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Kentucky up to 124 cases of COVID-19, 4th death confirmed

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Posted at 5:23 PM, Mar 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-24 08:43:53-04

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — Gov. Andy Beshear announced on Monday that Kentucky is up to 124 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Beshear also confirmed the fourth coronavirus-related death in Kentucky, an 82-year-old woman in Fayette County. Beshear added the woman had underlying health conditions.

In another move to combat the virus, the governor announced a new hotline for people to report businesses or people who aren't following the orders to stop the spread of coronavirus.

That number is 833-KYSAFER or 833-597-2337.

Beshear also announced the Team Kentucky fund, where people can donate to help struggling Kentuckians.

He also said he wants to make drive through testing a reality here in the state, but there's a roadblock. The protective equipment needed for health care workers to administer the tests is hard to find. In order to get them, Kentucky has to bid against other states and the federal government.

"I am willing to pay whatever it takes to protect the people of Kentucky to the maximum extent that we can,” he said. “At the moment folks, some will take this the wrong way, I'm not concerned about money, I'm concerned about lives."