A third person from northern Kentucky has died of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, Governor Andy Beshear announced on Tuesday.
The person was over 80 years old and lived in Campbell County. They were part of the seven deaths across the state of Beshear announced on Tuesday when the total number of confirmed cases in Kentucky rose to 591.
Every northern Kentucky resident who has died from the virus has been over 60 years old. Last weekend, the Northern Kentucky Department of Health announced the first death of a Kenton County woman over 60 with underlying health problems. On Monday, the health department confirmed that a Kenton County woman over 80 with underlying health problems had also died.
“It appears that the number of laboratory-confirmed cases is growing rapidly,” said Lynne Saddler, district director of health, in a press release Monday Northern Kentucky Must Do Better To Be Socially Resistant and Stay Home. “
The total number of COVID-19 cases in Northern Kentucky was 41 on Tuesday night, according to the health department.
Beshear asked Kentuckians to stay home. In recent weeks, he has been closing schools and restaurants in restaurants to help slow the spread of the disease.
On Monday he signed an executive order asking Kentuckians not to travel out of the state.
Here’s what you need to know about the Executive Order:
- People can travel to Ohio for work.
- The border is not closed; The bridges connecting Kentucky and Ohio remain open, according to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.
- Newport and Covington officials say police will not run over residents asking where they are going.
- The Newport Purple People Bridge will remain open.
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