Kentucky begins to reopen Monday

Kentucky begins reopening phase Monday
Published: Apr. 27, 2020 at 6:19 AM EDT|Updated: Apr. 27, 2020 at 6:20 AM EDT
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (FOX19) - The first phase of Kentucky’s plan to reopen begins Monday with some healthcare services.

Gov. Andy Beshear and Kentucky Department for Public Health Commissioner Dr. Steven Stack gave details in a news conference Sunday.

Starting Monday, they said, healthcare services can resume non-urgent/emergent healthcare services, diagnostic treatments, radiology, and lab services in:

  • Hospital outpatient settings
  • Healthcare clinics and medical officers
  • Physical therapy settings and chiropractic offices
  • Optometrists
  • Dental offices (with enhanced aerosol protections)

“From a public health standpoint, from a medical standpoint, we would probably prefer to wait even longer before lifting any restrictions,” Stack said. “But we’re trying to balance competing societal needs: people’s need to get back to work, people’s need to perform other important functions in society, people’s need to pursue their lives, with the need to keep people safe.”

Elective surgeries and invasive procedures do not fall under this reopening phase, Stack said.

If a healthcare service location cannot meet the requirements for personal protective equipment (PPE) and social distancing then they can’t reopen, Beshear said.

As of Sunday, Kentucky has a total of 4,074 coronavirus cases.

The additional cases of 202 include 9 cases in northern Kentucky.

Here are the updated cases, according to the Northern Kentucky Health Department:

  • Boone County - One new case (110 total)
  • Campbell County - Six new cases (77 total)
  • Grant County - Zero new cases (16 total)
  • Kenton County - Two new cases (207 total)

Kentucky’s total number of deaths from the coronavirus is now at 208 after Beshear announced three additional deaths.

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