FRANKFORT, KY — Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear says fewer new COVID-19 cases were confirmed Wednesday than were confirmed the day before.
On Wednesday, the governor says 35 new cases have been confirmed. Tuesday, 39 new cases were confirmed.
During his daily COVID-19 briefing on Wednesday, Beshear assured Kentuckians "What you're doing is working," saying the sacrifices being made across the state — from closures and cancellations across the state to individual social distancing practices — are helping fight the outbreak.
Wednesday's new positive tests bring the total number of confirmed cases in the state up to 198. The governor said one of the new cases was someone who went on spring break and tested positive after returning to Kentucky.
“Don’t go on spring break. You are going to put your health, the health of your family and the health of those around you at risk,” Beshear said.
Beshear said another patient has died of the virus in Kentucky. The governor said the patient was a 75-year-old man from Jefferson County. There have now been five deaths in Kentucky from the virus.
During Wednesday's briefing, the governor also announced unemployment eligibility has been expanded to include people who would not normally be covered by unemployment insurance — including people who were self-employed, independent contractors, freelance workers, substitute teachers, childcare workers employed by religious affiliated organizations and non-profits — to help people who have lost work amid the pandemic.
A news release sent later Wednesday evening by the governor's office explains that "those who left their job for 'good cause' because of reasonable risk of exposure (self-quarantine) or due to caring for a family member affected by the virus are also eligible.'
To file an unemployment claim in Kentucky, visit kcc.ky.gov.
Kentuckians who have questions about the coronavirus can call the state hotline at 1-800-722-5725. To see the latest updates from the state, click here.