New COVID-19 case reported in Laurel County

Published: Apr. 1, 2020 at 4:57 PM EDT
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A third COVID-19 case was reported positive in Laurel County.

The Laurel County Health Department (LCHD) is working to find people who have had contact with this person and will instruct them on proper quarantine measures.

Executive Director of LCHD, Mark Hensley said, "The Health Department is committed to protecting the health and wellness of its community."

Original Story Early reports of a Pikeville Medical Center employee testing positive for COVID-19 previewed the beginning of Governor Andy Besher's daily news conference Wednesday. Governor Beshear reported 93 new cases and two new deaths, potentially bringing Kentucky's totals to 687 and 20, respectively. There are still discrepancies between what the governor announced and the state's official COVID-19 website, which currently only reports 680 cases and 18 deaths. "We are in the surge," he said. Just after the news conference concluded, health officials confirmed a second coronavirus case in Perry county. WYMT will confirm any new cases in Southeastern Kentucky with local health officials before publishing any details. Using a projection based on the White House model of potential deaths released Tuesday, Gov. Beshear said it is possible 21,000 - 29,500 Kentuckians could die if social distancing guidelines are not followed. If social distancing guidelines are followed, projections 1,300 - 3,200 deaths are projected in Kentucky. By comparison, an estimated 58,000 Americans died in the entirety of the Vietnam War - 1,000 of them Kentuckians. More than 10,000 tests have been given out in the state of Kentucky. The governor also encouraged Kentuckians to complete the 2020 census, as it will help the rebuilding process. You can watch the news conference live below:

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