State shutting unemployment system down for four days in attempt to combat fraud claims

Published: Apr. 8, 2021 at 3:44 PM EDT
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - Governor Andy Beshear has provided an update on COVID-19 cases.

The Kentucky unemployment office will be shutting down their unemployment system until Tuesday in response to a surge of fraudulent claims and hacks into accounts. They will be spending this time beefing security to prevent further issues.

“We hate that we have to do this to make things more difficult,” said Amy Cubbage, general counsel for the governor. “But these criminals are relentless. They will not stop.”

“It’s big step to have to shut down the system until the end of Monday, but given that this sophisticated attack is getting into people’s accounts, and could in fact take money that was otherwise going to them, it is a step that we absolutely have to take,” said Beshear. “Not taking it is not an option.”

The closure starts tonight at midnight Friday and lasts until the end of the day Monday. During this time, no new claims can be filed or a request for benefits. They will be able to back date though so you don’t lose benefits.

Claimants will not need to refile their claims, however they will have to re-register their account with the increased security measures.

Here’s what claimants need to do:

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Governor Beshear reported 645 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, bringing the state total to 431,487 cases. The governor says the state is seeing a 2.81 percent positivity rate. Of Thursday’s new cases, 107 are in kids 18 or younger.

There were 16 reported COVID-19 related deaths on Thursday. Two of them are from April, six are from March, and the rest are from earlier months. Beshear says this suggests we are seeing a decrease in deaths, and he credits the vaccine for this trend. That brings the state total to 6,214.

As of Thursday, 377 people are hospitalized for COVID-19 related reasons, 102 are in the ICU, and 53 are on ventilators. At least 50,195 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus.

There are now 113 confirmed cases of COVID-19 variants in Kentucky.

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