Gov. Andy Beshear announced there were 273 new cases on Sunday, WCPO reported.
“We are still in the midst of this fight against a deadly and highly contagious virus,” Beshear said. “Let’s make sure, as much as we’re looking at those benchmarks and we’re looking at the future, that we are acting in the present and we are doing the things that it takes to protect one another.”
About 100 demonstrators gathered on the lawn of the state capitol building in Frankfort on Wednesday, calling on the governor to “open up Kentucky” and “let us work,” according to the Lexington Herald-Leader. Photos posted online showed the demonstrators and their signs.
Beshear said on Sunday he wouldn’t move on easing lockdown restrictions following the protests, according to the Herald.
“We’re not in the 14 days of decreasing under the White House guidelines to do certain things,” Kentucky Public Health Commissioner Dr. Steven Stack told reporters.
Protests have broken out in several states including Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Michigan. The demonstrators have called for an end to the stay-at-home orders that have shuttered numerous businesses across the United States, leading to a bevy of unemployment claims.
Beshear, however, suggested that some measures might be eased in the near future.
“We see the ability to really start opening up in some small ways maybe leading up to May and some other small ways in May—and then have a lot more optimism as we get towards the end of it,” he said.