Gov. Andy Beshear

GLASGOW — During his daily press conference on Thursday afternoon, Gov. Andy Beshear announced 295 new cases of COVID-19 in Kentucky and eight new deaths. The news brings the state’s total cases to 10,705 and total deaths to 458.

Of the positive cases in Kentucky, 3,303 have recovered. A total of 262,714 tests have been administered in the state and 518 Kentuckians are currently hospitalized with the virus.

The Barren River District Health Department has confirmed 1,680 cases of COVID-19 in the Barren River District, 1,015 of which have recovered. That is an increase of 25 cases since Wednesday. The district has 41 deaths reported from COVID-19 which has not changed since Wednesday.

“We need compassion in our world and in this commonwealth now more than ever. So turn on those green lights, ring those bells tomorrow at 10 a.m.,” Gov. Beshear said. “Let’s remind these families, ourselves and our neighbors that we are called be good people that care about each other, listen to each other, and comfort one another in our pain.”

Gov. Beshear also noted that he asked all Kentuckians to observe a moment of silence at 2 p.m. EDT to honor George Floyd as loved ones and leaders remembered him in Minneapolis.

The Governor delayed his news conference Thursday until the memorial service concluded.

“Today, the best thing I can do is let the words of Mr. Floyd’s memorial lead the way and renew our commitment to make sure the world looks different moving forward,” Beshear said.

The governor announced that NASCAR races will be returning to Kentucky, but with no fans in attendance. Races have been on hold at the Kentucky Speedway due to COVID-19, but they will return for the annual July weekend, which includes the 10th anniversary of the NASCAR Cup Series, Quaker State 400 races will take place between July 9-12.

Beshear also announced that historical horse racing would begin on June 8.

Responding to a reporter’s question about the statue of Jefferson Davis in the Capitol Rotunda, Gov. Beshear said Thursday that the statue has no place in the Capitol, which should be welcoming to all Kentuckians.

“I believe the statue of Jefferson Davis is a symbol that divides us. Even if there are those who think it’s a part of history, there should be a better place to put it in historical context,” Beshear said. “I don’t think it should be in the Capitol Rotunda.”

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