By TOM LATEK, Kentucky Today
FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) – Another high number of cases of the coronavirus were reported on Friday, along with two more deaths, according to Gov. Andy Beshear.
A total of 258 new cases were reported to state public health officials, bringing the total to at least 13,454 since the first case was confirmed on March 6.
“I know Kentuckians have what it takes to reopen as safely as possible,” Beshear said. “We must continue to strike the balance between supporting our local economies and still cutting our contacts significantly.”
The two new deaths announced on Friday, raise the total to 522 Kentuckians lost to the virus. They were a 95-year-old man from Franklin County and a 68-year-old man from Harlan County.
“This year has been tough for everyone. But just imagine, in addition to all this fear and uncertainty and sudden change, also losing a loved one and not being able to grieve with extended family and friends,” he said. “It’s unimaginable for those of us who haven’t experienced it. We might not understand these families’ pain, but we will still be there to support them.”
At least 3,516 Kentuckians have now recovered from the virus. State officials have said that number is likely greatly underreported.
“I’m so proud of Team Kentucky,” Beshear said. “As we realize that this fight will be a marathon, not a sprint, we have not lost heart. We have not lost our determination to protect each other. Instead, we have steeled ourselves to live in this new normal until we get a vaccine.”