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2 additional coronavirus cases found in Harrison County (KY), bringing statewide total to 8

Beshear says the two cases are in Harrison County and are linked with the 3 cases previously discovered.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Governor Andy Beshear says another 2 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Kentucky, bringing the statewide total to 8.

Beshear says the two cases are in Harrison County and are linked with the 3 cases previously discovered. 

A 60-year-old man and a 54-year-old woman, were confirmed as having the virus. Both are in isolation and recovering, according to the governor. 

It's unclear how the cases are linked with the others but Beshear says the man and woman are receiving treatment. 

Beshear revealed 20 tests were given and of those, 18 were negative. 

The news comes days after other cases were confirmed. Those include two cases in Fayette and one in Jefferson County. 

“As we continue to prepare and respond, everybody should remain calm and know we are ready for this,” Beshear said. “Our local health departments are ready for this. The state is ready for this. We will get through this and we will get through this together. When we take a step that creates difficulty and disrupts our lives, understand that it is to protect our fellow citizens.”

Social distancing is what Beshear continued to stress, especially helping out the most susceptible to the virus -- seniors. 

"The CDC is recommending that individuals over 60 do not places where large crowds are gathering," he said. "The CDC is also recommending that individuals with heart, lung or kidney disease or compromised immune systems, do not go to big crowds."

Some of the other tips include:

  • Staying at home as much as possible.
  • Ensuring adequate supplies of medication, food, and other needs if staying home for prolonged periods of time.
  • When going out in public, keeping away from others who are sick, limiting close contact (6 feet away) and washing hands often.

Governor Andy Beshear's full media briefing:

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