KENTUCKY (KFVS) - Gov. Beshear spoke at 4 p.m. on Wednesday to update Kentuckians on the COVID-19 response.
He started the briefing with a kid friendly video aimed at helping young children understand and cope with what is going on.
On Wednesday, the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services reported 198 positive cases in the state.
The governor said 35 of those were new, as of Wednesday. Kentucky was one of a few states to report fewer cases than the day before.
He said a 75-year-old Jefferson County man passed away related to the virus. That brought the death toll to five in the state.
On Wednesday, Gov. Beshear said Kentucky had its first case of someone going to spring break and testing positive for COVID-19 after returning. He told those who went on spring break around gatherings of other people that they should self-isolate when they return.
“Don’t go on spring break. You are going to put your health, the health of your family and the health of those around you at risk,” Gov. Beshear said
To help prevent the spread of the virus, Gov. Beshear is ordering all non-life-sustaining businesses to close to in-person traffic at 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 26. Details of the order can be found here.
Exempted businesses include grocery stores, gas stations, hardware stores and media outlets, among many others. The sale of firearms and ammunition is also exempted.
In addition, he ordered a halt to all residential evictions as long as the state of emergency was in effect.