Virus Outbreak Kentucky

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear holds up a face mask while speaking about the novel coronavirus during a news conference at the state Capitol in Frankfort on April 26. (Ryan C. Hermens/Lexington Herald-Leader via AP)

Kentucky’s total number of confirmed COVID-19 infections has climbed to at least 8,571, with 148 newly confirmed Saturday, according to an update shared by Gov. Andy Beshear.

No new deaths were announced Saturday, meaning the state’s virus-related death toll stands at 391, notwithstanding one probable case.

“I am urging Kentuckians to please be safe this weekend,” Beshear said in a news release Saturday afternoon. He is not delivering live coronavirus briefings over the holiday weekend or on Memorial Day itself.

“As we recover, we are depending on Kentuckians to take the steps necessary to protect one another this weekend and every day and weekend moving forward,” Beshear said in the release.

At least 3,102 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus, according to state data.

As Kentuckians honor America’s war dead amid a virus pandemic often likened to an invasion, Beshear urged residents to remain vigilant.

Officials are asking for gatherings to be limited at 10 people or fewer. They should also wear masks while in public and maintain a physical distance of 6 feet or more and gather outside, rather than in confined spaces where the virus can easily spread through aerosolized respiratory droplets. Backyard barbecues and meals with family and friends should be paired with frequent hand-washing.

At the local level, the Barren River District Health Department did not report any new infections or deaths Saturday through its website.

However, additional cases were reported through the Barren River Area Development District’s online COVID-19 Dashboard, which draws data from the state Department of Public Health.

According to the dashboard, there are now 1,478 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 29 deaths in BRADD’s region. The latest figures through BRADD as of Saturday include the following: 920 cases in Warren County with five total deaths, 218 cases in Butler County with six deaths, 54 cases in Edmonson County with nine deaths, 20 cases in Hart County with no reported deaths, 42 cases in Barren County with one death, 47 cases in Allen County with two deaths, 44 cases in Simpson County with three deaths and 115 cases in Logan County with three deaths.

– Follow education reporter Aaron Mudd on Twitter @BGDN_edbeat or visit bgdailynews.com.

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Education reporter. Covers education and related issues, focusing primarily on the Bowling Green and Warren County public school districts and Western Kentucky University.

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