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.
Sunday, April 26
Gov. Andy Beshear says with expanded tested, the state now has 202 new COVID-19 cases. Three more people have also died from the virus. The state's total number of cases are 4,074 and deaths are 208.
- 48,474 have been tested
- 308 are currently hospitalized, 1,274 have been overall
- 166 are currently in the ICU, 608 overall
- 1,511 have recovered
Dr. Stack and Andy Beshear laid out Phase 1 Healthcare services reopening.
"This is a more controlled environment to start and to learn from," Gov. Beshear said Sunday.
They say beginning Monday, resume non-urgent/emergent healthcare services, diagnostic radiology and lab services in:
- hospital outpatient settings
- healthcare clinics and medical offices
- physical therapy settings and chiropractic offices
- dental offices (but with enhanced aerosol protections
*Note: this guidance does not apply to long-term care settings, prisons, other industries, or other settings for which separate guidance has already or will in the future provided.
- This is a phased, gradual reopening of services; a COVID-19 surge may require adjustment
- In all phases, maximize telehealth rather than in-person services
- No visitors allowed except when necessary for end-of-life, vulnerable populations, minors, etc. and then only to minimum essential extent
- Eliminate traditional waiting/common seating areas and use non-traditional alternatives (e.g, parking lot lobby, inside cars)
- Maintain social distancing greater than 6 feet in all settings where people must wait and employ other steps to minimize direct contact between individuals within the healthcare setting.
All healthcare providers and staff must wear surgical/procedural masks while in healthcare office/facility
All patients and other persons in healthcare office/facility must:
- Wear a surgical/procedural mask while in an acute care hospital or ambulatory surgical center
- Wear either a surgical/procedural mask or cloth mask/face covering in all other healthcare settings.
High-touch clinical settings (e.g., physical therapy, chiropractic, etc.)
- Healthcare workers must wear non-latex gloves in addition to enhanced hand hygiene practices described above.
- Any objects and contact surfaces used for clinical services will be sanitized between patients.
High-aerosol risk outpatient settings (e.g., dentistry, oral surgery, anesthesia, pulmonary services, etc.)
- -We seek additional input from these professionals regarding steps to assure the safety of both their patients and clinical staff, such as higher level mask and airflow considerations.
Both Dr. Stack and the governor made it clear that if any businesses can't meet all of the health safety requirements for operating, they cannot open tomorrow.
"Just because you can open tomorrow, doesn't mean you should unless you're able to comply with all of their requirements in here," Dr. Stack said.
"It doesn't matter if somebody else in your industry can meet them and you can't. If you cant meet them, you cant re-open," Beshear added. "To do these things, the private sector is going to have to be able to meet higher standards to make sure we can do this safely."
Beshear also suggested everyone get cloth masks in the coming week, as they will become more necessary as Kentucky begins to re-open.
"Over the next week you probably ought to get a cloth mask of some type," he said. "The requirements and the suggestions on masks are just going to increase as we are able to do more."
The governor also announced he will lay out a bigger schedule Monday for the opening of other healthcare services.
He also plans to reveal a possible date state officials will begin phase one of re-opening in Kentucky.
Mayor Greg Fischer confirms 22 new COVID-19 cases and one death in Jefferson County. The total now stands at 1,092 cases and 82 deaths overall.
The mayor says 519 have recovered.
He's continuing to urge people to stay home if they can and practice social distancing if going out on essential runs.
Saturday, April 25
Beshear confirms 171 new COVID-19 cases, bringing statewide total 3,905. He also confirmed 5 new deaths -- the state total is now 205.
The governor says he believes the 5 new deaths were all from senior living facilities. He did get into those numbers. So far, 602 residents and 273 staff members at those facilities have tested positive for the virus. 94 residents have have died.
Kentucky says 46,558 tests have been processed by labs. There are 301 people currently hospitalized and 164 of those are currently in ICU. Beshear says 1,501 people have recovered.
Beshear says 11 testing sites will be available from April 27 through May 1 in Louisville, Lexington, Bowling Green, Cadiz, Hopkinsville, Hazard, Mt. Vernon, and Murray, Kentucky. Many of these sites have already filled all of their openings. For more information, visit: http://krogerhealth.com/COVIDTesting
The governor says the goal for the unemployment system us to get anyone that applied in March that hasn't been help to be taken care of this week.
Gov. Beshear announced that dentist offices will not be reopening on Monday with other healthcare services. He says the facilities have to agree upon guidelines of keeping medical staff and patients safe.
Mayor Greg Fischer confirms 26 new COVID-19 cases, bringing Jefferson County’s total to 1070. During Saturday’s report he says that three more people have died. That total is now 81.
Fischer also says 507 have recovered from the virus.
Friday, April 24
Kentucky has confirmed 322 new COVID-19 cases and nine new deaths. There are now a total of 3,779 cases and 200 deaths in the state. 1,341 people have recovered.
The total number of tests performed in the state is now 44,962. The governor said that is expected to grow with an additional 11 drive-thru testing sites opening across the state next week. That includes a new partnership with Walmart, which will be opening a testing site at the Bashford Manor location in Louisville on April 29. Testing will be available seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for first responders, healthcare workers, and anyone 18 or older exhibiting symptoms.
352 inmates in county jails will be released. The individuals will be inmates convicted of state crimes which were non-violent and non-sexual in nature, and near the end of their sentence. Those released have been determined to be in the COVID-19 high risk category. When they are released they will have to quarantine for 14 days, and they must not reoffend.
The state says they have processed more than 550,000 unemployment claims since March 16 and paid nearly $1 billion.
Mayor Greg Fischer announced 39 new coronavirus cases in Jefferson County, totaling 1,044 COVID-19 cases. The mayor announced there were no new deaths, keeping the city's total at 78 deaths.
Thursday, April 23
Kentucky confirmed 161 new cases of COVID-19. That brings the state's total to 3,481. Six more deaths were also confirmed, bringing the total deaths attributed to the virus to 191.
Across the state, 42,844 people have been tested. The governor said there has been a large increase in testing over the last three days.
The state gave more specific details on their plan to reopen healthcare services. On Monday, April 28, they plan to resume non-urgent and non-emergent healthcare services, diagnostic radiology, laboratory services, physical therapy, chiropractic and optometry. Dental services may also resume as long as offices have enhanced aerosol protections. Telehealth should still be used as much as possible. Visitors will not be allowed except for certain cases involving minors and vulnerable individuals. Traditional waiting areas should be eliminated, and offices should enhance hygiene and safety measures.
Kentucky will be ramping up testing at long-term care facilities across the state.
Wednesday, April 22
Governor Andy Beshear announced, beginning April 27, Kentucky will roll out phase one of Healthy at Work which will include the reopening of certain healthcare services. If that works, the types of services which will reopen will be able to expand.
New drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites will be available across the state. Notably, in Louisville and Lexington, drive-thru testing will be available "in or proximate to predominantly African American neighborhoods," the governor said. The virus has disproportionately impacted African Americans, especially in the death rates. These sites will open April 27 and run Monday-Friday for two weeks. Masks and sanitizer will be provided to those who are tested. Additional drive-thru testing will be offered in Owensboro, Bowling Green and Lexington.
Kentucky reported 196 new cases, bringing the states total to 3,373. Fourteen new deaths were also reported, bringing the total to 185.
Beshear said the cases have plateaued, but there has not yet been a decline.
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer announced there have been 931 total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Jefferson County. There have been 77 deaths thus far.
Six more people have died since yesterday's announcement. Those deaths include a:
- 90-year-old female
- 87-year-old male
- 85-year-old female
- 74-year-old male
- 58-year-old female
- 50-year-old male
The mayor gave updates on first-responders and inmates in Jefferson County, saying there have been zero positive tests in Metro Corrections. Twelve first-responders have tested positive, and nine of those 12 have returned back to work.
Fischer also said he is presenting his budget proposal to Metro Council tomorrow.
Tuesday, April 21
Beshear says long-term health facilities continue to see more cases. Since Monday, the governor confirmed 46 additional residents, 12 staff and 13 new deaths (These are all included in the current counts).
So far, 454 residents, 196 staff have been confirmed with COVID-19 and 71 deaths total.
Kentucky now has 177 new cases of COVID-19 and 17 new deaths. This brings the statewide total cases to 3,192 and 171 deaths.
Gov. Beshear says 33,328 people have been tested; 1,076 are currently hospitalized and 1,266 have recovered.
Racial information has been released on 77% of the cases: 76.91% (White), 13.56% (Black/African-American), 4.23% (Asian), 5.24% (Multi-racial).
The racial breakdown of deaths -- about 84% of cases is known: 76.91% (White), 13.56% (Black/African-American), 4.23% (Asian), 5.24% (Multi-racial).
Beshear also highlighted one of the deaths included in Tuesday's count. He says the husband of a Hopkins County woman who passed away from COVID-19 has also died from the disease. Ninety-year-old Air Force veteran John Woods died Monday.
Kentucky officials also held a wreath-laying ceremony to honor those who have died from COVID-19 in Frankfort.
As of Tuesday, there have been 907 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Louisville, with 440 recoveries. There have been 3 additional deaths since Monday, bringing the Louisville total to 71.
Gender/Age data for today’s deaths:
Currently, 11 members of LMPD, Louisville Fire, Metro EMS, Metro Corrections and the Sheriff’s Office are off-duty due to COVID-19:
2 are off with positive tests and in self-isolation.
5 are off and quarantined due to exposure to someone with a positive test.
4 are “screened off” with symptoms and have been tested but have not received test results.
Positive test numbers for first responders/public safety since the incident began:
12 positive tests.
10 have fully recovered and returned to duty.
Metro Corrections inmate data for April 21:
94 inmates have been tested.
0 positive tests.
2 tests are pending.
Monday, April 20
Governor Andy Beshear has confirmed 102 new cases of coronavirus in Kentucky. The total number of cases now stand at 3,050. Beshear also confirmed 6 new deaths which total 154 statewide.
So far, 32,830 Kentuckians have been tested for the virus.
The Governor said with about 76% of the known cases accounted for, 76.93% of Kentuckians who tested positive were Caucasian, 13.67% were African-American, 5.28% were multiracial, 4.07% were Asian and 0.05% were Native American or Alaskan Native.
The Governor also said with about 71% of the known cases accounted for, 92.49% of people who tested positive were non-Hispanic and 7.51% were Hispanic.
On fatalities attributed to the coronavirus, with about 80% of the known cases accounted for, Kentucky deaths are about 75.61% Caucasian, 21.96% African-American, 1.63% Asian and 0.81% were multiracial.
On fatalities attributed to the coronavirus, with about 76% of the known cases accounted for, Kentucky deaths are about 99.17% non-Hispanic and 0.83% Hispanic.
Lt. Governor Jaqueline Coleman says the state has processed double the claims since March 8 as they did in all of 2019. She says they are receiving an average of 13,000 new claims filed and 25,000 phone calls daily.
She urged those that if they have applied, don’t reapply or open another claim.
Coleman says the only ones who should be reapplying are those whose benefits have expired.
Call wait times went from 2 hours to 6 minutes. They now have an automated system that will call and update those who will receive benefits on when they will get their payments.
Kentucky Kingdom announced plans to reopen in June. According to the amusement park, the exact date will be determined by the ongoing COVID-19 situation.
UPS announced donations to local nonprofits totaling nearly $300,000. The donations are intended to provide relief during the COVID-19 pandemic. Regional grants were awarded to the One Louisville: COVID-19 Response Fund, Volunteers of America, WaterStep and other local non-profits.
Gov. Andy Beshear will discuss plans for the rest of the academic year with superintendents today.
Find previous Kentucky updates here.