FRANKFORT, Ky. — Gov. Andy Beshear on Thursday up to date Kentuckians on the state’s persevering with efforts to struggle the novel coronavirus 2019 within the commonwealth.
The Governor additionally famous that his subsequent deliberate COVID-19 update will likely be at four p.m. EDT Tuesday, Sept. eight.
‘The Fast 4 at 4’
Gov. Beshear started Thursday’s briefing by highlighting quite a lot of problems with significance to Kentuckians and the commonwealth.
“We’ve got some really good news about things going on in Kentucky,” mentioned Gov. Beshear. “It’s important during these times that we also see the hope, the positivity and the new businesses investing in Kentucky every single day.”
- Eastern Kentucky Grants
Gov. Beshear at present introduced $2,356,381 in grant funding for 4 infrastructure tasks that can enhance utility providers in Eastern Kentucky communities. The grant funding was awarded to Floyd, Harlan and Johnson counties and the cities of Paintsville and Salyersville. To learn the total information launch, click on right here.
On Wednesday, Gov. Beshear additionally introduced grant funding for 4 different tasks in Eastern Kentucky that may even create new financial alternative within the area. Those receiving funds had been Breathitt County, Knott and Perry counties, Wayne County and Hindman. Since December, the Governor has awarded almost $29 million in grants for Eastern Kentucky; greater than $three.eight million was awarded over the previous two days.
- Tompkinsville Bypass Opens
Gov. Beshear introduced that native officers held a socially distanced ribbon-cutting ceremony at present with state and federal leaders for the opening of the Tompkinsville Bypass in Monroe County. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet facilitated the occasion.
The $28.5 million undertaking relieves visitors congestion, decreasing massive business truck visitors in downtown Tompkinsville. The bypass highway additionally provides better financial alternative with improved entry to the commercial park and airport.
Gov. Beshear once more inspired all Kentuckians to make a plan to vote, both by mail, in individual throughout early voting or in-person on Election Day.
“Several hundred thousand Kentuckians have already requested absentee ballots,” mentioned Gov. Beshear. “If you’re involved about COVID-19, get yours at GoVoteKy.com. You can even vote early or on Election Day in individual the place we may have public well being precautions in place.”
- Airport Improvement Grants
Today, Gov. Beshear highlighted that this week, the U.S. Department of Transportation introduced the award of $1.2 billion in airport security and infrastructure grants to 405 airports throughout 50 states and 6 U.S. territories. Kentucky acquired $94,544,603 of the whole for 9 airports throughout the state. Gov. Beshear mentioned that he would have extra particulars subsequent week.
“This is a huge amount of money coming in for some of our largest, but also some of our growing, airports,” mentioned Gov. Beshear. “When we talk about new opportunities, we want to see them everywhere.”
As of four p.m. Sept. three, Gov. Beshear reported that the variety of optimistic coronavirus circumstances has now surpassed 50,000, with no less than 50,885 circumstances in Kentucky, 906 of which had been newly reported Thursday. One hundred twenty-four of the newly reported circumstances had been from youngsters ages 18 and youthful, of which 17 had been youngsters ages 5 and underneath. The youngest was a two-month-old child from Henderson County.
“COVID is a once-in-100-year pandemic and we’ve got to take it seriously. We’re seeing a rough week this week,” mentioned Gov. Beshear. “While our positivity rate is going down, we’re still seeing some high numbers. Today we’re reporting 906 new cases of COVID-19. That’s our third-highest total since the very beginning.”
Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear reported 10 new deaths Thursday, elevating the whole to 976 Kentuckians misplaced to the virus.
The deaths reported Thursday embrace a 52-year-old man from Barren County; 5 ladies, ages 60, 72, 72, 79 and 85, and two males, ages 70 and 73, from Jefferson County; and an 88-year-old lady and 76-year-old man from Lewis County.
“We have people in their 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s on today’s report,” mentioned Gov. Beshear. “These families don’t have the option of being tired. We can’t be tired either. We’ve got to be there for them.”
As of Thursday, there have been no less than 902,446 coronavirus exams carried out in Kentucky. The positivity price at the moment stands at four.53 %. At least 10,547 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus.
For extra info, together with up-to-date lists of optimistic circumstances and deaths, in addition to breakdowns of coronavirus infections by county, race and ethnicity, click on right here. To see all latest day by day stories, click on right here.
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The Governor was additionally joined at present by executives from Wilde Brands Inc., a producer of high-protein, keto-diet-friendly snack chips created from all-natural rooster breast, to announce plans for the corporate’s $9.78 million, 50-job manufacturing and distribution facility in Clark County. To learn the total information launch, click on right here.
Today, Gov. Beshear introduced that about 130 Kentucky National Guard troopers and airmen will help the Kentucky Oaks and the Kentucky Derby, similar to they’ve in some type for the reason that 1950s. The Governor mentioned lately about 220 troopers and airmen helped to supply public safety in the course of the Derby.
“This year, we’re going to have a smaller Guard presence,” mentioned Gov. Beshear. “They’re going to operate traffic again and access control points that are not in the designated area of the organized protest. This is something that we have done every year.”
Dr. Stack Update
Today, Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health, supplied an update on the anticipated timeline for COVID-19 vaccinations.
“KDPH, with Kentucky Emergency Management and local health departments, is working to create our plans in partnership with the federal government, as well as state and local governments, so that when a safe and reliable vaccine is available we can deploy that in a timely manner to everyone who is eligible for it,” mentioned Dr. Stack. “But, I’ve said this repeatedly and I’ll say it again, there will not be a vaccine for virtually everybody this calendar year. There are some corners that cannot be cut.”
He additionally addressed newer testing strategies, explaining, “There’s been a lot of discussion about different types of tests, trying to get more rapid tests, and there’s some exciting science and possibilities in this. But they are not a panacea. They can be useful tools.”
Read about different key updates, actions and data from Gov. Beshear and his administration at governor.ky.gov, kycovid19.ky.gov and the Governor’s official social media accounts Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
Kentuckians can even entry translated COVID-19 info and summaries of the Governor’s information conferences at teamkentuckytranslations.com.