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Total number of positive COVID-19 tests in Kentucky now over 2,000

7 new deaths brings state total to 104
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Posted at 4:33 PM, Apr 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-13 17:48:11-04

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FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Gov. Andy Beshear said a second drive-thru testing facility will be opening in Kenton County on Wednesday. He said the goal of the facility is to perform 250 test per day.

Beshear said there were 65 new positive COVID-19 tests, bringing the state total to 2,048. There were also 7 death, bringing that number to 104.

The total number of tests given to Kentuckians is 26,683. Currently there are close to 300 people in intensive care in the state and there have been more than 600 statewide.

Beshear reported that 629 people recovered from the coronavirus so far.

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On Sunday, Beshear announced that a small number of Kentucky Kroger locations would begin providing some patients with free, quick-turnaround testing for COVID-19 in the next several weeks. The first testing location will open in Frankfort, and three more will arrive within two weeks.

The new service would eventually allow the state to test 20,000 people by the end of May, Beshear said.

Tests won’t be available for everyone, as they will be reserved for healthcare workers, first responders, people over the age of 65 and people who have chronic health conditions. Although testing is free, patients must schedule appointments online before going in, Beshear said.

WCPO will update this story.