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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Gov. Beshear announces intent to resurrect Kynect, announces pool reopening guidelines

Governor Andy Beshear announced today at his daily press conference that he has sent a letter of intent to create a state based healthcare exchange. This was previously called Kynect.

Plans were not detailed and he said there is a significant approval process in front of them, but he hopes to get it fast tracked.

"We believe we can do this better than the Federal Government," said Beshear.

He further named Marta Miranda-Straub as the commissioner to oversee this program.

On June 29, public pools will be allowed to reopen in Kentucky and Beshear also released guidelines yesterday for those pools.

Everything from capacity of swimmers, social distancing will be enforced any time someone’s head is above water and swimmers must be six feet apart, chairs must be six feet apart, waiting areas will be closed, bathrooms, locker rooms and concession stands must be properly cleaned.

Additionally employees must wear face coverings and other PPE whenever they are within six feet of one another, except for lifeguards (safety hazard).

You can review all the guidelines here.

An example given for the capacity pools will be allowed in the guidelines is:

• To determine the maximum bather load permitted, public swimming and bathing facilities should take the water surface area and divide by 36 square feet. The resulting number is the maximum pool capacity. For instance, a 2000 square foot pool would have a capacity of 55 people (2000/36 = 55.5) to comply with social distancing requirements of 6 feet on all sides. Maximum capacity within the entire facility should be calculated in the same fashion. Any chairs on deck should be spaced 6 feet apart on all sides.

Wednesday 6/17/20 - SUMMARY UPDATE from Governor Andy Beshear:

> NEW CASES: 170 new cases. (Total number in Ky: 12,995).

Boone Co. - 6
Kenton Co. - 5
Campbell Co. - 5
Grant Co. - 0

- Over 329,710 tests completed to date in Kentucky.
- Total patients who have been hospitalized: 2,455.
- Total Patients Currently in Hospital: 416.
- Total Patients admitted to ICU: 971.
- Still Currently in ICU: 61.
- Recovered Patients: 3,444.

>DEATHS: 7 on Tuesday, 6 today
Total Death Toll: 518

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