FRANKFORT, KY (WOWK) – Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear says 1,921 Kentucky residents have recovered from the coronavirus.
Today, he confirmed 163 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the state’s total to 5,245. Also, the state has suffered eight new virus-related deaths. To date, a total of 261 Kentuckians have died.
Even with the greater amount of testing, Beshear says the numbers are still on the decline.
“We are in a better place at this date and time than I could have ever imagined,” he says.
The numbers are where they are, he says, because of all the steps all Kentuckians have taken to keep The Bluegrass State safe.
This week, Kentucky will have 17 sites where residents can receive testing for the coronavirus. Beshear also announced a new testing partnership with St. Elizabeth Healthcare that will open from 8 a.m.-6 p.m., May 11 until at least May 15.
More information on the testing sites and who is eligible for testing here.
Dr. Steven Stack says the second stage of the state’s healthcare re-opening will begin Wednesday. This includes elective outpatient and ambulatory procedures.
The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and Kentucky Distillers Association have partnered with the state to help small businesses obtain the masks and hand sanitizer needed to re-open. To place an order the supplies, visit kychamber.com/maskorderform and kyhandsanitizer.com/.
On May 11, more Kentucky businesses will be allowed to re-open including manufacturing, distribution and supply chain businesses; construction; vehicle and vessel dealerships; office-based businesses up to 50% capacity; horse racing with no fans; pet care, grooming and boarding; and photography.
The businesses will be required to follow the state’s 10 rules to re-open.
More information on the specific requirement to allow these types of businesses to re-open, visit govstatus.egov.com/ky-healthy-at-work.
Kentucky Secretary J. Michael Brown says they plan to separate Green River Correctional Complex into three groups. One housing unit will be for those inmates who tested positive for COVID-19. Another unit will be for those who tested negative, but have been exposed and a third for those who tested negative and have not been exposed.
A separate housing unit will be created for medically vulnerable inmates to keep them as safe as possible from the coronavirus.