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September 17, 2020 - Governor Andy Beshear COVID-19 update
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (September 17, 2020) - Governor Andy Beshear informed Kentuckians on Thursday of the state's continued efforts to combat the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
“The end of this, once we survive, will be an opportunity to write our future and write it in a way we have always dreamed of. However, we have to get through COVID, ”said Governor Beshear.
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Lt. Governor Jacqueline Coleman on Thursday highlighted a number of issues of concern to Kentuckians and the Commonwealth.
- CARES Act funding for local governments
The lieutenant governor reminded Kentuckians that Governor Beshear, in collaboration with the Department of Local Government (DLG), announced today that 22 governments in western Kentucky are using it to receive reimbursements of $ 14,905,621 under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act for local governments Costs related to COVID-19.
"As a rural Kentuckian, I know that communities large and small are what make Kentucky special," said Lt. Gov. Coleman.
"The COVID-19 pandemic has been difficult for everyone and our local governments are no exception," said Governor Beshear. "These reimbursements under the CARES Act will help ease the burden on their budgets and ensure that they can provide the services our families need."
DLG Commissioner Dennis Keene expressed his appreciation for the local government in unprecedented times.
"We appreciate everything our local governments did during the pandemic to keep Kentuckians safe," said Commissioner Keene. "And we are doing everything we can to ensure an efficient reimbursement process so that our local governments can continue the fight against COVID-19."
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- Team Kentucky Fund
Lt. Governor Coleman also gave an update on the Team Kentucky Fund (TKF) today. She encouraged Kentuckians, particularly from three specific regions who have suffered financially from COVID-19, to visit teamkyfund.ky.gov to request assistance.
"There are three areas that have big bucks waiting and needing applications from Kentuckians who qualify: the Owensboro area, the counties that surround Louisville, and the Big Sandy area," said Lt. Gov. Coleman. "To date, Kentuckians have received over $ 900,000 in direct support through the TKF."
Tax-deductible donations to TKF can be made at donate.ky.gov. 100% of donations go directly to Kentuckians.
- Positive stories from schools
Lt. Shared five positive stories from schools and school districts across the Commonwealth, Governor Coleman encouraged Kentuckians to share more of those stories on social media, as the Governor had previously requested.
"I would like to highlight some of the many schools that are working diligently to protect their students, teachers and staff as they transition to face-to-face teaching," said Lt. Gov. Coleman.
The schools and districts highlighted today were: East Jessamine High School in Nicholasville, Jessamine County; DuPont Manual High School in Louisville, Jefferson County; Boone County High School in Florence; Henry Clay High School in Lexington, Fayette County; and Burgin Schools in Burgin, Mercer County.
- Kentucky School Boards Association mask donation
Finally, the lieutenant governor thanked the Kentucky School Boards Association (KSBA), which, in partnership with the National School Boards Association and the KSBA Educational Foundation, donates 80,000 cloth masks to Kentucky public students.
"The KSBA's Team Kentucky spirit is evident in this donation," said Lt. Gov. Coleman.
KSBA will donate the masks directly to the State Centers for Family Resources and Youth Services (FRYSCs), a division of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. Kentucky's FRYSCs are tasked with breaking down barriers to learning related to student environment, emotions, and experiences.
"There is evidence that social and emotional challenges, past and recurring trauma, and certain family and economic situations can affect student learning and success in school," said Lt. Gov. Coleman. "In Kentucky, we are fortunate to have a permanent place in our educational system that focuses on these barriers to learning as equally important parts of student success."
Today also the lieutenant governor urged Kentuckians to come up with a plan for voting in the November general election. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, bipartisan state and local election officials have made voting easier than ever by providing numerous ways for Kentuckians to cast their votes.
“As a mother, I have thought a lot about how we prepare the future world for our children. The vote does just that, ”said Lt. Gov. Coleman. "By making your voice heard at the ballot box, you have a say in your communities, your state and your country in the years to come."
She introduced Secretary of State Michael Adams and the Executive Director of the State Board of Elections, Jared Dearing, who reiterated the call to Kentuckians to use one of many choices.
Secretary Adams offered to update the state plan for upcoming elections. He also encouraged Kentuckians to vote as early as possible and sign up to be electoral workers.
"Gov. Beshear and I agree that the best way to ensure a safe and successful election is to give voters a choice, "said Secretary Adams. "And now you can track your postal vote the same way you track an Amazon parcel."
The deadline for voting is October 5th at 4 a.m. local time. The deadline for applying for a postal vote ends October 9 at govoteky.com for more information. Voters can send a postal vote or return it to their district clerk - in person or at a Dropbox.
Kentuckians can also vote in person at various locations during the Early Voting, which begins October 13 or Election Day.
“Every single county in the state will vote in person ahead of time. No appointment is required - just show up and vote, ”Secretary Adams said. “All day during business hours, every day, five days a week, and we've added the Saturday hours. This will be the most voter-centric choice we've ever had in Kentucky's history. "
Dearing explained exactly how Kentuckians can fill out a postal vote.
“Once you've requested a postal vote, you can check your status at govoteky.com. You will receive a voting slip package in the mail containing three envelopes: an outer envelope, a medium envelope, and an inner envelope known as a security envelope, ”Dearing said. “You will also receive your ballot papers and voting instructions. We strongly recommend that you read the voting instructions first.
“Then you take out your ballot and mark it. Please spray everything effectively and correctly. If you make a mistake with a pencil, erase it completely, then bubble into the selection you want. If you use a pen and mark the wrong choice, gush into the choice you want and circle that choice to indicate the voter's intent.
“Then you fold the ballot in half and put it in the yellow security envelope. Please leave the flap open on the envelope. Do not remove this door. You will find a place to sign on this flap. We recommend that you use a signature that exactly matches the driver's license on your voter registration signature.
“Sign and seal this envelope. Then take the yellow envelope and place it in the inner envelope. This inner envelope needs to be sealed and then signed on the outside in the upper left corner.
“Then you have several options. You can put it in the mail, deliver it to a district clerk's office, or deliver it to your district's Dropbox. You can contact your district clerk to find out where this box is.
"Please do not wait until the last day to return this. We strongly recommend that you take the opportunity to cast your vote early. This way we can contact you if there is an irregularity in the voting and give you the opportunity to correct that mistake and ensure that the ballot is counted. "
At 5 p.m. on September 4, Governor Beshear stated there had been at least 59,370 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, of which 628 were newly reported Thursday. 18 of the newly reported cases were from children aged 14 years and younger, of which 5 were children aged 2 years and younger. The youngest was only XNUMX months old.
“Good news: Our positivity rate is 4%, still below 3.82%. So again, a couple of notes: It means we're doing significant testing. This means our positivity rate is going down, which is good, ”said Governor Beshear. “But remember that we don't do better because we test people, but because we act. It's because of social distancing, it's because of wearing a mask. We believe the mask mandate works and without it our numbers and positivity rate would increase. "
Unfortunately, Governor Beshear reported 11 new deaths Thursday, bringing the total to 1,093 Kentuckians lost to the virus.
The deaths reported Thursday include a 70-year-old woman and a 78-year-old man from Daviess County. three men aged 75, 83, and 93 from Fayette County; an 84-year-old man from Franklin County; a 76-year-old Jackson County woman; an 82-year-old woman from Jefferson County; two women, aged 77 and 90, from Madison County; and an 83 year old female from Webster County.
"That includes people who are loved by their communities, by their families, and we see that we are losing people of all ages," said Governor Beshear.
At least 1,101,279 coronavirus tests had been completed in Kentucky as of Thursday. The positivity rate was 3.82% and at least 11,109 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus.
For more information, including updated lists of positive cases and deaths and a breakdown of coronavirus infections by county, race, and ethnicity, please click here. To view all current daily reports, please click here.
Information about COVID-19 and schools will also be provided. To view the reports, click here for K-12 and here for colleges and universities.
Mary Harville named sixth President and CEO of the Kentucky Lottery
Governor Beshear has named Mary Harville President and CEO of Kentucky Lottery Corporation. Harville was confirmed by the lottery's board of directors at a special meeting today. She is the first woman to hold this role in the 31-year history of the lottery.
Since 2004, Harville has served as the Lottery’s Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Company Secretary.
“Mary is a native heroine here in the Commonwealth. She has been involved in nearly every iteration of the lottery since 2004. This organization has created opportunity for so many Kentuckians through its scholarships and is doing better every year than it was last year, ”said Governor Beshear. “Mary was the first female manager of our Kentucky Lottery to break a glass ceiling here in Kentucky. Mary paves the way and presents a great example for the rest of us. "
"I am honored and deeply grateful to Governor Beshear and our board of directors for choosing me as the next Kentucky Lottery President and CEO," said Harville. “I'm so proud to be part of the great team that already exists. This shows our record breaking fiscal year for both sales and return to our state. As a lifelong Kentuckian and a Kentucky University graduate, I am also proud to lead the organization that funds KEES scholarships for college students in Kentucky, and my goal is to ensure we continue to provide this much-needed funding. "
For more important updates, promotions and information from Governor Beshear and his administration, please visit 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 summaries of the governor's press conferences at teamkentuckytranslations.com.
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