Beshear adds to business closures, says one new Ky. case came from ‘coronavirus party’

Beshear adds to business closures, says one new Ky. case came from ‘coronavirus party’

Update on COVID-19 in Kentucky - 3.24.2020

Posted by Governor Andy Beshear on Tuesday, March 24, 2020

FRANKFORT, Ky. (FOX19) - With 39 new coronavirus cases and 163 total cases in Kentucky, Governor Andy Beshear announced more measures he is taking to slow the spread of the virus.

Effective 8 p.m. Thursday, all non-life sustaining businesses will be forced to close to in-person traffic, the governor said.

“With the rise in cases and knowing that these next probably two weeks are going to be some of the most important, we are going to take the next step; so effective Thursday at 8 p.m. we are going to be asking all non-life-sustaining businesses to close to in-person traffic,” Beshear said.

Gov. Beshear said the order will be out on Wednesday to give businesses more guidance. He said many businesses provide life-sustaining services and will be allowed to stay open, even though they must maintain social distancing.

He also hinted at some of the businesses that will be ordered to close, saying most professional services, including attorneys, accountants and those in real estate, can be performed at home.

The order comes after Beshear says Kentucky saw its highest one-day spike of cases with 36.

One of the new cases came from someone who had recently gone to a “coronavirus party,” the governor said heatedly.

The party was made up of a group young adults in their twenties he said.

“This makes me mad, and it should make you mad,” Beshear said. “There is the power of forgiveness and we will move on and forgive, but there should not be any more of these parties – for any reason.”

Two of the positive cases are from Kenton County, bringing Northern Kentucky’s total to 12: two in Boone County; one in Campbell County; and nine in Kenton County, according to the Northern Kentucky Health Department.

Gov. Beshear also talked about schools, unemployment and coronavirus tests during his Tuesday news conference.

For schools, the governor announced that all K-Prep testing has been canceled.

School districts will also be getting relief after the signing of Senate Bill 177, he stated.

The governor talked about independent contractors in regard to their unemployment concerns.

“It is an error in the system that you [indenpendent contractors] don’t qualify for unemployment,” he said.

He said times like this, during a pandemic, were not thought about when the unemployment system was created. Because of that “error in the system,” Beshear said he is working and fighting to fix this problem.

The governor touched on another issue in the state towards the end of the conference; the lack of personal protective equipment (PPE).

Beshear said because they are lacking PPEs, it is holding up the ability for widespread testing.

The governor added many businesses, including food and beverage industries, are making barrels of hand sanitizers for hospitals and first responders.

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