Gov. Beshear issues order limiting travel from Kentucky to other states

Gov. Beshear gives update on coronavirus cases, response

FRANKFORT, Ky. (FOX19) - Governor Andy Beshear issued a new executive order to limit travel from Kentucky to other states as coronavirus cases continue to increase.

The governor announced 42 new coronavirus cases, as well as two more deaths, on Monday.

An 88-year-old woman from Kenton County was among the latest deaths, Gov. Beshear said.

So far, the total number of coronavirus cases in Kentucky is 480 and 11 total deaths.

Under the executive order announced Monday, Chief of Staff LaTasha Buckner says you can leave the state for the following:

  • Work
  • To get groceries if you live near the state border
  • Loved ones who rely on you for care
  • To get health care
  • If you have a court order

If you leave the state for any other reason you will be required to quarantine for 14 days, per the executive order.

“Right now we have more cases in other states,” the Governor said. “What it means is your likelihood of getting infected and potentially bringing back the coronavirus may be greater in other states than ours. You need to be home anyways.”

Governor Beshear also announced a 10-step plan to fight the spread of COVID-19:

  • Apply for benefits if you’re unemployed
  • Avoid crowds and gatherings
  • Do not travel (via anything: bike, bus, plane, vehicle)
  • Go to kyvovid19.ky.gov for accurate state information
  • Know when to seek care
  • Practice social distancing
  • Prioritize mental health
  • Report non-compliance
  • Stay healthy at home
  • Wash hands and surfaces

Senate Bill 150, which is the coronavirus relief bill, was also signed on Monday by the governor.

He says this bill will allow the state to create flexibility with the telehealth system and deciding who is eligible for unemployment insurance, prohibits non-emergent procedures, and allows for the delivery of alcohol.

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