GOVERNOR BESHEAR’S DAILY STATEMENT
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 20, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Tuesday said as COVID-19 cases continue to increase, the state is beginning to prepare for a fall and winter surge in cases.
The First Family all tested negative for COVID-19 again today.
Today marks the fourth-highest number of daily COVID-19 cases reported in the commonwealth, including the day a backlog in cases was reported. This is also the first time since August that the state’s positivity rate has been higher than 5%.
“Today’s report is grim. It is grim because it shows that we are not just continuing in our third escalation, but this one is probably now the second most worrisome escalation we have seen surpassed only by that original March increase,” said Gov. Beshear.
The Governor announced that due to this escalation, the commonwealth has renewed state surge preparations, including reviewing plans about the capacity in hospitals, examining possible hotel options, if needed, as well as the use of state parks. The state is also ensuring operational plans are in place to stand up a field hospital, if necessary.
“Our cases continue to go up, our hospitalization continues to go up and we continue to see more people in the ICU. And if we can’t get everybody’s buy in and we can’t get more people doing the right thing each and every day, my concern is that we are going to experience a real surge that we must avoid,” said Gov. Beshear. “But if we’re going to face it, I want you to know that we are spending our time getting prepared.”
As of 4 p.m. Oct. 20, Gov. Beshear reported the following COVID-19 numbers:
- New cases today: 1,312
- New deaths today: 16
- Positivity rate: 5.08%
- Total deaths: 1,342
- Currently hospitalized: 776
- Currently in ICU: 202
- Currently on ventilator: 96
Top counties with the most positive cases today are: Jefferson, Fayette, Laurel, Boone, Nelson, Christian and Pike.
Those lost to the virus today include a 56-year-old woman from Bell County; a 73-year-old man from Boyd County; an 86-year-old woman from Daviess County; two women, ages 96 and 97, from Fayette County; an 82-year-old woman from Hopkins County; four women, ages 67, 74, 76 and 80, from Jefferson County; a 92-year-old woman and three men, ages 64, 94 and 96, from Jessamine County; an 89-year-old man from Marshall County; and a 78-year-old man from Muhlenberg County.
The Governor also paid tribute to another Kentuckian lost to COVID-19, 89-year-old Rev. Robert L. Boyd of Cadiz, who is remembered as a hero and veteran. Rev. Boyd was a pastor of 35 years, a boxer, farmer and historian. Gov. Beshear said Rev. Boyd was a family member of one of the Governor’s security detail. The Governor said family was everything to Rev. Boyd. He was a beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin and friend. So many who will carry his strength and encouragement in their hearts loved him, the Governor said.
Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman today reminded Kentuckians to vote in the General Election coming up Tuesday, Nov. 3. She asked people to follow the 10 steps to defeat COVID-19, including staying home when you are sick and prioritizing your mental health. She also celebrated Kentuckians who use #MaskUpKY and #MaskUpKentucky hashtags on social media.
In discussing the need to prioritize mental health during the pandemic, Lt. Gov. Coleman focused on preventing youth suicide. She said suicide is the second leading cause of death for people ages 10-24 in the United States claiming 100 young people each week.
“I’m challenging you to participate in the I Won’t Be Silent Challenge. This is the Jason Foundation’s challenge to raise the national conversation about the silent epidemic of youth suicide,” Lt. Gov. Coleman said. “Suicide is 100% preventable, and it’s all of our responsibility to put an end to it.”
Visit iwontbesilent.com to learn about the warning signs of suicide and how to help someone in need. For those contemplating suicide, please reach out to the Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.
To view the full daily report, incidence rate map, testing locations, long term-care and other congregate facilities update, school reports, the White House Coronavirus Task Force reports for Kentucky and other key guidance visit, kycovid19.ky.gov
Kentuckians can also access translated COVID-19 information and summaries of the Governor’s news conferences at teamkentuckytranslations.com.
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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 DOOR & 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