Kentucky up to 8,426 COVID-19 cases, 391 total deaths

Of the 8,426 COVID-19 cases since March 6, there have been 3,069 recoveries.
Posted at 5:18 PM, May 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-22 17:54:48-04

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — Gov. Andy Beshear announced there are 8,426 COVID-19 cases and 391 coronavirus-related deaths in the state of Kentucky.

Friday's results include 141 new cases and five new deaths.

Of the 8,426 COVID-19 cases since March 6, there have been 3,069 recoveries.

Gov. Beshear also said he believes the state is beginning to have a declining rate of positive tests.

The reopening of restaurants began on Friday.

Gov. Beshear and Dr. Steven Stack again wanted to urge people to be safe and responsible this Memorial Day weekend.

With certain restrictions being lifted, including the reopening of restaurants and now being able to gather in groups of 10 or fewer this weekend, Dr. Stack doesn't want people to get complacent.

"We've gone through a lot together over the last few months," said Dr. Stack. "We've sacrificed a lot ... it's taken a big toll.

"This is a time that gets dangerous for us. People get complacent and can have the tendency to reach the wrong conclusion sometimes.

"The reason we're not having as serious a crisis right now in terms of health and loss of life is because of what you've done as Team Kentucky and staying healthy at home these past couple of months," Dr. Stack added.

"Because we're not in that trouble, somebody can conclude that the danger is not still there and I just got to urge you the danger is there."

Social distancing requirements for additional businesses and activities scheduled to reopen in June (fitness centers, bowling alleys, youth sports, etc.) have been posted.