Kentucky up to 917 COVID-19 cases, 40 total deaths

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Posted at 5:15 PM, Apr 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-04 23:37:05-04

FRANKFORT (LEX 18) — Governor Andy Beshear announced during his Saturday press conference that there are now 917 cases of COVID-19 in Kentucky. Beshear also announced three more coronavirus-related deaths, bringing the state's coronavirus-related death total to 40.

Saturday's 917 cases are an increase of 92 cases from Friday. He said six of the new cases reported yesterday turned out to be duplicates or people who are out of state.

Governor Beshear is also encouraging people to wear cloth face masks in public, abiding by the CDC's new guidelines made on Friday.

The press conference took an emotional turn as well when Beshear talked about one of the COVID-19 patients who died from the virus, Aron Jordan.

"He was 49 and in good health," said Beshear. "He was from Boyd County, a union brick layer. He had seven kids and seven grand kids. So when you're talking about doing our duty as a Kentuckian and a patriotic american, we're talking about reducing our contacts and the difference in the loss we're going to have if we strictly comply versus poorly comply. This is one of the folks we lost. An amazing person who was loved by his family and by his community."

The Governor is also encouraging people to donate personal protective equipment as well. You can call 833-448-3773 if you have any questions

Here is the full briefing from the State Capitol: