|Gov. Beshear watches bells being rung at 10:00 a.m. in the Capital Rotunda in memory of those who have perished due to Covid-19.|
While he noted that we may have reached a plateau in positive cases of Covid-19 in Kentucky, noting that we may need a few more days of data, 17 Kentuckians passed away from the disease, including two from Kenton County. Thirteen of those deaths were residents of long-term care facilities. Forty-two percent of all Covid-19 related deaths have been residents of nursing homes.
A notably shaken Beshear played a video of bells being rung in the Capital Rotunda.
"Every decision we make matters. We don't have to do something first, we just have to do it the best," said Gov. Beshear. "We have substantial loss, there are far too many that have been taken from us, but we are flattening the curve and we are winning this fight."
Beshear played a video from Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), who talked about the process of reopening of the economy in phases.
"We cannot be jumping the gun and reopening too fast," said Dr. Fauci. "If that happens, it could potentially backfire."
Beshear noted that the Commonwealth has done well thus far but warned about reopening things too quickly.
"This thing can spike upwards at any minute and we have to make sure that doesn't happen. When we begin to reopen our economy, we need to make sure we beat this the first time," said Beshear.
Beshear said that a working group of his cabinet will be reviewing plans from businesses on how they are planning on opening back up safely, while following the CDC guidelines.
"This is going to be a dialogue with businesses, trade groups, mayors and judge executives," said La Tasha Buckner, Governor General Counsel and Chief of Staff.
A website has been established to help businesses submit those plans. HealthyatWork.Ky.Gov.
TUESDAY 4/21/20 - UPDATE from Governor Beshear:
> NEW CASES: 177, which suggests that we've likely plateaued (Total number in Ky: 3,192)
- 2 in Campbell Co.
- 16 in Kenton Co.
- 5 in Boone Co.
- Over 33,328 tests completed to date in Kentucky
- Total patients who have been hospitalized 1,076
- Total Patients Currently in Hospital: 286
- Total Patients admitted to ICU: 558
- Still Currently in ICU: 165
- Recovered Patients: 1,266
>DEATHS: 17 (Total Death Toll: )
- There were two deaths in NKY today:
73 M Kenton
93 F Kenton
There are now four drive-up testing facilities in different regions of the state. Beshear said