Kentucky up to 1,346 cases of COVID-19, 73 deaths

Posted at 5:35 PM, Apr 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-08 20:47:38-04

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — Gov. Andy Beshear announced during his Wednesday press conference that there are 204 new cases of COVID-19 in Kentucky and that Kentucky's case total currently sits at 1,346. The 204 new cases marks the largest day-to-day spike in cases since COVID-19 was first reported in Kentucky. It is the second straight day that Beshear has reported a new high in spike of cases.

Of the 1,346 individuals to be diagnosed with the virus, 339 have fully recovered from the virus, at least 205 individuals are hospitalized and 93 are in ICUs.

Beshear also announced eight new coronavirus-related deaths in Kentucky, bringing the state's coronavirus-related death total to 73.

Beshear and Chief of Staff La Tasha Buckner also announced a new executive order that limits each household to only one person inside life-sustaining businesses.

"It is going to help you and the business practice social distancing," Buckner explained. "It is also going to help your family stay safer because you have less people going into the stores and potentially becoming exposed. It also means that families and households shouldn't go to the stores together, but instead, one adult gets what is needed while the other members stay healthy at home."

Buckner did note that there were exceptions the executive order.

"If you're the adult in the household and you need to go out and get groceries but you have minor children or other adults who have physical or mental impairments where they can't be on their own, they can still accompany you to the grocery store or pharmacy," Buckner said.

Door-to-door soliciations must also end under the new order.

The demographics of the eight individuals who died of coronavirus-related causes are listed below.

63-year-old male in Jefferson County
90-year-old female in Jefferson County
91-year-old female in Jefferson County
93-year-old female in Jefferson County
78-year-old male in Calloway County
76-year-old male in Christian County
86-year-old female in Christian County
86-year-old male in Christian County