Kentucky reports 159 new coronavirus cases, 8 more deaths on Wednesday

Gov. Beshear gives update on coronavirus in Kentucky

FRANKFORT, Ky. (FOX19) - The day after Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear announced the state’s largest-ever increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases, he reported a much lower number of new cases with 159 on Wednesday.

Eighteen of the 159 new coronavirus cases came from counties in Northern Kentucky, reports the Northern Kentucky Health Department.

Here’s the overall breakdown of total coronavirus cases by county in Northern Kentucky:

  • Boone County - 182 cases
  • Campbell County - 105 cases
  • Grant County - 25 cases
  • Kenton County - 334 cases

Two more residents in Kenton County have also died from the coronavirus.

NKY Health says these two most recent deaths were people in their 80s and 90s.

There have been 40 total deaths related to COVID-19 in Northern Kentucky to date, according to the NKY Health.

Across the entire state, Gov. Beshear announced eight new deaths on Wednesday.

During his update on Wednesday, the governor also talked about the upcoming primary election on June 23.

The National Guard will be helping work the election polls and keep polling locations safe.

“We literally are spread out across the entire state and I would venture we probably have soldiers or airmen who live in virtually all 120 counties,” National Guard Brig. Gen. Hal Lamberton said. “So it quite simply is a common-sense solution for the issue.”

If you need to register online to vote in the election you have until May 26.

Those needing to register need to go to

As for the continued reopening of Kentucky, specifically restaurants, Governor Beshear says he hopes to have an update soon.

He says he hopes to be able to deliver guidance and the reopening plan for restaurants on Friday of this week.

Kentucky’s travel ban remains in place, but the governor says he did make a slight adjustment to it to better comply with judicial findings and works similarly with neighboring states like Ohio.

“Basically, the court said, ‘We think Ohio’s is fine. We think yours should be more like Ohio’s,’” Governor Beshear. “So we’ve issued one today that’s just like Ohio’s. That’s what the court says will work, so that’s what we’ll do.”

The travel ban order, like the previous one, still blocks anyone with a positive or presumptively positive coronavirus case from entering Kentucky.

The only exception under this ban is for a medical treatment that has ordered.

Just like the original one, this travel ban still orders those coming from out of state and into Kentucky to self-quarantine for 14 days, according to the governor.

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