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Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Gov. Beshear Gives More Info On Kenton County Cases, Drive-Through Testing, Unemployment



By Jessie Eden

Governor Andy Beshear announced in his daily press conference on Tuesday that there are been 11 additional deaths due to the coronavirus in Kentucky. Four of those individuals were from the Northern Kentucky area;

- A 68 y.o Male and an 87 y.o. Female in Kenton Co.
- An 88 y.o. Female and an 89 y.o. Female in Campbell Co.

The total number of deaths in Kentucky is now 115.




Gov. Beshear said Tuesday that there are now 177 new cases in Kentucky, bringing the total number up to 2, 210. Several are in NKY;

- 15 in Kenton Co.
- 7 in Boone Co.
- 4 in Campbell Co.

In Kenton County, the Governor acknowledged that the area has been hit hard. He announced on Monday that a new drive-through testing station would be set up in Kenton County...on Tuesday he added that the station would be open for four days. "Kenton County opens on Wednesday. It will be open for 4 days and we're hoping to do a thousand tests done on that. I’m excited that some of these sites are going to provide testing to areas that have needed it. If you are in Campbell or Boone, make sure you are signing up for the testing that will start on Wednesday. If the appointments are booked, they will roll you to the next day."

Additional information on the drive-through testing has been released by the NKY Health Department as well. Click here for more info or scroll to the bottom for the full release.


The Governor also released a map of Kentucky cases and Kenton County is officially characterized as a 'red' area.“It is incredibly contagious. It is in every county, whether we’ve had a report or not. We gotta act like all of us already have this virus. There are very few counties that do not have an 'officially' confirmed case."



Gov. Beshear also stated that Kentucky has tested over 27,000 people to date and he released the following information;

-Total patients who have been hospitalized: 687
-Total Patients Currently in Hospital: 305
-Total Patients admitted to ICU: 263
-Still Currently in ICU: 137
-Recovered Patients: 653

Despite new cases, Gov. Beshear reiterated a statement from Monday stating, "We are flattening the curve, we are saving lives. We have to stay strong and resilient."

OTHER UPDATES:



Unemployment: 
Josh Benton from the Education Cabinet gave an update for unemployment stating that the number of claims since March 16 is over 520,000.



On a daily bases, the office receives 14,000 to 16,000 claims a day. Payments that have gone out total almost $150 Million to over 450,000 people

An additional $600 per week payment has been made to over 150,000 people, a total of $140,000 in payments.

If you still haven’t received payment; here are some reasons why;
- 13 to 15 day window since filing hasn’t closed yet
- Requested initial payment or opened additional claims
- Identity verification
- Claim under investigation – needs more review (employer contests the claim, missing info, multi-state claims, past unemployment insurance issue that needs review)

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):



Team Kentucky Fund:

Gov. Beshear also announced a large gift donated to the Team Kentucky Fund. “The Team Kentucky Fund has had great response. The Kentucky Colonels have done incredibly charitable work throughout their existence. This group and organization goes above and beyond for those in Kentucky. The Kentucky Colonels have contributed the largest gift at 1 million to the Team Kentucky Fund.”

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Press release via the NKY Health Department:

226 Cases of COVID-19 in Northern Kentucky; Drive-Thru Testing

FLORENCE, Ky. — As of 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, 18 additional cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Northern Kentucky, for 226 total cases. There are 101 cases in Kenton County, 50 cases in Campbell County, 61 cases in Boone County and 14 cases in Grant County. There have been 18 total deaths related to COVID-19. For more data on COVID-19 infections in Northern Kentucky, please visit https://nkyhealth.org/individual-or-family/health-alerts/coronavirus/

On Wednesday, April 15, a drive-thru COVID-19 testing site, an effort by the Governor’s Office, Kroger and Gravity Diagnostics, will open at Summit View Academy (5006 Madison Pike Independence, Ky.). Testing at this site will take place until Saturday, April 18. Only those that have an appointment will receive testing. Individuals can determine their eligibility, as well as schedule an appointment, at www.thelittleclinic.com/drivethru-testing or by calling 1-888-852-2567.

According to Dr. Lynne Saddler, District Director of Health, only individuals with symptoms associated with COVID-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath) should receive testing. “Testing is NOT recommended for individuals who do not have symptoms associated with COVID-19. This is because even if the individual was exposed to COVID-19, they might not yet have enough of the virus in their system to produce a positive test result. Someone may test negative, only to become ill a few days later, potentially unknowingly spreading COVID-19 to their close contacts.”

If you are not able to schedule an appointment for drive-thru testing, and develop a fever, cough or difficulty breathing, stay home and call your health care provider. Even without testing, a health care provider can tell a patient if they think they have COVID-19, and provide the same instructions for care. If you have mild symptoms, you must stay home, take fever-reducing medications and avoid others. Additionally, it is important that you inform those with whom you have had close contact that they have been exposed to COVID-19, should monitor for symptoms, and stay at home. Learn how to prevent the spread of the virus in your home at https://bit.ly/3dBMfCO. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 9-1-1.

NKY Health has been actively responding to the COVID-19 crisis for months. We continue to provide guidance and collaborate with local officials, health care providers, first responders, schools, businesses, social service agencies, and others, as well as respond to a high volume of questions from the public. We are also coordinating the distribution of personal protective equipment from the Strategic National Stockpile to health care providers and first responders. If you have personal protective equipment to donate, please visit https://secure.kentucky.gov/formservices/TeamKentucky/PPE.

NKY Health continues to work with other response agencies and Northern Kentucky residents to take the actions necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community. For more information, visit our COVID-19 page on www.nkyhealth.org or www.kycovid19.ky.gov. You can also call Kentucky’s COVID-19 hotline at 1-800-722-5725. To report observations of non-compliance with the restrictions on workplaces and public gathering, call 1-833-KYSAFER.The Governor’s press releases are available here: https://governor.ky.gov/news

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The Northern Kentucky Health Department provides high-quality public health services to more than 400,000 residents of Boone, Campbell, Grant and Kenton Counties, with a goal of preventing disease, promoting wellness and protecting against health threats. The Health Department seeks to be a nationwide leader in public health and was one of the first in the country to earn national public health accreditation. For more information, visit www.nkyhealth.org.

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