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Thursday, April 16, 2020

Gov. Beshear to Release Metrics on Beginning to Reopen Businesses, New PPE Created by KY Companies

By Jessie Eden

Governor Andy Beshear announced on Thursday that seven people have died from the coronavirus.

None of the individuals were from Northern Kentucky. In addition, Gov. Beshear announced 159 new cases of the coronavirus. There are 11 cases in NKY;

- 1 in Campbell Co.
- 4 in Kenton Co.
- 6 in Boone Co.
Gov. Beshear also announced that one new case is a 10 day old baby in Lincoln County and he reiterated that cases will likely be higher on Friday. "We believe tomorrow is going to be higher than we've ever seen due to some new data coming through on combined systems. Your work and commitment has flattened the curve...but we are still dealing with the coronavirus."

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In total Gov. Beshear says that over 29,000 people have been tested for the coronavirus. Additional data includes;

- Total patients who have been hospitalized: 971
- Total Patients Currently in Hospital: 477
- Total Patients admitted to ICU: 506
- Still Currently in ICU: 333
- Recovered Patients: 956 out of 2,429 cases

Gov. Beshear was also asked to address Gov. Dewine's comment to slowly start to reopen Ohio by May 1. Gov. Beshear said that President Trump will unveil his new plan on coronavirus Thursday at 6 p.m. and he will be reviewing it in detail as well as releasing metrics on Friday to provide more information on when we can expect things to reopen slowly. 

“I am going to go over it tomorrow, first reading through it. There are a lot of things we are going to go over in there as well. Please look at some of the benchmarks, these are recommendations for states. Tomorrow I will provide more metrics and an analysis of the president’s plan. In everybody’s plan, reopening is in phases. The new normal is going to be different than our old normal. Until there is a vaccine, we are still going to be doing things differently. Remember, we still believe that we are still on an upward trajectory. Staying focused is how we save lives.”

Additional Updates:

Drive Through Testing Locations:Kroger in Frankfort has donated the personnel and PPE to help with drive-through testing. Best day yet at both drive-throughs for amount of people tested:

- Frankfort: 202
- Kenton Co: 227

New Drive-through Testing Sites for Next Week will run on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. Locations include;

- Madisonville, Ky / Hopkins Co. / Christian Co.
- Paducah, Ky
- Somerset, Ky
- Pikeville, Ky

They stations will operate from 8:30 a.m. until 5:30p.m. on those select days. This is a self-administered nasal swab, directed by a health provider. For qualifications, please see the graphic below;

To sign up, visit:

New Boxes to Protect ER Staff Treating Covid-19 Patients:First Build and GE have come together to create Plexiglass boxes to help ER staff place breathing tubes safely in Covid-19 patients and minimize their exposure to the disease. 

Low Acuity Recovery Spaces:
Lake Barkley / Lake Cumberland will now be used as safe places for those who are sick but going to be ok and are quarantined. “This provides an opportunity for someone to have a place to go. It will also provide relief for our hospitals. There will be a limited medical staff for monitoring and minor emergencies. This is not places where people need serious care.


Below is the daily press release from the NKY Health Department:

244 Cases of COVID-19 in Northern Kentucky; Don’t Touch Your Face

FLORENCE, Ky. — As of 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 16, 12 additional cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Northern Kentucky, for 244 total cases. There are 111 cases in Kenton County, 52 cases in Campbell County, 67 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

Not only is continued social distancing important for preventing the spread of COVID-19 in Northern Kentucky, but so is washing our hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, and not touching our eyes, nose and mouth. According to Dr. Lynne Saddler, District Director of Health, this can be difficult to remember, especially during allergy season. “Allergy season is upon us, and many of us are suffering from itchy eyes and runny noses. It is important all the time, but especially as we fight COVID-19, to avoid touching our faces. COVID-19 can spread by touching an object with the virus on it, and then touching our eyes, nose or mouth. If you must touch your face, be sure to wash your hands before and after, and don’t forget to cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue.”

If you 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 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

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 or 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:

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