Kentucky up to 104 cases of COVID-19; Non-essential retail businesses forced to close

Posted at 5:19 PM, Mar 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-23 09:19:42-04

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — Following a press conference Sunday, the state's COVID19 website update all recent test numbers to indicate that there are currently 104 positives cases in the Bluegrass.

The state's most recent case was confirmed in Scott County. Those numbers are expected to shift again at Monday's 5 p.m. press conference.

Beshear noted there have been more than 2,000 COVID-19 tests given in Kentucky to date. The average age of a COVID-19 patient is 53.3 years old, and only 6% of the patients have been admitted to the ICU in Kentucky.

Beshear also announced that starting Monday night at 8 p.m., all non-essential retail businesses must close to in person traffic, but can still make deliveries.

"This is the next step that we need to take to reduce the contacts among Kentuckians," Beshear said. "I want to be clear, the retail businesses being closed do not include grocery stores. They will stay open. Pharmacies will stay open. Drug stores will stay open. Gas stations will stay open. There is no need to rush to those types of stores, and please don't rush to any of these types of stores. What that does is create a crowd that can spread the coronavirus."

Beshear noted the types of retail businesses that will need to close include entertainment, sporting goods, clothing, shoes, jewelry, book stores, florists, furniture, and auto dealers. However, auto-repair and auto parts can remain open.