Beshear showed this chart to illustrate what Kentucky needs to avoid: a spike like Oklahoma’s.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Tuesday that a rising positive test rate is “a sure-fire sign that you’ve got to be really careful.” He told ABC News that Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio and Indiana are among states in danger of covid-19 outbreaks.
Beshear accentuated the positive. “Right now, it looks like we are on track to be relatively stable as compared to last week’s numbers, and that’s a good thing,” Beshear said at his daily briefing.
Ben Smith, recovering from brain-cancer surgery, holds up a mask
and tells viewers, “Wear it for me,” in a new public-service video.
The governor showed one of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky‘s video public service announcements in its “Wear it for Me” campaign, which will run through August and focus on the importance of wearing masks. The graphics and PSAs are available for download.
A blog post by the Kentucky Equal Justice Center reported that Beshear is scheduled to mediate with the landlords Thursday at 9:30 a.m. in the federal courthouse in Covington. Housing advocates are asking Beshear to keep the moratorium in place, arguing that 220,000 households in the state and at least 1,500 renters in Lexington alone are at risk of being evicted, Beth Musgrave reports for the Lexington Herald-Leader.
- Beshear reported that 571 Kentuckians are hospitalized with covid-19 and 112 of them are in intensive care. Both figures were 2.2% less than Tuesday.
- The state reported five more deaths from the coroanvirus, bringing its death toll to 724: an 87-year-old woman from Clay County; an 82-year-old man from Graves County; a 77-year-old man from Jefferson County; a 58-year-old woman from Knott County; and a 71-year-old man from McCracken County.
- Beshear announced that the death rate from the virus has decreased to 2.5%, from 3%.
- The governor announced that 23 more residents and one more employee in the state’s long-term care facilities have tested positive for the virus. Three more deaths in these facilities have been attributed to covid-19, bringing that total up to 477, including four staff deaths.
- Counties with more than 10 new cases Wednesday were Jefferson, 231; Fayette, 45; Kenton, 37; Hopkins, 33; Boone, 24; Graves, Logan and Shelby, 22 each; Warren, 21; Adair, 19; Butler, 15; Jackson, 14; Campbell, 13; Edmonson, 12; Grayson, 11; and Oldham, 10.
- Beshear announced that in-person unemployment services will be offered in Louisville Aug. 3-7 at United Auto Workers Local 862, 3000 Fern Valley Road. Click here to register.
- Beshear said the Office of Unemployment Insurance reported another security breach on Monday, though he said officials don’t believe anyone’s financial or credit information has been compromised. He said the individuals whose information was viewed have been notified.
- J. Michael Brown, secretary of the executive cabinet, said the administration is screening 700 inmates to see if they would qualify for commutation due to then pandemic; he said only those nearing the end of their sentences and are incarcerated for nonviolent, nonsexual offenses are being considered. Brown said there are 379 active inmate cases of the coronavirus and 53 active staff cases in the state’s correctional facilities. He said 432 inmates and 69 staffers have recovered, and eight inmates have died of covid-19.
Health Commissioner Steven Stack posted links on Twitter to “just a handful of articles” about hydroxychloroqine and chloroquine as treatments for covid-19 that show “at this time, medical research has not shown these medications to be meaningfully helpful for this disease.
- “Two new studies from Germany paint a sobering picture of the toll that covid-19 takes on the heart, raising the specter of long-term damage after people recover, even if their illness was not severe enough to require hospitalization,” Elizabeth Cooney reports for Stat.
- After being shut down for the next two weeks, two bars in Lexington that have been singled out by the governor told Janet Patton of the Lexington Herald-Leader that they have been working hard on compliance, but need help enforcing the rules. Beshear noted that he had received a thoughtful email from a bar in Lexington. He said that while he recognized that many bars are trying to follow the rules, the industry must do better.
- As people lose jobs and health insurance during the pandemic, a Kaiser Family Foundation report shows that Kentucky has led the way in signing people up for Medicaid. The program now covers more than 1.5 million people and grew 7% between March and April, Deborah Yetter reports for the Louisville Courier Journal, writing that the state’s Medicaid program has been adding new members at a rate of about 8,000 to 10,000 a week during the pandemic.
- Testing shortages and delays have hampered the state’s efforts to trace coronavirus clusters, Ryan Van Velzer reports for Louisville’s WFPL. “We’re seeing tests take seven to 10 days to come back, which makes contact tracing not possible or feasible, and so it actually makes it seem like why was the test even worth doing in the first place,” said Dr. Sarah Moyer, director of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness.
- The Washington Post reports on “Who should get a coronavirus vaccine first?”
- The New York Times has published the latest federal report on states’ response to the virus, dated July 26, that was distributed to states by the Coronavirus Task Force.