GOVERNOR BESHEAR’S DAILY STATEMENT
FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 27, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Wednesday updated Kentuckians on the fight against the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
“We are going to get through this together because no matter what this virus or anybody else throws at us, we are strong enough, we are united and we are ready to do what it takes,” the Governor said. “This is perhaps one of the most important moments that we will ever face, one of the biggest challenges that we will ever have to rise to. It’s one where we are fighting for the lives of so many and we are rewriting history about how we respond.”
Gov. Beshear and other officials also offered updates about the Team Kentucky Fund, a reorganization of the Executive Branch Ethics Commission and the use of masks.
Team Kentucky Fund
Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman highlighted the Team Kentucky Fund Assistance application, which was launched a week and a half ago. She said the site already has received more than 1,900 applications for assistance.
She said the funds are available to those who have been financially burdened through job loss related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The COVID-19 outbreak has caused its own unique set of issues, but what it has also done is exacerbate issues that we know already exist,” said Lt. Gov. Coleman. “As a rural Kentuckian, I can speak to those from experience, because I know that in lots of places in Kentucky there is not adequate job opportunity for many people. We struggle with health care and infrastructure and internet access in some areas. And what we’ve seen with this fund is that those disparities are showing up in our application process as well.”
The Lieutenant Governor urged people in Breathitt, Fleming, Harlan, Knott, Knox, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Lewis, Mason and Wolfe counties to participate in greater numbers.
Lt. Gov. Coleman said Kentucky’s Community Action Agencies will disburse the money regionally, acting as the “hands and feet” of the Team Kentucky Fund, reaching into communities across the commonwealth.
The Team Kentucky Fund currently has raised more than $3.1 million. To access an application, click here.
As of 5 p.m. May 27, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 9,077 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 127 of which were newly confirmed Wednesday.
“Our numbers suggest again today that we are no longer in a plateau, but on a decline,” the Governor said.
Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear also reported six new deaths Wednesday, raising the total to 400 Kentuckians lost to the virus.
“In Kentucky, we’ve now lost 400 of our own to this pandemic,” the Governor said. “Without all our actions, without heroic actions, would it have been a heck of a lot worse? Yes. But let’s all acknowledge that losing 400 people to anything, at any time, for any reason isn’t OK. It’s just not.”
The deaths reported Wednesday include a 71-year-old man and a 97-year-old woman from Boone County; a 78-year-old man from Hopkins County; two men, ages 77 and 79, from Jefferson County; and an 80-year-old man from Oldham County.
At least 3,124 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus. For additional information, including up-to-date lists of positive cases and deaths, as well as breakdowns of coronavirus infections by county, race and ethnicity, click here.
Executive Branch Ethics Commission
Gov. Beshear announced Wednesday that he is reorganizing the Executive Branch Ethics Commission in order to strengthen its mission.
“Today, I’ve taken a step to try to restore the Executive Branch Ethics Commission to what it should be,” the Governor said. “As of today, the Commission will no longer be five individuals directly appointed by the governor with no input from others. I am appointing three members, and the other two members will come from a list of nominees from the attorney general and a list of nominees from the state auditor. This is very easy. It’s the right thing to do. I am beyond politics and want to move this state in a better direction.”
The goal of the changes will be to increase the strength and independence of the Ethics Commission and the integrity of state governance.
Gov. Beshear noted that he was restoring two positions that provide wider participation. He said that in 2008, former Gov. Steve Beshear made two appointments to the Ethics Commission from recommendations by the Kentucky attorney general and auditor of public accounts. In 2016, former Gov. Matt Bevin rescinded those appointments and appointed all new members without recommendations.
The Governor appointed Crit Luallen, David Karem and Roger Crittenden. To view Gov. Beshear’s executive order on the reorganization, click here.
Gov. Beshear continued to urge Kentuckians to get tested for COVID-19.
Information on how to register at sites throughout the commonwealth visit kycovid19.ky.gov.
Absentee Ballot Application Portal online
Gov. Beshear is encouraging all voters to use a new Absentee Ballot Application Portal now available online. A link to the State Board of Elections’ portal can be found at govoteky.com. He urged everyone who plans to vote in next month’s primary elections to go to the portal and request an absentee mail-in ballot.
Read about other key updates, actions and information 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 also access translated COVID-19 information and daily summaries of the Governor’s news conference at tinyurl.com/kygovespanol (Spanish) and tinyurl.com/kygovtranslations (more than 20 additional languages).
PPE LOCAL RESOURCES
Beginning on May 11, it is recommended that anyone out in public wear a mask as businesses start to reopen. Additionally, businesses that have remained open or are reopening must ensure their employees adhere to the proper PPE requirements outlined in the reopening guidelines mentioned above.
Guide for Proper Way to Remove Gloves, click here.
Guide for Proper Wearing and Care of Cloth Face Masks, click here
Need Face Masks
-Buchanon’s Design Center has a fabric vendor that is selling disposable masks $50 for box of 50. Contact Amy Riley at 270-388-7365. She is passing along her special pricing to our Chamber Community.
-Kentucky State Penitentiary is making Fabric Reusable Masks at $.90 each (tied or elastic). Contact MaryM.Jennings@ky.gov
-Kentucky Chamber is partnering with Beshear Administration to offer Face Masks.
- Mask type: Three-ply, surgical mask
- Quantities: Sold in multiples of 50 masks per box
- Price: $49.50 per box of 50 masks (plus shipping and sales tax)
- Shipment: Once your order is received, you can expect the shipment to be mailed within three to five business days.
Please note: These are single-use masks that should not be reused.
-Akridge Ace Hardware has cloth face masks for sale at $2.50 each.
-Lyon Drug & McConnell Drugs have limited supply. Call for more information at 270-388-2236.
Other Area Resources:
-Cadiz Pharmacy, Cadiz, KY
-Main Street Pharmacy, Cadiz, KY
-Save More Drugs, Hopkinsville, KY
Need Glass Protection or Customized Business Solutions
REGIONAL DOORS & GLASS
The team at Regional Door & Glass are reaching out to our local businesses to make sure that they are taken care of first for any needs for installation of protective barriers under the Governor’s phased in approach and guidelines to re-open businesses in Kentucky.
These materials are now in high demand, so if you are in need please call Regional Glass & Door ASAP at 270-388-5745 to schedule your appointment.
Princeton Drug Store – (270) 365-5585
Max’s Convenience Store – Masks
Save More Drugs (270) 885-5515 – Hand Sanitizer, Gloves, Thermometers, Masks
Tom’s Pharmacy (270) 885-1524 – Masks
Pennyrile Home Medical – (270) 885-2500 – Masks, Thermometers, Air Purifiers
Max’s Convenience Stores – Masks
Casey Jones Distillery (270) 839-9987 – Hand Sanitizer (Bulk Buys Available Also)
M B Roland Distillery (270) 640-7744 – Hand Sanitizer (Bulk Buys Available Also)
Buchanon’s Design Center – (270) 388-7365 – Cloth Face Masks
Kentucky State Penitentiary – Contact MaryM.Jennings@ky.gov – Fabric Reusable Masks
Akridge Ace Hardware – (270) 388-2910 – Cloth Face Masks
Lyon Drug Store & McConnell Drugs – (270) 388-2236 – Face Masks
Lyon County Judge Executive has over 100 handmade masks available for Free – (270) 388-7311
The Beverage Shoppe – (270) 429-1024 – Hand Sanitizer
Bluegrass Bargain Barn – (270) 265-9162 – Hand Sanitizer & Disposable Face Masks
Lil Sewing Shop – (270) 604-1347 – Fabric Face Masks
Max’s Convenience Stores – Face Masks
Cadiz Ace Hardware (270) 522-1122 – Hand Sanitizer, Masks
Cadiz Pharmacy (270) 522-3441 – Hand Sanitizer, Gloves, Thermometers, Masks
Main Street Pharmacy (270) 703-2529 – Hand Sanitizer, Gloves, Thermometers, Masks
Max’s Convenience Stores – Face Masks
KENTUCKY COVID-19 PAGE – CLICK HERE
LINK TO TEAM KENTUCKY FUND DONATIONS – CLICK HERE
SBA COVID-19 ASSISTANCE – CLICK HERE
KENTUCKY SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER – CLICK HERE