Kentucky sees sharpest daily spike, with 92 new COVID-19 cases

Posted at 4:55 PM, Mar 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-28 17:55:05-04

FRANKFORT, Ky. — The state of Kentucky faced its sharpest increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases Saturday, with 92 new positive tests for coronavirus.

This brings the state's total to 394 confirmed cases of the 5,541 tested. Among today's new cases is a 1-year-old in Fayette County.

"Today's update is a little bit tough...but we knew we would see significantly more cases here in Kentucky," Governor Andy Beshear said in his Saturday update. "But we're ready for this, we've been preparing for it, both personally and emotionally, as well as a state."

Beshear announced there are no new coronavirus deaths today. Since the outbreak, Kentucky has seen 8 deaths total.

Today he signed an agreement with the Department of Labor to raise maximum unemployment benefits by $600. He also increased the number of weeks people can receive benefits by 13, for a total of 39 weeks.

The governor continued to urge all residents to stay home except for essential errands. He signed an executive order closing all non-life-sustaining businesses earlier this week.

"Unless you're going to work, unless you're going to get groceries, you need to be at home."