Covid-19 cases up and hospitalizations at record high, but Beshear says virus leveling off in Ky.; calls for more federal aid
Chart by Daniel Desrochers of Lexington Herald-Leader shows past month’s covid-19 hospitalizations.
Beshear reported that 638 Kentuckians are hospitalized for covid-19, but he did not note that the figure was the highest daily hospital census yet attributed to the disease in Kentucky. It was a 4 percent jump from the 612 reported Monday; covid-19 patients in intensive care numbered 135, down by one.
Beshear reported 18 more coronavirus cases in children under five today, with the youngest of them two- months-old. “Britainy and I know as parents how scary it must be,” he said, referring to his wife, who preceded him to the lectern to announce a “Coverings for Kids” campaign that will allow Kentuckians to donate facual coverings directly to local schools starting Aug. 11.
He again attributed that to the mask mandate he issued July 9. “We showed in that graph yesterday where we were heading but for our willingness to wear a mask or a facial covering,” he said. “The curve that we were on was troubling, but now thankfully we are now headed in a better direction.”
He said that to feel more comfortable with relaxing restaurant restrictions, “I would like to see a break in the data this week,” and reiterated that if bars are reopened, “It’s going to have to look different.”
He added, “We are looking at the largest single-year budget cuts in the history of Kentucky in the midst of coronavirus. Congress can’t let that happen. That is malpractice. That is refusing to step up and do your duty. And again, I guess horsetrading occurs all the time in D.C., but I wish we were at a place where at least something like this could shake us out of that and just get us to do the right thing.”
The seven fatalities were a 53-year-old man from Calloway County; a 70-year-old man from Daviess County; a 50-year-old man from Kenton County; a 95-year-old woman from Ohio County; and three from Jefferson County: two women 45 and 69, and an 81-year-old man. Beshear said the 45-year-old victim had some other medical conditions, but “This is one of the youngest groups that I’ve had to read.”
- Jefferson County accounted for 30 percent of the day’s new cases, 212, on the state’s daily report. Other counties with more than five new cases were Fayette, 47; Warren, 35; Kenton, 29; Boone, 27; Laurel, 18; Campbell, 17; Scott, 16; Knox and Madison, 15 each; Graves and Hardin, 11 each; McCracken, 10; Hopkins and Shelby, 9 each; Barren, Daviess and Jessamine, 8 each; Grant, Magoffin, Nelson and Oldham, 7 each; and Clark, Henry, Meade and Muhlenberg, 6 each.
- Daily reports going back to June 1 are now archived at https://chfs.ky.gov/Pages/cvdaily.aspx.
- In long-term-care facilities, 13 more residents and 25 more employees tested positive for the virus, five more facilities had at least one case, and three more deaths were attributed to covid-19. The state is now reporting active cases: 444 among residents, 123 among employees.
In child care. six more facilities were associated with a case, for a total of 110. The cases involve 84 employees and 75 children.
- Jessamine County School Supt. Matt Moore overruled the 3-2 vote of the school-board decision to allow both in-person and online “non-traditional instruction.” Moore said schools would only start virtually, WKYT reports. In a letter to parents, he said in part, “Covid-19 cases have recently spiked in our community, as a result, and to safeguard our students and staff, I have made the decision to exercise my authority to utilize our extended NTI plan.”
- The president now supports the use of face coverings to thwart the virus, even asking his base to wear them. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that an e-mail his re-election campaign sent to supporters Monday said “We have nothing to lose, and possibly everything to gain” by wearing masks. He added, “We are all in this together, and while I know there has been some confusion surrounding the usage of face masks, I think it’s something we should all try to do when we are not able to be socially distanced from others,” the president said. “I don’t love wearing them either. Masks may be good, they may just be OK, or they may be great.”
- Covid-19 at the Kentucky State Reformatory in LaGrange is now linked to deaths in six inmates, the highest number of such fatalities at any of the state’s 13 prisons, Deborah Yetter reports for the Louisville Courier Journal. The state has reported that nine inmates from the reformatory were hospitalized as of last Thursday.
- Kentucky Youth Advocates hosted a forum to discuss challenges that youth and families connected to the child welfare system are facing because of the covid-19 pandemic, along with solutions moving forward. Click here for a full report titled: “Covid-19 Impacts on the Kentucky Child Welfare Community: A Public Health Crisis Meets a Vulnerable System,” click here for the presentations of the findings and click here for a recording of the forum.