FRANKFORT, Ky. (FOX19) - A new executive order in Kentucky will now allow only one person from each household at a time to shop inside life sustainable business, like grocery stores, Governor Andy Beshear’s Chief of Staff LaTasha Buckner announced on Wednesday.
This order comes two days after Kroger announced they would be limiting the number of shoppers in its stores to allow for “proper physical distancing.”
The full order can be found here.
Not only does this order apply to grocery stores, but Buckner said it will be in effect for pharmacies and hardware stores also.
Additionally, the governor announced Kentucky received federal funding to begin making the additional $600 per week payment to those receiving unemployment insurance benefits as soon as Thursday night.
This will reportedly be made in a separate payment from other unemployment benefits. Kentuckians do not need to do anything to receive this payment.
Beshear explained that Kentucky is in the “escalation” period of its coronavirus cases.
"We still know that across the country and here in Kentucky that it is going to get tougher before it gets better,” the governor said. “But we are not talking about an indefinite period of time. We know that there is an end. We just have to be strong enough to get there.”
The 204 new coronavirus cases announced by Beshear Wednesday mark the largest single-day increase in cases for Kentucky.
Of the 204 most recent cases, NKY Health says 13 of them are from Northern Kentucky:
- Kenton County - Three new cases (78 total cases)
- Campbell County - Two new cases (39 total cases)
- Boone County - Six new cases (40 total cases)
- Grant County - Two new cases (11 total cases)
In total, Kentucky now has a total of 1,346 coronavirus cases, according to Gov. Beshear.
The governor reported an additional eight deaths from COVID-19 on Wednesday.
This brings the total number of deaths to 73 in the state.
As he did on Tuesday, Gov. Beshear talked about one of the areas they are most concerned about: long-term care facilities.
On Wednesday alone, 17 new coronavirus cases were reported in Kentucky nursing homes.
Thirteen of these 17 cases were reported amongst staff members and not the residents.
Two more nursing home residents died due to COVID-19, the governor announced on Wednesday.
As for religious services during the upcoming weekend, Governor Beshear emphasized that there cannot be any mass gatherings taking place.
“Mass gatherings this weekend – we can’t have any," he stated. "We are right in the crunch time - the crunch for making sure we flatten the curve and save peoples lives.”