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Casinos can reopen June 8

Beshear: Ky. has 295 new coronavirus cases and eight more deaths


FRANKFORT, Ky. — On Thursday, Gov. Andy Beshear detailed the state’s concerted efforts to combat the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).

Beshear updated Kentuckians on new case numbers and Healthy at Work announcements.

Beshear also noted that he asked all Kentuckians to observe a moment of silence at 2 p.m. EDT to honor George Floyd as loved ones and leaders remembered him in Minneapolis. The governor delayed his news conference Thursday until the memorial service concluded.

“Today, the best thing I can do is let the words of Mr. Floyd’s memorial lead the way and renew our commitment to make sure the world looks different moving forward,” Beshear said.

Given the memorial service, the governor’s update on COVID-19 was brief.

Case information
As of 4 p.m. June 4, Beshear said there were at least 10,705 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 295 of which were newly confirmed Thursday. Beshear reported eight new deaths Thursday, raising the total to 458 Kentuckians lost to the virus.

The deaths reported Thursday include an 87-year-old woman from Boone County, a 72-year-old man from Franklin County, an 82-year-old man from Grayson County, a 92-year-old man from Kenton County, a 71-year old woman and 91- and 92-year-old men from Jefferson County and an 86-year-old woman from Metcalfe County.

“We need compassion in our world and in this commonwealth now more than ever. So turn on those green lights, ring those bells tomorrow at 10 a.m.,” Beshear said. “Let’s remind these families, ourselves and our neighbors that we are called be good people that care about each other, listen to each other, and comfort one another in our pain.”

At least 3,303 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus. For additional information, including up-to-date lists of positive cases and deaths, as well as breakdowns of coronavirus infections by county, race and ethnicity, click here.

Jefferson Davis statue
Responding to a reporter’s question about the statue of Jefferson Davis in the Capitol Rotunda, Beshear said Thursday that the statue has no place in the Capitol, which should be welcoming to all Kentuckians.

“I believe the statue of Jefferson Davis is a symbol that divides us. Even if there are those who think it’s a part of history, there should be a better place to put it in historical context,” Beshear said. “I don’t think it should be in the Capitol Rotunda.”

Healthy at Work
NASCAR returns with no spectators

Races have been on hold at the Kentucky Speedway due to COVID-19, but they will return for the annual July weekend, which includes the 10th anniversary of the NASCAR Cup Series, Quaker State 400. The full schedule is:

  • Thursday, July 9 – NASCAR Xfinity Series, Kentucky 300
  • Friday, July 10 – NASCAR Xfinity Series, Alsco 300
  • Saturday, July 11 – NASCAR Gander RV and Outdoors Truck Series, Buckle Up in Your Truck 225 (Sponsored by Transportation Cabinet, Department of Highway Safety to encourage seatbelt usage, especially in trucks)
  • Sunday, July 12 – NASCAR Cup Series, Quaker State 400 Presented by Walmart
  • All four races will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1

These dates do not currently correspond with the dates on the Kentucky Speedway, NASCAR and Fox Sports websites. An announcement of date changes due to coronavirus is expected soon from NASCAR.

Historical horse racing

Beshear said that historical racing would begin June 8.

 Reopening for educational & cultural attractions

The Healthy at Work requirements include this definition of educational & cultural opportunities and attractions: “Aquariums, distilleries (including tours), libraries, limited outdoor attractions (e.g., cave tours, zoos other than petting zoos, and the Salato Wildlife Education Center), public and private museums and historic sites (e.g., the Kentucky Derby Museum, Speed Museum and the Kentucky History Center), and wineries.

An accompanying footnote adds the following: “Amusement parks (e.g. Kentucky Kingdom), theme parks (e.g. Dinosaur World), music venues, waterparks, fairs, festivals, sports complexes and other convention or entertainment venues that attract large crowds are not included in this guidance and shall remain closed until additional guidance and dates are announced.”

Requirements for horse shows were also posted.

Those permitted to open on June 8 are not required to do so on that date and may delay reopening in order to fully prepare facilities and employees.

Click here to access the Healthy at Work website and the educational & cultural opportunities and attractions and horse show requirements. In addition to those specific requirements there are also “minimum requirements” that must be met by all Kentucky businesses. Those are also listed on the website.