Gov. Beshear responds to protesters from Saturday

5,130 COVID-19 cases, 253 coronavirus-related deaths in KY
Posted at 5:15 PM, May 03, 2020

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — Governor Andy Beshear announced that there are 5,130 COVID-19 cases and 253 coronavirus-related deaths in the state of Kentucky.

The current numbers are from Saturday and Sunday.

Governor Beshear reported 173 new cases and five new deaths on Saturday, and 80 news cases and zero new deaths on Sunday. He added that Sunday's numbers are lower than usual based on certain labs being closed.

On Saturday, protesters gathered outside of the Capitol to make a stand for liberty and constitutional rights. Some were also protesting Governor Beshear's ordered guidelines to wear masks and social distance. This included some state leaders and representatives.

"All I ask is that folks who disagree to do it safely," said Beshear. "What I have heard is that speakers, leaders, and even state representatives and state senators asked people to take off their masks? Told people that social distancing is optional? And one even said they are not going to take the vaccine when it's created. That's just reckless."

"Again, it's okay to disagree, but if you are a leader that people listen to, be responsible in how you do it. If people want to protest and be heard, do it in a safe way," Beshear added.

Governor Beshear also mentioned that approximately 50 people per Kroger testing site have signed up to be tested, but haven't shown up.

"We're in a worldwide health pandemic, it's something that can be deadly, you could be asymptomatic and potentially spreading it to other people," said Beshear. "To sign up and take that slot and not showing up, you can't be doing that."