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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Beshear Orders More Businesses to Close by Thursday, One New Case Resulted from 'Coronavirus' Party

In his daily press conference Tuesday, Governor Andy Beshear put forth an order for all non-life sustaining businesses to close to in-person traffic this Thursday by 8 p.m.

Beshear said additional details on this closure order will come out on Wednesday and likely be in effect for a minimum of 10 days, likely longer. 

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Examples of life-sustaining businesses that WILL NOT close include grocery stores, pharmacies, banks, gas stations, food and beverage businesses and others. "This thing is ramping up across the country and we need to rise to the occasion to protect ourselves and others in Kentucky."

He also reminded people not to hoard goods. "If you buy for a month, the person behind you might not be able to get what you need."

In addition, it was a record-high day of confirmed cases at 39 and aggressive measures will need to be made. One case was the result of an individual who attended a 'Coronavirus Party. Gov. Beshear said that the party was more of a gathering of people getting together in defiance of warnings rather than exposing themselves to the virus. "It was a group of young adults in their 20s, thinking they were invincible, flaunting this social distancing prohibition. This is something we can't do. We have folks in this age group doing the right thing, we just need everyone doing the right thing."

When asked about President Trump's comment to hopefully open up the nation by Easter, Beshear said we have to be ready to wait as long as it takes in order to protect people. "This thing is ramping up across the country and we need to rise to the occasion to protect ourselves and others in Kentucky."

Additional Updates:

- So far, four people have recovered from the coronavirus over the span of about a month.

- There were around 2,000 calls made on Monday to the Coronavirus Hotline to report unsafe conditions of people gathering, not following CDC guidance, etc.

- Starting Wednesday at 5 p.m., Gov. Beshear will release a video for children to better understand the Coronavirus. It will start with pre-school ages on Wednesday and be framed around slightly older ages as week progresses.

- Gov. Beshear has signed SB177, an emergency clause which provides relief for school districts during an emergency. This waives the in-person student attendance requirements. Preparatory testing will be postponed but districts will not be penalized.

As always, Kentuckians are encouraged to visit the COVID-19 website for daily for updates and important information.

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