Coronavirus in Kentucky now in ‘decline’ phase, Gov. Beshear says

Updated: May. 27, 2020 at 6:37 PM EDT
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (FOX19) - Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear says the state is moving into the decline stage with its fight against the coronavirus.

On Tuesday, the governor said the recent numbers suggest the state has no longer plateaued but is now in a decline of cases and deaths.

“Our numbers suggest again today that we are no longer in a plateau, but on a decline,” Gov. Beshear said.

With an additional 127 cases of the coronavirus reported on Wednesday, Gov. Beshear reported the overall total in the state is now 9,077.

The Northern Kentucky Health Department reported an additional 14 cases in the area on Wednesday.

Overall, NKY Health says there have been 1,164 coronavirus cases amongst the four counties.

Here’s the county-by-county breakdown of total cases in the area, according to NKY Health:

  • Boone County - 429 cases
  • Campbell County - 153 cases
  • Grant County - 39 cases
  • Kenton County - 543 cases

Kentucky has now seen the deaths of 400 residents after another six people died Wednesday from the coronavirus, the governor announced.

The death toll in Northern Kentucky is now 65, NKY Health reported on Wednesday.

More than half of the state’s total deaths, 224, have come from long term care facilities.

A little more than a week ago, an assistance fund launched to help those financially burdened through job loss because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“The COVID-19 outbreak has caused its own unique set of issues, but what it has also done is exacerbate issues that we know already exist,” said Lt. Gov. Jacqueline
Coleman. “As a rural Kentuckian, I can speak to those from experience, because I know that in lots of places in Kentucky there is not adequate job opportunity for many people. We struggle with health care and infrastructure and internet access in some areas. And what we’ve seen with this fund is that those disparities are showing up in our application process as well.”

[Apply for the Team Kentucky Fund here]

Lt. Gov. Coleman says these funds, which are now more than $3.1 million, will be distributed regionally by Kentucky’s Community Action Agencies.

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