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Thursday, April 23, 2020

Gov. Beshear outlines plans to reopen dentists, chiropractors, healthcare and physical therapy offices

Kentucky has 161 new cases of the novel coronavirus, for a total of at least 3,481, though Gov. Andy Beshear said Thursday the state’s infection rate appears to be relatively steady.

Though there are still more confirmed cases and new deaths announced each day, “today’s numbers are better news than we had yesterday,” Beshear said.

Six more Kentuckians, ages 62 to 93, have died from virus-related complications, Beshear said. Those included one resident from Kenton county. The death toll is now 191.

According to the NKY Health Department, there have been 370 Cases of COVID-19 in Northern Kentucky, with 34 additional cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Northern Kentucky from yesterday's close of business. Overall right now, there are 195 cases in Kenton County, 66 cases in Campbell County, 94 cases in Boone County and 15 cases in Grant County.

There have been 28 total deaths related to COVID-19 in NKY.

Even though plans are being discussed on how to slowly begin reopening Kentucky, social distancing orders remain in effect. Northern Kentucky residents should only travel for work and to obtain medical care and essential goods and services. Outdoor physical activity is encouraged, but only if proper social distancing can be maintained (i.e. at least six feet of separation between people).

“Cases of COVID-19 continue to be reported throughout Northern Kentucky. We need to remember that while we are making plans for the future, we must continue to practice social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” said Dr. Lynne Saddler, District Director of Health.

“None of us wants to reopen our economy in a way that sets us back,” said Beshear. “Your business cannot look the same when you are able to gradually restart, than it did before.”

Public Health Commissioner Dr. Steven Stack reaffirmed that point: “This is intended to be a phased, gradual reopening,” he said.

As the state’s number of new cases continues to plateau, Beshear is moving forward with his plans to reopen the economy, bit by bit. Beginning on Monday, April 27, non-urgent and emergent health care services will start up again. That includes health care clinics and medical offices, physical therapy and chiropractic offices, optometrists and potentially dental offices.

Enhanced safety and social distancing measures will be baked into each of these facility’s re-openings. For example, all health care providers, staff and patients “must” wear surgical masks while in a facility or office, Stack said. In settings where providers have direct physical contact with patients, such as dentists, physical therapists and chiropractors, those workers must wear gloves.

Some medical workers are at a higher risk of breathing in germs from patients, including dentists, oral surgeons, anesthesiologists, and those in pulmonary services. Stack asked for their input on other safety precautions the state should require, such as wearing N95 masks.

"This needs to be done thoughtfully and safely,” said Stack. And even though in-person services will be reopening, throughout all phases of this process, “we want ... telehealth maximized.”
Updates on new numbers:

NEW CASES: 161 (196 new cases yesterday), which still suggests that we've likely plateaued (Total number in Ky: 3,481 vs 3,373 yesterday)

- Still Currently in ICU: 163
- Recovered Patients: 1,335

>DEATHS: 6 vs. 14 yesterday (Total Death Toll: 191)

1 comment:

  1. Thank you, King Beshear, for considering, in your mercy, the possibility of allowing a small number of people make their own decisions.