Tuesday Update: Gov. Beshear announces more than 600 new COVID-19 cases in daily briefing

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear has confirmed a coronavirus case in Lexington, the first in the...
Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear has confirmed a coronavirus case in Lexington, the first in the Bluegrass State. (Photo: MGN)(WDTV)
Published: May. 5, 2020 at 3:45 PM EDT
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Governor Andy Beshear announced a new spike in COVID-19 cases during his daily update Tuesday.

You can watch that here.

The governor announced the largest one-day case increase since the virus was first reported in the commonwealth, with 625 new cases.

309 of those cases are at the Green River Correctional Complex in Muhlenburg County. Health officials conducted focused testing at the facility, underscoring the possibility of significant underreporting from a lack of testing, especially in closed environments.

Kentucky now has at least 5,822 cases. 61,013 Kentuckians have received tests. By comparison, Tennesse has tested 218,796 people.

Fourteen new deaths were reported. The death toll is now at 275.

2,058 people have recovered from the virus.

The governor's update comes as local health officials announced


independently confirms all of Southeastern Kentucky's positive COVID-19 cases, along with any coronavirus-related deaths, with local health departments before publishing any details.

The governor announced that free testing will take place at Pikeville Medical Center on Tuesday through Thursday. No registration is required.

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