Kentucky surpasses 1,000 cases as 54 new cases, 14 new deaths confirmed by Gov. Beshear

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WYMT) - Monday's edition of Governor Andy Beshear's daily COVID-19 update came as more cases crept into Southeastern Kentucky.

The governor announced 54 new coronavirus cases and 14 new deaths, bringing the total to 1,008 and 59, respectively.

More than 19,000 people have been tested in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

These numbers do not include several cases reported Monday in the WYMT viewing area.

Around 3:00 Monday afternoon, we learned that Knox County's first confirmed case is a police officer in Barbourville.

The Whitley County Health Department confirmed their first case.

Thirty minutes before the governor's news conference began, Laurel County health officials announced their fifth confirmed coronavirus case.

WYMT confirms all coronavirus cases and deaths in Southeastern Kentucky with local health departments before publishing any information.

"We will see heartbreaking loss in the next week," the governor said. "The next weeks and month will be critical."

Governor Beshear brought up the state's projection showing the potential death toll could reach 47,000 if social distancing is not followed.

The projection indicated the death toll could be as high as 13,000 if the social distancing response from the public is "poor."

However, if Kentuckians follow the guidelines strictly, deaths could be limited to 2,000.

For perspective, an estimated 58,000 Americans died in the Vietnam War - 1,000 of them Kentuckians.

The governor did not provide an update on the amount of people who have recovered from the virus. As of Sunday, that total was up to 306.

The governor announced that cabins in state parks will be used to quarantine first responders.

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

You can also find the latest information, including things you can do to protect you and your family, by going to the state COVID-19 website here.

President Trump and the Coronavirus Task Force are also speaking. You can watch that live by clicking here.

You can watch the governor's news conference below:

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