NKY on verge of 1,000 total cases, health department reports

Updated: May. 20, 2020 at 4:49 PM EDT
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (FOX19) - Gov. Andy Beshear announced 166 new coronavirus cases in Kentucky on Wednesday.

Northern Kentucky accounts for 32 of those newest cases, according to the Northern Kentucky Health Department.

The total number of coronavirus cases in Northern Kentucky is now at 999.

Here is the county-by-county breakdown of total cases in Northern Kentucky, according to NKY Health:

  • Boone County - 363 cases
  • Campbell County - 132 cases
  • Grant County - 34 cases
  • Kenton County - 470 cases

The new cases announced on Wednesday bring the state’s overall number of cases to 8,167.

The governor also reports another 10 Kentucky residents have died from the coronavirus.

NKY reports there were no additional deaths in the area for Wednesday.

The Northern Kentucky area will receive the third most PPE supplies for long term care facilities out of the state’s 15 regions, according to state officials.

Kentucky Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Steven Stack announced on Wednesday this area will receive a total of 209,900 pieces of PPE.

Also, on Wednesday, Gov. Beshear announced the state will receive $300 million in CARES funding.

These funds will go towards reimbursing city and county governments for COVID-19 related expenses.

“Local governments have been instrumental in the fight against COVID-19 and are a lifeline in our local communities,” said Gov. Beshear. “During this fight, they have sacrificed so much to protect others by supplying PPE, enforcing guidelines, keeping the public informed and looking out for our most vulnerable. This funding will help them better protect all Kentuckians.”

Gov. Beshear says reimbursements can include but are not limited to:

  • The purchase of PPE for health and safety workers.
  • Expenses for food delivery to nursing homes and vulnerable populations.
  • Improvements needed for public employees to telework to comply with public health precautions.
  • Expenses for the disinfection of public spaces and facilities.
  • Payroll expenses for public safety, public health, health care, human services and employees substantial to mitigating or responding to the public health emergency.

City and county governments need to apply for these reimbursement funds at

With Memorial Day Weekend days away, Gov. Beshear reiterated some points announced Tuesday by Dr. Stack for the upcoming holiday.

“This weekend think about hands, face and space. So, hands clean and to yourself. Face covered if you’re close and don’t touch it. And, finally, space,” said Gov. Beshear. “We’re going to be really excited to see folks we haven’t in a while, but stay six-feet apart, do it outside if you can, it’s going to make it very safe comparatively.”

Dr. Stack recommends these guidelines for holiday gatherings with at least 10 people:

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Continue social distancing - remain six-feet apart from others not in your immediate family.
  • Do not share food, drinks, containers, plates, napkins or utensils.
  • Hold the gatherings outside whenever possible.
  • Wash hands frequently before, during and after the gatherings.
  • Wear a face mask or cloth face covering.

“It’s Memorial Day Weekend, and I know that many of us desperately crave the company of our friends and family,” Dr. Stack said. “But I urge, and I ask that everybody please follow these steps so that we can stay safe together and not have any of the serious consequences that none of us want.”

On Thursday, the governor says they will discuss the guidelines and requirements for childcare services to reopen.

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