FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 7, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Wednesday updated Kentuckians on the state’s continuing efforts to fight the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
“We cannot allow inconvenience to be a reason to take our eye off the ball and what we need to do for COVID. Doing the right thing is oftentimes hard,” the Governor said. “We cannot go back to normal, not in the midst of this pandemic. We will get there, but we have to stay strong.”
Editor’s note: Due to an upload of a significant backlog of case data from Lexington-Fayette County, the majority of today’s cases are from weeks past. The actual number of new cases today without the backlog is 926.
As of 4 p.m. Oct. 6, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 76,587 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 2,398 of which were newly reported Wednesday. Three hundred and fifty-eight of the newly reported cases were from children ages 18 and younger, of which 38 were children ages 5 and under.
Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear reported five new deaths Wednesday, raising the total to 1,218 Kentuckians lost to the virus.
The deaths reported Wednesday include a 68-year-old man from Fayette County; an 80-year-old woman from Greenup County; a 65-year-old man from Harlan County; a 79-year-old man from Henderson County; and a 75-year-old woman from Whitley County.
“Sadly, today we have lost five additional Kentuckians, and we expect the next several weeks that these numbers will go up as the number of cases go up,” the Governor said. “Each one is an important individual whose family loves and misses them.”
As of Wednesday, there have been at least 1,568,542 coronavirus tests performed in Kentucky. The positivity rate was 4.21%, and at least 12,800 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus. Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health, said the additional uploaded case data from Lexington-Fayette County did not affect today’s positivity rate.
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Dr. Stack Update
Dr. Stack offered more detailed information Wednesday on the state of the commonwealth’s fight against the coronavirus. He also provided insight into the reporting of cases in Fayette County.
Dr. Stack said the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department, with assistance from the Kentucky Department for Public Health, has developed a way to enter more than 1,900 of Lexington’s COVID-19 cases into a state system. This will allow the state’s reported COVID-19 case numbers for Lexington to more closely align with Lexington’s cumulative case count.
“We are appreciative of the community’s understanding as we moved through this delay,” Dr. Stack said. “As previously stated, the delay only existed with data entry; there were no delays in contacting positive cases and close contacts in Lexington.”
Eric Friedlander, secretary of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, spoke Wednesday about Kentucky’s efforts to shore up child care practitioners and facilities as they deal with the restrictions necessitated by the coronavirus pandemic.
“It’s been a difficult year for child care,” he acknowledged. “The coronavirus closed all licensed, certified and registered facilities and impacted children, families and employees of these facilities as well as the owners of these businesses.”
Earlier this year, the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) was paid through enrollment. Programs that had to close due to COVID-19 were able to receive subsidy funds to support their program for staff salaries or fixed expenses.
With funding from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the Division of Child Care, a function of the Department for Community Based Services, offered every licensed, certified and registered child care program in the state a sustainment stipend of $225 per child based on the program’s total capacity, which is determined by the Division of Regulated Child Care.
“We’re happy to report that CHFS will make a one-time grant to licensed day cares and certified homes in the amount of $130 per child,” Secretary Friedlander announced.
The funding will help pay employee wages; facility mortgage or rent payments; facility utility payments; facility insurance payments; the child care program’s obligated portion of employee benefit insurance; and food, personal protective equipment and cleaning materials.
As he has since the beginning for the COVID-19 crisis in the commonwealth, Gov. Beshear continues to put a spotlight on the Kentuckians who we’ve lost.
Today he spoke about Michael Reynolds, a 58-year-old from Louisville who died Oct. 6 after battling the coronavirus.
“His niece, Ms. Fisher, shared that Michael could always be found spending time with his family and friends, listening to music, watching sports and shopping,” the Governor relayed. “She bragged, ‘He had the biggest and best wardrobe anyone has ever seen.’ He was known for his sense of style and for always talking about his children, grandkids, fiancé and friends. He loved them all so much.”
Ms. Fisher asked that we share the story of her uncle to stress the seriousness of COVID-19.
Read about other key updates, actions and information from Gov. Beshear and his administration at governor.ky.gov, kycovid19.ky.gov and the Governor’s official social media accounts Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
Kentuckians can also access translated COVID-19 information and summaries of the Governor’s news conferences at teamkentuckytranslations.com.