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Friday, March 20, 2020

Gov. Beshear Extends Closure of Schools to April 20

Today Governor Andy Beshear updated the Commonwealth about trends in the fight against Covid-19/Coronavirus.

There are now 63 positive cases, up from 47 yesterday and 28 the day before.

He also noted that he has extended the closure of school buildings until April 20, 2020.

In Fort Thomas Independent schools, they will continue with their Non-Traditional Instruction program through Thursday, April 2.  Their spring break is scheduled from Friday, April 3 through Friday, April 10.  The NTI program will resume on Monday, April 13 through Friday, April 17.

Gov. Beshear also said that the state tax deadline would be pushed back to mirror the federal deadline of July 15 and that Kentucky bourbon distillers have stepped up to help manufacture hand sanitizer to help the fight against Covid-19.

Governor Beshear warned that commercial restrictions and social distancing measures could last a couple of months “at the very least” as the state does what it can to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

“There is no certainty out there. With that said, when we have looked at these things in the past, if we do everything that we can to prevent the spread of it, we can at least limit the duration or, how hard our most vulnerable are hit. I think people need to be ready and resilient for this thing to go on at the very least for the next couple of months.

“And here’s going to be the hard part, and people need to be ready for it. There’s going to be two hard parts. As we will see, we will have cases spike and spike significantly, but remember, about 80% of people will hardly know they have it that are a part of that spike. And our goal is to be ready for it with our healthcare system.

“But then we’re going to hit a point with all the stuff we’re doing that it eventually goes down. When our cases start going down, everybody who’s stir crazy — which we’re all going to be — wants us to remove the restrictions. We’re going to have to be tough and realize we’ve got to defeat this thing from the very first time and as we’re seeing cases eventually decline, the first thing we can do is lift the restrictions and see it happen again.”

When asked again about the timeframe, Governor Beshear made it clear this is going to last more than just a few weeks.

“Again, I can’t tell people there is a set date where we’ll have worked through this, but I know that we’re resilient enough to move through it. But folks should know this is going to be more than a couple of weeks. We’ve got to be ready for it and we will have better information as we move forward.”

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