Kentucky sees largest single-day increase in coronavirus cases

Gov. Beshear gives update on coronavirus in Kentucky

FRANKFORT, Ky. (FOX19) - Kentucky reported its largest number of coronavirus cases in a single day on Tuesday with 147, according to Governor Andy Beshear.

These latest numbers bring the state’s total to 1,149 coronavirus cases with 65 deaths.

Fourteen of those 147 cases announced on Tuesday are in Northern Kentucky, according to NKY Health.

In total, Northern Kentucky has reported 155 coronavirus cases.

  • Kenton County - 75 cases
  • Campbell County - 37 cases
  • Boone County - 34 cases
  • Grant County - 9 cases

NKY Health says 13 people have died in the area from COVID-19, which is the same number released on Monday.

During his Tuesday news conference, the governor said right now they are really concerned about three areas where they are seeing coronavirus cases:

  • Nursing homes/long term care facilities
  • Prisons
  • Hospitals

“ We gotta make sure we prevent the coronavirus from getting in these areas,” the governor explained on Tuesday.

As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, Kentucky’s long-term care facilities had 77 reported cases of coronavirus, including 55 residents and 22 staffers. There have been 11 deaths attributed to the disease.

As for the nursing homes and long term care facilities, Gov. Beshear talked about ways we can stop or slow the spread of the coronavirus in these places:

  • Cancel communal dining, social activities and limit the movement of residents around the facility
  • Daily intake of temperatures, shortness of breath and sore throat
  • Encourage residents to wear masks
  • Have a low threshold to transfer ill residents to a higher level of care
  • Minimize entry into resident rooms by building care and treatment activities
  • Restrict non-essential personnel, volunteers, and visitors from entering buildings

Also announced on Tuesday by Governor Beshear and the Kentucky Public Department of Health (KPDH) was a new two-tier system for testing.

This new system is designed to help ensure those who need to be tested more than anyone else get a test, according to KDPH Commissioner Steven Stack.

The KDPH commissioner says these tests are not for everyone, you must have the necessary symptoms.

In order to qualify for coronavirus testing, KPDH says you need to meet each requirement in one of the two tiers:

According to KPDH, these two tiers will help ensure only those who need testing the most will get it.
According to KPDH, these two tiers will help ensure only those who need testing the most will get it. (Source: Governor Andy Beshear)

Dr. Stack says around 2,000 tests are conducted each day throughout Kentucky.

Eventually, Stack says the goal is to get testing for every single person in the state.

Education and Workforce Development Cabinet Deputy Secretary Josh Benton gave an update Tuesday on unemployment insurance.

He said they are actively training more staff, going from 12 before the pandemic to now 1,000 to 1,200 on the phones.

Gov. Beshear and Deputy Secretary Benton said it is a priority to add capacity and respond to the needs of Kentuckians.

“We have also tried to stop the denied letters from being sent, and that those who have received one should ignore,” Benton said. “We have also been able to move back the date that individuals can get that 13-week extension. You are going to be notified within the week how to reopen your claim for an additional 13 weeks. This is really good news, especially for miners who have lost their jobs and exhausted their benefits.”

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