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Governor Beshear announces 625 new cases, unemployment system shut down for next four days

Published: Apr. 8, 2021 at 3:54 PM EDT
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WYMT) - Governor Beshear continues to urge all Kentuckians to get the COVID-19 vaccine during his news conference Thursday.

You can watch that news conference here:

Governor Andy Beshear gives Thursday COVID-19 update.

Posted by WYMT on Thursday, April 8, 2021

“As you all know, vaccinations are the absolute most important thing we can be doing right now,” said Gov. Beshear. “We are in a race against COVID-19 variants to prevent any kind of fourth surge and defeat this virus once and for all.”

Governor Beshear announces 645 new cases and zero new deaths.

431,487 Kentuckians have tested positive thus far, 6,214 Kentuckians have died.

The positivity rate is 2.81%

50,195 have recovered from COVID-19.

5,141,706 Kentuckians have received COVID-19 tests.

The unemployment system will shut down for the next four days. This action was taken in order to strengthen security to prevent fraudulent claims and hacking into accounts. Governor Beshear says the unemployment office will close at midnight tonight until the end of the day Monday.

“While this is a big step, given that this sophisticated attack could take money that was otherwise going to Kentuckians, it is a step we absolutely have to take,” said Gov. Beshear. “We can’t allow people to steal the state’s money and prevent those who are entitled to receive these dollars from getting the help they need.”

Using known or predictable user information like social security numbers, bad actors used automated tools to attempt to gain unauthorized access to a claimant accounts.

“Although the UI PINs are encrypted, it is possible for a person with enough computing power to guess an encrypted PIN by testing particularly weak or obvious four digit combinations,” said Amy Cubbage. “We had 3,995 users who used a PIN that was 1234, more than 1,500 users who set PINs that were 2020 and more than 1,200 users whose PINs were set to 1111. To enhance the security of the system, we will be shutting down the UI system temporarily.”

Claimants will be unable to file new claims or request their benefits during this time, but UI staff will be able to backdate any new claims that should have been filed during the shutdown.

If you have benefits to request and you have not been locked out of the system, you can access the system until tonight at midnight,” said Cubbage. “Letters are going out to active UI accounts giving them a new eight-digit PIN. Systems will be available on Tuesday to re-register or register for the first time through the new welcome pages at uiclaimsportal.ky.gov or through the KCC website.”

Claimants will need to:

  • Create a new 12-digit password;
  • Verify their email address and receive an access code through their email account;
  • Use the new eight-digit PIN they were mailed;
  • Know that the telephone claiming system (interactive voice response) will use the new eight-digit PIN; and
  • Review all the information on their account to make sure it is correct.

If the last four digits of their bank account or routing number is not in their UI account, claimants will receive a paper check.

“The Labor Cabinet will be sending out a press release and posting information on the KCC homepage with detailed information,” Cubbage said. “Active claimants do not need to file a new claim when the system is back up.”

COVID-19 numbers 4/8/2021
COVID-19 numbers 4/8/2021(Infogram)

As of Wednesday, seven out of 120 counties are in the red zone on the state’s COVID-19 incidence rate map.

You can see how your county is doing right now here.

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

You can also find more information, including how to protect your family, by visiting Kentucky’s official COVID-19 website: https://govstatus.egov.com/kycovid19

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