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Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Gov. Beshear announces 20 deaths, highest daily death toll to date

There was good news and bad news at today's daily press conference, according to Governor Andy Beshear.

Beshear led with the somber news that there were 20 deaths, the highest daily number reported, but also announced that on June 8 more re-openings could occur at museums, outdoor attractions, aquariums, libraries, distilleries.

Beshear said that guidance would be posted soon for those businesses. Additionally he said that he hopes to have guidance for daycare centers up by the end of the week.

"A lot of it will deal with the numbers of children in a center," said Beshear. "Kids don't social distance, so we have to keep the numbers of kids small. It's the best way to try to make this less risky for all."

Northern Kentucky was hit particularly hard with five deaths across Campbell, Kenton and Boone County.

"I still believe we can begin to reopen safely, but the virus is still out there and can still be dangerous," said Gov. Beshear, who also still believes we are in a state of plateau. "Most of today's new deaths occurred in long-term care facilities, where we are testing all residents and staff. This continues to be the challenge we face and I think this is one of the best efforts in the country.

It's a tough day on this side in Kentucky."

NEW CASES: 164, 138 yesterday; (Total number in Ky: 8,069). 

Totals from 100 Kentucky long-term care facilities: 1,016 residents, 455 staff; 207 deaths (2 staff, 205 residents). The total death toll is 366 due to Covid-19.

NKY numbers:
- 7 in Boone Co.
- 10 in Kenton Co.
- 3 in Campbell Co.

NKY Deaths today: 70/m Campbell, 84 f/Kenton, 89/f Kenton, 84/m Boone, 93/f Boone.

- Over 153,800 tests completed to date in Kentucky (8,300+ higher than yesterday).
- Total patients who have been hospitalized: 2,010.
- Total Patients Currently in Hospital: 443.
- Total Patients admitted to ICU: 875.
- Still Currently in ICU: 269, 277 yesterday.
- Recovered Patients: 2,826.

Total Death Toll: 366.

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.

- 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), summer camps (if they can meet guidelines with childcare).
- July 1: (goal) bars/group gatherings of 50

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