FRANKFORT, Ky. (KFVS) - Governor Andy Beshear gave an update on Kentucky’s COVID-19 response at 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 14.
During the briefing, Gov. Beshear announced that starting on May 22, groups of 10 people or fewer could gather, and that the state’s travel ban would expire the same day, the Friday before Memorial Day weekend.
Gov. Beshear also announced the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet has been awarded more than $43.7 million from the CARES Act for education programs that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The grant will fund the needs of students, schools (including non-public schools), postsecondary institutions, and other education-related organizations in Kentucky.
The federal funds include $30 million for K-12 technology assistance and food programs.
Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman announced the Team Kentucky Fund Assistance Application Portal would open on Friday. Those who have been significantly financially impacted by the COVID-19 emergency can visit the website, and apply for financial assistance. To read the criteria to qualify for financial assistance, visit the website on Friday at 8 a.m.
The remaining initial March claims are now at 16,600, these are complex claims that may include identity verification, overpayments, employee protests and interstate claims. Over a nine-week period beginning in March, 88% of the 576,486 claims have been processed. The remaining initial April claims are now 49,928. A total of $1.37 billion in claims have been paid.
According to the Kentucky Department of Public Health, 2,712 individuals have recovered from COVID-19 in the Commonwealth.
On Thursday, May 14, 7,225 individuals have tested positive for the virus in Kentucky, including 328 deaths.
“Today, we have one of the lower numbers of deaths we have announced in a long time,” the governor said. “But it’s still two Kentuckians we have lost whose families are going to miss them just as much as if it were 10 today. Let’s make sure we honor two just as much as we’ve honored every other one.”
Currently, a total of 121,246 in the state have been tested for COVID-19.
Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health, said the 10-year-old with Pediatric Multisymptom Inflammatory Syndrome, a syndrome that is causing serious health problems for some young people, is continuing to improve. The 16-year-old patient was dismissed from the hospital yesterday.
He said the department issued a PMIS advisory on Wednesday, which provided guidance, key points about the syndrome, possible symptoms and reporting directions.
Dr. Stack said the Kentucky Pediatric COVID-19 Hotline (800-722-5725) staffed by Norton Children’s Hospital is prepared to answer questions from both parents and clinicians about PMIS.