Governor Andy Beshear announced today that Kentucky is ready for COVID-19. The new PPE stockpile represents 120 days of supplies, if needed, for another potential spike in COVID-19 cases. As winter nears, Kentucky is now prepared.
After visiting the warehouse, Beshear said, "Being there truly gave me so much hope." He said, "We're ready for potential spikes that we'll more than likely see."
The warehouse is floor-to-ceiling in PPE like masks, gloves, and gowns. There are plenty of supplies to meet the needs of hospitals and those caring for COVID-19 patients.
Beshear said the state has filled a warehouse in Frankfort with purchased and donated supplies to avoid the chaos Kentucky hospitals, nursing homes and other health providers faced in March trying to obtain PPE.
The Governor said he never thought this would be possible after experiencing shortages only months earlier. Beshear said "We are much better equipped."
"Today's COVID-19 numbers were lower coming off the weekend," said Beshear. There were 342 positive cases (54 where children under 18). To date, 57,281 have tested positive for the virus. Today's death total was five. The positivity rate is 4.17%.
Beshear discussed absentee ballots. If you're wanting to avoid lines when voting, the last day to request an absentee ballot is October 6, 2020. Go to govoteky.com. Beshear said, "Never has it been this easy to vote. Let's set a record."
In remembrance, Beshear took a moment to honor the infectious disease physician from Bowling Green, Dr. Rebecca Shadowen age 62 who lost her battle with COVID-19 after fighting the disease for four months.
Also discussed were new reporting procedures being implemented for K-12.