As of Sunday, March 22, 2020, the state of Kentucky has confirmed that 104 residents have tested positive for coronavirus.
The map below details the latest update on the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Kentucky. As this number continues…
The governor of Kentucky, Andy Beshear said that so far over 2,000 COVID-19 test have been given to Kentuckians and the average age for a person being admitted to a hospital after testing is around 53 years old.
Out of everyone who has been admitted only 6% of them have been sent to the ICU. Beshear believes, however, by the end of today (March 23, 2020) those numbers are expected to jump higher.
Governor Beshear also gave a press conference last Monday mandating that all non-essential retail businesses be close down to in-person traffic, however, those businesses can still make deliveries. He feels this is the next step to keeping Kentuckians safe.
“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.” LEX 18 reported.
In addition to that, Kentucky senator Rand Paul has been confirmed to have tested positive to COVID-19, according to his Twitter account. He’s the first sitting member of the U.S. Senate to get coronavirus and upon finding out he was contagious he immediately left the Senate and went into self-quarantine.
Senator Rand Paul has tested positive for COVID-19. He is feeling fine and is in quarantine. He is asymptomatic and was tested out of an abundance of caution due to his extensive travel and events. He was not aware of any direct contact with any infected person.
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) March 22, 2020
The President of the United States, Donald Trump, posted a public message on Twitter to Rand Paul saying that the Senator is “strong and will get better soon.” Paul was not aware of being in contact with anyone who had the virus, however, his testing positive prompted everyone who worked within close contact with him to get tested immediately and to also go into self-isolation, which included Republican Sen. Mitt Romney, of Utah.
Rand Paul is the third member of Congress to test positive for COVID-19 and the other two are Representative Ben McAdams, D-Utah and Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Florida.