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FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) - A slight drop in new cases as well as deaths due to the coronavirus were reported Friday by Gov. Andy Beshear.

A total of 256 new cases were reported on Friday, bringing the pandemic total to at least 14,859.

“The simple preventative steps we all know about – wearing masks, social distancing and washing your hands – can prevent our neighbors and family members from getting sick,” Beshear said. “Never before in my lifetime have such small actions had this much power to save lives.”

In addition, he also reported seven new deaths Friday, raising the total to 553 Kentuckians lost to the virus.

“The people we’ve lost are why we have to keep up the fight for as long as this virus is out there,” Beshear said. “We owe it to each of them to do continue doing everything we can to make a difference.”

The deaths reported on Friday include three people from Jefferson County, two from Warren County and one each from Clark and Monroe counties.

As of Friday, there have been at least 383,636 coronavirus tests performed in the state, and at least 3,730 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus, a number that state officials have said they believe is underreported.

The governor repeated the announcement from Thursday, that starting on Monday, June 29, the state will allow the  resumption of visitations at assisted living and personal care homes; group activities of 10 people or less in facilities; communal dining; and off-site appointments.

Starting July 15, visitation will resume in nursing homes and in Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities.

He also reminded Kentuckians to take advantage of the state’s partnership with Kroger, which has brought free drive-through testing across the commonwealth.

Information on how to register at the Kroger and more than 200 other sites throughout the state, as well as updates on the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, can be found at kycovid19.ky.gov.

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