State has 124 cases, another death; more on jobless benefits: Governor

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Kentucky now has 124 coronavirus cases, 21 new cases since Sunday evening.

The state also had its fourth death, an 82-year-old woman in Lexington who had underlying health issues.

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“Again this is the test of our time, our generation,” Beshear stressed, noting the number of cases will get worse.

“This is why we’ve been aggressive. We can and we will get through this,” he continued, urging people to ring bells each day at 10 a.m. in solidarity with the fight.

“It’s game time, time for all of us to step up,” Beshear said.

“This is a time to put our lives, everyone’s lives above their bottom line.”

The cases continued to be from across the state, including one from Allen County, three more from Daviess, two from Breathitt, two more from Harrison, six more from Jefferson County, to more from Fayette, one each from Simpson, Scott and Warren and three from unknown counties, the governor said.

Cases have been in 28 counties statewide.

The state has had 1,866 people tested.

The state also had to get an order to force a man in Louisville to self-isolate after he tested positive and refused to separate himself.

He continued to urge people to go to the state’s web site — kycovid19.ky.gov — for information.

Half the state’s medical students — about 300 — have volunteered to help respond, the governor said.

Some new steps have a been taken for unemployment security and more steps will come Tuesday, he said. That includes substitute teachers and independent contractors.

Among other things, the governor ordered the end to all elective medical tests and procedures. He previously recommended they be ended as a way to help maintain health care capacity for treatment of coronavirus cases, but he extended it to an actual order after some health care outlets didn’t stop the tests.

It is an extension of a previous order to stop all elective surgeries.

Beshear signed an executive order to cease all elective medical procedures. He previously recommended ceasing them, but additional action was necessary since some groups did not follow the original guidance.

State leaders used simple math to illustrate how fast the virus can and spread. For instance, one person spreading the disease to three people would exponentially spread the disease to more than 1,000 people in just a matter of days.

“Think about whether what you are about to do is going to infect someone or infect you, is it worth it?” State Health Director Dr. Steven Stack said.