Kentucky to test all nursing home residents statewide for COVID-19

Gov. Beshear reveals plan amid COVID-19 surge in extended-care facilities

FRANKFORT, Ky. (FOX19) - Gov. Andy Beshear announced Friday that Kentucky will test every resident in its extended-care facilities and nursing homes statewide for the novel coronavirus.

Beshear described the testing plan as “strong," “aggressive” and “targeted" to ensure state health officials know the situation in each facility and can respond accordingly.

The governor’s discussion of the state’s case numbers and testing plan begins 14:55 in the above video.

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Kentucky has confirmed 6,288 cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the outbreak on 86,428 tests.

Beshear continues to describe the state’s case numbers as having “plateaued." He also continues to say testing numbers are artificially low due to underreporting.

Of those 6,288 confirmed cases, 862 are extended-care facility residents and 356 are staff members of those facilities.

Of the state’s 298 deaths, four of which were newly confirmed Friday, 176 have come from extended-care facilities.

Two of those deaths are facility staff members.

Kentucky Cabinet Secretary for Health and Family Services Eric Friedlander says the state has currently tested around 10 percent of its 286 extended-care facility resident population. The goal is 100 percent.

The tests, Friedlander explains, result from the state’s testing partnerships with Norton Healthcare and Gravity Diagnostics.

They are offered free of charge to the facility, residents and staff “so folks can feel like they can and should get tested,” Friedlander said.

A timeline has been stablished for the tests, and it will take “a couple of months” to complete.

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