LOUISVILLE, Ky. — This blog will be updated daily with the latest information on COVID-19 in Kentucky. You can also see the newest stories in our Coronavirus section.
Saturday, May 30
Governor Andy Beshear has confirmed 247 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the states total to 9,704. He announced 13 more people have died from the virus, raising the total to 431.
Thursday, May 28
Gov. Andy Beshear announced 113 new cases of COVID-19 in Kentucky. While he said the number was larger than what was seen at the beginning of the pandemic, he said it shows the state is still on a decline.
"In a day where we are testing so many, this number continues to show a decrease we should all be grateful [for]," Beshear said.
The governor said 15 of the new cases were in Jefferson County. There were nine new deaths, including one Louisville man.
Overall, the state currently has 494 hospitalizations and 88 people in the ICU. There have been 3,181 total recoveries.
Beshear said the state's testing continues to get better, saying Kentucky is leading in continuing to increase testing.
He also announced Kentucky Kingdom will reopen the week of June 29, warning it will look different as they work to implement social distancing guidelines.
The state is also working on a limited opening of public pools that week, though Beshear said he does not have many details on it at this time. The governor said city leaders can choose to close or open.
"I ask you to trust in your local leaders," Beshear said.
Every state park has also been included in reopening plans. Beshear said they plan to reopen June 1.
The unemployment insurance office did announce its portal had "potential vulnerability" on April 23. People who made claims could have viewed the identity verification documents uploaded by other people on the site. There have not been reports of identity theft at this time.
UI will contact anyone who may have been vulnerable in the next week.
Wednesday, May 27
Governor Andy Beshear announced Kentucky has reached 400 total COVID-19 deaths after six new deaths were confirmed today.
Kentucky saw 127 new cases of coronavirus, bringing the total to 9,077 cases. There are currently 512 people hospitalized with COVID-19, and 82 are currently in the ICU.
Beshear said the numbers show the state is no longer plateauing, but is instead on the decline.
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer announced 51 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the city's total to 2,427 cases. Three more people have died since his last report, bringing the total to 157 deaths.
Fischer said 1,571 people have recovered from the virus in Jefferson County, 33 more than his last announcement. Six first responders are still fighting COVID-19, the mayor said.
The mayor also announced next steps in his Build Back Better, Together initiative, including creation of a steering committee and focus area teams.
BBBT's steering committee will establish key performance indicators and create a work plan that includes commuity meetings and other public input opportunities. Chief Equity Officer Kendall Boyd and Louisville Forward Chief Mary Ellen Wiederwohl will co-chair the steering committee.
The seven key focus groups are Arts and Culture; Built and Natural Environment; Economy; Education and Talent Development; Health and Safety; Hospitality, Sports and Bourbonism; and Social Infrastructure and Impact.
Each team will include leaders from government, business, nonprofit, and community organizations involved in the areas.
Tuesday, May 26
Governor Andy Beshear provided updated COVID-19 case numbers from the last three days.
- 387 new positive cases
- 8,951 total cases statewide
- 193,576 total tests have been administered
- 3,115 people have recovered
- 3 more deaths
- 394 total deaths statewide
Commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health Dr. Steven Stack urged Kentuckians to wears mask and reminded residents of the importance of wearing them to slow the spread of the virus.
Stack also showed a video which was taken over the holiday weekend at a bar in Kentucky. The video showed The Paddock in Lexington packed with people who were not wearing masks or practicing social distancing.
Secretary of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services Eric Friedlander discussed the transfer of residents from Nazareth Home Clifton Campus in Louisville to area hospitals. Everyone in the center was tested for coronavirus starting May 20. Resulted showed 34 residents and 19 staff were positive for the virus, with many of the cases asymptomatic.
Officials with the North Central District Health Department has confirmed 18 new cases of COVID-19.
15 – Shelby County
2 – Henry County
1 – Spencer County
This brings their district case count to 183.
The 15 people who contracted the virus in Shelby County are in self-isolation at home. Two in Henry County are under medical care while the Spencer County case is also in self-isolation.
As of Tuesday, there have been 69 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Louisville, bringing the total to 2,376 with 1,538 recoveries. There have been two additional deaths since Monday. The confirmed Louisville total is 154.
Currently, 25 members of LMPD, Louisville Fire, Metro EMS, Metro Corrections and the Sheriff’s Office are off-duty due to COVID-19:
- 7 are off with positive tests and in self-isolation.
- 13 are off and quarantined due to exposure to someone with a positive test.
- 5 are “screened off” with symptoms and tested, or due to be tested, but have not received test results.
Positive test numbers for first responders/public safety since the incident began:
- 48 positive tests.
- 41 have fully recovered and returned to duty.
Metro Corrections inmate data for May 26:
- 767 inmates have been tested.
- 9 positives.
Monday, May 25
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has confirmed 41 new cases of COVID-19 in Jefferson County, bringing the current total to 2,307. He says four more people have died from the virus. Those include:
Two 66-year-old males, an 81-year-old female and an 85-year-old female. The mayor says 152 people have been lost to the virus.
Seventeen more people have recovered from the virus bringing that total to 1,511.
Sunday, May 24
Louisville has confirmed 17 new cases of COVID-19. This brings Jefferson County's total to 2,266. Two more deaths have also been reported. A 67-year-old woman and a 66-year-old man have died from complications of the virus. So far, 1,494 people in the area have recovered.
In a tweet, Mayor Greg Fischer provided the updates and encouraged residents to stay home when possible, continue to stay 6 feet apart and wear a face mask in public.