May 1 Ky. Update: 177 new cases confirmed, 8 more deaths reported

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Posted at 3:57 PM, May 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-01 18:11:00-04

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVF) — Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear said an additional 177 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed on Friday, bringing the state's total cases since the outbreak began to 4,879.

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The governor announced eight more Kentuckians have died complications with COVID-19.

Statewide, 1,752 people have recovered from the virus and 57,648 people have been tested.

Gov. Beshear said 1,411 Kentuckians have been hospitalized due to COVID-19 and as of Friday there are 178 people being treated in the ICU.

He said Kentucky is still at a plateau and the state is testing more people for the novel coronavirus than ever.


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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.