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Beshear reports 280 new COVID-19 cases, 8 deaths; visitation at assisted-living facilities to open Monday

There was another jump in new cases of the coronavirus in Kentucky on Thursday, as well as eight new deaths, but there was some good new for those who have loved ones in long-term care centers, such as nursing homes.

There were 280 new cases reported to state health officials on June 25, bringing the total to at least 14,617 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, since the first positive case on March 6.

A total of 546 Kentuckians have now been lost to the virus since the start of the pandemic, after the eight new cases. Three of the deaths were in Shelby County, two in Jefferson County, and one each in Christian, Fayette and Warren counties.

“Each of these souls was a mother or father, or a sister or brother, or a friend, a daughter, a husband, the list goes on,” Beshear said. “They were each special to so many other people, whose names we may never know, but whose pain right now is extraordinary.”

As of Thursday, there have been at least 375,636 coronavirus tests performed in the state, and at least 3,719 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus.

Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Eric Friedlander announced that starting Monday the state will resume visitation at assisted living and personal care homes, group activities of 10 or fewer in facilities, communal dining and off-site appointments.

“Kentuckians have patiently awaited since March 6 for the opportunity to see loved ones in long-term care facilities again, in person. We are pleased to say that plans are in place to ease back into certain activities,” Friedlander stated, adding that resuming visitation and certain other activities will proceed without taking an eye off the threat that remains with COVID-19.

Starting July 15, visitation will resume in nursing homes and in Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities.

Find out the latest on restrictions, reopenings and other guidance, here.

Kentucky Today

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