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Thursday, May 21, 2020

Guidance and target dates announced for childcare, bars and groups of 50+


A number of reopenings of businesses were announced today by Governor Andy Beshear, among them, childcare and groups of 50 or more and bars.

On June 1, auctions were added. On June 8, a portion of childcare can open June 8, with the rest on June 15. Also on June 8, horse shows. June 29 is the target date for bars, as well as groups up to 50

"Case numbers are at a plateau or maybe in a reduction," said Gov. Beshear. "But the number of deaths today remains elevated. That reflects what we've seen in other places, where deaths peaks later."

For childcare, which is crucial for sustaining the workforce, some of the guidance includes staggering playground time among groups, eliminating center-wide family events, eliminating field trips, having a maximum group size of ten children, having adults and children who are able to wear masks, using a centralized drop-off/pick-up locations to eliminate unnecessary traffic to classrooms and exposure of children.

Guidance is available with different target dates for in-home childcare programs, center-based childcare programs and day camps.

> NEW CASES: 135, 166 yesterday; (Total number in Ky: 8,286). 

Totals: 1,061 residents, 488 staff; 213 deaths (2 staff; 211 residents). The total death toll is 386 due to Covid-19.

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


- Over 166,240 tests completed to date in Kentucky (up 4,800+ since yesterday).
- Total patients who have been hospitalized: 2,041.
- Total Patients Currently in Hospital: 475.
- Total Patients admitted to ICU: 886.
- Still Currently in ICU: 92, 98 yesterday (big drop due to not getting timely notifications of release).
- Recovered Patients: 3,002

>DEATHS: 10, (40 total in the last three days).
Total Death Toll: 386.  

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.

- 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
Gov. Beshear on Monday named Mark Carter executive adviser 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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