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Long term care facilities to ‘severely limit holiday visitation’ as COVID-19 cases increase

Published: Nov. 16, 2020 at 3:56 PM EST
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WYMT) - Governor Andy Beshear gave his Monday’s COVID-19 update virtually.

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The governor announced 1,514 new cases and three new deaths in Kentucky.

The positivity rate is 8.98%.

At least 139,097 Kentuckians have contracted the virus. The death toll is now at 1,664.

24,568 people have recovered from the virus.

2,421,595 Kentuckians have received tests.

Eric Friedlander with Health Cabinet says National Guard will be assisting with non-clinical needs at nursing homes. He also said long term care facilities are going to “severely limit holiday visitation." State health leaders ann also announced new aggressive measures to combat the spread, such as discouraging outings and requirements of quarantines upon return.

“We, right now, are suffering from avoidable loss,” Gov. Beshear said. “Meaning we have had loved ones who have died that we can stop. That we can prevent.”

Beshear said there are almost 1,600 active cases of residents and 970 staff in long-term care facilities.

Gov. Beshear celebrated the news of Pfizer and Moderna’s progress with their COVID-19 vaccines and hopes Kentuckians will continue to fight the virus until the vaccine becomes widely available.

“We need everybody with this news to buckle down, to make sure you are making good decisions each and every day because people’s lives depend on it,” said Gov. Beshear. “If we can just get to the point where this vaccine will be widely available, we can make sure we don’t lose people. We need your help. This is now a time-limited virus. So if you’re tired, now you can see the end. Let’s get our second wind,” said Gov. Beshear.

The governor also said that if there isn’t a change in numbers by Wednesday, he may need to take additional steps to help curb the virus' spread in the Commonwealth.

“Today, we’re talking about where this virus is; tomorrow, we’re going to share some modeling about where we think it’s going; and then on Wednesday, if we don’t see a change in the numbers, we’ll talk about some additional steps that we may have to take to try to get this virus under control," Gov. Beshear said.

Secretary of the Executive Cabinet J. Michael Brown also gave an update on COVID-19 in the state’s correctional facilities. This includes a sizable outbreak at the Lee Adjustment Center, where there are 29 active staff cases and 434 active inmate cases.

“The news from the corrections front is not good. We’ve seen an increase week over week of 514 inmate cases and 52 staff cases. That brings our total for the year to over 2,000 inmate cases and over 280 staff cases,” said Secretary Brown. “Our fear, frankly, is that we haven’t completely finished testing the facility and we already know that half of the inmates have tested positive for COVID-19. It’s alarming. We wanted to bring this to everyone’s attention to show that sometimes in spite of our best efforts, this virus continues to strike us," Brown said.

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If you have any questions about the coronavirus in Kentucky, call the state’s COVID-19 hotline at 1-800-722-5725.

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