92 new coronavirus cases reported in Kentucky

92 new coronavirus cases reported in Kentucky

FRANKFORT, Ky. (FOX19) - Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear announced the state’s largest single-day increase of coronavirus cases on Saturday with 92 more confirmed cases.

The new cases on Saturday brings the total coronavirus cases in Kentucky to 394.

“This is why we have social distancing. This is a virus that spreads like wildfire,” Beshear said. “So, yes we are going to see more cases in Kentucky.”

Among the latest numbers are cases in Boone County (5), Kenton County (16), Campbell County (4), and Grant County (1).

Across Northern Kentucky, there have been a total of 26 cases, according to NKY Health.

This person, who was more than 60-years-old, did have “underlying medical issues,” NKY Health said.

So far, around 64 people who did have the virus have recovered, the governor said during his news conference.

Gov. Beshear reiterated on Saturday that we should expect the number of positive cases to rise.

As for more testing, the governor stated they hope drive-thru testing will become available starting next week.

The governor also announced he signed an agreement with the Department of Labor to help workers affected by the coronavirus.

According to Gov. Beshear, the agreement will include:

  • Raise maximum weekly benefit by $600
  • Increase benefit weeks by 13 for a total of 39 weeks
  • Fund state UI benefits for individuals not typically eligible
  • Allow state to expand work share/short term compensation programs

All Kentucky residents who qualify for unemployment benefits should file a claim, the governor said.

Also on Saturday, Gov. Beshear said Kentucky is receiving federal disaster designation, which will give more funding for the commonwealth’s response to the pandemic.

President Donald Trump’s Major Disaster Declaration broadens access to the Public Assistance Program across the state to pay for emergency protective services not covered by other federal statutes.

States and local agencies will also be able to recover expenses regarding their response to the coronavirus outbreak, per the declaration.

Governor Beshear will hold another coronavirus press conference on Sunday at 5 p.m.

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