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Ky. COVID-19: 1,452 confirmed cases, 6 more deaths on April 9

79 deaths reported, 395 have recovered
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Posted at 3:54 PM, Apr 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-09 18:16:37-04

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVF) — Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear said the state has confirmed 134 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, bringing the state total to 1,452.

Six more Kentuckians have died from the virus, and 79 have died in total.

Gov. Beshear said 395 people in the state have recovered.

On Thursday, Gov. Beshear signed an executive order to provide temporary disability payments to more categories of workers in the event they need to be quarantined and are unable to work.

This order expanded the payments to those who work in childcare, grocery, postal service, domestic violence shelters, child advocacy, rape crisis centers, active National Guard, military, social work and correctional officers.

Previously, the disability payments extended to only first responders, including police officers, firefighters, EMS and health care workers.

On Wednesday, the Gov. Beshear signed two executive orders that limit essential stores to allow only one person per household inside, as well as, allowing Kentuckians to fill a 30-day prescription without visiting a doctor.

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What is COVID-19 (a.k.a. the new coronavirus?)

According to the World Health Organization, coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. Examples include the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. COVID-19 stands for "Coronavirus disease 2019," which is when this strain of the coronavirus was discovered.

What are the symptoms?

The CDC says patients confirmed to have the 2019-nCoV reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Or at least two of the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

At this time, the CDC believes symptoms could appear as soon as two days after exposure, or as long as 14 days.

Prevention

The CDC is recommending "common sense" measures such as:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.