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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Gov. Beshear: wearing a mask shouldn't be a dividing issue


Governor Andy Beshear and Dr. Steven Stack spent time during their daily press conference today addressing the growing political divide that masks have begun to take hold in the state as he noted that Kentucky's cases may be in a state of decline.

"Today, our numbers continue to suggest that we are no longer in a plateau, but a decline," said Gov. Beshear.

"Masks have become a dividing issue. Some states have mandated masks. We haven't done that, we have just strongly encouraged. Are you really going to make fun of someone for wearing a mask? We're not pressuring people, but we've got to protect one another," said Gov. Beshear.

"How in the world (does wearing a mask) make it something to be angry about?”

Dr. Steven Stack, Commissioner for Public Health said that the steps taken, including wearing masks, have flattened the curve and saved lives.

"While I would rather every one to wear a mask. I think it's a calling and be on Team Kentucky, to be patient, kind and tolerant of each other and not turn into strife and conflict," said Dr. Stack.


WEDNESDAY 5/27/20 - SUMMARY UPDATE from Governor Andy Beshear:

NEW CASES: 127 new cases, 387, Saturday-Monday. (Total number in Ky: 9,077).

NKY numbers:
- 11 in Boone Co. (2nd most)
- 4 in Kenton Co.
- 2 in Campbell Co.

NKY Deaths: 97/F, Boone; 71/M, Boone

- Over 200,762 tests completed to date in Kentucky.
- Total patients who have been hospitalized: 2,142.
- Total Patients Currently in Hospital: 512.
- Total Patients admitted to ICU: 899.
- Still Currently in ICU: 82.
- Recovered Patients: 3,124.

>DEATHS: 6.
Total Death Toll: 400.

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


Contact tracing
Mark Carter is 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.

https://chfs.ky.gov/agencies/dph/covid19/CTT%20FAQs.pdf

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