LEGISLATIVE UPDATE Lost jobs? Hours cut? Frequently Asked Questions as Kentuckians turn to safety net of unemployment insurance By State Representat
Our daily lives have changed a great deal since the first Kentuckian tested positive for COVID-19 in early March. Our schools have closed, businesses shut down, and terms like “social distancing” and “flatten the curve” have become part of our daily conversations.
According to the state’s COVID website (www.kycovid19.ky.gov), as of yesterday April 19, the Department of Public Health (DPH) has confirmed 2,960 cases and the deaths of 148 Kentuckians. Our medical providers are working nonstop to treat patients and prepare for what they expect will be a big surge in cases. Public health officials continue to warn us away from any activity that might expose groups of people to the virus. Manufacturers are changing their production lines to reflect COVID needs, including making personal protection equipment, while our distilleries have gone from making bourbon to hand sanitizer. This pandemic is a big health threat, but Kentuckians are doing what needs to be done to get through it.