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While risk is low, Governor Andy Beshear says officials are preparing for Coronavirus

Posted at 3:31 PM, Mar 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-03 17:35:54-05

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — As the Coronavirus continues to rapidly spread, people in Kentucky need to be ready.

“Moving forward, being prepared is incredibly important," Gov. Andy Beshear said. "I believe that at one point we will see a case.”

Beshear took part in a conference call with governors across the country, the vice president, the head of the CDC and other federal officials on Monday.

“We are by the minute monitoring the Coronavirus. I want to people to know that is of the utmost importance to me,” said Gov. Beshear

Gov. Beshear says the risk here in Kentucky is still considered low. While no cases have been reported here, he says 122 people were being monitored at one point. That number is now down to 12. We’re told that process can take 2 weeks.

“I would encourage all those businesses that are out there that don't currently offer paid sick leave, consider it for the next several months,” Beshear said.

Gov. Beshear says his team will also be closely monitoring the virus at large gatherings like Keeneland or the Kentucky Derby.

“As we go into those events, if we don't have any other developments, what we will be encouraging is good hygiene,” Beshear noted.

That’s the biggest advice from the governor moving forward: practice good hygiene and get the flu shot.

“It's scary, people are nervous about it. I want them to be prepared, but I don't want them to be scared,” said Beshear

Beshear wants to remind people that the flu is still a bigger threat, killing nearly 80 Kentuckians this flu season.