By Jessie Eden
Governor Andy Beshear has issued a new executive travel order. Kentuckians are being told not to travel across the border into other states, except for small exceptions.
You can travel for the following reasons;
- Crossing the border for your job
- If you are on the border and need medicine
- If you're required to cross the border for health care
- If you need to care for a loved one
- If a court requires you
He also urged people who have been outside of Kentucky to self-quarantine. He specifically cited people who had been on spring break asking them to self quarantine for 14 days, just as a precaution. "We're Kentucky first," said Gov. Beshear. "We want to protect our people to the maximum extent possible."
Additionally, he told Kentuckians that if you travel to a different state, outside of these exceptions, you will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days.
Update on Cases in Kentucky:Governor Beshear also said in a press conference on Monday that two people have died from the coronavirus. One is presumptive but likely will come back as coronavirus positive. A 88-year-old female from Kenton County and a 90-year-old female from Simpson County. Both had other health conditions but Coronavirus was a contributing factor.
There are also 42 new cases, one of which is presumptive. The total is now 480. There were three cases confirmed in Northern Kentucky;
1 in Campbell County
1 in Kenton County
1 in Boone County
One staff member and one resident at a Northern Kentucky Nursing Home in Campbell County have tested positive. Four other individuals are being tested. The total number of tests in Kentucky totals around 15k to 20k. This is per individual, not number of tests as some patients are tested multiple times.
Despite these recent updates, Gov. Beshear reassured Kentuckians that what they are doing is making a difference. "The amount of social distancing we do and the amount of contacts we decrease is going to make a huge difference on what we see going forward. We are doing well but we have to do better."
"Every positive decision you make saves lives. This is the challenge of our times, we didn't know in our generation that we would face something like this. This is our chance and our time. What we're being called upon is just to follow the rules and stay home. If we are able to take on a worldwide pandemic, that would say something about us. It says that we care more about each other than our bottom line."
Additional Updates:Gov. Beshear also mentioned that his office has reached out to all the Home Depots and Lowes in Kentucky and the stores will be making changes to handle larger crowds.
His office is closer to drive-through testing...but they are still sorting out some things with it.
Another update -- a 1-year-old who tested positive in Fayette County is now at home with mild symptoms.
In terms of unemployment resources, Kentucky unemployment has added 120 people to the phone lines to help answer questions, process applications. Gov. Beshear urged people to just keep trying to get through.