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Editor’s note: This story will be updated as new information becomes available related to the coronavirus COVID-19 in Kentucky. The map of Kentucky COVID-19 cases will be updated as Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear and the Kentucky state government announce new COVID-19 cases in the state of Kentucky. This story was last updated at 5:00 p.m. on March 28. 

The coronavirus COVID-19 has been impacting the world. Close to the Hill, it has resulted in the closure and cancellation of many schools, business, sporting events and recommending social gatherings don’t consist of more than 10 people. 

As of March 28, there are now approximately 394 confirmed cases in Kentucky according to a press conference from the office of Gov. Andy Beshear. There are 92 new cases, which is the largest day-to-day increase Kentucky has seen. Beshear announced two new cases in Warren County, bringing the total to 10. 

There are approximately 64 people who have recovered from COVID-19 in Kentucky, Beshear said. 

Beshear said a 1-year-old in Fayette County tested positive for the coronavirus. 

On March 27, Beshear recommended that Kentucky residents do not travel to Tennessee to avoid the spread of the coronavirus.

During the press conference Beshear said there were two new COVID-19 related deaths. A 75-year-old female from Fayette County and a 77-year-old male from Hopkins County. 

“We haven’t lost two in a day until now,” Beshear said.  

Beshear said there were 50 new cases on March 26. 

“This will be our single largest increase in a day, though it is not escalating as quickly as other states,” Beshear said.

There were four fewer new cases on March 25 than the previous day. Beshear announced 39 new cases on March 24, and 35 on March 25. 

Beshear said Kentucky’s fifth COVID-19-related death — a 75-year-old man — came out of Jefferson County on March 25. 

On March 24, Beshear said he believes there are four people who have fully recovered from the coronavirus. 

“Seeing four people already through it and out of it is really exciting,” Beshear said. 

Beshear said Kentucky’s fourth COVID-19-related death came out of Lexington on March 23 — an 82-year-old woman who had underlying health conditions. 

Beshear emphasized that even if there isn’t a positive confirmation in a particular county doesn’t mean there are no cases in the county.

“This is in every county right now,” he said during the March 23 press conference. “It’s about knowing most people are asymptomatic but can still spread it and making sure that even without a positive confirmation, you are doing what you should do to protect other people.”

Beshear said not all cases have demographics available with them including age, sex or county. 


“All that information on numbers is going to be a little imperfect as we go,” Beshear said.

On the night of March 23, nonessential in-person retailers closed, Beshear said during the press conference. Grocery stores, pharmacies, banks, hardware stores and gas stations will remain open. Auto dealers will still be able to provide repairs and parts and perform services online or over the phone. Kentucky’s primary election has been delayed till June 23.

Sen. Rand Paul’s office said on March 22 that he tested positive for COVID-19. His office wrote in a tweet that he is quarantined and is “asymptomatic and was tested out of an abundance of caution due to his extensive travel and events.” 

“I wish him the best and his family the best,” Beshear said. 

Beshear said on March 21 that Kentucky had its third COVID-19 related death — a 67-year-old male in Anderson County. 

On March 21, Beshear said there was one new case in Warren County and one waiting to be confirmed. This brought the total to four possible positive cases. The new case was a 55-year-old male. 

The second case in Warren County was confirmed on March 19. The new case was announced by the Barren River District Health Department and is an 80-year-old woman. On March 20, Beshear confirmed the case during his press conference. He listed the case as a female in Warren County.

During his press conference on March 18, Beshear said one of the new cases from state lab results is in Warren County — it was the first confirmed case in the county.

Beshear also said one of the new cases is an 8-month-old in Jefferson County. 

He said Kentucky has a second person who’s recovered from the coronavirus. That person is located in Montgomery County.

“We expect to see the coronavirus all over the commonwealth,” Beshear said. 

The first coronavirus-related death in Kentucky was reported on March 16 as a 66-year-old Bourbon County man, Beshear shared during a press conference. 

“There were numerous factors that led to this point,” Beshear said. “The coronavirus was only a factor.”

Beshear said during his press conference on March 19 that Kentucky had a second COVID-19 related death. He said a 64-year-old male from Jefferson County died on March 13. 

The first confirmed case in Kentucky was on March 6. The patient is a 27-year-old female from Harrison county. She has since fully recovered, Beshear said in a press conference on March 13.

“Kentucky, we’re gonna make it through this,” Beshear said.

Kentucky residents can call the state COVID-19 hotline at 800-722-5725 to speak with healthcare professionals at the Kentucky Poison Control Center who can provide advice and answer questions. Visit Kentucky’s Cabinet for Health and Family Services website for more guidance regarding the disease.

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