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Monday, April 20, 2020

Gov. Beshear Provides Updates on School Closures, Unemployment, New Cases

By Jessie Eden

In Monday's daily press conference, Governor Andy Beshear announced six deaths due to the coronavirus.

There were no deaths in Northern Kentucky today.

In addition, Gov. Beshear announced 102 new cases. Of those new cases, there were 10 in the following counties;

- 2 in Campbell County
- 7 in Kenton County
- 1 in Boone County

The Governor also released the following information;

- Over 32k tests have been completed to date in Kentucky
- Total patients who have been hospitalized: 1,017
- Total Patients Currently in Hospital: 263
- Total Patients admitted to ICU: 532
- Still Currently in ICU: 147
- Recovered Patients: 1,134

Additional Updates: 

Monday afternooon, Fort Thomas Independent Schools announced that non-traditional instruction would continue through the end of the school year. Gov. Beshear spoke on the issue during the press conference. “Every health care professional advised us that this was the right course of action to take."

“To those Seniors, it’s going to be a little bit hard. It doesn’t look like we’ll be able to have an in-person graduation or in-person prom. We are looking at ways to do this virtually or possibly a drive-in style. I understand your disappointment…but thank you for keeping other people safe and let’s get creative, just because you can’t be there for an in-person service, doesn’t mean your achievement isn’t as important.”

When asked by a reporter if a graduation, with students 6 feet apart, would be allowed, Governor Beshear said no. "Right now, an in-person graduation threatens everything we've worked against. I want everyone to be closer to a new normal in the Fall...and this is something that would push us backwards."

Lt. Gov. Jaqueline Coleman gave an update on unemployment insurance on Monday stating that it was important to remember the following going forward;

- Do not reopen a claim
- Do not apply for a new one if you have re-applied.

There is now a plan in place to review claims. Over 1,000 people have been hired for the unemployment call center which is helping lessen the call wait time. Now the center answers 25,000 a day. This is a level of claims that have never been seen before.

Gov. Beshear reviewed the status and new procedures being practiced by patients and staff within long term care facilities. The following graphic shows data based on 49 facilities throughout Kentucky;

Gov. Beshear also reviewed the benchmarks put into place on Friday to reiterate when Kentucky *may* be able to reopen. (Read the full guidelines from Friday here.

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