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Gov. Beshear Provides Update on COVID-19
FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 24, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Wednesday updated Kentuckians on the state’s actions to fight the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
“We are going to get through this because we have shown, even with a worldwide health pandemic, we can come together, unite, know what it takes, and manage something as aggressive and deadly as COVID-19,” the Governor said. “The only way we can reopen safely is if we continue to test and people work with our contact tracers.”
Gov. Beshear and administration officials offered new guidance for Kentucky schools looking to open safely in the fall, new sites for in-person unemployment insurance claims service and new...

Gov. Beshear Provides Update on COVID-19
FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 23, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Tuesday updated Kentuckians on the state’s actions to fight the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
“We have made the changes in our daily lives, all in order keep our fellow Kentuckians safe from this deadly disease,” Gov. Beshear said. “I see the sacrifices being made by so many and I’ve never been more proud to be your Governor. It’s not only the compassionate thing to do, it’s also letting us reopen our economy without the problems we’re seeing in other states that threaten to reverse such efforts.” ...

Gov. Beshear Provides Update on COVID-19
Governor highlights rare day of no new reported deaths from coronavirus in commonwealth
FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 22, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Monday updated Kentuckians on the state’s actions to fight the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
The Governor held Monday’s news conference in the Old State Capitol.
“The Old State Capitol helps us to make connections between our past and our future. That is important now more than ever,” Gov. Beshear said. “We learn from the...

Gov. Beshear Provides Update on COVID-19
FRANKFORT, Ky.
(June 21, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Sunday updated Kentuckians on the commonwealth’s ongoing efforts to defeat the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
“Team Kentucky, we can do this,” the Governor said. “Keep getting tested, keep wearing masks, keep answering the call if our contact tracers reach out to you. We have the tools we need to slow the spread of COVID-19 significantly until we get a vaccine.”
The Governor also wished all Kentucky dads a happy Father’s Day.
“My dad worked tirelessly to show up for my brother and me, no matter what challenges he was facing,” said Gov. Beshear. “I always want to do the same for Will and Lila. They are my greatest joy. Happy Father’s Day to all the dads and father figures out there who are giving their kids...

Gov. Beshear Provides Update on COVID-19
FRANKFORT, Ky.
(June 20, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Saturday updated Kentuckians on the state’s continued initiatives to fight the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
“It’s another beautiful weekend, and I know we’re all wishing for a faster return to normal,” said Gov. Beshear. “But in this test of our lifetimes, we’ve stepped up to make changes that protect each other, and that has made an enormous difference.”...

Gov. Beshear Provides Update on COVID-19
FRANKFORT, Ky.
(June 19, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Friday updated Kentuckians on the state’s efforts to combat the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
“I’m so proud of Team Kentucky,” said Gov. Beshear. “As we realize that this fight will be a marathon, not a sprint, we have not lost heart. We have not lost our determination to protect each other. Instead, we have steeled ourselves to live in this new normal until we get a vaccine.”
Yesterday, the governor signed a proclamation recognizing today, June 19, as Juneteenth National Freedom Day. He will encourage the legislature to adopt it as a...

Gov. Beshear Provides Update on COVID-19
FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 18, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Thursday updated Kentuckians on the state’s continued fight against the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
“We’re going to address all the challenges that are in front of us and we’re going to come out on the other side stronger, better, more compassionate people, better prepared for the future,” said Gov. Beshear. “We’re going to take the lessons we have learned and we are going to make sure that we make the changes that are necessary so that the next time we face a...

Gov. Beshear Provides Update on COVID-19
FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 17, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Wednesday updated Kentuckians on steps the state is taking to address the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
“COVID-19 has been tough. It has changed so much about our daily lives. It has upended our economy, it has required us to sacrifice. It has taken the lives of so many of our loved ones, and it has tested our mental and emotional health. It has also taught us critical lessons: that we are compassionate people, that our ability to survive and thrive depends on...

Gov. Beshear Provides Update on COVID-19
FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 16, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Tuesday updated Kentuckians on steps the state is taking to address the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
“Everybody needs to remember that COVID-19 is still out there, it spreads aggressively and it can be deadly. As part of Team Kentucky we all have to do our part and remember there are three things you can do to help...

Gov. Beshear Provides Update on COVID-19
FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 15, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Monday updated Kentuckians on steps the state is taking to address the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
“We’re going to get through this together, we are going to come out the other side, we are going to rebuild and restart our economy, we’re going to take care of each other as we’re going through this, and I believe we have the opportunity to...

Gov. Beshear Provides Update on COVID-19
FRANKFORT, Ky.
(June 13, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Saturday updated Kentuckians on steps the state is taking to address the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
“We’ve been fighting this virus for months and I know every single Kentuckian has sacrificed for the greater good during that time,” said Gov. Andy Beshear. “Today, I especially want to thank our health care workers who continue to save lives on the front lines and who have never given up.” ...

Gov. Beshear Provides Update on COVID-19
FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 12, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Friday updated Kentuckians on the state’s ongoing fight against the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
“I know this has been an extraordinarily difficult year for many Kentuckians,” said Gov. Beshear. “But we will finish the fight against COVID-19 because of your compassion for each other and dedication to protecting those around you.” ...

Gov. Beshear Provides Update on COVID-19
FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 11, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Thursday updated Kentuckians on the state’s initiatives to combat the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
“Some feel that the world is changing. I saw a poll that many people feel like the world’s out of control. We’ve got to breathe. We’ve got to stay calm and know that we will get through this together,” said Gov. Beshear. “We’ve already shown that we have what it takes.”

Gov. Beshear Provides Update on COVID-19
FRANKFORT, Ky.
(June 10, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Wednesday updated Kentuckians on the state’s efforts to fight the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
“Hopefully the Kentucky that we build as we come out of COVID-19 is one where we are more together,” the Governor said. “All of us, as one community, as one Team Kentucky, are ready to take on the challenges of the future, but knowing that if we are more united and more connected, there is so much more that we can get done.”
Gov. Beshear and other administration officials also spoke Wednesday about expanded testing that will launch...

Gov. Beshear Provides Update on COVID-19
Update provided on ongoing investigation into the shooting death of David McAtee
FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 9, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Tuesday updated Kentuckians on the state’s efforts to fight the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
The Governor also spoke about his plan to address racial disparities in health care and a proposal to hold the Kentucky State Fair.
“All around the commonwealth, I have seen people going the extra mile, and taking these precautions very seriously,” the Governor said. “It’s very important that we follow the Healthy at Work guidelines so we can do this and do it right. Our goal is to...

Gov. Beshear Provides Update on Fight Against COVID-19
FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 8, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Monday updated Kentuckians on the state’s efforts to fight the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) and address the deep societal problems laid bare by the deadly pandemic.
“Already with COVID-19, the world was going to be different afterwards, the United States was going to be different afterwards and Kentucky was going to be different afterwards,” said Gov. Beshear. “Our commitment is to make sure it’s not just different from a public health perspective, but it is truly different from an equality and a justice perspective.”
The Governor and top officials in his administration also spoke about racial disparities in...

Gov. Beshear Provides Update on Fight Against COVID-19
​​​​​​​Governor spoke Friday at March on Frankfort
FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 6, 2020) – On Saturday, Gov. Andy Beshear provided an update on case information and reminded Kentuckians to follow public health guidance this weekend during the ongoing fight against the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
Yesterday, Gov. Beshear spoke at the March on Frankfort hosted by For the People Coalition.
“Today, you are leading and I am listening,” said Gov. Beshear. “I will earn your faith, and we will work together. Change is possible. You’re demanding it. And I’m going to work with you to make that happen.”...

Gov. Beshear Provides Update on Fight Against COVID-19
State reports third health care worker death
FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 5, 2020) – On Friday, Gov. Andy Beshear provided an update on case information and encouraged people to follow public health guidance this weekend as Kentuckians continue the fight the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
Gov. Beshear also noted on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter that today would have been Breonna Taylor’s 27th birthday and he asked all Kentuckians to keep her family in their thoughts.
Gov. Beshear said, “We grieve with her mother, Tamika Palmer, and we are committed to building a more just and equitable commonwealth.”

Gov. Beshear Provides Update on Fight Against COVID-19
FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 4, 2020) – On Thursday, Gov. Andy Beshear detailed the state’s concerted efforts to combat the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
Gov. Beshear updated Kentuckians on new case numbers and Healthy at Work announcements.
Gov. Beshear also noted that he asked all Kentuckians to observe a moment of silence at 2 p.m. EDT to honor George Floyd as loved ones and leaders remembered him in Minneapolis. The Governor delayed his news conference Thursday until the memorial service concluded...

Gov. Beshear Provides Update on Fight Against COVID-19
FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 3, 2020) – On Wednesday, Gov. Andy Beshear detailed the efforts undertaken to combat the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
Sadly, the Governor reported the tragic loss of one of the youngest Kentuckians to fall victim to the deadly virus.
“Today we’ve got to announce that we have on our list of deaths a 9-month-old child from Hopkins County,” Gov. Beshear said. “We grieve for everybody we have lost from COVID-19. This is a reminder of how deadly this virus can be, how precious all of our lives are.
“As a father of two kids, one of which I was scared at birth might not make it, I want this family to know...

Gov. Beshear Provides Update on Events in Louisville, COVID-19
FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 2, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Tuesday updated Kentuckians on demonstrations in Louisville and the state’s continuing measures to address the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
“As we move forward, we will be reducing our National Guard presence in Louisville,” the Governor said. “That is a recommendation by our adjutant general that we will be following.”
Gov. Beshear talked about the search for justice for Breonna Taylor, a Louisville woman whose death touched off the protests there.
“Yesterday, I met with Breonna Taylor’s mother before...

Gov. Beshear Provides Update on COVID-19
FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 1, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Monday updated Kentuckians on the state’s efforts to fight the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
Case information
As of 4 p.m. June 1, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 10,046 COVID-19 cases in Kentucky. The Governor provided updated information about coronavirus newly confirmed Sunday and Monday in Kentucky.
“Kentucky has had 131 new positive cases with zero new deaths on Sunday and 214 new cases with eight new deaths on Monday,” reported Dr. Steven Stack, Commissioner for Public Health. “We continue our efforts to expand testing, ramp up contact tracing and urge the public to practice social distancing and wear...

Gov. Beshear Provides Update on Louisville Demonstrations, COVID-19
FRANKFORT, Ky.
(May 30, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Saturday said, as the state continues to address the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), outside groups are poised to create violence against peaceful demonstrators and law enforcement, in the demonstrations related to the death of Breonna Taylor. 
This morning, the Governor issued a video message and signed a letter to deploy approximately 350 Kentucky National Guardsmen to help provide safety and protection to the citizens of Louisville.
In his message, the Governor said Breonna Taylor’s death was tragic and that he can never understand the depths of feelings many Kentuckians are experiencing, but he pledged to listen and do everything he could moving forward.
He added that the demonstrations started out peacefully, but especially last night, outside groups moved in and are trying to create violence and harm to everybody who is on the streets.
“We can’t let our streets turn violent,” the Governor said. “Breonna’s sister, Juniyah, has stated violence would disrespect...

Gov. Beshear Provides Update on Fight Against COVID-19
Gov. Beshear also spoke about Louisville protest over Breonna Taylor’s death
FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 29, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Friday updated Kentuckians on the fight against the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
“We will get through this together because we understand the different steps that it will take, especially being healthy at work, to make sure that we can reopen, that we can revive our economy, that we can create our economy of the future,” said Gov. Beshear. “We can do this in a way that makes sure we come out stronger than we were going into this pandemic.”
The Governor spoke about the Thursday night protest in Louisville over Breonna Taylor’s death.
Gov. Beshear and other officials also offered updates about remote driver’s license and I.D. card renewal, Medicaid Managed Care Organization (MCO) contracts and long-term care...

Gov. Beshear Provides Update on Fight Against COVID-19
FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 28, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Thursday updated Kentuckians on the fight against the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
“We are going to get through this together because we’ve got what it takes, we are strong enough, and no matter what they throw at us, we will make sure that we make the right decisions, that we do the right things and protect the lives of Kentuckians,” said Gov. Beshear.
Gov. Beshear and other officials also offered updates about unemployment insurance, the Green River Correctional Complex, Kentucky Kingdom, public pools, Kentucky State Parks and the Kentucky Horse Park.

Gov. Beshear Provides Update on Fight Against COVID-19
Lt. Gov. Coleman highlights Team Kentucky Fund assistance applications
FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 27, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Wednesday updated Kentuckians on the fight against the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
“We are going to get through this together because no matter what this virus or anybody else throws at us, we are strong enough, we are united and we are ready to do what it takes,” the Governor said. “This is perhaps one of the most important moments that we will ever face, one of the biggest challenges that we will ever have to rise to. It’s one where we are fighting for the lives of so many and we are rewriting history about how we respond.”
Gov. Beshear and other officials also offered updates about the Team Kentucky Fund, a reorganization of the Executive Branch Ethics Commission and the use of...

Gov. Beshear Provides Update on Fight Against COVID-19
The Governor condemns tactics used during weekend demonstration at Capitol
FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 26, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Tuesday updated Kentuckians on the fight against the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
“We are going to get through this together because we are strong, we are resilient, and for the most part over this Memorial Day weekend, we showed that we can continue to do the right thing,” said Gov. Beshear. “Even with the ability to see more people, we know that COVID-19 is still out there, it’s still deadly, it’s still...

Gov. Beshear: Be Safe this Memorial Day Weekend
No new deaths reported Saturday
FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 23, 2020) – Over the Memorial Day weekend, Gov. Andy Beshear updated Kentuckians on the fight against the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
“I am urging Kentuckians to please be safe this weekend,” Gov. Beshear said. “As we recover, we are depending on Kentuckians to take the steps necessary to protect one another this weekend and every day and weekend moving forward.”

Gov. Beshear Updates Kentuckians on Progress Fighting COVID-19
The Governor also shares new reopening guidelines for child care, bars, other businesses
FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 21, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Thursday updated Kentuckians on guidelines for reopening safely as the state battles the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
“We’re going to get through this together because just like Healthy at Home, we’re going to be Healthy at Work in a way where we’re are going to do this better that just about anybody else out there,” the Governor said...

Gov. Beshear Updates Kentuckians on COVID-19 Prevention and Testing
The Governor also announces new CARES Act funding for local governments
FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 20, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Wednesday updated Kentuckians on steps the state is taking to fight the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). He highlighted new CARES Act funding, efforts to test more residents in long-term care facilities and tips for staying safe on Memorial Day weekend.
“We’re going to get through this together because just about every day and just about every decision we make, we realize that our actions can either help or harm those around us,” the Governor said. “We are more connected than...

Gov. Beshear Offers Guidance on Having a Safe Memorial Day Weekend
Governor also outlines next steps for staying Healthy at Work as more businesses reopen
FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 19, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Tuesday set out state guidelines for having a safe Memorial Day weekend while continuing to fight the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
“Just because we are healthy at home and healthy at work doesn’t mean we can’t be out there to be healthy physically,” the Governor said. “The healthier we get, the more resilient we will be if we ever see anything else like this in our lifetime.”
Keeping safe while celebrating together is crucial as we enter the traditional start of the summer season. Gov. Beshear and state health officials are asking all Kentuckians to...

Gov. Beshear Contact Tracing Key to Safe Reopening of Economy
Team Kentucky needs you – answer the call 
FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 18, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Monday said Kentuckians will continue to defeat the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), get back to work and safely reopen the economy by being tested and participating in contact tracing.
The Governor called on Kentuckians to support contact tracing: “Team Kentucky needs you – answer the call if a public health worker contacts you. Contact tracing is key to protecting the health of our communities as we begin to reopen our economy. We are relying on more testing combined with increased contact tracing and for everyone to help stop the spread of COVID-19.”
The Governor also announced the appointment of...

Gov. Beshear: Kentuckians Defeating COVID-19 with Compassion, Resilience
FRANKFORT, Ky.
(May 15, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Friday said Kentuckians are defeating the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) with compassion and resilience.
“Let’s remember to keep reaching out to one another, asking how others are doing and if they need help,” Gov. Beshear encouraged Kentuckians yesterday. “One of the reasons that we’re here today in a better position than most is because we truly care about each other.”
Friday, the Governor shared updates regarding the state’s fight against COVID-19 and the gradual reopening of the state’s economy, including the reopening of...

Gov. Beshear Updates Kentuckians on the Fight to Defeat COVID-19
FRANKFORT, Ky.
(May 14, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Thursday reminded Kentuckians to keep up the fight against the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) in the commonwealth.
“When people write the history about this point in time, they will say the people of America, but specifically the people of Kentucky, came together, did what it took, and protected one another and took on a global pandemic better than we have ever seen anybody do it,” the Governor said.
He shared new case information and spoke about the importance of getting tested for COVID-19 and watching for the signs of a new illness some children develop after being infected with the novel coronavirus. He also provided an update on...

Gov. Beshear: A Safe, Sustainable Reopening for Kentucky's Economy
Health commissioner issues guidance on syndrome affecting some children with COVID-19​​​
FRANKFORT, Ky.
(May 13, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Wednesday said Kentucky is focused on conducting a safe and sustainable reopening of the economy while continuing to fight against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
“Our goal is to reopen Kentucky’s economy in a gradual and safe way, to ensure that we can get people back to work,” the Governor said. “But at the same time, we acknowledge none of us have ever seen a worldwide pandemic like this in our lifetime.”
Gov. Beshear launched the Healthy at Work initiative in late April to guide the smart, safe and gradual reopening of the state’s economy. He noted that Kentucky’s plans closely follow...

Gov. Beshear: 'Just Because Summer Is Nearly Here Does Not Mean Virus Is Gone'
Governor asks Kentuckians to be resolute or risk erasing hard-fought gains
FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 12, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Tuesday said Kentuckians need to be resilient, resourceful and resolute in the fight against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), even as warmer weather brings new opportunities for gatherings – and virus transmission.
“We’re going to get through this together because we’re strong enough, we’re resilient enough and at the end of the day, we’re going to make good decisions,” the Governor said. “At different times we’re going to be tempted. We’re at the beginning of summer and we all want it to be a normal summer. But we don’t get a normal summer in the midst of a worldwide health pandemic.”
The Governor provided updates on two children being ill, positive cases, testing and urged Kentuckians and businesses to remain...

Gov. Beshear Asks Kentuckians to Keep Focus on Testing in COVID-19 Fight
Updates on testing, child with illness, Healthy at Work, Green River Correctional Complex
​​​FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 11, 2020) – On Monday, Gov. Andy Beshear provided updates on Kentucky’s fight against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
The Governor provided updates on coronavirus testing throughout the commonwealth, staying Healthy at Work and a report regarding a 10-year-old child who is ill related...

Gov. Beshear Provides Updates on Kentucky’s Fight Against COVID-19
​​​​​​​FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 9, 2020) – At the Capitol Saturday, Gov. Andy Beshear provided updates on Kentucky’s fight against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
“Every day we need to make sure that we lift each other up,” Gov. Beshear said. “We need to encourage our neighbors around us.”
The Governor offered information regarding in-person worship services and new cases and reminded Kentuckians of this week’s updates on expanded testing and industry-specific guidance for...

Gov. Beshear Announces Requirements for Houses of Worship, Retail, Others to Reopen
Faith Leaders Support Gov. Beshear’s Plan for Reopening Houses of Worship
FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 8, 2020) – On Friday, Gov. Andy Beshear outlined the requirements to begin reopening major segments of the economy and society including houses of worship, manufacturing, construction, government offices and agencies, retail and funeral services.
Also on Friday, the Kentucky Baptist Convention and the Kentucky Council of Churches voiced their support for the Governor’s guidelines to reopen places of worship on...

Gov. Beshear Announces Next Phase of Reopening Economy
Updated timeline includes restaurants, movie theaters, gyms, campgrounds, child care and bars
FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 7, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Thursday released a new timeline for reopening more of the state’s industries, but reminded Kentuckians it will not be business as usual anywhere until we have defeated the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). He also updated Kentuckians on expanded testing, utility scams and federal support and funding.
“We have been up against big adversaries here in Kentucky. We are going to succeed against this adversary as well,” Gov. Beshear said...

Gov. Beshear Prepares for Primary Elections, Revises Travel Restrictions
FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 6, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Wednesday prepared voters to take part safely in the upcoming primary elections and revised travel restrictions as we continue to fight the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
Today, the Governor also provided updates on coronavirus statistics and expanding testing efforts. He offered new details about primary elections that were moved to late June and issued a new executive order on travel restrictions.
“As long as we continue to be good neighbors, we can write our chapter in the history books about how to defeat this pandemic,” Gov. Beshear said.

Gov. Beshear: Kentucky Will Defeat COVID-19
FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 5, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear said Tuesday that Kentuckians will defeat the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) by learning from the Greatest Generation and employing the qualities of personal responsibility.
“Those qualities of personal responsibility are critically important. My actions and how they impact other people, I am responsible for,” Gov. Beshear said. “Of integrity. Of knowing, we do not get days off when it comes to this virus, and knowing the impact that we can have on others. Work ethic. We have to have the work ethic to complete our task and to come out of this having protected those around us. Finally, faithful commitment. We are fully committed to defeating this virus. We are going to...

Gov. Beshear Details Expanded Reopening of Health Care, Businesses
FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 4, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Monday offered new details on guidelines for businesses and health care providers looking to restart safely as we continue to fight the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
The Governor provided updated information for employers relaunching under Kentucky’s Healthy at Work initiative and announced new partnerships to expand testing in Northern Kentucky and provide masks for Kentucky businesses.
“Let’s remember: Even as we work at being Healthy at Work, we are still dealing with a very deadly virus out there,” the Governor said. “We have to be gradual and we have to be smart. We have to make the right decisions and we need...

Gov. Beshear: Kentuckians Must Take Advantage of COVID-19 Testing
FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 3, 2020) – On Sunday, Gov. Andy Beshear urged Kentuckians to be ready to fill all available slots as the state undertakes more testing for the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) than ever before.
“There are still, coming up this week, spots available in our Kroger partnership,” the Governor said. “For this week, Ashland and the entire area around Ashland, you have a bunch more spots you can sign up for. We want to fill every one.”
Gov. Beshear noted that, despite the Ashland area being hit relatively hard by the coronavirus, there were still hundreds of available...

Gov. Beshear Provides Update on COVID-19
FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 1, 2020) – On Friday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced the number of tests completed for the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) at five different sites this week and encouraged Kentuckians to fill up all available appointments throughout the commonwealth.
Gov. Beshear said, “Let me mention, especially yesterday we’re having no-shows at some of our Kroger locations. It is really important that we use every one of these tests. So if you sign up, please make sure you go and get tested.”
At many of the sites, anyone can now sign up for the free COVID-19 testing. A few sites still have qualifying criteria for getting tested. For the latest information on drive-through testing...

Gov. Beshear: Defeating COVID-19 on First Try Requires Careful Reopening
FRANKFORT, Ky.
(April 30, 2020) – On Thursday, Gov. Andy Beshear reminded Kentuckians that we need to be the smartest, not the fastest, in reopening our economy in order to defeat the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) without causing a spike of cases in the commonwealth.
He announced additional testing sites and updated Kentuckians on N95 mask decontamination, unemployment insurance payments, the state budget and new efforts to support working families.
“You, the citizens of the commonwealth of Kentucky, are taking on a pandemic that happens once in every 100 years, and while we have lost too many, you are doing something this world has never seen and not just flattening, but plateauing the curve here in Kentucky,” said Gov. Beshear. “Your actions every day are saving lives. And as we go to make a slow, gradual transition from healthy at home to healthy at work, we need you now more than ever to be bought in and to be committed and to make sure that we...

Gov. Beshear Outlines Road Ahead for Gradual Reopening of Businesses
FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 29, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Wednesday laid out the state’s plan to gradually reopen business activities while continuing to keep Kentuckians safe from the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
The Governor unveiled a tentative reopening schedule for a variety of businesses allowed to resume operations. However, he cautioned that in all cases, it will not be business as usual and will require adherence to the 10 rules to reopening, along with industry specific requirements.
“We’ve got to do this right. I believe we can do this right,” Gov. Beshear said. “When we phase back in to work, remember, you don’t need an in-person meeting. Use the telephone. And now that we are starting to open up health care, see your doctor if you need to.”
This week, Kentucky began the phased reopening of health care services as the first step under Gov. Beshear’s Healthy at Work initiative, which set out public health benchmarks for reopening Kentucky’s economy. These benchmarks closely follow the White House’s Guidelines for Reopening America.
On Wednesday, Gov. Beshear said that as long as Kentucky keeps up the fight against...

Gov. Beshear Shares 10 Rules to Reopening as Businesses Plan to Restart
FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 28, 2020) – As Kentuckians take the first steps toward restarting our economy, Gov. Andy Beshear on Tuesday shared new guidelines to help businesses reopen safely as we fight the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
The Governor unveiled a new, 10-point plan that aims to guide businesses as they prepare for a gradual reopening while continuing to keep all workers and patrons safe. He said the guidelines apply to most employers.
“There are things that are similar to all businesses. These are things that are in the White House’s plan for reopening. And just like we talk about 10 steps for defeating the coronavirus, I want to talk about 10 steps for Healthy at Work,” Gov. Beshear said.
This week, Kentucky began the phased reopening of health care services as the first step under Gov. Beshear’s Healthy at Work initiative, which set out public health benchmarks for reopening...

Gov. Beshear Details Next Phases in Reopening of Health Care Industry
FRANKFORT, Ky.
(April 27, 2020) – As Kentucky took the first step in reopening its health care industry Monday, Gov. Andy Beshear offered new details on restarting the sector while continuing to keep Kentuckians safe from the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
“Going through this tonight, I hope gives you an idea on how we are going to gradually do this with strict compliance to guidelines, and to make sure we can do it in a smart and a safe way,” Gov. Beshear said. “This is the way that we are going to move into a broader Phase 1 reopening.”
Gov. Beshear and Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner for the Department for Public Health, outlined a four-phase structure to gradually bring more...

Gov. Beshear Urges Vigilance as Kentucky Takes First Reopening Step
FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 26, 2020) – On Sunday, Gov. Andy Beshear asked Kentuckians to remain vigilant in the fight against the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) as the state takes an initial step toward reopening certain health care operations Monday.
“Tomorrow is the first day since this virus hit that instead of adding restrictions, we are reopening some areas,” the Governor said. “We are starting with health care for some very simple reasons. First, people have not been able to go in to some types of visits and important appointments to keep themselves healthy. And people can grow unhealthy or have other issues that are unrelated to COVID-19.
“Second, we need to get our health care industry moving again because as we want to test more people we will need our health care industry to be operating at a...

Gov. Beshear: Safe Reopening Requires Patience, Planning and Perseverance
FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 25, 2020) – On Saturday, Gov. Andy Beshear said Kentuckians must stay vigilant in the fight against the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) in the commonwealth, even as we begin the first small step toward reopening on Monday.
“We will get through this; we will get through this together,” Gov. Beshear said. “The first step was sacrifice. Now we have to plan and be patient. Last, we’ll need to persevere. This is going to be a challenge until a vaccine comes around, but I know our people are up for it.”

Gov. Beshear: State Continues to Expand Testing to Protect Kentuckians
After appointments at current testing locations filled up quickly, Governor outlines new sites
FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 24, 2020) – On Friday, Gov. Andy Beshear said the expansion of testing sites across the state will help Kentuckians get the care they need and help the state better track and control the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) in the commonwealth.
“Yesterday with our drive-through testing, we had the single best day we’ve had here in the commonwealth,” Gov. Beshear said. “And, this is really important because if we want to move from healthy at home to healthy at work, we’ve got to increase our testing capacity. It gives us more data about how we are going to respond, where our hot spots can be and we will learn more about how many asymptomatic people...

Gov. Beshear: Phase 1 Health Care Services Will Begin Reopening Monday
FRANKFORT, Ky.
(April 23, 2020) – On Thursday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced that Monday, April 27, the state will begin the gradual restart and reopening of our Phase 1 health care services and facilities, although they will operate vastly different than they did before the outbreak of the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
“To do this safely, make sure you are going above and beyond. This is our proof of concept in the medical community. We have to prove that we can do this the right way,” Gov. Beshear said.
On March 23, Gov. Beshear signed an executive order ceasing all elective procedures to limit the spread of COVID-19 and increase hospital capacity to treat patients.
Thanks to Team Kentucky’s extraordinary efforts to flatten the curve up to this point, Gov. Beshear and the Department for Public Health feel safe easing some restrictions on...

Gov. Beshear: Phased Restart of Economy Begins Monday with Limited Health Care Services
Governor also announces expanded testing with focus on African-American communities
FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 22, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear announced Wednesday that the phased restart of Kentucky’s economy will begin next week, on Monday, with a segment of the health care services industry.
He said initially the easing of restrictions will allow for diagnostic and radiology testing, as well as non-urgent, emergent, in-person office and ambulatory visits.
“We are very close to coming to a consensus and an agreement in being able to put out guidelines for the gradual reopening of many of our hospital and health care services,” Gov. Beshear said. “We will be moving from this phase to others. Health care is a good and important place to start some of our reopening.”
The Governor said Kentucky will go through three phases in dealing with coronavirus: sacrifice, planning and patience and perseverance. The Governor said now we are in the...

Gov. Beshear Launches ‘Healthy at Work’ for Safe Reopening of Economy
Initiative aims to give workers and employers tools to restart business safely when time is right
FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 21, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Tuesday announced the launch of “Healthy at Work,” a new initiative to help Kentucky businesses reopen safely as we fight the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
The Governor has urged all Kentuckians to remain Healthy at Home, following federal and state guidelines on social distancing and limiting contacts. However, Kentucky families and businesses also must prepare for the day when we begin to reopen our economy.
“We want to make sure that when we hit that mark, knowing that we may only know five days in, that we’re ready and that when it is safe to do something, we can immediately start doing it,” the Governor said.
But he warned against...

Gov. Beshear Advises Schools to Remain Closed to In-Person Instruction
Governor says move is in-line with health professionals' advice, White House guidance
FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 20, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Monday advised the commonwealth’s education leaders to keep facilities closed to in-person instruction for the rest of the school year.
“Every health care professional has advised us that this is the right course of action to take,” the Governor said of the state’s continuing efforts to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
Gov. Beshear noted that same advice was being followed in many states, including Ohio, Indiana and Tennessee.
He said the move is in line with newly released guidelines from the White House as well as Kentucky’s own newly announced benchmarks that the commonwealth must meet in order to start reopening the state’s economy while keeping Kentuckians...

Gov. Beshear Celebrates Kentucky Heroes in Fight Against COVID-19
Health care, front-line and everyday heroes protect fellow Kentuckians
FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 19, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear today highlighted the work and sacrifices of a range of Kentuckians who are winning the fight against the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
“Remember in this crisis, what everybody does matters,” the Governor said. “And everybody who makes a good decision, does something heroic.”
Gov. Beshear identified three areas where Kentuckians are answering the call to protect the health and safety of their...

Gov. Beshear: Long-Term Care Task Force Working to Protect Kentuckians
FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 18, 2020) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear announced the state’s new Long-Term Care Task Force and provided key updates on how the commonwealth and Kentuckians are working to fight the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
“I know it feels like we’ve been at this a while, but we’ve got to do what it takes to win and you are doing an amazing job,” Gov. Beshear said when speaking to Kentuckians during his 5 p.m. daily, online briefing. “We will get back to a new normal and eventually we’ll get back to just normal.”
Gov. Beshear said the Long-Term Care Task Force is working to protect some of the Kentuckians who are most vulnerable to COVID-19 and the health care workers who serve them.
“Health care-associated infections (HAIs) are an important public health and safety issue,” the Governor said. “The task force is partnering with outside agencies to coordinate and maximize the efficiency of...

Gov. Beshear Outlines 7 Benchmarks to Reopen Commonwealth’s Economy
Governor urges cautious optimism, reminds Kentuckians to remain flexible and patient
FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 17, 2020) – On Friday, Gov. Andy Beshear discussed benchmarks that the commonwealth must meet in order to start reopening the state’s economy while keeping Kentuckians safe from the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). The steps reflect federal guidance announced Thursday by the White House.
“We believe our approach is very much in line with the White House. The plan put out by the White House has certain thresholds that states should meet before we start taking certain steps,” Gov. Beshear said. “The benchmarks are being driven by public health. We are all on the same page about what keeps people safe.”
The Governor acknowledged Kentuckians’ sacrifices and said we must all stay resilient as we work our way out of this.
“We have to make sure we do it smart, we do it safely,” he said. “That we don’t let our guard down, that we don’t start focusing on the next game until we win this game.”
Gov. Beshear said that the state’s seven benchmarks to be assessed will determine the...

Gov. Beshear Expands Testing, Regional Partnership
Drive-through testing pact with Kroger grows to 4 new communities
FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 16, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear announced Thursday the expansion of a multistate economic planning cooperative and new drive-through testing locations in the fight against the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Just yesterday, the Governor announced he was working with Govs. Eric Holcomb of Indiana and Mike DeWine of Ohio. Now four more governors – Tony Evers of Wisconsin, JB Pritzker of Illinois, Tim Walz of Minnesota and Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan – are joining forces to closely coordinate plans to reopen the regional economies when the time is right.
“This is making sure that we are working with our neighbors and doing the right thing by our neighbors,” Gov. Beshear said. “While I always say we are in this together as Kentucky, we are now in this with some other states to make sure we are working together in our steps to phase in different parts of our economy.”
The Governor stressed that each leader ultimately would decide what is best for their state, but said the coordination will prevent new outbreaks of the coronavirus and would...

Gov. Beshear, State Leaders Provide Update on Kentucky’s Fight Against COVID-19
Key updates on interstate collaboration, testing, Team Kentucky Fund, field hospital
FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 15, 2020) –Gov. Beshear announced Wednesday that his administration is deepening ties with neighboring Indiana and Ohio in the fight against the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
The Governor said he, Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb and Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine have agreed to continue close discussions on responding to the coronavirus pandemic, with an eye toward eventually coordinating plans to reopen the states’ economies.
“Regionally, it is so critical,” Gov. Beshear said. “If you live in Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati is right across the river, we have to work together to make sure that one area isn’t on top of the virus and another just brings it in, and vice versa.”
The Governor will continue regular calls and planning sessions with neighboring governors and other leaders over the coming weeks. As action is taken, the governors will...

Gov. Beshear Hails $1 Million Gift to Team Kentucky Fund, PPE Donations
Governor praises Kentuckians for making essential contributions in fight against COVID-19
FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 14, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Tuesday highlighted the hard work, donations and good deeds of Kentuckians in the fight against the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
The Governor announced that the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels is making the largest gift in the storied organization’s history: $1 million to the Team Kentucky Fund.
“Thank you to the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels for once again stepping up and assisting fellow Kentuckians when they need it the most,” Gov. Beshear said. “This generous donation will help Kentuckians with rent, utilities and other needs after they have had their lives turned upside down by this devastating epidemic. I have said repeatedly we will get through...

Gov. Beshear: ‘Kentucky, You Are Flattening the Curve’
Hopeful signs seen even as deaths attributed to COVID-19 in Kentucky surpass 100
FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 13, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear said Monday that a testing partnership is ramping up just as data is beginning to show Kentucky is flattening the curve in its fight against the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
“Kentucky, you are flattening the curve,” the Governor said, pointing to data from the Kaiser Foundation showing the commonwealth doing better than its neighbors in confronting the coronavirus. “What that means is you are reducing the cases that we have now. You are saving lives.”
Sadly, Kentucky also saw the death toll from the coronavirus in the commonwealth surpass 100. Gov. Beshear ordered...

Gov. Beshear: Kentuckians are Living Their Faith by Protecting Others
Governor announces new drive-through testing partnership
FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 12, 2020) – On Sunday, Gov. Andy Beshear thanked Kentuckians of all faiths for protecting their communities by staying home this holiday weekend, supporting the state’s fight against the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
“It is Easter Sunday and in my faith, today is the day we greet everyone with the same phrase; ‘He is risen,’ and people respond with ‘He is risen indeed,’” Gov. Beshear said. “Thank you to everyone who worshipped at home today. Your decision to stay home, even when it is really hard, is what saves lives. Thank you, Kentuckians. People you have never met are going to be alive three months from now because of your willingness to do it.”
More than 99.8% of the commonwealth’s houses of worship cancelled in-person services this weekend. Only about seven congregations held in-person services disregarding the Governor’s executive order banning mass gatherings and repeated warnings from local, state and federal health officials that these services risked Kentuckians’ lives. Individuals who attended these in-person services will be required...

Gov. Beshear: This Holiday Weekend, Loving Your Neighbor as Yourself Means Staying Home
Governor updates construction of field hospital at Kentucky Exposition Center
FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 11, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Saturday encouraged Kentuckians of all faiths to continue doing their part in the state’s fight against the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), even though social distancing is especially difficult during this holiday weekend.
“It’s a special weekend. I know I made a couple of headlines yesterday about those not complying. What hurts is that it should be about those of you making sacrifices to help one another,” Gov. Beshear said. “Kentucky, I have never been more proud of you and we are going to win.”
The Governor emphasized that the vast majority of the commonwealth’s religious leaders have already planned for virtual services this weekend, and have been integral partners...

Gov. Beshear Asks for Kentuckians’ Best Efforts in COVID-19 Fight
Amid Passover and Easter celebrations, Governor urges compliance as cases continue to grow
FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 10, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Friday urged Kentuckians of all faiths to stay strong in the fight against the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) as cases continue to grow.
“This is a time and weekend, a whole week for multiple faiths, that is about faith. It’s about knowing we have faced as people – as Christians, as Jews, as members of many faiths – many difficult, dark times, and we have prevailed,” the Governor said. “We know that the weeks or the months ahead will be difficult. We know that there are going to be tougher days before there are easier days. But we also know because we have faith that we are going to get through this and we are going to get through it together. We are going to pass this test of humanity.”
While getting compliance and support from a vast majority of leaders and Kentuckians in the faith community, Gov. Beshear is warning anyone planning to attend an in-person mass gathering this weekend that they will face quarantine orders.
“This is the only way we can ensure that your decision doesn’t kill someone else,” the Governor said. Gov. Beshear has noted that an outbreak in Hopkins County that sickened dozens and led to multiple deaths was traced to a church revival there in mid-March.
He said officials are aware of only about six churches in the commonwealth that are still planning to hold in-person services.
Anyone attending such a gathering will be notified it is misdemeanor violation of...

Gov. Beshear Praises Faith Leaders Helping in COVID-19 Fight
Governor warns progress can be undone, urges worshipping at home during special week
FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 9, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Thursday praised the actions and sacrifices of all Kentuckians – and faith leaders in particular – in the fight against the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
“Our faith community is leading during this time,” the Governor said. “I couldn’t be more grateful and I couldn’t be more proud of our pastors, ministers, rabbis, imams, deacons and everyone else for not only recognizing that we need to be worshipping at home, but for all that they offer.”
Gov. Beshear noted this weekend holds special significance for several faiths, including Passover and Easter celebrations.
“These are very special times. But it’s very important that we worship from home, or a non-in-person setting. We now know that just from one revival in Hopkins County we’ve seen 54 cases and six deaths,” he said, adding that the death toll includes two new...

Gov. Beshear Says Strength, Resiliency Needed As COVID-19 Cases Grow
New orders limit shopping to one adult per household, ban door-to-door solicitation
FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 8, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Wednesday urged Kentuckians to be resilient in the face of hardship and sacrifice made as cases of the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the commonwealth continue to grow.
“Remember even with those sacrifices, there are going to be escalating cases before we have fewer cases. In other words, we still know that across the country and here in Kentucky that it is going to get tougher before it gets better,” the Governor said. “But we are not talking about an indefinite period of time. We know that there is an end. We just have to be strong enough to get there.”
To further strengthen measures put in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Gov. Beshear announced new executive actions to...

Gov. Beshear Highlights Need for Continued Fight against COVID-19
State reports largest daily jump with 147 new cases; Actions taken to protect vulnerable stressed
FRANKFORT, Ky.(April 7, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear Tuesday put a spotlight on the need for the continued fight against the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and highlighted actions taken to protect the vulnerable.
“It doesn’t matter what other states are doing. What we are doing is working. What we are doing is flattening the curve,” Gov. Beshear said. “We’re responsible for ourselves, our lives and the lives of people around us. It’s crunch time. You’ve done good work to date. It’s important to do even better.”

Gov. Beshear Issues Urgent Call for PPE Donations in COVID-19 Fight
Fourteen more Kentuckians deceased related to COVID-19
FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 6, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Monday made a call to action for any person, organization or business that can donate more personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline workers in the fight against the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
“I know we still have more PPE out there, and we need it. This is a call to action, and you all have responded, but I know there’s more,” the Governor said.
Gov. Beshear and others have said latex-free gloves, gowns and N95 and surgical masks remain in tight supply. He said his administration is making constant efforts to...

Gov. Beshear Implores All Kentuckians to Follow Guidance, Stay Home in COVID-19 Fight
Governor said he would take further action to crack down if necessary
FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 5, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Sunday said there will be a need to crack down on those who continue to ignore guidance and gather in public without practicing social distancing if people continue to risk the lives of fellow Kentuckians and spread the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
People can go out for groceries and supplies and, when practicing social distancing, for walks or other exercise in their neighborhood, but otherwise need to stay at home. 
“You individually have more control during this crisis than probably ever before in our history,” Gov. Beshear said. “Your specific actions make a difference in how protected the population is. So remember, it is your patriotic duty as an American, your duty as a Kentuckian to stay healthy at home.”
Gov. Beshear said he will likely announce further steps to reduce gathering this week.
“It really shouldn’t take this,” he said of the need to take further action because some are being irresponsible.
The Governor is asking all Kentuckians to continue to fight the spread of the virus by following his 10-step guidance, which includes...

Gov. Beshear Seeks Help of All Kentuckians in COVID-19 Fight
Kentucky adopts new CDC guidance recommending use of cloth masks
FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 4, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Saturday said the efforts of all Kentuckians are needed in the fight against the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
The Governor is asking all Kentuckians to continue to fight the spread of the virus by following his 10-step guidance, which includes practicing social distancing and staying healthy at home. Gov. Beshear says these efforts have the potential to save the lives of as many as 11,000 Kentuckians.
“How great would it be if we could look back five years from now and say, ‘Well, it wasn’t easy, but we did what it took and we saved 11,000 lives,’” Gov. Beshear said. “I think that’s something worth sacrificing for. I know it’s something worth sacrificing for.”
The Governor said social distancing is the key to blunting a surge in cases and urged Kentuckians not to let their guards down during a weekend filled with favorable weather.
Gov. Beshear also reiterated the need for churches and other houses of worship to forego holding...

Gov. Beshear: Strict Compliance in COVID-19 Fight Saves Kentucky LivesAdministration Makes It Easier to Donate Personal Protective Equipment
FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 3, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Friday said strict compliance with efforts to fight the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has the potential to save the lives of thousands of Kentuckians.
With favorable weather forecast across the commonwealth this weekend, the Governor encouraged Kentuckians to keep up their guard and avoid crowds. He said following the guidelines of social distancing and staying healthy at home has the potential to save as many as 11,000 people.
“This is our challenge, this is our calling, this is our time. Other generations went to wars, went to other challenges with even more than this on the line,” the Governor said. “I know it is tough, but what is being asked of us is to follow rules and stay apart from each other.”
Gov. Beshear shared several coronavirus outbreak models, including those issued by the White House and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. All of the models, he said, show the greatest impact we can have rests with how we conduct ourselves personally and collectively.
“The weather is beautiful. I want you to get out and enjoy it, but only if you can do it without creating a crowd or joining a crowd,” the Governor said. “You know that your sacrifice is going to help other people and that is truly amazing. For every example of someone doing the wrong thing...

Gov. Beshear Recommends Schools Stay Closed until May 1 in COVID-19 Fight
Governor also announces commutations, planned release of some non-violent prisoners
FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 2, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear recommended Thursday that school districts statewide extend the suspension of in-person instruction until at least May 1 in the latest intensification of efforts to fight the spread of the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
The Governor spoke earlier in the day with school superintendents from across the commonwealth about the need to keep the restrictions in place as positive cases of the disease surge. He said he expects private schools to follow the guidance as well.
“I have encouraged all of our school districts to extend that nontraditional instruction, making sure that our kids out there have learning activities and meal service,” Gov. Beshear said. “This is further sacrifice by our kids and by our educators, but it’s absolutely necessary.”
He said officials are watching data coming in from across the state and nation and studying how...

Gov. Beshear Asks Kentuckians to Keep Focus on COVID-19 Fight
Governor says social distancing along with boosting health care resources, testing are keys
FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 1, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Wednesday asked Kentuckians to focus on what we can do here to fight the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
“Our aggressive actions and everything you have sacrificed is making a difference,” the Governor said. “It is making a difference.”
As we head into a critical month in the global pandemic’s spread in the United States and throughout the commonwealth, Gov. Beshear said Kentuckians should concentrate efforts on three key areas to blunt the deadly outbreak. Social distancing is the main component, Gov. Beshear said, including everything from keeping at least six feet apart in public spaces to limiting all non-essential travel.
“I know it feels like this is all out of our control, but it is actually more in your control than most crises that we face, because your actions, your choices can reduce the spread of the...

Gov. Beshear Urges Need for Continued Sacrifice on Tough Day in COVID-19 Fight
Governor pushes for continued efforts as seven more Kentuckians die from coronavirus
FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 31, 2020) – Expressing condolences, Gov. Andy Beshear announced Tuesday that seven more Kentuckians died after becoming ill from the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and urged Kentuckians to continue to take precautions and sacrifice to stop the spread.
“Today, we lost seven Kentuckians, which is something I never thought I would have to announce,” said Gov. Beshear. “This is why we were working so hard to reduce our contacts and protect the people around us. This is a virus that comes for the most vulnerable and we have to make sure we’re protecting them.”
The Governor urged Kentuckians to honor the loss of life by recommitting to following the guidance of health officials to stay healthy at home. Gov. Beshear said the sacrifices being made by Kentuckians would save lives.
“None of us know exactly how widespread this is going to get. But what we do know is, whatever that amount is, we can reduce it by what we’re doing right now,” the Governor said. “I know uncertainty...

Gov. Beshear Limits Out-of-State Travel, Offers 10-Step Plan to Fight Virus
More actions needed to protect health, safety of Kentuckians

FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 30, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Monday issued an order to limit Kentuckians’ out-of-state travel and offered a 10-step plan to fight the spread of the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
“Right now we have more cases in other states,” the Governor said. “What it means is your likelihood of getting infected and potentially bringing back the coronavirus may be greater in other states than ours. You need to be home anyways.”
The decree allows for a range of exemptions, including travel to other states for work and groceries, to care for loved ones, to obtain health care and when required by a court order. Kentuckians arriving back in the commonwealth from out of state are required...

Gov. Beshear Urges Kentuckians to Remain Vigilant on Social Distancing
Governor says crowding at golf courses, stores threatens further spread of COVID-19
FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 29, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear pressed Kentuckians on Sunday to remain vigilant about social distancing amid reports of crowding at golf courses, basketball courts and home improvement stores to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and reduce the risk to others.
Gov. Beshear said people and businesses must do better to stop the spread of COVID-19 or risk undoing the sacrifices and efforts of everyone else.
“We can’t allow any crowds in Kentucky right now,” Gov. Beshear said. “Where social distancing cannot be followed, we are going to have to shut golf courses and other places down.”
People must maintain social distancing at state parks, at basketball courts, in grocery stores and home improvement stores, Gov. Beshear said.
“When we go to places we have to make sure we do it in a responsible way,” the Governor said.
“We’re at crunch time. The next two to three weeks are pivotal,” said Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Department for Public Health. He advised people to...

Gov. Beshear: 92 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in biggest one-day jump
Ninth death reported; Major Disaster Declaration, CARES Act open federal aid for Kentucky’s response
FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 28, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear announced Saturday that 92 new cases of the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) were confirmed in Kentucky, marking the largest one-day increase in the commonwealth amid the global pandemic.
“This is why we have social distancing. This is a virus that spreads like wildfire,” Gov. Beshear said. “So, yes we are going to see more cases in Kentucky.”
That brings the total cases in Kentucky to 394. Sixty-four people infected with coronavirus in Kentucky are believed to have recovered and nine have died related to the virus. The Governor did not receive the report of the ninth death, a 66-year-old female from Kenton County, until after his 5 p.m. update. The Governor is requesting that Kentuckians turn their lights green to show compassion for the family and as a show of resilience.
“The coronavirus makes us anxious, afraid, uncertain and isolated, but I hope you think we are connected more than ever,” Gov. Beshear said. “This requires us to be a commonwealth for the common good. In fact, it is a calling that our individual actions impact the safety and health of others.”
With COVID-19 cases ramping up, Gov. Beshear announced that...

Gov. Beshear: Together Kentuckians will get through COVID-19
State loses three more to coronavirus; Kentuckians should limit unnecessary travel to Tennessee
FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 27, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Friday said his administration is continuing strong efforts to stop the spread of novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
The Governor reiterated his call to Kentuckians to stay Healthy at Home and said that the state is continuing to working to prepare an initial drive-through testing center.
“We recommit ourselves each and every day to doing what it takes to defeat this adversary. We will get through this,” said Gov. Beshear. “We will get through this together. It may seem hokey, but in these next weeks or months, it’s going to take all the strength that we have. It is our collective strength. It is all of us coming together, unified as patriotic Americans and Kentuckians, that is going to protect the people around us.”
Eric Friedlander, acting secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, said thank you to the many who are taking care of the state’s homeless population during this time and talked about steps the administration is taking to provide enough...

Gov. Beshear Urges Kentuckians to Stay Healthy at Home
FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 26, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Thursday repeated his call for Kentuckians to stay Healthy at Home, said that the state is working quickly to prepare an initial drive-through testing center and announced 248 positive cases of novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
“This is a test of our humanity – about how much we care about each other. I am doing everything I can to make sure we pass the test and I know you are, too,” Gov. Beshear said. “The next two to three weeks are absolutely critical to what they call blunting the curve. This is the time where our actions mean the most in not spreading the virus. It’s going to take however long it takes to defeat the coronavirus the first time.”
Case information
As of 5 p.m. March 26, the Governor said that there are at least 248 positive cases of COVID-19 in Kentucky, with 50 of those being newly confirmed. There have been five deaths attributed to the virus. In very good news, after further review the 90-year-old Perry County nursing home resident has tested negative.

Gov. Beshear Tightens Restrictions amid COVID-19
Tighter restrictions, greater sacrifices keep all Kentuckians Healthy at Home
FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 25, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Wednesday tightened restrictions on businesses and banned residential evictions under a state of emergency declaration aimed at addressing the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic.
The Governor offered details about the new executive order as he warned against complacency in Kentucky’s fight against the COVID-19 outbreak.
“The next two to three weeks are going to be absolutely critical in our battle against the coronavirus,” Gov. Beshear said. “What you are doing is working. Your sacrifice is helpful. What we have done and the steps we are taking are helping. I am proud of what we are doing, but in these next two weeks we have to do even better.”
Since the first case was detected in the commonwealth, Gov. Beshear has taken decisive action and encouraged all Kentuckians to remain Healthy at Home. Wednesday’s order expands efforts to limit in-person contacts to help prevent the spread of the virus. Beginning at 8 p.m. Thursday, all non-life-sustaining businesses must close to in-person services.

Gov. Beshear Acts to Stop the Spread of COVID-19
State sees biggest one-day spike; 163 positive cases
FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 24, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear said Tuesday that the state continues to take aggressive action and acknowledged that Kentuckians continue to sacrifice to help stop the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). But the Governor said day-by-day cases are ticking up and Tuesday was the single biggest one-day increase in cases, 39 new.
The governor also issued a warning that complacency is the biggest threat against those gains as the global pandemic enters a critical period in the United States.
“With this being the single biggest day that we have had so far with an increase in cases, we are going to have to keep taking increasingly significant steps as we move forward,” Gov. Beshear said. “We know we are in the time in any pandemic when we have escalating cases and we have to act, act now and act in a significant way that protects our people.”
As of Tuesday, Gov. Beshear said Kentucky had 163 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and remains at four deaths attributed to the virus.

Gov. Beshear Announces New Steps to Protect Kentuckians from COVID-19Fourth death reported; 124 positive cases; Team Kentucky Fund announced
FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 23, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear announced Monday the fourth death related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), an 82-year-old woman in Lexington with underlying health conditions. 
To show a small, yet significant message of compassion, empathy and renewal, Gov. Beshear said the Governor’s Mansion would be lit green in honor of every Kentuckian who passes related to the virus.
“We are entering what will be tougher and tougher times,” said Gov. Beshear. “The safest place in the coming weeks for everybody is staying safe at home. This is the test of our time, of our generation, but I know you and I are up for it.”
Gov. Beshear also said the error on the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) website has been corrected. Small businesses across Kentucky can now apply for assistance.

Gov. Beshear Issues New Guidance to Help Halt the Spread of COVID-19
Nonessential retailers to close tomorrow; 103 positive cases
FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 22, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear said Sunday that all nonessential retailers are being ordered to close within about 24 hours and that he is mandating all elective medical procedures end. The latest actions by the Governor are intended to help protect Kentuckians and halt the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Gov. Beshear announced 103 confirmed cases, and said Kentucky remains at three deaths related to COVID-19. The Governor said that more than 2,000 tests have now been performed and of those tests, the average age of someone who has gotten the virus is 53.3 – and that the intensive care rate is about 6 percent. That lower number is a testament to how our hospitals are doing and we appreciate you, he said.
“It’s probably going to get tougher before it gets easier, but we are resilient people and we can and we will do this together,” Gov. Beshear said. “I fully agree with those who say this is the challenge of our generation. Some people refer to our grandparents’ generation as the greatest generation in coming together both abroad and at home to overcome an adversary. The one that we face is not like one we have seen in our lifetime. Instead of bringing us closer, it brings us further away physically. We know we are fighting for the most vulnerable among us. We are already proving we are willing to put the health and lives of our fellow Kentuckians above our economic interests.”

Gov. Beshear Takes Additional Steps to Protect, Assist Kentuckians during COVID-19
Governor asks superintendents to keep schools closed through at least April 20, delays tax filing deadline to July 15
FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 20, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear announced more actions on Friday to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and assist Kentuckians trying to manage difficulties because of the virus. Gov. Beshear requested school superintendents keep schools closed for in-person classes until at least April 20 and delayed the state’s income tax filing deadline until July 15.

“We are being called to change our lives – to change our lives to protect those around us. And it’s something that’s going on all around the world. This is our test as a generation,” said Gov. Beshear. “This is our time to show that we put our neighbors and our country ahead of just a bottom line. That we don’t look to be the exception; we look to be the volunteer. We look to be the person that will step up and do what it takes.”
Gov. Beshear also thanked businesses, including bourbon distillers, for assisting with the response to COVID-19...

Gov. Beshear: Strong Actions Required to Protect Kentuckians from COVID-19
47 positive cases; 6-year-old tested positive; 64-year-old male with underlying conditions is second death reported
FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 19, 2020) – To protect as many Kentuckians as possible from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Gov. Andy Beshear announced more actions he is taking to reduce the spread of the virus. 
“We are going to make it through this,” Gov. Beshear said. “We might go through harder times before we make it through this. But, in facing it, it is about us doing it together – as Team Kentucky. This is our challenge and as Kentuckians we can pass that test.”
Gov. Beshear dismissed rumors about a state “forced lockdown” and urged Kentuckians to only depend on proven and good sources of news, including governor.ky.gov, kycovid19.ky.gov and the Governor’s official social media accounts Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 18, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear Wednesday announced more actions he is taking to help combat the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and protect Kentuckians.
“This is our duty. This is the challenge that we face in our lifetimes,” Gov. Beshear said of people doing their part to stop the coronavirus. “None of us have seen anything like this before, but I believe we are up to it. I believe we can do this, but we can only do this when we all do it together. This is a test of the type of neighbors that we are willing to be and I know we are going to get past it.”
Gov. Beshear reminded Kentuckians to remain calm, have faith and to continue doing their patriotic duty by following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines to protect the most vulnerable, which includes seniors and those with chronic conditions including heart, lung or kidney disease.

Gov. Beshear Takes Decisive Action to Limit Spread of COVID-19
Guidance for closure of public-facing businesses, government offices
FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 17, 2020) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear announced additional steps to contain and limit the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
“It’s my job to protect my family and friends, but I believe it’s all of our civic duty to protect our communities,” Gov. Beshear said. “I will use every resource in this state, every dollar at my disposal, every personnel that we have, to do everything we can to protect everyone’s loved ones if we see a spike that is significant. Kentucky, we’ll need your help. We’ll need your help staying calm. We’ll need volunteers and we know you’ll respond. We will get through this together.”
Gov. Beshear reminded Kentuckians to remain calm, have faith and to continue doing their patriotic duty by following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines to protect...

Gov. Beshear Takes Quick Action to Contain Spread of COVID-19
Multiple new actions taken to protect Kentucky families
FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 16, 2020) – This evening, Gov. Andy Beshear announced even more decisive steps he is taking to contain and limit the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Gov. Beshear reminded Kentuckians that throughout this time they must remain calm and be good teammates.
“We’re going to be dealing with this for some time. I cannot tell you how...

State’s first death related to COVID-19 announced
FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 16, 2020) – Unfortunately, Gov. Andy Beshear announced the state’s first death related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) during his update to Kentuckians from the state Capitol Monday morning.
“Sadly, last night, we lost a Bourbon County man who was treated for multiple medical conditions and tested positive for COVID-19, which was a contributing factor,” said Gov. Beshear. “My family and every Kentuckian is lifting up his friends, family and community in our thoughts and prayers. While we have taken...

Gov. Beshear Working to Reduce Spread of COVID-19
21 positive cases; Visit the Governor’s Facebook page to watch today’s news conferenceFRANKFORT, Ky. (March 15, 2020) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear updated Kentuckians on the state’s ongoing response to limit the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and said the state has three additional positive cases.
As of 5 p.m. ET Sunday more tests results were received, bringing the state’s total to 21 with two new positive cases in Jefferson County and one in Clark County...

FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 10, 2020) – Governor Andy Beshear confirmed two more cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), both in Harrison County, Tuesday night, bringing the total in Kentucky to eight. All eight are in isolation.
“As we continue to prepare and respond, everybody should remain calm and know we are ready for this,” Gov. Beshear said. “Our local health departments are ready for this. The state is ready for this. We will get through this and we will get through this together. When we take a step that creates difficulty and disrupts our lives, understand that it is to protect our fellow citizens.”

FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 10, 2020) – State public health officials and senior care leaders joined Governor Andy Beshear at the Capitol on Tuesday to talk about Kentucky’s latest cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and to talk about the ongoing preparedness and response, including strong actions to protect the state’s most vulnerable populations.
“We are responding aggressively and ask Kentuckians to partner with us in reducing the risk to themselves, their loved ones and especially to those at higher risk including those over 60 and with chronic health conditions including heart, lung or kidney disease,” said Gov. Beshear. “People need to remain calm, but take the simple and necessary steps to protect themselves and their communities, including...

FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 9, 2020) – Governor Andy Beshear confirmed two more cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), one in Fayette County and one in Harrison County, Monday night, bringing the total in Kentucky to six. Those patients confirmed on Monday are in isolation.
Gov. Beshear was not able to provide any more details about the latest cases Monday evening. Health officials received those test results late Monday along with 11 negative tests...

FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 8, 2020) – Today, Governor Andy Beshear announced three additional people in Kentucky have tested positive for the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the total to four in the state. The latest cases are in Jefferson and Fayette counties with a second person diagnosed in Harrison County. All four patients are in isolation.
Gov. Beshear confirmed the three additional cases after...

FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 7, 2020) – Today at the Capitol, Governor Andy Beshear, joined by local leaders and public health officials from the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), issued new guidance in response to the state’s first confirmed case of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
While the state had one confirmed case and more are expected, as of 3 p.m. Eastern time, Saturday, March 7, no new cases have been confirmed. The four samples received and tested today are negative.
Gov. Beshear said it is not a time to panic, as Kentuckians’ risk of getting the virus is...

March 5, 2020
Health Department Prepares for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
At this time, there are no known cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. However, local and state public health officials are actively monitoring and preparing in order to...

Sept. 26, 2019
State Health Officials Encourage Vaccination Against the Flu

FRANKFORT, Ky. The Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), is encouraging Kentuckians to get vaccinated against the...

National Weather Service Louisville KY - EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM EDT /1 PM CDT/ THURSDAY TO 8 PM EDT /7 PM CDT/ SUNDAY.  Heat indices ranging from 100 to as high as 110 degrees will be...

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