FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — Gov. Andy Beshear announced during his Monday press conference that there are 87 new cases of COVID-19 in Kentucky and that the state's total is currently at 2,048.
Beshear also announced seven new coronavirus-related deaths in Kentucky, bringing the state's coronavirus-related death total to 104. Of the seven deaths, five occurred in Jefferson County while the other two occurred in Laurel and Muhlenberg County.
Because Kentucky is over 100 coronavirus-related deaths, Beshear said that the flags flown at the capitol will be flown at half-staff.
"Starting tomorrow morning, we are going to fly our flags at the capitol at half mast," Beshear said. "It is to recognize those 100 and we are going to do it for the next week in honor of these Kentuckians, because every Kentuckian we lose is one of us."
Of the 2,048 individuals to test positive for COVID-19 in Kentucky, at least 629 have fully recovered. There are currently at least 299 of those individuals hospitalized, 136 of which are in ICU (Intensive Care Unit).
Beshear also mentioned that Monday was the first day of drive-thru testing through a partnership with Kroger to test up to 20,000 people. Ninety-seven people were tested at the Frankfort location on Monday. The state's second drive-thru testing location will open on Wednesday in Kenton County.
“Kroger is doing this on their end for free, and that’s incredible,” Beshear said. “They are donating the man and womanpower, they are providing the PPE that the people are wearing and they are providing the setup.”