Biden and first lady will visit Eastern Kentucky flood sites

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President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden will visit flood-ravaged Eastern Kentucky on Monday.

Gov. Andy Beshear and Kentucky first lady Britainy Beshear will join the Bidens as they visit families impacted by last week's flooding, according to a statement from the White House. The flooding and mudslides led to 13 counties being declared federal disaster areas by Biden.

The statement from The White House also said that they will "survey recovery efforts at a local Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) State Disaster Recovery Center."

The death toll still remains at 37 people, but Beshear has said he expects the number to rise. According to him, there are 17 victims from Knott County, eight from Breathitt County, seven from Perry County, three from Letcher County and two from Clay County.

The statement did not specify the towns the Bidens will visit.

The president's physician Kevin O'Connor reported Biden was still testing positive for COVID-19 as of Friday but continued to "feel very well," and on Saturday O'Connor reported the president had tested negative for the coronavirus.

This story will be updated.

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This article originally appeared on Louisville Courier Journal: Biden to visit Eastern Kentucky flood area after negative COVID test