Beshear: Third coronavirus death confirmed in Kentucky

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In this Tuesday, March 9, 2020 photo, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear speaks at a press conference on the coronavirus and Kentucky’s steps to combat the outbreak at the capitol in Frankfort, Ky. Kentucky has reported its first death linked to coronavirus. Beshear said Monday, March 16 that the 66-year-old Bourbon County man who died had other health conditions. (Michael Clevenger/Courier Journal via AP)

FRANKLIN, Ky. (AP) — Gov. Andy Beshear announced Saturday that a third person has died from the new coronavirus in Kentucky as the total number of confirmed cases in the state increased to nearly 90.

Beshear said the 67-year-old Anderson County man who died had several other health problems.

“None of us have liked that this has happened, but we need to think about his family and provide all the support to him that we can,” he said.

The Democratic governor also urged residents to continue social distancing in order to prevent COVID-19 cases as much as possible. He said members of the public should pursue assistance if they need as the virus continues to spread across the state, urging that there “is no stigma” to doing so.

For most people, the virus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. The vast majority of people recover from the new virus.

“Be that good neighbor,” Beshear said. “Every time there is a group where large groups are not absolutely necessary we allow this coronavirus to spread.”

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