Kentucky - COVID-19 Covered


Total Cases: 31,508 (August 4)
Tests Administered: 600,293 (August 3)
Fatalities: 744 (August 4)
  • 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  



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 PM. 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/handwash stations[;] Special accommodations[;] [and] Testing plan.” (April 28) 

Economic Stimulus & Relief:

  • Governor Beshear announced more than $5.5 million in CARES Act reimbursements will be allocated for 22 eastern Kentucky local governments. (July 16) 
  • Governor Beshear announced more than $16.5 million in CARES Act funding will be allocated to 18 Central Kentucky local governments for COVID-19related reimbursements. (July 14) 
  • Governor Beshear announced more than $3.6 million in CARES Act funds will be distributed among 15 Western Kentucky local governments for reimbursements for pandemic-related expenditures. (July 13) 
  • Gov Beshear announces $36.2 million from CARES Act funding will be allocated for 61 of Kentucky’s local and regional health departments. (July 9) 
  • Gov. Beshear announced that the City of Bardstown will receive $395,739 of the $300 million allotted to Kentucky city and county governments under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. (June 16) 
  • Governor Beshear signed an executive order that extended his previous order that banned price-gouging. (June 4) 
  • Lieutenant Governor Jacqueline Coleman announced that beginning Friday, May 15, Kentuckians can apply for aid from the Team Kentucky Fund, which has accepted donations to help residents who have been impacted the pandemic. (May 14) 
  • Governor Beshear signed an executive order preventing utility disconnections due to nonpayment. (May 8) 
  • Governor Beshear announced that Kentucky has obtained $450,000 to aid the state’s nonprofit art organizations by providing prevention, preparedness and response assistance.” (April 24) 
  • Governor Beshear and Justice and Public Safety Cabinet Secretary Mary Noble announced Kentucky local public safety agencies and certain local governments may apply for part of the state’s $9 million in grant funding through the DOJ’s Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding Program. (April 24) 
  • 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 
  • Kentucky will reportedly receive about $1.7 billion from the federal government as a result of the signing of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. (March 31) 

Business Support & Resources:

  • Governor Beshear announced that his administration applied for a U.S. Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loan Declaration. (March 16 



  • Kentucky has been added to New York State travel advisory list with a mandated two-week quarantine. (July 28) 
  • Governor Beshear announced new public space restrictions, which go into effect on July 28. The new restrictions include requiring bars to close for two weeks (effective July 28), limiting restaurants to 25% capacity for indoor seating, and asking the public and private schools to avoid in-person instruction until the third week of August. (July 27) 
  • Governor Beshear issued an executive order limiting gatherings to 10 or fewer people. (July 20) 
  • Individuals traveling to Kentucky from nine states – Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Nevada, South Carolina, and Texas – will now be required to self-quarantine for 14 days. (July 20) 
  • Governor Beshear announced a new face-covering mandate for 30 days. (July 9) 
  • A Kentucky judge granted a temporary statewide restraining order on some of Governor Beshear’s pandemic-related executive orders relating to capacity levels at racetracks and daycare centers. (July 3)  
  • Kentucky bars, pools, and youth sports activities began reopening on Monday, June 29th(June 29) 
  • Governor Beshear’s office announced that residents will be permitted to visit assisted living and personal care homes beginning June 29. (June 25) 
  • Governor Beshear’s office has released guidance for restaurants and bars reopenings, which can be found here. 
  • Gov. Beshear’s office has released guidance for public pools and gatherings of 50 or more people. (June 16) 
  • Governor Beshear announced that historical horse racing will resume in Kentucky on June 8 and NASCAR will return, without spectators, on July 9. (June 4) 
  • Beginning June 1, Kentucky courts will reportedly resume hearing civil and criminal cases with several restrictions, including requiring face coverings, among others. (May 18) 
  • Governor Beshear’s office announced that beginning June 1, the state will open its State resort parks, recreational parks, lodges, and cabins. Additionally, on June 11, the Kentucky Horse Park, Otter Creek, and state park campgrounds will reopen to “self-contained campers and RVs in accordance with the Healthy at Work camping guidelines” (May 15) 
  • Governor Beshear announced that starting May 13, hospitals and care facilities will be permitted to perform non-emergency surgeries and procedures for half as many patients as their pre-COVID-19 capacity. (May 13) 
  • Governor Beshear announced a timeline for the state’s second phase of reopening its economy. According to Beshear, restaurants will open at 33% oMay 22, movie theaters and fitness centers will open on June 1, campgrounds will open on June 11, and childcare facilities, with reduced capacity, will reopen June 15. All establishments that reopen will have to follow the state’s “10 rules of staying healthy at work.” (May 7) 



  • Governor Beshear announced that the state has released guidance for schools that plan to reopen in the fall, which can be found here 
  • Kentucky’s education leaders will reportedly meet Friday, June 19, to determine how to safely reopen the state’s schools. (June 15) 
  • Limited high school sports practices will be allowed to resume starting on June 15. (May 29 

State Higher Education:

  • A list of Kentucky universities and colleges planning to reopen in the fall can be found here. 
  • All University of Kentucky on-campus students will be required to be tested for COVID-19 ahead of the fall semester. (July 29) 
  • Jefferson Community & Technical College announced that they will fully reopen August 17th for both online and in-person classes. (July 1) 

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