After scare, Beshears test negative for coronavirus


FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – After feeling ill early Tuesday, Gov. Andy Beshear and his wife, Britaini both tested negative for the coronavirus and were feeling better by Tuesday afternoon, according to hi office.

But the concern prompted the governor to cancel a ribbon-cutting at midday Tuesday and to not hold his daily briefing in person.

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“The Governor and his family have tested negative for COVID. After feeling ill earlier in the day, the Governor took the appropriate steps to protect those around him. He is feeling better, but will provide tonight’s update via video and not a press conference. The Governor’s next live update will be Wednesday, Aug. 12, at 4 p.m.,” Communications Director Crystal Staley said in a statement.

Later Tuesday, Beshear said, “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,” the governor said.

“This morning, late in the morning, I started feeling bad with a lot of the symptoms that can suggest COVID-19. Because of that I immediately isolated and canceled events we had in the afternoon. A couple hours later, I was tested. And even the short wait that I had to endure gives me newfound empathy for those that are having to wait even a couple days to get their test results back, knowing that they may be separated from their family and wondering what their immediate future is going to be. So I’m going to continue to try to lead with this empathy and hopefully it makes me a better governor in addressing this virus,” Beshear concluded.