Kentucky up to 302 confirmed cases of COVID-19; Beshear says to stay away from Tennessee

Posted at 5:24 PM, Mar 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-27 19:21:38-04

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — Gov. Andy Beshear announced during his Friday press conference that Kentucky is up to 302 cases of COVID-19, up 54 from Thursday.

Beshear also reported three more coronavirus-related deaths in Kentucky, one of which was a 75-year-old female in Fayette County. The second death was a 77-year-old male in Hopkins County. And, the third death was a 73-year-old female from Jefferson County. It is the first time there have been multiple reported coronavirus-related deaths.

"We haven't lost two in a day until now. I know it is hard. I will tell you it won't be the last time we do until we are through this," Beshear said of reporting multiple coronavirus-related deaths. "The stakes are very serious and very personal. While you or I may not know these two individuals, there is a whole lot of people that do. There are a whole lot of families who are going to be missing their loved one tonight. So please, know that while I always want to talk in terms of encouragement and I always want to try to get us to follow these rules through the positive, that what we are doing is very significant and in some instances a matter of life and death. I want to make sure we have as few of these announcements as we can."

Beshear also strongly encouraged those that live close to the Kentucky-Tennessee border to not travel to Tennessee. As of 3 p.m. ET, Tennessee has 1,321 confirmed cases of COVID-19, more than quadruple the number of confirmed cases in Kentucky.

"We have made major sacrifices such as shutting down bars and restaurants, nail salons, all these forward-facing businesses," Beshear noted. "But our neighbors from the south, in many instances, have not. If you are a Kentuckian living on that border, I need you to not go to Tennessee for anything other than work, helping a loved one or maybe the grocery if it is there closer."

The day-by-day numbers of cases of COVID-19 in Kentucky dating back to March 20 are listed below.

March 20 - 63 confirmed cases
March 21 - 87 confirmed cases
March 22 - 103 confirmed cases
March 23 - 124 confirmed cases
March 24 - 163 confirmed cases
March 25 - 198 confirmed cases
March 26 - 248 confirmed cases
March 27- 302 confirmed cases