Protestors demand for Gov. Beshear to reopen Kentucky as coronavirus deaths, cases increase

Protesters outside yell as Gov. Beshear delivers Wednesday update

FRANKFORT, Ky. (FOX19) - Protestors gathered, yelled, and chanted outside the state capital as Governor Andy Beshear delivered the news that seven more Kentuckians died from the coronavirus and 88 more tested positive for the virus.

During Wednesday’s update, protestors outside yelled criticisms over the governors handling of the state’s response to the coronavirus.

Horns and bells sounded as the crowd chanted for Gov. Beshear to open the state back up:

“Open up Kentucky, open up Kentucky, open up Kentucky.”

“Abortion is not essential, abortion is not essential, abortion is not essential.”

“Families are essential, families are essential, families are essential.”

“Let us work, let us work, let us work.”

Reopening the state would lead to more deaths and further spreading of the coronavirus, the governor said in response to the protestors outside.

“This would cause more people to die – we want to protect everyone – we are following White House guidelines,” Gov. Beshear stated.

While the crowd outside chanted demands for things to get back to normal, Governor Beshear announced seven more deaths and 88 new coronavirus cases.

Six of the 88 recent cases come from Northern Kentucky counties, according to the Northern Kentucky Health Department:

  • Kenton County - Two new cases, 103 total
  • Boone County - Four new cases, 65 total
  • Campbell County - Zero new cases, 50 total
  • Grant County - Zero new cases, 14 total

Overall, Kentucky now has 2,291 coronavirus cases and 122 deaths.

412 coronavirus patients are hospitalized while 252 people are currently in the ICU with the virus, the governor said.

On a positive note, Governor Beshear said 862 people have fully recovered from the coronavirus.

As for testing, 28,324 tests have been done to date in Kentucky.

Kenton County opened up their drive-thru testing facility on Wednesday.

According to the governor, the Kenton County site conducted more than 201 coronavirus tests as of 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Tests are being done at Summit View Academy, at 5006 Madison Pike, in Independence, according to Laura Brinson with the NKY Health.

To sign up for testing click here or call 888-852-2567 (select option one, then option three).

Testing will run through Saturday and the governor said there have been “significant signups through the four days.”

Four more drive-thru testing facilities will be announced on Thursday, according to Governor Beshear.

Gov. Beshear gives update on coronavirus in Kentucky

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