FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKRC/WCHS) – Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear announced new measures Sunday that the state is attempting to improve testing availability.

The governor announced that drive-thru testing would be available at Kroger locations beginning Monday in Frankfort. Officials plan to add more locations throughout the state during the coming weeks.

Beshear said each site could test up to 250 people per day with a 48-hour turnaround.

The testing sites will be prioritized toward healthcare workers, first responders, those 65 and older and those with chronic conditions.

Beshear said the state’s coronavirus case count rose to 1,960, with 289 people currently hospitalized.

Three new deaths were also reported in Kentucky, including one in Pike County.

“On Easter, I’d hoped we wouldn’t have to report new deaths,” Beshear said.

At least 97 people have died due to coronavirus in the Bluegrass State.

Some churches in Kentucky decided to go ahead with in-person services, despite Beshear’s promise that people who attend would soon be getting a visit from the Health Department, and would be ordered into self-quarantine for two weeks.

The gatherings prompted harsh words from Kentucky’s Public Health Commissioner, Steven Stack: “For those who continue to flaunt the things we are asking you to do, it raises for me the question: At what point does our right to gather entitle us to have other people die as direct result?”

Dozens of people went to a service at a church in Maryville, south of Louisville. Attendees included a few people who came from New Jersey.

Beshear was clearly upset about that. He pointed out that there are 62,000 cases, and 2,300 deaths in New Jersey. Beshear said that those people brought all their contacts into the Commonwealth.

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