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Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Gov. Beshear Hails $1 Million Gift to Team Kentucky Fund, PPE Donations

Governor praises Kentuckians for making essential contributions in fight against COVID-19

A group of Kentucky Colonels celebrate at Churchill Downs in 2018.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 14, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Tuesday highlighted the hard work, donations and good deeds of Kentuckians in the fight against the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

The Governor announced that the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels is making the largest gift in the storied organization’s history: $1 million to the Team Kentucky Fund.

“Thank you to the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels for once again stepping up and assisting fellow Kentuckians when they need it the most,” Gov. Beshear said. “This generous donation will help Kentuckians with rent, utilities and other needs after they have had their lives turned upside down by this devastating epidemic. I have said repeatedly we will get through this together and the Kentucky Colonels are making that journey easier for some struggling Kentuckians.”

He urged others to follow the Kentucky Colonels’ lead and donate to the Team Kentucky Fund.

“Our trustees decided to take a leadership position with this specific $1 million donation to the Team Kentucky Fund when Gov. Beshear called upon Kentuckians to come together and help provide aid and hope where it’s most urgently needed,” said Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels (HOKC) Executive Director Col. Sherry Crose. “Kentucky Colonels are honoring the historic heritage of caring which began with assistance with the Great Flood of 1937.”

“Every part of Kentucky has to do their part, and we are seeing that,” the Governor said.

Gov. Beshear also talked about his administration’s continuing efforts to obtain personal protective equipment (PPE) for the commonwealth’s health care providers.

He said purchasing the equipment has become nearly impossible as the federal government snaps up limited supplies and ramping up manufacturing here takes time. Donations, however, are the way to bridge the gap, and the Governor said people and companies here are answering the call.

“Kentuckians, you are coming through,” the Governor said.

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Gov. Beshear said the state currently has the following PPE stocks on-hand: 4.2 million gloves, 355,000 surgical masks, more than 153,000 face shields, 37,000 gowns, more than 5,000 coveralls, and more than 279,000 respirator masks.

Dr. Steven Stack, Commissioner of the Department for Public Health, said the numbers may look large, but the nature of equipment means it is meant for single or very limited uses.

“A thing that’s good to remember is that all of these or virtually all of these are meant to be disposable. They’re intended to be used once, then discarded,” Dr. Stack said. “So, they look like big numbers in some areas but normally when we operate in a hospital or health care center, you’re required to use these items for one patient in order to minimize infection spread for other causes.”

Gov. Beshear also urged anyone who is able to donate PPE at or by calling 833-GIVE-PPE (448-3773).

“We need a lot more, a lot more every day,” the Governor said.

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