Gov. Beshear confirms COVID-19 cases rise to 163 in Kentucky

Posted at 4:02 PM, Mar 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-24 23:15:09-04

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVF) — Governor Andy Beshear said the total number of COVID-19 cases has risen to 163 cases and four people have died.

He also said one of those cases was from person attending a "Coronavirus party." A group of people between the ages of 20-30 years old reportedly held the party thinking none of them would contract the virus.

"Anyone who goes to something like this may think they are indestructible, but it is someone else's loved one that they are going to hurt," Beshear said of going to a coronavirus party. "We are battling for the health and even the lives of our parents and our grandparents. Don't be so callous as to intentionally go to something and expose yourself to something that can kill other people. We ought to be much better than that."

Beshear also announced that effective Thursday at 8 p.m., all non-life-sustaining businesses must close to in-person traffic.

Groceries, drug stores, pharmacies, banks, agriculture, gas stations, media, transportation, mail and laundry services are among the types of businesses that can remain open under the new order. A more specific list detailing which businesses will be affected by the new order will be released on Wednesday.

Restaurants may continue to operate curbside pick-up, delivery and drive-thru services.

The official Kentucky website for coronavirus information is can call the COVID-19 hotline for more information: 1-800-722-5725.