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11 cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Kentucky

Posted at 8:59 PM, Mar 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-13 06:52:50-04

(LEX 18) — During a press conference Thursday, Gov. Andy Beshear told Kentuckians that the number of positive cases in the state would change as three labs in the state began testing for the novel coronavirus.

He initially confirmed 10 cases of the illness in the state but said that more numbers would be posted later in the evening. The two new cases were confirmed to be in Jefferson and Fayette Counties.

Just before 9 p.m. Thursday night, the state updated their totals. 118 people had been tested and the number of positive tests increased to 11. 107 tests were negative. The WEDCO Health Department announced that the case was based in Harrison County and that it was linked to the original case. That brings the total number of cases in that county to 6.

The state is still urging people to practice social distancing and good hygiene to prevent the spread of disease to vulnerable populations.

During his press conference, the Governor also encouraged school districts to close out of an abundance of caution. You can view all the school closings in the LEX 18 area here.