Moratorium on utility disconnections ending in Kentucky

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The moratorium on disconnecting utilities for nonpayment is ending in Kentucky, but relief funds are being designated to help when residents are at risk of having services cut off during the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Andy Beshear said Monday.

Beshear signed an executive order ending the statewide moratorium on Nov. 6, but his office said the order also designates $15 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds to help Kentuckians who face disconnections. The order also requires utilities to provide a payment plan over at least six months for residential customers.

Beshear said 647 cases were reported Monday and nine deaths, bringing the total number of Kentucky coronavirus deaths to 1,326. It is the largest number of cases in the state on a Monday, Beshear said.

"At a time when we need cases to be going down, when more people are going to be going inside, when our kids are going back or will be back in school, we need to do better," Beshear said.

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