#TeamKentucky COVID Updates
President Trump announced that we will extend the social distancing timeline until
Gov. Andy Beshear on Monday issued an order to limit Kentuckians’ out-of-state travel
and offered a 10-step plan to fight the spread of the novel coronavirus disease 2019.
The decree allows for a range of exemptions, including travel to other states for work
and groceries, to care for loved ones, to obtain health care and when required by a
court order. Kentuckians arriving back in the commonwealth from out of state are
required to self-quarantine for 14 days.
Lexington's Mayor Linda Gorton announced new measures to stop the spread of the
virus, including closing Raven Run, McConnell Springs, public golf courses, and city
park athletic fields and courts. All playgrounds, parking lots connected to the parks,
and restrooms are closed. Parks are ONLY open to single walkers and runners,
Mayor Gorton says do not come in crowds.
Nourish Lexington was just founded to provide warm, ready-to-eat meals to those in
immediate need. If you are a food service worker currently out of work, visit for details on how to sign up to work a shift!
Josh Benton, deputy secretary of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, said officials are working to fix problems brought on by an unprecedented surge in unemployment claims. Benton said the claims website, kcc.ky.gov, has been completely revamped for ease of use and capacity is being continuously added to the call center. In these unprecedented times, the Governor has expanded access for groups not normally eligible for unemployment insurance. Substitute teachers, freelance workers, small-business owners, restaurant workers and more can access a range of benefits.
National Guard members will deploy to four regional food bank warehouses: Dare to Care Food Bank in Louisville; Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland in Elizabethtown; Freestore Foodbank in Wilder; and God’s Pantry Food Bank in Lexington. Members will sort and pack food into bags and boxes, and distribute that food through “no-touch” deliveries in communities across the commonwealth.
Emergencies can make people vulnerable to scams. Gov. Beshear and Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner for the Department for Public Health, warned Kentuckians to be wary of coronavirus testing scams. The Governor said there were both at-home tests being sold and some drive-up testing operations being reported. “You shouldn’t be handing over your hard-earned and precious money to go get pop-up testing anywhere,” said Dr. Stack, who urged anyone feeling ill or with questions to follow the state’s guidance on when to call health care providers.
As social distancing becomes more and more important, stores are promoting their online stores, with no-touch deliveries. Toothbrush brands, like Quip and Goby, will send you deliveries of replacement brush heads. Body soaps, lotions, and hand soaps can be ordered from The Body Shop, Bath & Body Works, and Aesop. There are direct-to-consumer brands like LOLA and Cora that sell organic tampons, pads, and other feminine hygiene products. If you're in need of makeup, companies like Sephora, Ulta, Dermstore, Nordstorm, and Glossier will deliver. For men's grooming, check out sites like Harry's, Every Man Jack, and Kiehl's. For cleaning supplies, you could try companies like Grove Collaborative, Blueland, and Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day. If you're wanting to order some houseplants, check out The Sill, The Bougs, Etsy, and Bloomscape. For your fur babies, sites like Chewy, Cat Person, Pet Plate, and The Farmer's Dogs are great sites to order deliveries. If you are tired of staring at a screen all day, you can order books from Barnes & Noble or Powell's Books; or puzzles from Uncommon Goods. Artists can order supplies from Michael's, Staples, Blick, and Arteza.
The Community Action Council emergency distribution of specific critical items for individuals and families living in or near poverty or those who have suddenly lost their household income. This emergency initiative will distribute diapers, baby wipes, baby formula and feminine hygiene products as long as supplies are available in four counties—Fayette, Harrison, Madison and Nicholas.
Council staff at each of the distribution sites in Fayette, Harrison, Madison and Nicholas have set up a hotline for individuals and families in need to call, Monday through Friday, to make a request for specific items.
To ensure adherence to social distancing guidelines, all community members will receive staggered, individual appointments to pick up the requested items.
913 Georgetown Street in Lexington
Hotline open: Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:00pm
For English (859) 699-3198 or
For Spanish (859) 693-9828
Distribution Days: Tuesday & Thursday; pick-up hours (by appointment): 1pm, 3pm
216 Old Lair Road in Cynthiana
Hotline: Monday-Friday 8:30am-5pm; (859) 234-2121
Distribution Days: Tuesday & Thursday; pick-up hours: 11:00am-3:00pm
2323 Concrete Road, Suite A, in Carlisle
Hotline: Monday-Friday 8:30am-5pm; (859) 289-7172
Distribution Days: Wednesday & Thursday; pick-up hours: 10:30am-2pm
1095 Kim Kent Drive in Richmond
Hotline: Monday-Friday 8:30am-4pm; (859) 353-8269
Distribution Days: Tuesday & Thursday; pick-up hours (by appointment): 9am, 11am, 1pm, 3pm
Kentucky essential workers including grocery store employees, healthcare workers, first responders (law enforcement, EMS, fire department), corrections officers, and DCBS workers can utilize local YMCAs for child care for a daily rate of $50. Contact your local YMCA for more information. (This was just updated to include grocery store employees, so bringing it back to the top, just in case.)
Local Food Connection Household Market is your one-stop shop to buy from multiple local farms with a convenient neighborhood pickup. There will be products ranging from fresh produce, dairy, meats, and gourmet artisan products. Shop the online storefront at https://localfoodconnection.localfoodmarketplace.com to find everything that is available. Order this Tuesday, 3/31, by 10 pm for delivery Thursday, 4/2. Take your own container when picking up from the following locations: South Farm - 4321 Emmert Farm Lane, 40514, from 4-6 pm; Great Bagel - 396 Woodland Ave, 40508, from 10 am - noon; Smithtown Seafood, 501 W 6th Street, 40508, from 11 am - noon.
The Calipari Foundation has teamed up with Kroger and the Fayette County Public Schools to help families in need during the COVID pandemic. The partnership will provide $40,000 in Kroger gift cards each week schools are closed. Caulk says that gift alone will help feed 400 families a week.through at least April 20th. In addition to nutrition employees volunteering, others in the Lexington community have also
reached out to help. Caulk says The Jenna and Matthew Mitchell Foundation at Blue Grass Community have pledged $105,600 to provide food, hygiene products and cleaning supplies to families in need while schools are closed. Caulk also says the Family Resource and Youth Services Center Coordinators assembled thousands of boxes of food and supplies and delivered them to doorsteps of families in need. There are 2 ways to donate to the fund: you can text GIVE to 859-955-8173 or choose the contribute button at www.caliparifoundation.org/contribute to use PayPal.
Gov. Andy Beshear pressed Kentuckians on Sunday to remain vigilant about social distancing amid reports of crowding at golf courses, basketball courts and home improvement stores to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and reduce the risk to others. “We can’t allow any crowds in Kentucky right now,” Gov. Beshear said. “Where social distancing cannot be followed, we are going to have to shut golf courses and other places down.” People must maintain social distancing at state parks, at basketball courts, in grocery stores and home improvement stores, Gov. Beshear said.
The federal Coronavirus, Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act, which was just signed into law, provides wide-ranging benefits to all Kentuckians. In particular, it provides a variety of assistance and hope to Kentuckians whose livelihoods have been harmed by the coronavirus outbreak and response. “I signed an agreement with the Department of Labor that provides for us to raise the maximum weekly benefit by $600, increase benefits weeks by 13 additional weeks, fund unemployment insurance for individuals not typically eligible and finally allows states to expand workshare programs,” Gov. Beshear said.
The Major Disaster Declaration issued by President Trump broadens access to the Public Assistance Program statewide to pay for emergency protective services not covered by other federal statutes. The declaration also allows state and local agencies to recover expenses related to the response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Some examples of services covered include emergency medical care, medical sheltering, personal protective gear, law enforcement and communications, as well as the purchase and distribution of food, water, ice, medicine and other consumable supplies.
If your family needs food assistance and you live in Fayette County, please call
Free meals are being distributed at FoodChain, Cambridge Community Action, New Life Day Center, Catholic Action Center, Lexington Rescue Mission, Nathaniel Mission, Lighthouse Ministries, The Hope Center, The Health Department, Maxwell Street Presbyterian Church, Broadway Christian Church, and Open Door House Ministries. They each have specific day and time schedules, contact the location directly for more information.
Beginning March 30th, there will be free breakfast and lunch for children and teens 18 years and younger. It will be served in 3 school/parish parking lots in a meal pick-up service. Children must be present to claim the meal. Breakfast will be served from 8-9 am and lunch will be served 11 am to 12 pm. Multiple days may be picked up at one time. The locations of service are: Mary Queen of the Holy Rosary School in Lexington, Good Shepherd School in Frankfort, and St. Leo Catholic School in Versailles.
The Governor asked mayors and county judge-executives today to monitor people gathering in public places such as parks and stop them if people are not practicing social distancing and risking the spread of COVID-19.
Gov. Beshear said that when the state rolls out drive-through testing it will still be for those who need it the most. The Governor said the state had a better week than last week securing personal protective gear and that the state has spent more than $8 million. He said we’re going to spend more and that he is going to do what it takes to ensure Kentuckians are as safe as possible.
The Governor said unemployment eligibility has been expanded effective immediately due to COVID-19. Individuals typically not covered by unemployment insurance, including self-employed, independent contractors, freelance workers, substitute teachers, childcare workers employed by religious affiliated organizations and non-profits can now file. Those who left their job for “good cause” because of reasonable risk of exposure (self-quarantine) or due to caring for a family member affected by the virus are also eligible. To file a claim, visit kcc.ky.gov.
The Governor said Kentuckians would begin to see National Guard and additional law enforcement at local hospitals beginning this week. “This isn’t something to be concerned about. No one is patrolling your neighborhood. We are just making sure everyone inside our hospitals is safe as we see a surge in coronavirus cases. Remember the National Guard are people you work with and see every day; they just don’t wear their uniform. They are going to help us get through this time to make sure we can help everyone who needs help,” Gov. Beshear said.
Gov. Beshear announced the COVID-19 Reporting Hotline (833-597-2337) that will investigate complaints about non-compliance with coronavirus mandates. Labor Cabinet personnel will monitor the hotline from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET. A new website where Kentuckians can visit to make online complaints is kysafer.ky.gov.
Governor Beshear established the Team Kentucky Fund, a fundraising platform designed to provide financial assistance to Kentuckians whose employment has been affected by COVID and challenged Kentuckians who can to make a tax-deductible donation at
There is now a Restaurant Workers Relief Program at the Great Bagel Boston Road location(3650 Boston Road #108 Lex, KY 40514). Starting on March 26th, they will be offering help for those in dire need of food and supplies. Each night from 5-7 pm, they will pack hundreds of to-go dinners, and provide them on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you can donate, please do so at www.LeeInitiative.org.
UPS, FedEx, and USPS are still delivering mail and packages. You can update your delivery preferences to ask for no contact, their delivery location, and make sure you wipe or spray withdisinfectant before bringing into your home.
Kentucky-American Water has suspended billing-related service shutoffs indefinitely to ensure everyone has water during these times.
Lyft is now supporting delivery of medical supplies, providing access to necessary medical transportation (especially for low-income individuals), supporting delivery of meals for those in need, and using their app to alert everyone about curfews and shelter-in-place orders.
Governor Beshear ordered retail stores including entertainment, sporting goods, clothing, shoe, jewelry and furniture stores, florists, bookstores and auto dealers to close today. Nonessential retail businesses, while they cannot allow Kentuckians into stores, can still fill phone and online orders through curbside services or delivery. Life-sustaining retail businesses that will stay open include grocery stores, pharmacies, banks, hardware stores, gas stations and other businesses that provide staple goods.
Columbia Gas states, "We know this could be a time of financial hardship. So, we've voluntarily suspended shutoffs for nonpayment in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, we're offering to customers who indicate either an impact or hardship as a result of COVID-19 our most flexible payment plans, and we will suspend late payment charges until May 1. We are here to help you, so please call to discuss
all available options when you receive your monthly bill."
If you're attempting to file for Kentucky Unemployment, the site has crashed and the phone lines are down, due to an influx of applicants. The State is asking that you follow a schedule based on the first letter of your last name:
March 29-April 4
Effective immediately, Kentucky Career Centers (KCC) across the state have been closed to the public to prevent the spread of COVID-19 but KCC workers are still providing services by telephone and videoconference. Below is the location and phone number individuals can call for KCC services including UI questions.
Lexington area 859-233-5940
Louisville area 502-595-4003
United Way has a COVID-19 Economic Relief Fund. They will help with bills, rent, and food. You can call 1-866-211-9966 and provide your zip code to be given a list of local agencies to provide assistance.
Tax filing deadline has been moved to July 15th.
FREE myStrength App New Vista is offering the community FREE access to myStrength, a behavioral health app that empowers and supports individuals with engaging, clinically-proven resources. With many in our community isolated from family and friends, myStrength can offer help for individuals coping with the stress of COVID-19. Download myStrength on the AppStore or GooglePlay or visit mystrength.com click Sign Up and use the code "seethegood." myStrength is a digital app that empowers and supports individuals with engaging, clinically-proven resources. With many in our community isolated from family and friends, myStrength can offer help for individuals coping with the stress of COVID-19.
LexTran updates can be found at https://lextran.com/covid19service/
Lextran’s paratransit service for people with disabilities (WHEELS) continues to operate normally. Passengers should contact WHEELS directly if they need to cancel trips.
Additionally, Lextran is eliminating fares until further notice amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
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