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Kentucky partners with Kroger for drive-through testing with 48-hour results, and more COVID-19 updates

It’s Easter Sunday, but Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear is still keeping Kentuckians updated regarding the current state of the Bluegrass. He reinforced the idea that these next few weeks are critical for the state due to Coronavirus’ two-week timetable, and the state is doing its part to increase access to COVID-19 testing.

During Sunday evening’s briefing, Gov. Beshear announced Kentucky’s new partnership with Kroger in an effort that will test up to 20,000 people statewide over the next five weeks, which will nearly double Kentucky’s current number of tests. Kroger will be providing the medical staff, the personal protective equipment, and the patient signup portal required for the additional tests.

The state is also contracting with UPS and Gravity Diagnosis to provide a 48-hour turnaround for test results. One location is expected to open in Frankfort on Monday, while other locations are expected to open across the state within the next two weeks.

Each location will operate from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday-Thursday each week administering 250 daily tests for free. Each location will be providing self-administered swabs that are less invasive for the patient, preserve PPE for medical professions and increase the number of tests that can be administered daily.

These tests will be administered based on the CDC’s guidelines for tier 1 and tier 2 testing criteria, which are explained here:

Gov. Beshear also said increasing the nation’s ability to provide and process tests is essential to “re-opening” the Commonwealth and the rest of the nation. These additional tests provided by Kroger are helping the state take that step.

(Plus he referred to Kroger Field as Commonwealth Stadium, which deserves some respect).

He also provided the latest COVID-19 numbers. As of Sunday evening, there are 134 new cases in Kentucky. By county, there are 35 new cases in Adair (many of which have been reported from inside a nursing home), 30 in Jefferson, 15 in Fayette, 16 in Christian and Muhlenberg, five in Daviess, four in Jackson, three in Boone, Hopkins and Scott counties, two in Owsley, and one new case in a handful of other counties across the state. There are also additional unconfirmed cases.

Three new COVID-19 deaths have also been reported, bringing the state’s total up to 97 confirmed deaths. Gov. Beshear says he hopes the state will be lit green tonight in honor of these men and women our state lost on Easter.

In total, there have been 1,963 total positive test results (stemming from 25,866 total tests administered). 667 Kentuckians have spent time in the hospital, with 289 still receiving care. 256 Kentuckians have spent time in the ICU, and there are currently at least 136 still receiving care inside ICUs across the state. 607 Kentuckians have recovered from the disease.

Gov. Beshear also addressed one of the day’s biggest stories: mass gatherings at churches that still held in-person services for Easter. The Governor said he believes less than seven churches across the Bluegrass held such gatherings today. He thoroughly thanked the thousands of churches across the Bluegrass that did the patriotic thing and “proved your faith” by holding drive-in or virtual services to protect their members and others across the state.

However, Maryville Baptist Church in Hillview, Kentucky did hold service today. Gov. Beshear noted there are now reports coming in of at least two visitors who came to the service all the way from New Jersey, a state that recorded 3,000 new cases on Saturday alone. According to the Courier-Journal, Bevelyn Beatty and Edmee Chavannes traveled from New Jersey to Kentucky for the sole reason of attending the service. Another man, Seth Powell, came from Dayton, Ohio to “stand with these people.” They joined about 50 other worshipers in Bullitt County.

“From a video, they had two people who drove in from New Jersey who sat in that mass gathering with everybody else, from the state that may be the new epicenter. You might have brought all of that contact into Kentucky,” Beshear said. “If you’re in Bullitt County, how do you feel about that? You’ve made sacrifices. You worshiped virtually… And now, because of this open invitation, even on a special day like today, there could be thousands upon thousands upon thousands of more contacts.”

Any Kentuckian who attended an in-person service today will be expected to self-quarantine for 14 days, according to the Governor.

“None of this is about attacking faith,” Beshear said. “My son was supposed to be baptized today. He was sad about it, but he knows he’s protecting other people.”

“Love thy neighbor as thy self,” Beshear said earlier in the press conference. “That’s what we’re doing, and it’s our test of humanity. But it’s Easter, and I know we are going to pass it.”

Article written by Maggie Davis

I love sports, podcasts, long walks on the beach and Twitter (@MaggieDavisKSR)

15 Comments for Kentucky partners with Kroger for drive-through testing with 48-hour results, and more COVID-19 updates

    • UKBigBlueForever
      11:57 pm April 12, 2020 Permalink

      Dude quit posting this CRAP. I really wish your name wasn’t as similar as it is to mine. I hope people don’t get me confused with you. It’s extremely insulting to post stuff like this especially when I have so many people I know working the front line at the hospitals right now and multiple I know have died now.

  1. bigblue98
    6:44 pm April 12, 2020 Permalink

    You, my friend, are an idiot. I guess your conspiracy theory is that all of this is false. When the television stations report the fatalities around the country and world that’s not occurring. When they show pictures of freezer trucks brought into New York for the bodies because the morgues are full that’s not really occurring. Ask the nurses and doctors dealing with this pandemic if it’s real. It is truly sad that actions and words from a small percentage of our state can potentially cause such huge problems. Those such as the church in Bullitt County are trying to turn this into a first amendment rights case. It doesn’t appear anyone has asked to stop worshipping, but to please worship temporarily online or in vehicles. This pandemic doesn’t just target non-christians. Being a Christian does not give you a badge of protection. That belief is arrogant, egotistical, and condescending to those who have lost their lives to this pandemic.

    • UKBigBlueForever
      12:01 am April 13, 2020 Permalink

      I agree with bigblue98 100%. I’m also sick of the conspiracy theorist! 4everUKBlue, go take a hike!

    • runningunnin.454
      12:42 am April 13, 2020 Permalink

      Fellas, he’s entitled to his opinions; you don’t have to click on the links…just sayin’.

  2. UKgrad80
    7:19 pm April 12, 2020 Permalink

    Good god do you people ever quit on your conspiracy theories? Anyone who think vaccines are hoaxes are mentally ill.

    • UKBigBlueForever
      12:04 am April 13, 2020 Permalink

      I’m the opposite of a conspiracy theorist but I can tell you that I’ve never had the flu, and I’ve never had the flu shot. I know the flu shot however isn’t a vaccination. People that don’t innoculate their children are just DUMB imo.

  3. lexattorney
    7:21 pm April 12, 2020 Permalink

    I’m so glad to see free statewide testing at least in the beginning stages. Andy mentioned it weeks ago and it’s about time we saw some action. I understand that supplies have been limited but if the situation is as dire as the media would have people believe there should have been much more effort put into this testing. I’m trying to be positive so rather than complain any more I will applaud this move and say, “Better late than never!”

    • UKBigBlueForever
      12:02 am April 13, 2020 Permalink

      agreed lexattorney. Better late than never is definitely better.

    • runningunnin.454
      12:38 am April 13, 2020 Permalink

      Lex; in an earlier thread, I asked you a legitimate question regarding the Governor’s actions as you have said he knows his mandates are unconstitutional. You accused me of comparing apples/oranges in regard to wartime and civil unrest martial law. That seems to be an opinion about the seriousness of this crisis; I might agree with that opinion, but let’s put those opinions aside for the sake of argument.
      On 3/6 the Governor declared a state of emergency in Kentucky; so, are you saying any arrest and incarceration that results from violation of the mandates is unconstitutional? And, are you saying the Government has no recourse to physically restrain, say, people that enter the state for the sole purpose of civil disobedience?

  4. zoupman
    4:22 am April 13, 2020 Permalink

    People coming in from out of state is on the Governor for calling attention to the church.

    • Bluehender
      8:56 am April 13, 2020 Permalink

      No. No its not. The people who decided to have church services in a pandemic are responsible.

    • UKBigBlueForever
      9:19 am April 13, 2020 Permalink

      On the governor? LMAO. That makes zero sense! It’s the church decision makers that are responsible

  5. Han
    10:16 am April 13, 2020 Permalink

    People who put their ego over the safety of others are horrifying.

  6. Theymademesignup
    12:40 pm April 13, 2020 Permalink

    Same story different week. “These next two weeks are crucial…..”