Gov. Beshear reports 387 new COVID-19 cases, three deaths – WKYT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) – Governor Andy Beshear held a news conference to give updates about Kentucky’s COVID-19 situation.

Gov. Beshear reported 387 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday. That number includes the cases from Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. The governor says there were 141 new cases on Sunday, 122 on Monday and 117 on Tuesday.

Sec. Eric Friedlander says they are also testing more at long term care facilities and have tested thousands and will test thousands more. He said they focused specifically on one Louisville facility this weekend.

The governor also announced three additional deaths over the weekend. Those deaths were reported in Jefferson, Adair and Allen counties.

The state COVID-19 totals are now 8,951 cases and 394 deaths.

During Tuesday’s news conference, Gov. Beshear also responded to an effigy of him being hung during a protest Sunday.

“Let’s also not ignore the hanging was meant to send a message to other, one of intolerance and one of hate, I could never understand the depths of pain this symbol brings to many of my fellow Kentuckians but I can condemn it outright,” Gov. Beshear said. “As wrong, as vile and as evil, so where does that leave us? I will not be afraid. I will not be bullied and I will not back down. Not to them and not to anyone else.”

The governor also questioned elected officials who attended past protests held by the same group. He said their support led to what happened over the weekend.

Gov. Beshear said he’ll look at security protocols, especially surrounding his kids, but they won’t be moving out of the governor’s mansion.

“I’m not going to let a bunch of jerks change the way we live our lives,” he said.

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