Gov. Beshear announces 625 new COVID-19 cases, 14 deaths

Published: May. 5, 2020 at 4:07 PM EDT
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Governor Andy Beshear held his news conference to give updates about the COVID-19 situation in Kentucky.

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Posted by WKYT on Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Gov. Beshear says there are 625 new cases on Tuesday. That's by far the largest single-day increase in cases in the state. The governor says that 625 number includes 309 new cases at the Green River Correctional Complex where every inmate, about 1,200, was tested. Beshear said a lot of the cases at the correctional complex are asymptomatic.

The governor also reported 14 new COVID-19 related deaths Tuesday. The new deaths are from Jefferson (4), Kenton (4), Hopkins, Boone (2), Jackson (2) and Henderson counties.

Tuesday's new reported cases are in Muhlenberg, Jefferson, Warren, Kenton, Daviess, Boone, Butler, Bullitt, Edmonson, Ohio, Grayson, Campbell, Henderson, Fayette, Barren, Hardin, Simpson, Allen, Graves, Hart, Knox, Laurel, Oldham, Shelby, Anderson, Christian, Grant, Hickman, Hopkins, Jackson, Jessamine, Logan, Madison, McCracken, Nelson, Rockcastle, Spencer, Todd, Union and Webster counties.

Beshear says the state's current COVID-19 totals are now 5,822 cases and 275 deaths.

Josh Benton, with the state's Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, also gave another update on the state's unemployment situation.

Benton says changes are coming to pandemic unemployment assistance, mainly for those who don't typically meet the requirements for unemployment insurance, including minimum weekly benefit amount going down $4/week, but people can submit earnings from the previous year to help increase your own benefit amount.

According to Benton, the state has narrowed down that 95 percent of the still unresolved March claims were because people marked separation as discharged or quit. Benton says he believes many of these were mistakes and they'll be sending emails to those people so they can modify their applications if the employer didn't protest it.

The number of initial claims is approaching 600,000. Benton says detailed information by county is coming later this week.

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