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4/17/2020- Governor Beshear announces more extended testing

In his evening press conference last night, Governor Andy Beshear announced that there are now 2,429 cases of COVID-19 in the Commonwealth. Of those cases, 159 were newly confirmed. It was also reported that, in total, 956 people have recovered from the virus. However, there were seven new deaths reported on Thursday, bringing the state’s total to 129. In terms of new steps, the Governor announced four new testing sites coming online next week, part of the state’s partnership with Kroger to provide drive-thru testing. These sites will be in Madisonville, Paducah, Somerset, and Pikeville. Again, these tests are for those exhibiting symptoms, health care workers, first responders, and those who are high risk who may have been exposed to the virus. For location details, or to register for a test, visit The Governor also announced the opening of state shelters in Lake Barkley and Lake Cumberland State Parks to house people ill with, or who may have been exposed to COVID-19. The facilities will be made available to patients or guests who can care for themselves with minimal medical intervention.

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