Kentucky

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear’s schedule to restart the economy appears to contradict his administration’s own benchmarks for when it is safe to reopen.

Just ten days ago, Beshear said it would not be enough to flatten the curve before reopening. Following guidance from the White House, Beshear said Kentucky would need to see 14 days of declining cases before making any announcements.

“If we are there, that’s great, but remember what the White House has said and what we know is we actually need two weeks of going down,” he said.

But on Wednesday, Beshear announced a phased reopening of the Commonwealth while acknowledging confirmed cases of coronavirus have “plateaued,” but not yet declined.

 


Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear announced during his April 29 daily COVID-19 update the first phase of an incremental reopening of the commonwealth’s economy. Beshear held the briefing at the Kentucky Emergency Operations Center in Frankfort. 

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Gov. Andy Beshear said his ban on mass gatherings does not single out places of worship.

"I'm not trying to set rules that are difficult and I'm not trying to set rules that are controversial, I'm just trying to save people's lives," Beshear said at Tuesday's briefing.

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Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear announced that the state will start to reopen non-health care sectors of the economy beginning May 11.

Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear has vetoed the so-called “born alive” abortion bill, saying that doctors are already required to give life-saving medical care to infants that survive abortions.

The bill, which passed in the final hours of this year’s legislative session, also would have given Republican Attorney General Daniel Cameron power to regulate abortions in the state and shut down providers during the coronavirus pandemic.

During his daily press conference on Friday, Beshear said that supporters of the bill sought to create divisions during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Northern Kentucky Congressman Thomas Massie became the focus of widespread national scorn, even from within his own Republican Party, all the way to the White House, when he tried to force every member of the U.S. House to return to Washington, D.C. to vote in person on the first coronavirus relief package. President Trump took aim at the four-term Congressman on Twitter.

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Gov. Andy Beshear announced that Kentucky has surpassed 3,000 confirmed coronavirus cases, and says the state is still likely in the "plateau" of the pandemic.

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During his Sunday briefing, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said that the state has experienced the highest one day increase in new coronavirus cases "that we’ve ever had."

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President Trump is trying to push governors like Mike DeWine of Ohio and Andy Beshear of Kentucky into quick re-opening of their states' economies, fearing the worst as he heads into a re-election campaign. But the governors are resisting a quick return to normalcy. DeWine says Ohio can't completely come back until a COVID-19 vaccine is developed and that may not not happen for a year or more.

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Gov. Andy Beshear says it's unlikely that Kentucky will begin easing coronavirus crowd restrictions and business closures starting May 1, as Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said would happen in his state.

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In the waning hours of the legislative session, Kentucky lawmakers voted to give Republican Attorney General Daniel Cameron power to enforce abortion regulations and shut down providers during the coronavirus pandemic.

  The Kentucky General Assembly overrode several of Gov. Andy Beshear’s vetoes, passed a constitutional amendment and advanced several other bills on the second to last day of this year’s session.

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Gov. Andy Beshear has issued an executive order expanding disability benefits for essential workers like grocery store employees, postal workers and child care providers who are still working during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Like most states, Kentucky's unemployment system is seeing a surge in applications as the state extends benefits to those workers whose jobs have been impacted by the COVID-19 global pandemic. 

Gov. Andy Beshear has vetoed the voter ID bill that passed out of the legislature last month.

The bill would have required Kentucky voters to show an ID before casting a ballot, or else show a social security card or credit card and sign an affidavit promising they are who they claim to be.

It would have also created a way for people to get an ID for free at their local county clerk’s office.

Gravity Diagnostics

Gravity Diagnostics, a Covington lab located in the SIDIS building, got the go-ahead from the U.S. government to process COVID-19 tests a couple of weeks ago. The company says it will be able to do 15,000-20,000 per week if necessary.

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Kentucky's Republican-led legislature has passed a one-year state budget that keeps spending largely at current levels with plans to pass a new budget in next year's annual session.

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear is commanding nationwide attention for his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in the commonwealth. That praise recently transitioned into a new medium: internet memes. The Facebook group “andy beshear memes for social distancing teens” was founded March 20 and has amassed, as of March 31, more than 188,000 members. 

Governor Orders Residents To Remain In Kentucky

Mar 31, 2020

A new order by Gov. Andy Beshear forbids Kentuckians from leaving the state, in order to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

At the governor’s daily press briefing on Monday, Chief of Staff La Tasha Buckner said the new rule would permit residents to leave Kentucky only for work, necessary supplies, to see a doctor or take care of a family member, or if travel is required by a court. Beshear said law enforcement or county judges could enforce the order, but its effectiveness relies on Kentuckians.

“The reality is, the only way that we’re going to get people doing the right thing is because they agree to — is because they see it as their duty, and they know that their actions can harm other people,” Beshear said. “The moment that you go across the border […] and you have that extra contact, you can bring it back to a person in your family that’s working in a nursing home.”

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The population of the Kenton County Detention Center in Covington was reduced over the past two weeks from 715 to 483.

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