Gov. Beshear gives update on pools, state parks, unemployment

Published: May. 28, 2020 at 8:32 AM EDT
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Governor Andy Beshear had a lot to say during his Thursday COVID-19 update.

You can watch that here.

The governor announced 113 new cases and nine new deaths in Kentucky.

At least 9,184 Kentuckians have contracted the virus. The death toll is now at 409.

3,181 people have recovered from the virus.

221,118 Kentuckians have received tests.

Deputy Secretary of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet Josh Benton announced that more than 15,000 March and April pending unemployment claims were processed this week.

Deputy Secretary Benton said, “We are putting our most seasoned staff on the most difficult claims.”

He also explained what it means when a claim is “under investigation.”

“That simply means that there’s something missing or a piece of information that is inaccurate that has to be investigated and reviewed in their claim before a determination can be made,” said Deputy Secretary Benton.

Finally, he updated Kentuckians on a security incident that took place in the unemployment insurance system and the actions taken to address it.

A potential vulnerability in the online Unemployment Insurance Portal was reported to the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet’s Office of Technology Services on April 23rd.

According to the report, some unemployment Insurance (UI) claimants could have been able to view the identity verification documents uploaded by other UI claimants. To date, no reports of identity theft or financial harm have been received.

“OTS prevented any further incidents by taking the UI Portal completely offline at 11:30 a.m. By noon, OTS had changed the system to ensure no one was able to view any uploaded documents,” said Deputy Secretary Benton. “By midnight, the security team had patched the software to correct the problem permanently.”

While the Governor’s Office of General Counsel has been told the breach has been corrected, the Governor is concerned with the situation and asked the Transportation Cabinet inspector general – who is independent from the Education Cabinet – to conduct a full review. The Governor is also reorganizing the office, which will soon be under the Labor Cabinet, and bringing in new leadership.

Governor Beshear also announced Kentucky Kingdom in Louisville will reopen June 29th with extensive precautions in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

To see the state’s full reopening timeline and industry-specific guidance, click

The governor also announced that he is hopeful the state will be able to open a limited number of public pools the week of June 29th with extensive precautions.

He emphasized that local leaders may choose to keep pools closed based on their assessment of whether or not safety requirements can be met.

“That does not mean that a city will or will not open pools. There is a huge hit on budgets, and even states that have allowed it cities have not done it,” said Gov. Beshear. “I ask you to trust in your local leaders on how they choose to do that.”

Governor Beshear announced that the state will reopen the four Kentucky State Park lodges on June 8th that were previously designated to provide temporary housing for low acuity COVID-19 patients. He originally said June 1st during the news conference.

The four parks are:

Lake Cumberland State Resort Park;

Lake Barkley State Resort Park;

Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park; and

Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park.

As the state continues to see a decline in cases, officials have determined that state park lodging is no longer necessary for future COVID-19 response efforts.

Lake Cumberland State Resort Park will open with limited occupancy as a result of ongoing construction renovations.

The Kentucky Horse Park will reopen on June 11th, and host its first competitive horse show event without spectators from June 17th to June 21st.


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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.

You can also find more information, including how to protect your family, by visiting Kentucky's official COVID-19 website

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