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

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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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