results came in so numbers could be higher. 

Three of those deaths are from Jefferson County which include an 80-year-old, 66-year-old and 54-year-old — all women. The other two cases are an 85-year-old female from McLean County and a 90-year-old woman in Woodford County.

The governor also confirmed 306 people have recovered from the virus.

So far, 18,767 tests have been given.

Beshear says two Kentucky gyms were cited after letting people in the back door. 

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5:20 p.m. 

Beshear announced a new agreement with Covington-based Gravity Diagnostics in Northern Kentucky. The agreement will give the state up to 2,000 additional tests daily. These tests will be for those who are tier one symptomatic, high-risk patients who are symptomatic, medical workers, and first responders. 

“Our number that we can confirm right now is about 18,000 so if you think about 2,000 a day, and we enough swabs to do that, we’ll almost double the number of tests that we can confirm in Kentucky in a full week,” Gov. Beshear said at Sunday’s press update.

While the tests will be done around the state, Beshear said they will primarily be administered outside of “the golden triangle,” which includes places outside of the area between Louisville, Lexington and Northern Kentucky. 

“This is a significant step for us. It means that if we can get the swabs that we need, we can make sure there isn’t any area of the state, that doesn’t have, at least compared to the rest of the country, a pretty significant ability to test,” he said. 

The governor said the number of tests depends on the state’s available supply of swabs. 

“Swabs are in critical demand and we are looking at options on the manufacturing side and any way that we can get them,” Gov. Beshear said.

Beshear said he expects the turnaround for the tests to only be one day to see results.

“It means, if you’ve got a group of healthcare workers that are self-quarantined and we really need them in the hospital, we can get that back and they can get back to work,” he said. 

Tests will be shipped in Monday. The governor said actual testing will begin slowly starting Tuesday, April 7 and Wednesday, April 8. 

4:05 p.m. 

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer says Jefferson County has a total of 313 cases of COVID-19. He also announced 6 additional deaths from the virus, bringing the overall total to 20. 

3:43 p.m.

Health officials in Shelby County have announced the county’s first death of COVID-19. Officials say the elderly woman had underlying health conditions. 

They also confirmed two more cases of COVID-19 in Shelby County and one in Spencer County. 

Saturday, April 4

5:23 p.m.

Beshear recommends the CDC suggestion of everyone wearing a cloth mask in public. Stresses no one besides health care providers should be wearing surgical or N95 mask – the are needed for healthcare workers.

The governor also says that just because you’re wearing a mask doesn’t mean you can get within 6-feet of a person. He says to still practice social distancing and adds that if you’re in a place where you may be close to others – like a grocery store – it’s a perfect time to wear a cloth mask.

Beshear adds that Kentuckians need to be extra careful not to touch their faces when wearing masks. He said it’s tempting to mess with or adjust the mask because it’s something everyone is used to.

The new CDC guidance on masks can be found here.

5:00 p.m.

Governor Andy Beshear has confirmed 917 cases of COVID-19 in Kentucky, up 92 cases from Friday. Says 16,663 people have been tested despite not receiving all reports from facilities that have been doing the testing. He says three people have died bringing overall total to 40. 

Of those deaths are a 56-year-old female from Fayette County, a 52-year-old female from Bullitt County and an 81-year-old man from Boone County. 

4:45 p.m.

Mayor Greg Fischer confirmed via social media that Jefferson County now has 300 cases of COVID-19 and 17 deaths.

He said officials knew the numbers would increase and been preparing for it.

“In past years, I would visit a dozen community events on a nice spring Saturday. I miss it, too! But what we’re doing — staying home & staying 6′ apart when we must go out — is absolutely necessary to stop the spread of COVID-19,” he said. “Let’s stay home.”

3:30 p.m. 

Health officials in Shelby County have confirmed two new lab cases of COVID-19, bringing the county’s total to 10. The adult man and woman are self isolating.

Friday, April 3

5 p.m.

Gov. Beshear said the state has seen 90 new cases, bringing the state total to 831 coronavirus cases. Beshear cited 26 new cases in Jefferson County, though Mayor Fischer has said there are 33 new cases in Louisville.

There were six additional deaths, though Beshear said the number may be higher as Mayor Greg Fischer has reported an additional death in Jefferson County. Beshear said the difference is because the state and city have different cut-offs.

Beshear also said 228 people have fully recovered from COVID-19 in the state. The governor also said they believe the number may be larger. 15,572 people have been tested statewide.

4 p.m.

Mayor Greg Fischer said there are 274 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Louisville, 33 more than yesterday.

Fischer also said there were 5 new deaths in Jefferson County, the single largest amount since the epidemic began. The total amount of deaths in Louisville is now at 14.

“If you have not changed your daily behavior…you are not helping the city, you are not helping yourself,” Fischer said.

Seven non-essential businesses were forced to close, and three businesses were given citations for social distancing, Dr. Sarah Moyer said.

The two Louisville firefighters who tested positive for COVID-19 are both healthy and back at work, Fischer said.

Fischer also said the Red Cross would hold blood drives Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Yum! Center.

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