Nearly 70K cases of COVID-19 in Ky.

Nearly 70K cases of COVID-19 in Ky.
Cases of COVID-19 in Kentucky on Thursday, October 1. (Source: Kentucky Dept. for Public Health)

FRANKFORT, Ky. (KFVS) - Governor Andy Beshear held a COVID-19 briefing on Thursday, October 1.

Gov. Andy Beshear - Media Briefing 10.01.2020

Posted by Governor Andy Beshear on Thursday, October 1, 2020

Gov. Beshear urged people to look over and take to heart updated guidance on 10 Steps to Fight COVID-19.

He also gave an update on his administration’s effort to keep people from being evicted during the pandemic and help qualified landlords who are experiencing loss of income.

On Aug. 24, I issued an executive order to provide protections and clarity on the issue of evictions during the coronavirus crisis,” the governor said. “At that same time, I directed $15 million in federal CARES Act dollars to support the Healthy at Home Eviction Relief Fund, which began accepting applications on Sept. 8.”

Then, in early September, Gov. Beshear updated the state’s executive order on evictions to reflect the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s moratorium on residential evictions through Dec. 31.

He urged tenants and landlords to continue signing up to take advantage of the program.

Governor Beshear and Dr. Stack shared new guidance on how Kentucky families can celebrate Halloween safely.

“Let’s keep Halloween for the kids. Let’s all come together and make sure the kids can have a good, safe experience and have fun. This is not the year to have all the adult Halloween parties. Adult Halloween gatherings are not the same things as the kids',” said Dr. Stack.

Kentuckians should wear masks, socially distance and wash hands often.

If trick-or-treating is permitted in your community, they ask that you trick-or-treat the safe way:

  • Place individually wrapped candy outside on the porch, driveway or a table.
  • Maintain a social distance of at least 6 feet from anyone not within your household.
  • Always wear a face covering. Halloween masks DO NOT count as a face covering.
  • Clean hands before and after touching the wrapped candy.
  • Trick-or-treat in family groups and don’t congregate in large groups.
  • Trick-or-treat in your own neighborhood. Do not travel to other neighborhoods.
  • Use hand sanitizer often, especially after contacting frequently-touched surfaces and before eating anything.

You can click here to view all the Halloween guidance.

Kentucky cases

On Thursday, October 1, the Kentucky Department for Public Health reported a total of 69,728 cases of COVID-19 in the state, and a total of 1,191 deaths.

KDPH reported a total of 11,970 recoveries.

Currently, a total of 1,483,960 tests for COVID-19 have been performed in Kentucky.

The positivity rate, as of Wednesday, was 4.11 percent.

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