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Protestors swarm Kentucky Capitol during Gov. Beshear's COVID-19 briefing

Maggie Davis04/15/20

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Governor Andy Beshear announced the state of Kentucky saw 88 new confirmed cases and seven more deaths tragically related to COVID-19 on Wednesday. The official statewide COVID-19 totals are now sitting at 2,291 cases and 122 deaths. However, if you were watching the live stream of the press conference, you may have found it hard to focus on what the Governor had to say. That's because of the hundreds of protestors who gathered at the Kentucky Capitol, despite the Coronavirus pandemic and the strict social distancing recommendations. Many of the protestors were expressing their dissatisfaction with Gov. Beshear, his decisions regarding COVID-19, the current state of Kentucky's economy and the closings of churches, according to multiple journalists reporting from the Capitol. WKYT reporter Nick Oliver captured these videos of the crowd, saying there are hundreds of people gathered at the Capitol. https://twitter.com/WKYTNick/status/1250533883080331264   Daniel Desrochers, a political reporter for the Herald Leader, posted a similar video showing the large gathering. https://twitter.com/drdesrochers/status/1250538792244645891   Beshear acknowledged the protestors, saying "everybody should be able to express their opinion," but he also held his ground regarding the state's inability to resume normal activities right now, adding his job isn't to make the "popular decision, but the right decision." The governor also re-emphasized the incredibly-contagious nature of this particular virus, and he reminded those tuning in that COVID-19 is in every county in Kentucky, "whether we've had a report or not." https://twitter.com/RylandKY/status/1250539797598425096 https://twitter.com/ValenteLEX18/status/1250540588891545606 https://twitter.com/ValenteLEX18/status/1250541797710979073 While some of the protestors in attendance wore masks and stood six feet from the other protestors, many did not. Some of the protestors shouted into megaphones or blasted horns, which is how many of their chants made it through the broadcast and onto the virtual video feed of the news conference. Other protestors brought homemade signs, some of which read  "My God-given rights don’t end where your fear begins," "Facts over fear," "Reopen Kentucky," "chiropractors are essential" and "King Beshear, let my people go!” Here's how things sounded during the briefing: https://twitter.com/joesonka/status/1250538681968087040 https://twitter.com/mattstonephotog/status/1250540871088513025 We can't be doing that.

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