FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — As new testing facilities open across the state, the number of cases of Covid-19 continues to rise in Kentucky.
On Friday, Governor Beshear released seven benchmarks the state of Kentucky will need to clear in order to be able to lift some of the restrictions.
One of those benchmarks focuses on the need to be able to protect the most at-risk population.
So on Saturday, he announced the state's new long-term task force to provide key updates on how Kentuckians are working to fight Covid-19.
"Our decisions are going to be made data-driven. With science, obviously wanting to do everything we can get to a new normal but to do it safely," said Beshear.
Another benchmark is an increased testing capacity and contact tracing, which Governor Beshear says the state of Kentucky is already working to do.
Kenton County tested more than 212 people Saturday, bringing their total to 848 tests given in the past four days. That's now the most successful drive-thru testing site Kentucky has had so far.
More sites open up on Tuesday in Madisonville, Paducah, Somerset and Pikeville.
The governor says he hopes to have more info on even more locations for testing come Wednesday.