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Beshear and Family Test Negative for COVID-19 after 'Not Feeling Well'

Following the postponement of one of Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear’s Tuesday events after he and First Lady Britainy Beshear began 'not feeling well,' the Governor's Communications Office has since announced that the governor and his family have tested negative for COVID-19.

Posted: Aug 11, 2020 1:27 PM
Updated: Aug 11, 2020 4:12 PM

According to a release from the Office of Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear, a Tuesday Ribbon-Cutting ceremony has been postponed out of "an abundance of caution" after the governor and First Lady Britainy Beshear began "not feeling well."

The statement from the governor's office said the following:

"This morning the First Lady and the Governor began not feeling well and out of an abundance of caution, we are postponing today’s 1 p.m. news conference."

The now-postponed event was originally scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, where Gov. Beshear would join other elected officials in a virtual ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the completion of three projects in Perry, Floyd, and Clay counties.

In a later Tuesday announcement, Gov. Beshear's Communications Office reported that Beshear and family had tested negative for COVID-19. It was also announced that the governor's Tuesday COVID-19 update would be pre-recorded, with his next live conference scheduled for Wednesday.

"The Governor and his family have tested negative for COVID," the statement released later on Tuesday by the Governor's Communications Office read. "After feeling ill earlier in the day, the Governor took the appropriate steps to protect those around him. He is feeling better, but will provide tonight's update via video and not a press conference."

“I wanted to start by letting you know that both my family and I are OK. We’ve tested negative for COVID-19 after a real scare. And I want to thank everybody out there who sent their thoughts and their prayers,” Gov. Beshear said.

“This morning, late in the morning, I started feeling bad with a lot of the symptoms that can suggest COVID-19. Because of that I immediately isolated and canceled events we had in the afternoon," the Kentucky governor continued. "A couple hours later, I was tested. And even the short wait that I had to endure gives me newfound empathy for those that are having to wait even just a couple days to get their test results back, knowing that they may be separated from their family and wondering what their immediate future is going to be. So I’m going to continue to try to lead with that empathy, and hopefully, it makes me a better governor in addressing this virus.”

Beshear's next live COVID-19 update will be held Wednesday, Aug. 12, at 4:00 p.m. ET/3:00 p.m. CT.

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