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Monday, May 4, 2020

Drive-thru testing site announced in Northern Kentucky

Governor Andy Beshear announced that there is now a partnership with St. Elizabeth for drive-thru testing at 25 Atlantic Avenue in Erlanger on the Kenton/Boone border. Anyone qualifies for testing at no cost and is available by appointment only. The phone number to make an appointment is 1-800-737-7900.

The testing site will run May 11 through May 15, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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There will be 17 different drive-thru testing sites now in Kentucky, said Gov. Beshear.

"NKY has been hit hard and we've worked hard to get this done with St. Elizabeth," said Gov. Beshear.

With Phase I on the horizon and reopening some businesses starting next week, Governor Beshear started his daily press conference by commending Mississippi’s governor, Tate Reeves, who he says paused a planned reopening of their economy because of a big spike in positive Covid-19 cases.

“I want to do this right, but this virus calls the shots. I know the decisions I'm going to make are going to be the difference between life and death for real people. Kentucky won’t be the fastest (to reopen) but we’re trying to be the smartest."

Gov. Beshear announced a partnership with the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and Distillers Association to get PPE and hand sanitizer to the state’s small businesses.

Minimum requirements and industry-specific guidelines are now posted to the website. Gov. Beshear's Chief of Staff, LaTasha Buckner said that businesses who can’t meet the minimum requirements or industry-specific guidelines cannot reopen.

"Just because you can open doesn’t mean you’re ready and doesn’t mean you should," said Gov. Beshear.

KY Healthy at Work: All information for affected business owners can be found here.

MONDAY 5/4/20 - UPDATE from Governor Beshear:

NEW CASES: 163 (Total number in Kentucky: 5,245)

- 4 in Campbell Co.
- 16 in Kenton Co.
- 5 in Boone Co.

- Over 60,046 tests completed to date in Kentucky
- Total patients who have been hospitalized: 1,529
- Total Patients Currently in Hospital: 333
- Total Patients admitted to ICU: 659
- Still Currently in ICU: 174
- Recovered Patients: 1,921

DEATHS: 8 (Total Death Toll: 261).


Eric Friedlander, who has been acting secretary of the cabinet for health and family services, has been offered and accepted the permanent position as secretary.

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