Kentucky up to 2,707 COVID-19 cases, 144 total deaths

Posted at 5:26 PM, Apr 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-18 18:22:41-04

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — Governor Andy Beshear announced that there are 2,707 COVID-19 cases and 144 coronavirus-related deaths in the state of Kentucky on Saturday.

Saturday's 206 new cases are the second highest daily increase of COVID-19 cases in the state. There have also been 1,174 recoveries.

Governor Beshear reported that 274 people are currently hospitalized with 155 people in ICU.

Governor Beshear reiterated the benchmarks and guidelines the state will continue to follow in order to reopen the state's economy:

-Number and rate of new cases
-Increased testing capacity and contact tracing
-Personal Protective Equipment availability
-Ability to protect at risk populations
-Ability to social distance and follow CDC guidelines on large gatherings
-Preparedness for possible future spike
-Status of a vaccine and treatment

He also reiterated the successful drive through testing that's taken place over the last week.

"Kenton County, today, did over 212 tests," said Beshear. "That means over the four days, they did 848 in Kentucky, at least as far as the state is concerned, that is the most successful drive-thru testing to date, but I think we can do even better."

Drive through testing locations will begin in Madisonville, Paducah, Somerset and Pikeville on Tuesday-Thursday.

On Wednesday, Governor Beshear will announce more new locations for drive through testing.