Governor Beshear: 8,286 total positive cases of COVID-19; 386 deaths

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FRANKFORT, Ky. Governor Andy Beshear opened his press conference by saying: "Kentucky restaurants can open in about seven hours."

Beshear said today's numbers continued to show a plateau of cases, but an elevated number of deaths.

Beshear reported 135 new cases of COVID-19 and after removing duplicates brought the statewide total to 8,286. He said there were 10 new deaths bringing the death toll to 386. The people who passed away included a two 56-year-old females from Warren, a 73-year-old female from Adair, a 72-year-old male from Simpson, a 93-year-old female from Jackson, a 69-year-old male from Jefferson, a 62-year-old male from Fayette, an 81-year-old male from Oldham, an 86-year-old female from Oldham, and a 78-year-old male from Jefferson.

The governor also reported 166,240 total tests given, 2041 Kentuckians ever hospitalized with 475 currently, 886 ever in the ICU with 92 currently. He reported 3,008 people have recovered from the virus

Among the counties with new cases of the virus are 15 from Warren, nine from Grayson, seven from Logan, two from Hardin and Ohio, one from Adair, Allen, Butler, Edmonson, Metcalfe, Monroe, and Taylor Counties.

Auctions have been added to the list of openings for June 1, 2020. Horse shows can open on June 8, 2020. June 29, 2020 is the expected date for groups of 50 or less and bars to open.

In-home childcare providers can open on June 8, 2020. This includes providers who take care of ten children or less in a small, family atmosphere.

Larger providers can open on June 15. They ask providers stagger playground trips among groups, temperature and wellness checks for everyone on entry, eliminate center-wide family activities and field trips, and centralized pick-up and drop-off. They ask that there be ten or less children in a group, the groups stay together all day, and the staff also stay within those groups. Children under five are not required to wear a mask. Older children may wear masks as they are able. Adults are asked to wear masks in childcare centers.

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) and the Kentucky Department of Education are partnering to provide food assistance to families who have lost access to free or reduced-price school meals during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency.

Beginning May 23, Kentucky families with students who normally receive free or reduced-price meals at school may get financial assistance to replace those meals through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program, part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

“These parents will be provided some additional benefits so they can use that to feed their children so that they don’t go hungry because they’re missing meals at school,” said CHFS Secretary Eric Friedlander. “When you apply for these benefits, it’s not just you as the individual that benefits. It’s your grocers, it’s your local businesses, it is the entire food system in Kentucky that benefits.”

Families who already receive assistance can receive P-EBT in addition to other benefits their household may get. Children who already receive SNAP, Kentucky Transitional Assistance Program assistance, Kinship Care or Medicaid will automatically receive P-EBT on their EBT cards and do not need to apply separately. P-EBT benefits will be added to existing EBT cards no later than May 28. Families of all other children must complete a short online application and will be mailed an EBT card with instructions on how to activate and use their card. Apply or get information from June 2 through June 30.

Students who became eligible for free or reduced lunch after March 13 are eligible for P-EBT.

For more information log onto https://benefind.ky.gov or call 1-855-306-8959