Kentucky up to 5,245 cases of COVID-19, 261 deaths

Posted at 6:03 PM, May 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-04 19:21:30-04

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — Gov. Andy Beshear announced during this Monday press conference that there are 163 new cases of COVID-19 in Kentucky and that the state's total currently sits at 5,245.

Beshear also announced eight more coronavirus-related deaths, bringing the state's coronavirus-related death total to 261. Six of those eight deaths are from Jefferson County while the other two are from Hopkins and Hardin county.

Of the 5,245 individuals to test positive, 1,921 have fully recovered.

While surrounding states such as Indiana and Tennessee have eased stay-at-home restrictions, Beshear made it clear that he will not follow in other states' footsteps and will do what he feels is best for Kentucky in terms of re-opening the state.

“We’ve got to be the smartest based on public health, based on a gradual phasing-in where we can protect our population,” Beshear said. “Let’s not be first. Let’s be the smartest."

Beshear also added that 17 drive-thru testing sites will open in Kentucky this week. The location of those sites include Boyd, Bracken, Christian, Calloway, Laurel, Jessamine, Mason, Montgomery, Oldham, Perry, Pendleton, Rowan, Trigg and Warren counties.