April 24 COVID-19 update: 3,779 total cases, 200 deaths in Kentucky

Posted at 3:50 PM, Apr 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-24 18:31:09-04

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVF) — Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear announced 322 new cases of COVID-19 in the state, making the total since the outbreak began 3,779.

As of Friday, 1,341 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus.

Nine more deaths have been reported. Overall, 200 people statewide have died from COVID-19.

During his Friday update, Beshear said the state has tested 44,962 people. He added that the results from two of the large testing days in the state have not been returned yet.

Watch Gov. Beshear's full update below:

In Christian County there have been 86 total confirmed cases since the outbreak began. As of Friday, three residents have died from COVID-19, 47 people have recovered and there are 36 active cases in the county.

Beshear said the state has commuted 352 additional prison sentences for inmates who are service nonviolent and nonsexual offenses and had five years or fewer left in their sentence. The governor said these inmates are at risk by CDC standards for COVID-19.

Beginning Monday Kentucky nonurgent/emergent health care services, diagnostic and radiology and lab services can reopen in the following fields:

  • health care clinics and medical offices
  • physical therapy settings and chiropractic offices
  • optometrists
  • dental offices (but with enhanced aerosol protections)


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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.


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.