Kentucky - COVID-19 Covered

Kentucky

Total Cases: 95,480 (October 25)
Fatalities: 1,404 (October 25)
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 announced that Kentucky has applied for three more weeks of Lost Wages Assistance funding. (September 23) 
  • Kentucky officials said that they are undecided if they’ll seek unemployment funds for all six weeks of the Lost Wages Assistance program. (September 18) 
  • Governor Beshear announced the launch of the Healthy at Home Eviction Relief Fund website, a site where Kentucky residents can apply for assistance. (September 9) 
  • Governor Beshear announced that he will amend his executive order banning evictions to comply with the federal order. (September 4) 
  • Governor Beshear announced $15 million in federal coronavirus relief funding for renters. Governor Beshear also signed an executive order outlining new restrictions surrounding evictions. (August 25) 
  • Governor Beshear announced that the state’s application for additional federal funding to aid unemployment benefits has been approved. (August 20) 
  • Governor Beshear announced more than $8 million in CARES Act reimbursements for 18 Central Kentucky local governments. (August 19) 
  • Governor Beshear announced more than $9 million in CARES Act reimbursements for 11 Northern Kentucky local governments. (August 18) 
  • Governor Beshear announced $5.7 million in grant funding for local public safety agencies and eligible local governments under the US Department of Justice’s Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding Program. (August 18) 
  • Governor Beshear announced that more than $14 million in CARES Act funding will be allocated to Western Kentucky local governments. (August 17) 
  • 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) 
  • Governor Beshear signed an executive order that extended the ban on price-gouging. (June 4) 
  • Lieutenant Governor Jacqueline Coleman announced that beginning 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) 

Business Support & Resources:

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

SOCIAL RESTRICTIONS

Reopening:

  • Governor Beshear extended the state’s mask mandate for another 30 days. (October 7) 
  • 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, limiting restaurants to 25% capacity for indoor seating, and asking 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 people or fewer. (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)  
  • Governor Beshear’s office has released guidance for restaurants and bars reopenings, which can be found here. 
  • 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) 
  • 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) 

SCHOOL PLANNING

K-12:

  • Governor Beshear announced that the state has released guidance for schools that plan to reopen in the fall, which can be found here 
  • Lt. 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) 
  • 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. 
  • The University of Louisville has declared mandatory COVID-19 testing—test must be taken between August 24 and September 4. Failure to comply may lead to disciplinary action. (August 24) 
  • All University of Kentucky on-campus students will be required to get tested for COVID-19 ahead of the fall semester. (July 29) 

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