Governor Beshear began today's update by reiterating the 10 steps to defeating the coronavirus:
1) Stay Healthy at Home
2) Avoid Crowds & Gatherings
3) Practice Social Distancing
4) Know When to Seek Care
6) Wash Hands & Surfaces
7) Apply for Benefits
8) Prioritize Mental Health
9) Do Not Travel
10) Report Non-Compliance
The Gov. also gave more details about the extended school closures. He recommended that in-person classes be suspended for the rest of the school year. He said they are looking at opportunities to have virtual or drive-in graduation services.
"It's not fair, but a worldwide pandemic has hit us," said Gov. Beshear. "Ultimately, the experience you're losing is hard, but your willingness to do it is going to help us save lives."
Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman gave an update on the state's unemployment insurance. Coleman said they are doing their best to process an unprecedented amount of submissions given the pandemic. She said that if individuals have applied for UI, do not reapply and do not open another claim.
"When you do that, it causes your claim and others to slow down, and it causes payments to be delayed," said Coleman.
They're working to train an even larger number of people for their UI staff so they can continue to handle complex issues that come in. She said they have hired over 1,000 people for their call centers that used to have 12 people in them.
"Two weeks ago, we could only take on about 1,200 calls a day. As of this week, we are taking on 25,000 calls per day," said Coleman. "Our wait time went from two hours to six minutes."
They've also set up an automated call system that will provide updates on when payments should be expected.
Gov. Beshear announced 102 new cases of COVID-19 in Kentucky today, bringing the total number of cases in the state to 3,050. At least 32,830 people have been tested in the state. A total of 1,017 people have been hospitalized since the pandemic began, and 263 are still currently in the hospital. At least 140 people are currently in the ICU. Gov. Beshear said that 1,134 Kentuckians have recovered from COVID-19.
Gov. Beshear reported 6 new deaths today, bringing the death toll to 154.
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