FRANKFORT, Ky. (FOX19) - Governor Andy Beshear started his Tuesday news conference with an update for thousands of Kentuckians still waiting for the unemployment claims to be processed.
Around 37,000 unemployment claims filed in March have yet to be resolved, according to the governor.
The big holdup for more than 8,000 claims is an issue with identity verification.
Another issue holding up some claims are “employer separation issues,” Gov. Beshear explained.
An employer separation issue could be the result of a company or business disputing someone’s claim that they were laid-off.
The governor called it “unacceptable” that some unemployment claims have yet to be processed, but they are working to resolve all these issues.
Governor Beshear also spoke more on Tuesday on the efforts to expand testing in Kentucky, including a testing facility in Mason County.
Buffalo Trace Health District is now conducting coronavirus testing.
You must call 606-564-9447 to schedule an appointment for your test.
To date, the governor says 54,000 total tests have been conducted across the state.
As healthcare workers begin to go back to work and others eventually also, the governor stressed the importance of wearing a mask.
Gov. Beshear says if you’re out in public or in an office or at work talking face-to-face you need to wear your mask, even if you’re six-feet apart.
Since some people might be having a hard time finding a mask, the Kentucky Department for Public Health has a video showing how you can make one:
As for the cases in Kentucky, 230 new cases of the coronavirus were reported by Governo Beshear on Tuesday.
Of Tuesday’s new cases, Northern Kentucky Health Department reports 28 of them in Northern Kentucky counties:
- Boone County - Seven new cases, 121 total
- Campbell County - Four new cases, 83 total
- Grant County - Two new cases, 19 total
- Kenton County - 15 new cases, 225 total
Six more residents in Northern Kentucky were also announced dead from the coronavirus on Tuesday.
Four of these deaths were in Kenton County while the other two were in Campbell County, according to NKY Health.
Overall, the death toll from the coronavirus in Northern Kentucky is now 34, NKY Health reports.