FRANKFORT, Ky. (WYMT) - Governor Andy Beshear and state officials are giving Tuesday afternoon's COVID-19 update. He started by explaining how to talk to your children about the virus.
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The governor then announced one new confirmed case in Lyon County. This brings the total confirmed cases to 26:
These numbers include the patient in Harrison County that recovered and the 66-year-old man in Bourbon County that died while sick with the virus.
The governor then ordered certain businesses that encourage congregating and cannot operate while also complying with social distancing rules must close by 5 p.m. Wednesday. This includes gyms, community centers, concert venues, theaters, sporting events, and hair and nail salons.
You can watch the announcement in the video below.
In keeping with Governor Andy Beshear’s order to cancel in-person government services, driver’s licensing offices statewide closed at 5 p.m. Tuesday. People with driver's licenses that are about to expire will have an additional three months to renew them.
When our sister station WKYT asked Beshear when more COVID-19 tests will be available, the governor said:
"Well I look forward to the day and I'm working for that day when everyone who wants to get tested can get tested. That will be a good day, both for the mental health of our people and it will help us, be a whole lot more important to me to not give people false hope. It will come, we will have it at some point time in the future, but we have got to be ready for what our situations are on the ground right now."
The Kentucky General Assembly started back on Tuesday amid concerns about COVID-19. Beshear and legislative leaders say numerous precautions are being taken as critical legislation is waiting to be passed.
WKYT also asked Beshear about the General Assembly's plans:
"I'll tell you I'm done with politics in this building, what we are facing is a state of emergency and I can't waste my time on the back and forth anymore. I have a whole state of people that I'm looking out for every day. So here is what the General Assembly needs to do, they need to choose 1 of 2 options. Option one pass a budget, make that happen and then adjourn. The reason why that would be important is the possibility we are still dealing with this when the next fiscal year starts. I hope that's not the case, but there is a possibility and without a budget it would make spending very difficult. In addressing the epidemic so we would have financial security of how we address the epidemic. Option 2, just go ahead and adjourn. I would be willing to call a special session in the future when it is safe, but I'll tell you I'm only going to call a special session to address the budge and anything related to the coronavirus."
If you have any questions, call the state COVID-19 hotline at 1-800-722-5725.
You can also get the latest information, including things you can do to protect you and your family, by going to the state COVID-19 website here.