Kentucky will record license plates of those attending Easter services

Gov. Andy Beshear warned that anyone attending in-person gatherings will be ordered into quarantine.

Posted: Apr 11, 2020 2:24 PM

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — In a preemptive action to prevent an Easter weekend acceleration of the coronavirus crisis, Gov. Andy Beshear warned that anyone attending in-person gatherings will be ordered into quarantine as he announced another single-day high number of virus cases in Kentucky.

The governor took the tougher step Friday against gatherings in his latest attempt to contain the virus’s spread. The order applies to all mass gatherings and not just worship services.

A handful of Kentucky pastors signaled in recent days that they intended to defy Beshear and continue in-person services. The governor has warned that churches should switch to virtual services or other ways for people to practice their faith and protect public health.

Under the new tougher action, people seen participating in mass gatherings in Kentucky this weekend will have their license plate numbers recorded by authorities, who will provide the information to local health departments, Beshear said. Health officials will contact each participant and require them to go into quarantine for 14 days, he said.

Beshear described it as a matter of personal responsibility to avoid gatherings amid the pandemic.

“This is the only way that we can ensure that your decision doesn’t kill somebody else,” he said. “That your decision doesn’t spread the coronavirus in your county and in your community.”

Beshear praised faith leaders for adhering to his admonitions against in-person worship services. But about a half-dozen churches statewide were still considering in-person services, he said.

“If you’re going to expose yourself to this virus, and you make that decision to do it, it’s not fair to everybody else out that you might spread it to,” he said at his daily briefing.

Beshear, a deacon at his church, frequently talks about his own faith while announcing another round of virus-related deaths or promoting social-distancing guidelines.

“I have never been as sure of anything in my faith as I am in this: We must protect each other,” he said earlier this week.

Beshear reported 242 more coronavirus cases statewide Friday, raising the total to nearly 1,700 since the outbreak began. Eleven more virus-related deaths brought Kentucky’s death toll to 90.

Beshear, whose voice choked with emotion in announcing the latest deaths, warned “there are going to be tougher days than today” as he urged people to strictly follow social distancing.

The state had 75 new coronavirus cases among residents and staff at nursing homes or other long-term care facilities in the state, he said. The virus has impacted nearly 30 such Kentucky facilities.

Most people who contract COVID-19 have mild or moderate symptoms, which can include fever and cough but also milder cases of pneumonia, sometimes requiring hospitalization. The risk of death is greater for older adults and people with other health problems.

At least 464 Kentucky residents have recovered from the virus, the governor said.

Beshear also updated the state’s efforts to keep pace with the record-setting numbers of Kentucky residents seeking unemployment benefits as the virus causes widespread economic damage.

The state made 71,625 separate payments totaling nearly $43 million on Thursday, the governor said. The payments included the $600 unemployment supplements from the federal government, he said.

More than 275,000 Kentucky residents filed for unemployment benefits in the previous three weeks as businesses are shuttered or scale back because of the virus. The state has responded by dramatically increasing the number of employees handling unemployment insurance claims.

“We will continue to work to increase our capacity,” the governor said Friday.

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 1490496

Reported Deaths: 20500
CountyCasesDeaths
Marion2039162521
Lake1001941500
Allen923541011
Hamilton72207547
St. Joseph64053755
Elkhart48903625
Vanderburgh47506523
Tippecanoe43182336
Johnson37906521
Hendricks35984459
Porter34277466
Madison28722537
Clark25552325
Vigo25251344
LaPorte23269307
Monroe22751244
Howard21818377
Delaware21391366
Hancock18487220
Bartholomew17860213
Kosciusko17769201
Warrick16642213
Wayne16062300
Floyd15640257
Grant15143296
Morgan14245231
Boone13388136
Noble11656140
Dearborn11560112
Henry11546201
Shelby11483150
Marshall11258167
Dubois11123152
Jackson10425104
Cass10121142
DeKalb10101129
Lawrence10082220
Huntington10016139
Gibson9415125
Montgomery9153141
Knox8942124
Harrison8874112
Whitley861871
Steuben8488104
Jasper8192114
Clinton810295
Putnam806199
Miami8032133
Jefferson7773124
Wabash7726139
Ripley7118112
Adams6595101
Daviess6455127
Scott638586
White613282
Greene5999112
Clay597573
Wells5902120
Decatur5885119
Jennings586278
Fayette5735121
Posey543448
LaGrange524197
Randolph5027129
Washington494368
Owen491499
Fountain472479
Spencer446556
Starke438686
Sullivan437465
Fulton431891
Orange420882
Jay409764
Rush403937
Carroll377549
Perry376755
Franklin375850
Vermillion352062
Parke319238
Pike316245
Tipton313774
Blackford271755
Pulaski270874
Newton231561
Brown226754
Benton215721
Crawford215131
Switzerland194214
Martin186722
Warren174821
Union165519
Ohio122616
Unassigned0739

Ohio Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 2439205

Reported Deaths: 31245
CountyCasesDeaths
Franklin2637212065
Cuyahoga2582743018
Hamilton1696091714
Montgomery1126771604
Summit1074271391
Lucas909371160
Butler80397942
Stark754911400
Lorain63313792
Warren51040475
Mahoning50162915
Lake47051605
Clermont44631429
Delaware39611212
Trumbull38910755
Medina37850419
Licking37593408
Fairfield34482334
Greene32823422
Portage31698360
Clark30769445
Richland28751423
Wood28217297
Allen24942395
Miami23274395
Muskingum22683245
Columbiana22370403
Wayne21565356
Tuscarawas19096427
Erie18282222
Ashtabula18102342
Marion17861232
Scioto17031207
Ross16556252
Pickaway15812178
Hancock15561228
Geauga15320223
Lawrence14172186
Union1359984
Huron13584182
Belmont13554247
Jefferson13090258
Sandusky12933199
Athens12126106
Knox11721198
Seneca11631200
Darke10950198
Ashland10916178
Washington10729168
Auglaize10364142
Crawford10062175
Shelby9961157
Brown9610140
Fulton9453150
Guernsey9304117
Highland9215148
Defiance9209135
Logan9114142
Clinton8950127
Mercer8816111
Madison8730106
Preble8145162
Williams8014135
Putnam7863135
Ottawa7752121
Champaign7696112
Jackson7510117
Perry725998
Coshocton7137136
Morrow706382
Fayette678287
Pike632586
Hardin6311128
Gallia605891
Adams5913124
Van Wert5877121
Henry577093
Hocking5634104
Carroll4877100
Wyandot487590
Holmes4787161
Paulding409064
Meigs380473
Monroe303368
Noble285051
Harrison284461
Morgan280348
Vinton245145
Unassigned08
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