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Monday, May 11, 2020

Gov. Beshear: 10-year-old Kentucky child on ventilator due to Covid-19

Today at his daily press conference, Governor Andy Beshear reported that a 10-year-old in Kentucky is on a ventilator right now because of COVID-19.

"Anytime someone's on a ventilator it's tough, but says having a 10-year-old on one is even tougher especially for him as a father of a 10-year-old," he said as he held up his "Kentucky" mask. "One of the reasons I wear a mask is to not bring it home to my kids."

This is the only case involving a child to their knowledge in Kentucky, said Beshear.

Prior to reporting that news, Gov. Beshear indicated parents may want to clear the room of children, so as not to panic them.

Dr. Steven Stack, Kentucky Commissioner for Public Health, said adults more often get acute symptoms while children often don't have symptoms when first infected.

"Children overall still don't have serious illness with this, but some do," he said.  "There is a small number of children and young people who can get a syndrome where their immune system becomes overactive and have extensive inflammatory response.

For kids who get this syndrome, it's serious."

Dr. Stack says there's not a clear pattern yet. Some presentations have been: abdominal pain, respiratory infection. Stack says it depends how the virus gets into their body. The problem is once that starts, the inflammation gets out of control.

"Still the best thing for all of us is to stay healthy at home as much as possible," he said.

MONDAY 5/11/20 - SUMMARY UPDATE from Governor Andy Beshear:

There was no briefing yesterday, so these are two days' worth of numbers.

Today's the day the governor has asked all Kentuckians to begin wearing masks in public. It's the first day of the state's Healthy at Work gradual reopening.

RELATED: Gov. Beshear: starting May 11, if you're going to be in public, please wear a mask

> NEW CASES: 141 on Sunday (3 deaths), 105 on Monday (4 deaths); 176 cases on Friday. (Total number in Ky: 6,677).

- 2 in Campbell Co.
- 12 in Kenton Co.
- 13 in Boone Co.

- 1 in Campbell Co.
- 6 in Kenton Co.
- 9 in Boone Co.

- Over 104,001 tests completed to date in Kentucky.
- Total patients who have been hospitalized: 1,767.
- Total Patients Currently in Hospital: 383
- Total Patients admitted to ICU: 768.
- Still Currently in ICU: 220
- Recovered Patients: 2,335.

>DEATHS: 7 from Sunday, Monday, 5 of which are from the long-term care population.
Total Death Toll: 311

Notes on reopening schedule:

"I don't want to be the fastest. I want to be the smartest," said Gov. Beshear. "Just because you can open doesn't mean things can go back to normal. It's got to be a very different normal. We're all worried about our economy, but, I've got to say, the economies that thrive coming out of this are the economies that don't have to shut down a second time."

Guidance for businesses opening through May 20 available here:

- 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).
- May 25: 10 person social gatherings, barbers, salons, cosmetology businesses and similar services.
- June 1: movie theaters and fitness centers
- June 11: campgrounds, public & private
- June 15: (goal) childcare, youth sports (low contact, outside)
- July: (goal) bars/group gatherings of 50

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