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Gov. Beshear confirms 2nd COVID-19 death

Posted at 5:17 PM, Mar 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-19 18:49:37-04

(LEX 18)  — Gov. Beshear confirmed that Kentucky currently has 47 cases of COVID-19 and that a 64-year-old man in Louisville has died.

The man who passed away suffered from underlying health conditions, Beshear explained. He passed away on Mar. 13 but the test didn't come back until recently.

A six-year-old has also been confirmed to have the novel coronavirus. This is the second juvenile to contract the virus after it was announced Wednesday that an 8-month-old infant had also tested positive. To comfort parents, Beshear reminded listeners that children are particularly resilient when it comes to COVID-19.

Due to an increase in testing facilities and labs, the concrete number of cases will change throughout the day, said Beshear.

The governor continued to drive home the importance of social distancing to protect vulnerable citizens. He also took the opportunities to quash rumors of the National Guard shutting down the state.

"Fear is our enemy in this thing," said Beshear.

The governor also took the opportunity to state that he is “extremely disappointed” in the Senate’s version of the budget that he saw last night. Cuts to Medicaid and other proposals during this spread of the virus are examples of “being a bad neighbor," said Beshear.

The Governor also clarified another order that all public gatherings should be stopped, not just church and school.