Beshear

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear

FRANKFORT (AP) — Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear tested negative for COVID-19 in a precautionary move after he felt ill, his office said Tuesday.

The Democratic governor and his family tested negative, his spokeswoman, Crystal Staley, said in a statement. Beshear was feeling better but opted to give his scheduled coronavirus briefing later in the day by video rather than at a press conference, she said.

Earlier Tuesday, a separate press conference that was to feature Beshear and Republican U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers was postponed after the governor and first lady Britainy Beshear “began not feeling well,” the governor's office had said.

“After feeling ill earlier in the day, the governor took the appropriate steps to protect those around him," Staley said.

The governor and first lady have two children.

Beshear’s next live briefing on the virus outbreak in Kentucky was scheduled for Wednesday. Beshear has repeatedly warned Kentuckians about the threat posed by the virus.

Last month, Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt became the nation's first governor to test positive for the coronavirus. Stitt quarantined himself for two weeks.

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