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Friday, May 29, 2020

Covid-19 cases jump, 9 new deaths

A bigger spike in numbers was reported by Governor Andy Beshear at today's press conference but paused before indicating the cause of the rise in positive Covid-19 cases.

"We'll have to wait to see over the next couple of days whether the increase in cases today is significant or just labs catching up. I don't want to suggest that it means something at this point either way," said Gov. Beshear.

> NEW CASES: 283 new cases, 113 yesterday, 158 average over last four days. (Total number in Ky: 9,464).

NKY numbers:
- 12 in Boone Co.
- 17 in Kenton Co.
- 10 in Campbell Co.
- 2 in Grant Co.

- Over 227,944 tests completed to date in Kentucky, up 6,000 since yesterday
- Total patients who have been hospitalized: 2,266.
- Total Patients Currently in Hospital: 499.
- Total Patients admitted to ICU: 940.
- Still Currently in ICU: 81.
- Recovered Patients: 3,231.

Total Death Toll: 418.

Remote renewal of I.D.
Order from the governor allows folks whose drivers license has been lost or expired during this coronavirus pandemic to have a renewal/replacement processed remotely, without having to go in the office.

Absentee Ballots
Reminder: Request an absentee ballot online at Gov. Beshear: 190,000 ballots have been requested in one week since the portal was launched.

Unrest in Louisville
Gov. Beshear on last night's protests in Louisville in response to Breonna Taylor's death:

"It's a special place. It's also a city where we can see the impacts and the vestiges of slavery, of segregation, of Jim Crow, and it's almost that it occurs on a specific street. This pandemic we're facing has laid bare the inequalities that still exist in our society and many times are fatal. Last night's event started with a very peaceful protest, one where people wanted to be heard but didn't want to cause harm. One where people were seeking justice. Three hours in, some other folks came in and instigated actions of violence."

National Guard has not been requested to help in Louisville, but Kentucky State Police will be offering significant assistance tonight, at least 50 troopers and some equipment.

Covid-19 impact on children
No new cases of the Covid-19-related syndrome in kids. All previous children who had it are out of the hospital.

This illness can take place about eight weeks after infection. "There's still a lot we don't know," said Governor Beshear.

Notes on reopening schedule:

- 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, auctions, state parks
- June 8: Some childcare, museums, outdoor attractions, aquariums, libraries, distilleries, horse shows
- June 11: campgrounds, public & private, horse parks
- June 17: first horse show
- June 15: the rest of childcare, youth sports (low contact, outside)
- June 28: groups of 50 or less and bars
- June 29: pools

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