In his evening press conference last night, Governor Andy Beshear announced that there were 955 total cases of COVID-19 in the Commonwealth. Of those cases, 38 were newly confirmed, and at least 306 patients have recovered. There were also five new deaths reported on Sunday, bringing the state total to 45. On a more positive note, Governor Behsear announced that the Governor’s office entered into an agreement with Gravity Diagnostics in Northern Kentucky. The agreement will provide up to 2,000 tests a day that we will be able to use around the state. This would be next day testing, and would be used for symptomatic, high-risk patients, first responders, and health care workers. The Governor says this would significantly increase the number of tests being done in Kentucky on a daily basis. Governor Beshear also noted that he will likely announce further steps to reduce large gatherings later this week.
The Lincoln Trail District Health Department has announced that there are 26 cases of COVID-19 in their service area, with ten cases in Hardin County, two in Larue, five in Marion, two in Meade, four in Nelson, and three in Washington. The health department urges those in their service area not to panic, but to follow guidelines put forth by Governor Beshear including social distancing, and wearing some sort of cloth facemask in settings where social distancing can be more difficult, such as the grocery store. However, the department discourages wearing surgical masks or N95 facemasks, as that takes away resources from healthcare workers who desperately need them.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has announced that starting today, the spur of KY 434 between US 31W and Wilson Road will be closed for removal and reconstruction. Traffic on Wilson Road will have access to US 31W from the new Centennial Avenue connector on the north end or from KY 220 on the south end, and traffic from KY 434 will have access to Wilson Road from the same routes. This area should be reopened to traffic by April 10th.
Ireland Army Health Clinic on Fort Knox is expanding their appointment capabilities in an ongoing effort to improve patient access to care in the face of COVID-19. The clinic announced they will be opening the Nelson Troop Medical Clinic on post beginning today. Nelson TMC has thirteen exam rooms that will be staffed with Fort Knox medical professionals, and is available to beneficiaries who call to schedule appointments. Patients will be told if they are seeing a provider at either Ireland or Nelson when they call to make an appointment.