COVID-19 pandemic in Kentucky
|COVID-19 pandemic in Kentucky|
Members of the Kentucky National Guard assist in providing medical supplies
Map of the outbreak in Kentucky by total confirmed infections per 100,000 people (as of August 4)
3,000+ confirmed infected
1,000–3,000 confirmed infected
300–1,000 confirmed infected
100–300 confirmed infected
30–100 confirmed infected
0–30 confirmed infected
No confirmed infected or no data
|Arrival date||March 6, 2020|
|Hospitalized cases||602 (current) |
|Critical cases||128 (current) |
The COVID-19 pandemic was confirmed to have reached the U.S. state of Kentucky on March 6, 2020, when Governor Andy Beshear's office announced the first confirmed case in Lexington and declared a state of emergency to ensure all entities have the necessary response resources. As of August 2, 2020, 31,185 cases of COVID-19 were confirmed, with 742 deaths.
The Kentucky government announced a series of restrictions and recommendations in order to help curb the spread of the disease. Schools, universities, and a range of businesses were broadly closed to the public. Public sporting events were closed or postponed, including the 2020 Kentucky Derby.
A range of initiatives was put into place, many by executive order, including broader leeway for pharmacists, relaxing of standards for unemployment insurance, extensions of Kentucky drivers licenses, the curtailing of non-essential police services in some areas, and moratoriums on evictions and utility shut-offs.
The Kentucky government announced on March 6, 2020 that the state had seen its first confirmed case of the virus, in the city of Lexington. The individual had been placed in isolation in an unidentified medical facility. On the same day a state of emergency was declared.
In a press conference on March 17, Governor Andy Beshear advised that the first case in Western Kentucky had been confirmed in Lyon County, and one woman had been removed from the list, after it was discovered that she had used a Kentucky address, but was actually a resident of New York. By the same day, around 380 test had been administered in the state in total, with five counties having administrated 15 tests or more. The highest rates of both testing and confined cases were in areas around the urban centers of Louisville and Lexington.
As of March 18, one of the first two patients to test positive for the virus, a 56-year-old man from Montgomery County, had fully recovered and was released from isolation. A total of 35 cases were confirmed, and 489 test had been administered statewide. Among these were an eight-month-old from Jefferson County, reported in good condition and being treated at home.
As of March 16, Governor Beshear announced that all bars and restaurants would close to dining. The same day Beshear also announced amendments to the state's unemployment insurance requirements, waiving the seven-day waiting period and requirement for workers to actively seek employment. Plans were announced to implement state laws against price gouging via executive order.
All public facing businesses that encourage public congregation and which cannot comply with the CDC's social distancing guidelines were ordered closed as of March 17. Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer ordered the closure of playgrounds, basketball courts and soccer fields in Louisville's 120 parks on March 24.
The government announced on March 16 it has applied to the U.S. Small Business Administration for assistance related to the impacts to small businesses. A three-month extension for state drivers licenses was enacted. The state's primary elections were suspended until June 23, 2020.
As of March 11, Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. suspended most state court hearings for one month. Federal court hearings had elsewhere been suspended by Danny C. Reeves, Chief U.S. District Judge. Leaders from the Kentucky General Assembly announced that the 2020 session would continue despite warnings about gathering in large groups. In-person meetings with legislators would be restricted only to essential contacts.
A spokesperson for the Louisville Metro Housing Authority advised that they would suspend evictions and set outs. The Louisville Metro Police Department announced they would no longer be responding to certain calls, including hit-and-run, public intoxication, and disorderly conduct. The Lexington Fire Department enacted a number of steps, including restricting public access to stations, but were still responding to all emergency calls. State Child Protective Services workers were ordered to limit contact with families except in cases of "imminent risk or high risk-only circumstances".
Due to the large number of people filing new claims, the state's system for registering workers for unemployment insurance crashed as of March 17 and remained down as of March 18.
As of March 18, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet closed all Real ID stations in addition to "all circuit court clerk offices, Kentucky licensing regional field offices, cabinet one-stop shop and cabinet district highway, administrative, maintenance and equipment offices."
Mayor Greg Fischer of Louisville ordered the closure of playgrounds, basketball courts and soccer fields in the city's parks on March 24.
On March 17 an executive order was announced allowing pharmacists to issue prescriptions for 30 days if they cannot contact a patient's doctor. It also allowed pharmacists to set up and conduct business in areas not covered by the normal permitting process, to increase the ease and availability of mobile operations. Blood donations were substantially impacted as scheduled blood drives were cancelled and the public took measures to avoid public spaces. Adult daycare centers were ordered closed as of March 17.
Initially, religious leaders were upset when Governor Beshear called for all religious services to be halted on March 11, 2020. However, many followed the guideline on Sunday the 14th with even more following by the following Sunday. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Covington suspended public masses from March 20 until further notice.
In college sports, the National Collegiate Athletic Association canceled all winter and spring tournaments, most notably the Division I men's and women's basketball tournaments, affecting colleges and universities statewide. On March 16, the National Junior College Athletic Association also canceled the remainder of the winter seasons as well as the spring seasons.
Governor's Daily Address
Governor Beshear has a daily public address at 5:00 pm EDT on the COVID-19 pandemic. The Governor is joined regularly by an ASL interpreter, Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing Executive Director Virginia Moore, and Dr. Steven Stack, Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Public Health. The Governor has come up with several hashtags he wants Kentuckians to use: #TeamKentucky, #TogetherKy, #HealthyatHome, and #Patriot. Some of the common phrases that the Governor uses during these addresses can be purchased on various items to help raise money for Team Kentucky fund started by the Governor to help those who have been hurt financially by the pandemic. The Governor also asks people to light up their house green whenever there are coronavirus deaths in the state that day to honor those that are lost. As part of this, Beshear has ordered the Governor's Mansion and the State Capitol dome illuminated in green on those nights.
|County [a]||Cases [b]||Deaths||Pop.||Cases / 100k||Ref. & Notes|
|120 of 120||25,147||684||4,582,040||548.8|
|Updated Jul 23, 2020|
Data is publicly reported by Kentucky Department of Public Health
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