April 23 Ky. COVID-19 update: 3,481 confirmed cases, 191 deaths

Posted at 9:41 PM, Apr 23, 2020

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVF) — Governor Andy Beshear announced Kentucky now has a total of 3,481 people who have tested positive for COVID-19 and 191 people have died from the virus.

Of the 3,481 cases, 1,335 people have recovered. Dr. Steven Stack also elaborated on the first phase of reopening the state, beginning with healthcare services.

On Monday, April 27, Kentucky non-urgent/emergent healthcare services, diagnostic and radiology and lab services can reopen in the following fields:

  • healthcare clinics & medical offices
  • physical therapy settings & chiropractic offices
  • optometrists
  • dental offices (but with enhanced aerosol protections)

"To do this safely, you've seen all of these procedures that we've put into place, make sure you are going above and beyond." added Beshear. "If you are a practitioner in any of these areas, you are fully committed to following the guidelines that wil be put out ... Just a couple of folks not doing it right, cannot only ruin it for everybody else, but will spread the virus, so don't be that person. We can't be the folks who ruin it for the entire profession and set our timetable back."

Governor Beshear reiterated the new drive-thru testing locations, including the two in Lexington.

Starting Friday, April 24, there will be drive-thru testing available at Walgreens at 2296 Executive Drive available seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This site is reserved for first responders and healthcare workers with or without symptoms.

Starting Monday, April 27, drive-thru testing will be available through Kroger at Bluegrass Community and Technical College at 500 Newtown Pike. That testing site will be available Monday thru Friday from 8:30am to 5:30 p.m. This site will be available to anyone who wants to be tested.

Louisville will also begin drive-thru testing on Monday, April 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Louisville and Lexington will both have these drive-thru testing locations available for two weeks.

Owensboro and Bowling Green will be two additional sites that will have drive-thru testing beginning Tuesday, April 28. You can schedule a testing appointment here.