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Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Protesters Disrupt Gov. Beshear's Daily Press Conference on New Cases, Deaths



By Jessie Eden

Governor Andy Beshear announced in his daily press conference on Wednesday, April 15, that there have been and additional 7 deaths due to the coronavirus.





Gov. Beshear also noted that there are now 88 cases in Kentucky, bringing the total up to 2,291. There is a new reporting system that they are using so 50 of those cases have not yet been inputed and Gov. Beshear noted that Wednesday's amount appeared low due to this.

In Northern Kentucky, there were additional cases in the following counties;

- 4 in Campbell Co.
- 2 in Kenton Co.

Additionally, Gov. Beshear released the following information;

-Total patients who have been hospitalized: 807
-Total Patients Currently in Hospital: 412
-Total Patients admitted to ICU: 367
-Still Currently in ICU: 252
-Recovered Patients: 862

In addition, there were protestors gathered outside of the press conference chanting throughout the broadcast. They chanted phrases like "Abortion is not essential" and "We want to work". Gov. Beshear acknowledged the protestors and said he hoped they were social distancing because otherwise, they are spreading the virus.




Gov. Beshear ended the press conference by posting the above graphic that shows what will happen if restrictions are lifted. "If we don't do our job, that's 13,000 deaths...but if we continue to do what we're doing, we stay strong even when there's noise out there. There will always be people who object but we are more united than ever before and I'm proud to be your Governor and I'm going to continue to do the right things and I know you will too."

Additional Updates: 

TESTING:
In Kenton County, 201 people have been tested in the first day and there have been significant sign-ups through the 4 days of testing. Additional testing sites throughout Kentucky will be announced on Thursday.

OHIO, INDIANA AND KENTUCKY ARE WORKING TOGETHER:
Governor Beshear stated that Kentucky is working with Ohio and Indiana and will be in cooperation with the states when making decisions on how to eventually re-open everything. "We want to do it thoughtfully so we don’t see a reemergence of the virus. We have to make sure we are working together. In the end, each state will need to sign off on the plans. By doing this we feel we can have a more effective reopening of our economy." 

On Friday, the governor will provide more metrics on how these decisions will eventually be made.

WHERE WE ARE: 
Gov. Beshear says we are still not out of the woods. "We still believe we are in the escalation period. We have got to keep this up. We have not reached the peak here in Kentucky. We are not at halftime and while we are going to win this game, let's make sure we are focused," said Gov. Beshear. "If we don’t follow the statements of public health officials, if we don’t make the changes and act like we don’t have the coronavirus out there – we lose more people.”

NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH UofL HOSPITAL:
UofL hospital is in the first stage of a unique testing regimen that will provide a type of test that can help return people back to work. The "Co-Immunity Project" is focused on health care workers and it tests them for antibodies in those who may have developed immunity. There will also be a lab that allows them to identify subjects as donors of plasma to help sick patients.

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The following is a press release from NKY Health:

232 Cases of COVID-19 in Northern Kentucky; Additional Appointments Added for Drive-Thru Testing

FLORENCE, Ky. — As of 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, 6 additional cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Northern Kentucky, for 232 total cases. There are 103 cases in Kenton County, 50 cases in Campbell County, 65 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 https://nkyhealth.org/individual-or-family/health-alerts/coronavirus/

A drive-thru COVID-19 testing site, an effort by the Governor’s Office, Kroger and Gravity Diagnostics, opened today at Summit View Academy (5006 Madison Pike Independence, Ky.). Testing at this location will take place through Saturday, April 18. Only those that have an appointment will receive testing. Availability is limited, but additional appointments have been added. Individuals can determine their eligibility, as well as schedule an appointment, at www.thelittleclinic.com/drivethru-testing or by calling 1-888-852-2567.

According to Dr. Lynne Saddler, District Director of Health, only individuals with symptoms associated with COVID-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath) should receive testing. “Testing is NOT recommended for individuals who do not have symptoms associated with COVID-19. This is because even if the individual was exposed to COVID-19, they might not yet have enough of the virus in their system to produce a positive test result. Someone may test negative, only to become ill a few days later, potentially unknowingly spreading COVID-19 to their close contacts.”

If you are not able to schedule an appointment for drive-thru testing, and 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 https://bit.ly/3dBMfCO. 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 https://secure.kentucky.gov/formservices/TeamKentucky/PPE.

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 www.nkyhealth.org or www.kycovid19.ky.gov. 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: https://governor.ky.gov/news

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