Press conference

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear speaks during his daily press conference on March 24.

GLASGOW — On a day when the local hospital announced treatment of its first positive COVID-19 patient from Barren County, Gov. Andy Beshear said there were 92 news cases of the coronavirus in Kentucky.

No new deaths were reported, but Kentucky’s total for confirmed coronavirus cases reached 394 on Saturday with another single-day high for reported cases in the state.

Beshear emphasized that it was to be expected that cases would increase, and he offered encouragement to Kentuckians as the nation deals with the pandemic.

“We are going to get through this together,” Beshear said. “We are ready for this. We are prepared.”

Beshear stressed that though Kentuckians may be isolated, “we are in this together.”

“I’ve said this is a test of humanity, and it absolutely is,” he said. “Every Kentuckian matters.”

But he also said Kentuckians have to do an even better job of social distancing and taking precautions to ensure the spread of COVID-19 is limited. 

T.J. Samson Community Hospital announced Saturday afternoon the treatment of the first positive COVID-19 case as the health care facility.

According to a news release, the positive test result came back after the patient had been released.

A statement in the news release reads that “Upon arriving, the patient was immediately masked and placed in isolation by the clinical team who were properly protected from exposure. While in the hospital, the patient was treated in the designated COVID-19 unit and was discharged under isolation protocol.”

The hospital declined to release further information in order to protect the patient’s privacy.

Everyone who enters any of the T.J. Regional Health facilities will continue to be screened, and visitation will be restricted with few exceptions.

“We are confident in our ability to meet the challenges posed by COVID-19,” T.J. Regional Health CEO Neil Thornbury said in the news release.

“We have been preparing for this day and have implemented strong clinical and operational protocols designed to quickly identify potential COVID-19 patients as they enter our facilities, isolate them appropriately, prevent transmission of any infections, and protect front line caregivers from potential exposure.”

In a video posted on the T.J. Samson Facebook page, Thornbury confirmed the patient resides in Barren County. 

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