Ky. April 17 COVID-19 update: 2,522 total cases, 8 new deaths

Posted at 3:56 PM, Apr 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-17 18:19:20-04

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVF) — During his daily update on Friday, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear said there were 134 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, making the state's total cases 2,522. Of the total cases, 970 people have recovered from the virus.

Eight new deaths were reported, rising the number of Kentucky deaths to 137.

In Kentucky, 30,596 people have been tested. The average age of those who have tested positive is 52 years old.

Beshear said some labs are taking up to 10 days to return results.

He also provided an update on the newborn who contracted the virus. Beshear said the now 11-day-old baby has returned home and is doing OK.


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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.