FRANKFORT, Ky. (KFVS) - Governor Andy Beshear held his daily briefing on the COVID-19 response in the state at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31.
On Tuesday, the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services reported a total of 591 positive cases of COVID-19 and 17 deaths.
That’s 114 new positive cases and seven new deaths.
“Today, we lost seven Kentuckians, which is something I never thought I would have to announce,” said Gov. Beshear. “This is why we were working so hard to reduce our contacts and protect the people around us. This is a virus that comes for the most vulnerable and we have to make sure we’re protecting them.”
Gov. Beshear on Tuesday announced new steps to address the crisis, including measures to help grocery workers and the nursing industry.
“We are expanding the child care options that we’ve been providing to our first responders and health care workers to our grocery store workers,” the Governor said. “We need them. We know our food supply is safe, but we need enough people that are there stocking the shelves day in and day out.”
Gov. Beshear also issued an order Tuesday allowing critical workforce sectors to rehire previously retired workers to fill key roles.
The order, which last the duration of the state of emergency, applies to law enforcement, firefighters, emergency medical service personnel, park rangers and corrections officers.
Gov. Beshear called on businesses or services to help in the fight of COVID-19 in the state.
In a Facebook post, the governor is asking businesses and individuals if they have supplies or resources available.
Some of the items the state is asking for are hospital grade isolation gowns, respirators that are medical or industrial grade, nitrile gloves, face shields and other medical supplies.
Other items needed include sanitizing wipes, disinfectant spray and hand sanitizer.
Those wishing to help are asked to fill out an online survey. You can connect with the survey by clicking here.
During Monday’s briefing, the governor issued an executive order to limit Kentuckians out-of-state travel.
The order asked residents to not travel out of the state. Exceptions to the order can be found by clicking here.