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Thursday, April 2, 2020

Gov. Beshear Announces 11 Deaths and 100 New Cases, Extends School Closures Until May 4

Gov. Beshear extends in-person instruction at schools until May 4.

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By Jessie Eden

Gov. Beshear provided an update on Thursday on the number of cases and deaths in Kentucky.

As of Thursday, there were 11 deaths and 100 new cases. As of today, an 89-year-old male from Kenton County died from the coronavirus. These deaths occurred from 3/31 through today but the tests just came back officially naming coronavirus as the cause of death.

All but one individual had other health conditions.

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New Cases in NKY:
5 - Kenton County
1 - Campbell County

The total number of cases is now 770.

Results vary due to several different issues with the reporting from health departments, labs and hospitals. Gov. Beshear's staff is working through all of these organizations (nearly 100) to determine the most accurate number each day as of 4 p.m. Gov. Beshear also said that around 12,000 people have been tested for the coronavirus.

Gov. Beshear explained why some reports of total numbers differ from other reports.

"There are multiple ways that we get this information. There are 31 different groups that are supposed to send data in but don't always send it in. Only 2 use electronic reporting. We don't always get it and it's not always complete. Sometimes we get them from health departments. There are 61. When there is a positive, they're supposed to send demographic information...but we may get incomplete information, transcription errors, we have over 100 players that we are getting information on and we're doing our best to make sure it's accurate. Sometimes we get it first from news reports. That requires us to go back to the health departments, hospitals, and then labs...who don't report to us, the labs report to the hospitals first."

"For those who are upset that our numbers are changing, we are trying to give you numbers that are accurate as of 3 or 4 pm. That's why you get numbers that may change."

Governor Andy Beshear announced Thursday that schools would remain closed for in-person instruction through May 4. "I told the superintendents today that there is absolutely is a possibility we don't go back to school this year. We're not there yet, but we're looking at everything."

Fort Thomas Independent Schools outlined this extension in message to parents as well;

Governor Beshear shared in a conference call this afternoon that he has further extended the closure of school buildings until Monday, May 4, 2020In Fort Thomas, we will continue with our NTI program once back from spring break from Monday, April 13, through Friday, May 1. We anticipate a return to campus on Monday, May 4, 2020.   

We hope that you continue to remain healthy at home and enjoy your spring break next week.  Please refer to our NTI website for further resources that you may need."

Additional Updates:

He has extended the timeline for school closures. In-person classes for Kentucky schools have now been cancelled up through Monday, May 4, 2020. Non-traditional instruction will continue through May 1.

Out of state travelers that travel through KY must quarantine for 14 days.

State, county and city government can now re-hire retirees.

No overnight stays at state parks. This is designed to discourage possible crowds gathering.

A field hospital now being created at the Louisville Fairgrounds with 200 beds. Preparing for the surge.

State official Michael Brown addressed the prisoner population. "It's designed to protect those who are incarcerated and those who work in those institutions. Today's order will result in commutation of sentences for 186 inmates who may be more susceptible to getting the virus. These are C and D felons, they have conditions they will have to uphold in order to go through with the commutation. Once they're out, they must have a residence to go to and they must be quarantined for 14 days. 

A group of 743 inmates have been pre-identified who are within 6 months of their sentence. They will also be released, pending the conditions of release, in the next week."

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