Update: Perry County test negative, per state health department

Published: Mar. 26, 2020 at 4:07 PM EDT
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Updated 03/26/20

According to Scott Lockard, Public Health Director of Kentucky River District Health Department, the test in Perry County Governor Beshear initially reported as positive in fact came back negative.

"What happened today in this process, is we had not received any notification until the governor had already went on air. Then right as he was going on air, I received notification that this was pending and so evidently the governor was provided miss information that this test was positive when in fact it was still pending," said Lockard.

Lockard says once a COVID-19 test is processed at a state lab, local public health officials are notified before Governor Beshear gives his daily news conference.

"After further consultation with the state health department lab we have now determined that the result is negative," Lockard said.

Lockard said today there was unfortunately a mistake as the state lab is processing more tests.

“The things we’re seeing right now is that the quantity of testing that they are seeing has picked up dramatically so sometimes mistakes can happen," said Lockard.

Lockard also told WYMT if there is a positive case in Perry County, he will be notified and will work with local officials to make sure everyone is informed.

Very good news! We just received a call and after reviewing it further, the 90-year-old Perry County nursing home resident has tested negative for #COVID19.

Posted by Governor Andy Beshear on Thursday, March 26, 2020
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Governor Andy Beshear confirmed 50 new cases of the coronavirus in Kentucky, bringing the total up to 248 across the commonwealth.

Another case was reported in Pulaski County.

The governor said there were no new deaths reported today. However, one may die soon.

This is a breaking news story. This will be updated at we learn more.

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