Kentucky passes 4,000 COVID-19 cases, some health services resume Monday

Published: Apr. 26, 2020 at 4:24 PM EDT
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Governor Andy Beshear announced 202 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Sunday bringing the state's total of confirmed cases to 4,074.

Gov. Beshear also announced three new deaths, one of them being an 88-year-old woman . The state's death toll now stands at 208.

1,511 Kentuckians have recovered from virus.

On Sunday, the governor also warned to remain vigilant as the state takes a first step in re-opening certain healthcare facilities.

“Tomorrow is the first day since this virus hit that instead of adding restrictions, we are reopening some areas,” the Governor said.

Gov. Beshear says the phased reopening of health care services is the first step under the Healthy at Work initiative.

On Monday, health care practitioners can resume non-urgent health care services, diagnostic radiology and lab services in:

-Hospital outpatient settings

-Health care clinics and medical offices

-Physical therapy settings, chiropractic offices and optometrists

-Dental offices (but with enhanced aerosol protections

“From a public health standpoint, from a medical standpoint, we would probably prefer to wait even longer before lifting any restrictions,” Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner for the Department for Public Health, said. “But we’re trying to balance competing societal needs: people’s need to get back to work, people’s need to perform other important functions in society, people’s need to pursue their lives, with the need to keep people safe.”

This does not apply to elective surgeries or procedures, which will be addressed in a different phase of re-opening the state.

Original Story

Governor Andy Beshear is set to give his daily COVID-19 update on Saturday at 5 p.m.

If you have any questions about the coronavirus in Kentucky, call the state's COVID-19 hotline at 1-800-722-5725.

You can also find more information, including how to protect your family, by visiting Kentucky's official COVID-19 website

You can watch the news conference here: