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Kentucky up to 3,050 cases of COVID-19, 154 deaths

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Posted at 5:36 PM, Apr 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-20 18:48:21-04

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — Gov. Andy Beshear announced on Monday that there are 102 new cases of COVID-19 in Kentucky and that the state's total number of cases is currently at 3,050. Beshear also announced six new coronavirus-related deaths, bringing the state's total to 154.

Of the 3,050 individuals to test positive in Kentucky, 1,134 have fully recovered. Beshear added that there are currently 263 individuals hospitalized due to COVID-19, 147 of which are in the ICU.

Beshear also noted that the Green River Correctional Facility, a prison in Central City, now has 46 total cases of COVID-19 after seven new cases (five inmates, two staff) were reported.

Lieutenant Governor Jacqueline Coleman also gave an update on unemployment in Kentucky, noting that the state has processed twice as many unemployment claims since March 8 as it did during all of 2019. The state is averaging about 13,000 new claims every day and about 25,000 phone calls every day. Coleman also gave specific direction for those that have applied for unemployment but have not heard back or have not been able to get through to the state.

"If you have applied for unemployment insurance, do not re-apply and do not open another claim," Coleman said. "When you do that, it causes your claim and others to slow down and it causes payments to be delayed. We have put a team in place that have began to go through the re-opened claims and the duplicates and to try weave those out so that we can make sure our system is moving quicker."

The demographics of the six new individuals in Kentucky whose deaths were coronavirus-related are listed below.

64-year-old male from Jefferson County
62-year-old female from Jefferson County
76-year-old female from Jefferson County
59-year-old female from Crittenden County
92-year-old female from Adair County
85-year-old female from Hopkins County