Kentucky - COVID-19 Covered

Kentucky

Total Cases: 338,033 (January 22)
Tests Administered: 3,531,508 (January 21)
Fatalities: 3,301 (January 22)
Testing:
  • You can find your closest Kentucky COVID-19 testing site here. 
  • A list of drive-thru COVID-19 testing locations in Kentucky can be found here  

 

ECONOMIC RESPONSE

Essential Service Designations:

  • Governor Beshear signed an executive order stipulating that all non-life-sustaining businesses must stop in-person business by March 26 at 8:00PM. Businesses that may remain open include “grocery stores, drug stores and pharmacies, banks, hardware stores, agricultural operations, gas stations, media, businesses needed for transportation, logistics, shipping, delivery and pick-up, housing, building and construction, laundry, financial services, home-based care and services, professional services, manufacturing and other businesses key to national interests or life-sustaining goods or services, and those covered under the federal critical infrastructure sector.” (March 24) 

Labor & Workforce Guidance, Standards and Regulations:

  • Kentucky released official reopening guidance for businesses based on sector. Details for each sector can be found here.   
  • Governor Beshear announced a 10-point plan designed to help Kentucky businesses prepare for the state’s slow reopening process. The ten rules of the plan are the following: “Continue telework where possible[;] Phased return to work[;] Onsite temperature/health checks[;] Universal masks and other necessary PPE[;] Close common areas[;] Enforce social distancing[;] Limit face-to-face meetings[;] Sanitizer/hand wash stations[;] Special accommodations[;] [and] Testing plan.” (April 28) 
  • Governor Beshear signed an executive order that expanded workers compensation to military, active National guard, child care workers, grocery workers, corrections officers, domestic violence shelter workers, child advocacy workers, rape crisis center workers, postal workers, and Department of Community Based Services workers who have been ordered to quarantine. (April 9 

Economic Stimulus & Relief:

  • Governor Beshear signed an executive order setting in motion the distribution of one-time payments for unemployed residents. Two groups would be eligible for the supplemental payments: residents who had not yet received their benefits and had been without a job since late October, and residents who missed out on supplemental jobless benefits last year. (January 13) 
  • Governor Beshear signed an executive order extending the states eviction moratorium to January 31. (January 4) 
  • Governor Beshear announced the launch of the Healthy at Home Eviction Relief Fund website, a site where Kentucky residents could apply for assistance. (September 9) 
  • Governor Beshear announced he would amend his executive order banning evictions to comply with the federal order. (September 4) 
  • Governor Beshear announced $15 million in federal COVID-19 relief funding for renters. The governor also signed an executive order outlining new eviction restrictions. (August 25) 
  • Governor Beshear announced that the state’s application for additional federal funding to aid unemployment benefits was approved. (August 20) 

Business Support & Resources:

  • The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control is granting a 12-month fee renewal waiver to current licensees. Businesses who have already paid for 2020 will have their fees waived in 2021. (November 6) 

SOCIAL RESTRICTIONS

Reopening:

  • Governor Beshear signed executive orders extending the state’s mask mandate and allowing Kentucky pharmacists to dispense emergency refills of up to a 30-day supply of non-scheduled medications. (January 4) 
  • Governor Beshear announced that COVID-19 vaccines had started to be administered in Kentucky. (December 14) 
  • Governor Beshear released updated COVID-19 restrictions. Restaurants, bars, restaurants can operate at 50% capacity. (December 11) 
  • Governor Beshear extended the state’s face coverings mandate for an additional 30 days. (December 4) 
  • Governor Beshear issued several new COVID-19 restrictions effective Friday, November 20, including limits on social gatherings, no indoor food or beverage consumption at restaurants, and a 33 percent capacity limit for recreational activities. (November 20) 
  • Governor Beshear announced that 94 counties across the state were now considered to be “red zone counties” due to rising COVID-19 cases. (November 13) 

SCHOOL PLANNING

K-12:

  • Governor Beshear issued an executive order recommending public schools delay in-person learning until January 11. (December 18) 
  • Kentucky released guidance for schools that planned to reopen in the fall, which can be found here. 
  • Lieutenant Governor Jacqueline Coleman announced a plan to allocate $8 million to provide internet service to all K-12 students. (August 26) 
  • Governor Beshear announced that fall sports at the high school level could resume. (August 25) 

State Higher Education:

  • A list of Kentucky universities and colleges planning to reopen in the fall can be found here. 

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