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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

166 new Kentucky coronavirus cases, 15 in Northern Kentucky

Governor Andy Beshear said that long-waited guidance on childcare would be available tomorrow. He said that Secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Human Services, Eric Friedlander would be able to discuss how that will work.

Additionally he said that Kentucky's healthcare systems are prepared for a potential second spike.

"No one knows what a second spike might look like, so we will continue to watch data and be ready to make pauses in reopening if needed. Moving forward we expect to see regional outbreaks instead of one large spike, but we have to be ready for all of it."

A report was released today that indicated the NCAA voted to approve voluntary athletic activities in football and basketball to start June 1st and go through June 30th. There had been a moratorium on that through May 31st.

"It's still a little early to tell about fall sports," said Beshear. "I think it is going to be a real challenge to have  20,000 to 30,000 fans in the stands. It looks as though they're trending toward games without fans this fall."

WEDNESDAY 5/20/20 - SUMMARY UPDATE from Governor Andy Beshear:

> NEW CASES: 166, 164 yesterday; (Total number in Ky: 8,167).

Totals from 100 Kentucky long-term care facilities: 1,022 residents, 461 staff; 207 deaths (2 staff; 205 residents). The total death toll is 376 due to Covid-19.

Minors make up 109 cases that have tested positive previously, but public health leaders indicate all are "doing okay."

NKY numbers:
- 4 in Boone Co.
- 10 in Kenton Co.
- 1 in Campbell Co.

NKY Deaths today: 70/m Boone.

- Over 158,672 tests completed to date in Kentucky (up 4,800+ since yesterday).
- Total patients who have been hospitalized: 2,016.
- Total Patients Currently in Hospital: 474.
- Total Patients admitted to ICU: 879.
- Still Currently in ICU: 98, 269 yesterday (big drop due to not getting timely notifications of release).
- Recovered Patients: 2,919.

Total Death Toll: 376.

Notes on reopening schedule:

- Social gatherings of up to 10 people can begin Friday, May 22. Here are six steps to CDC guidelines:
- Hold gatherings outside when possible.
- Continue social distancing.
- Wear a face mask.
Do not share food, drinks, plates, napkins.
Wash hands frequently.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

"Our goal here isn't to scare people. It's to make sure we give the best guidance we can because none of you want the first time we're able to get together to lead to health complications for anybody," said Gov. Beshear at yesterday's conference.

- May 11: Manufacturing & Distribution, Construction, Vehicle or Boat Dealership, Office-based businesses (50%), Horse-racing (no fans), pet grooming/boarding, photography.
- May 20: retail, house of worship.
- May 22: restaurants (33% occupancy, outside dining), 10 person social gatherings
- May 25: barbers, salons, cosmetology businesses and similar services.
- June 1: movie theaters, fitness centers, aquatic centers
- June 8: Museums, outdoor attractions, aquariums, libraries, distilleries
- June 11: campgrounds, public & private
- June 15: (goal) childcare, youth sports (low contact, outside)
- July 1: (goal) bars/group gatherings of 50

Contact tracing
Gov. Beshear on Monday named Mark Carter executive adviser leading the contact tracing efforts in the Office of the Secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS).

Contact tracing, which is funded through the CARES Act, is expanding to meet both the White House and Governor’s benchmarks for safely reopening the economy. For more information about Kentucky’s contact tracing program, click here.

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