Houses of worship can begin in-person services Saturday, Gov. Beshear announces

Gov. Beshear gives update on Kentucky's coronavirus response

FRANKFORT, Ky. (FOX19) - Governor Andy Beshear says houses of worships can return to in-person services starting on Saturday.

In-person services were supposed to start in a few weeks from now, but the governor announced the new start date after recent court rulings from Friday.

Another change announced on Saturday was hospitals can start to allow visitors for patients.

Kentucky Department for Public Health Commissioner Doctor Steven Stack says one visitor per patient is now allowed “at the discretion of the hospital.”

The total number of coronavirus cases in the state is now at 6,440 total after Governor Beshear reported 158 new cases on Saturday.

Of the new cases from Saturday, the Northern Kentucky Health Department says 16 of them are from their area.

Here’s the overall breakdown of cases by county in Northern Kentucky, per NKY Health:

  • Boone County - 364 cases
  • Campbell County - 111 cases
  • Grant County - 28 cases
  • Kenton County - 364 cases

Kentucky’s death toll has now eclipsed 300 with more deaths reported on Saturday.

The six additional deaths announced by the governor on Saturday brings Kentucky’s total to 304.

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