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Governor, First Lady Test Negative For COVID-19 After ‘Real Scare’

Stephanie Wolf

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear and First Lady Britainy Beshear tested negative for the coronavirus Tuesday after exhibiting symptoms which prompted them to cancel afternoon events.

Beshear delivered Tuesday’s COVID-19 update through a press release after canceling an afternoon media briefing.

“I wanted to start by letting you know that both my family and I are OK. We’ve tested negative for COVID-19 after a real scare. And I want to thank everybody out there who sent their thoughts and their prayers,” Beshear said. 

The state reported 562 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday, bringing the commonwealth’s total to 35,793. Eight new deaths were also confirmed including a 79-year-old woman from Hopkins County. Kentucky’s death toll is 783. The rate of positive tests is 5.87%.

“That is a number that is just too high to do a number of things we want to do,” Beshear said. “It means it’s just not safe at this moment to do a number of things that we’re working toward.”

Find more information concerning Kentucky’s response to the novel coronavirus here.

Dalton York is a Morning Edition host and reporter for WKYU in Bowling Green. He is a graduate of Murray State University, where he majored in History with a minor in Nonprofit Leadership Studies. While attending Murray State, he worked as a student reporter at WKMS. A native of Marshall County, he is a proud product of his tight-knit community.
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