GLASGOW — During his daily press conference on Tuesday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced a new single-day record for the state of Kentucky as 20 Kentuckians have lost their lives to COVID-19.

This now brings the number of total deaths in the state to the pandemic to 366.

“Today, we have lost more people to the coronavirus than any other day before,” Gov. Beshear said. “While I believe that we can reopen safely and do it gradually, let’s remember that this thing is still deadly and it is still taking people we love and care about.”

“Twenty Kentuckians lost today, a tough day,” Beshear continued. “Let’s make sure just like every day that we are lighting our homes up green and that we ring our bells tomorrow at 10 a.m. and we don’t get tired any night or any day from doing the right thing to honor these families.”

Despite the new daily record of deaths, the total number of new cases continues to plateau as Beshear announced 164 new cases of COVID-19 bringing the overall state total to 8,069 cases.

Beshear also announced that 153,800 total tests have been administered in the state and a total of 2,826 people have recovered from the virus.

The Barren River District Health Department has confirmed 1,260 cases of COVID-19 in the Barren River District, 464 of which have recovered. This is a reported increase of 41 cases since Monday.

The district has 23 total deaths reported from COVID-19, which is the same as Monday’s report. No new deaths were reported from the district in Tuesday’s report.

Among Beshear’s announcements during the conference were the newly scheduled openings of outdoor attractions, aquariums, distilleries and libraries, which will start on June 8.

Also, Beshear announced a new partnership with Wal-Mart which starts Friday. The partnership will bring new testing sites to Ashland, Bowling Green, Leitchfield, London, Paducah, Pikeville and Richmond.

Beshear also set out state guidelines for having a safe Memorial Day weekend while continuing to fight the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).

“Just because we are healthy at home and healthy at work doesn’t mean we can’t be out there to be healthy physically,” Gov. Beshear said. “The healthier we get, the more resilient we will be if we ever see anything else like this in our lifetime.”

“This is a big week. There is a lot of additional activity, but we have to make sure that we do it safely,” Beshear added. “I trust in you, and you have done so well thus far that I believe we can do this safely, but it has to be done differently. Let’s make sure that again Kentucky can do this just as well as anyone else.”

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