FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) – Ninety-two new coronavirus cases and three more deaths in Kentucky were reported by Gov. Andy Beshear on Saturday during his daily update from the Capitol.
He said the three who died were a 56-year-old woman from Fayette County, a 52-year-old woman from Bullitt County and an 81-year-old man from Boone County. After removing duplicate and out-of-state reports, Beshear says the total is now 917 positive cases of the coronavirus with 40 deaths.
One of the first names to be made public of those Kentuckians who have died, was Aron Jordan, a 49-year-old bricklayer from Boyd County with seven children and seven grandchildren, who died while on a job in Michigan.
“He was in Detroit and insisted that he be helped and quarantined up there, to not bring it home to his family,” Beshear said. “He made a decision that, even in his last moments in life, he would rather protect them than maybe get that closer connection that would have helped him during that period. It’s the type of sacrifice and his family’s sacrifice that they are making during this most difficult time to make sure this is very real for all of us.”
The Governor said his executive order instituting a travel ban for anyone who comes to Kentucky from another state is critically important.
“No, we are not going to have National Guard or Kentucky State Police, at this time, closing off roads in and out of Kentucky,” he said, calling its purpose very simple. “Making sure that contacts from a different region don’t come into ours. Remember, we don’t want you traveling anywhere, to another county and spread contacts there, but we certainly don’t want contacts from other states.”
He noted the ban has exceptions, including those who work across a state line, caring for a loved one, or a court order like child visitation.
Beshear says he himself has been living up to terms of the travel ban. “I haven’t been in a car for about 18 days. I’m trying to model what I’m asking everybody else to do. I’ve only been in two places in 18 days, and that’s here in the Capitol to do my job and home,” in the Governor’s Mansion across the street.
Acting Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Eric Friedlander announced a fast way for those without health care coverage, to obtain temporary coverage. Go to the state’s special website, kycovid.19.ky.gov, scroll down the page to services and click on that word, he said.
“There’s a one-page application,” Friedlander said, that can get individuals healthcare coverage through June 30. If you fill that one page out and you don’t have insurance, we will make sure that you have healthcare coverage at least through June.”
He said don’t worry about costing the state anything. “Getting healthcare coverage is how we get reimbursement, how we fund all the folks who are trying to help us in the healthcare field.”
Friedlander noted the website also has other information on help in getting groceries through the SNAP program, formerly called food stamps.
Beshear encouraged all Kentuckians to follow the website and CDC guidelines on social distancing and other steps to stop the spread of COVID-19. “This is our chance to be a great generation. To pass our test of humanity, to say we care more about the health of other people than our economic certainty at this moment.”
He also reminded everyone to be healthy at home. “Spend time with your family, walk the dogs, make sure you protect your mental, your physical and your emotional health. Because we are going to get through this, and we are going to get through it together.”