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Gov. Beshear, State Leaders Provide Update on Kentucky’s Fight Against COVID-19

first_img Gov. Beshear, State Leaders Provide Update on Kentucky’s Fight Against COVID-19Key updates on interstate collaboration, testing, Team Kentucky Fund, field hospitalFRANKFORT, Ky. (April 15, 2020) –Gov. Beshear announced Wednesday that his administration is deepening ties with neighboring Indiana and Ohio in the fight against the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).The Governor said he, Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb and Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine have agreed to continue close discussions on responding to the coronavirus pandemic, with an eye toward eventually coordinating plans to reopen the states’ economies.“Regionally, it is so critical,” Gov. Beshear said. “If you live in Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati is right across the river, we have to work together to make sure that one area isn’t on top of the virus and another just brings it in, and vice versa.”The Governor will continue regular calls and planning sessions with neighboring governors and other leaders over the coming weeks. As action is taken, the governors will provide updates.“These two governors and I have been on a call at least once a week, and let me tell you, they care about their people,” Gov. Beshear said. “There hasn’t been one political moment in it, just three people trying to do the best they can surrounded by teams trying to do the best that they can.”He said that the collaboration is essential but that each leader ultimately would make his own decisions.“In the end each state will have to sign off on any of their plans. None of us are going to relinquish our obligation to serve our people,” the Governor said. “But we believe that these three states have been doing a good job in what we face with the coronavirus and that our experience is very similar and so that by doing this we believe we can have a more effective eventual opening of different parts of our economy.”Comprehensive TestingGov. Beshear also announced the first stage of a unique testing regime, starting with frontline health care workers, that is designed to save lives and get people back to work.The Co-Immunity Project is a collaboration among the State of Kentucky, Louisville Metro Government, the Christina Lee Brown Envirome Institute and several major health care companies through the Louisville Healthcare CEO Council.The project will focus on comprehensive testing, centered on antibodies and developing donor plasma resources.“It will test for antibodies for those who have been infected in the past and may have developed immunity,” the Governor said.Gov. Beshear said we are unleashing the capabilities of a special asset we have in our state, the Louisville Center for Predictive Medicine, which has state-of-the-art facilities for BSL-3 biocontainment research.The Co-Immunity Project is a collaboration – not only between public and private institutions but also among private health care companies that normally compete against each other. They are banding together, contributing different capabilities to this project with the same goal of delivering a testing regime that can save lives and get a community of people back to work.“This is a unique opportunity for us to leverage all of the research capabilities of the University of Louisville,” said University of Louisville President Neeli Bendapudi. “We are very eager to try to work with the entire population, first of all, to protect our health care workers and then everyone in the community and hopefully from Louisville we are able to take this and extend it to enhancing the health of the entire commonwealth.”Team Kentucky FundGov. Beshear announced new fundraising numbers and an oversight panel for the Team Kentucky Fund.Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman appeared Wednesday remotely via video to announce the five co-chairs.“I have some great news to share with the state about the Team Kentucky Fund,” Lt. Gov. Coleman said. “First of all, I have recruited five co-chairs to serve as the team that leads the charge here, and it is a bipartisan group of folks that you might recognize because they have all held my position of lieutenant governor in the past.”Jerry Abramson, Steve Henry, Crit Luallen, Daniel Mongiardo, and Steve Pence will co-chair the Team Kentucky Fund to help Kentuckians whose employment has been affected by COVID-19.Beshear, along with the Kentucky Public Protection Cabinet, took executive action on March 23 to establish the Team Kentucky Fund, an online platform to provide help to Kentuckians affected financially during the COVID-19 emergency.This fund will complement other efforts from the state’s unemployment payments to federal stimulus, said Lt. Gov. Coleman, who is also secretary of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.“We are going to be partnering with Community Action of Kentucky. We are going to be partnering with this group because they have a long history of impactful work. This organization is going to serve as the hands and feet of this mission,” Lt. Gov. Coleman said.Gov. Beshear said that right now there is more than $1.8 million raised or pledged to the Team Kentucky Fund.“More than 7,000 people have donated. Most of the donations were less than $100,” the Governor said. “We’ve also had some businesses and private donors step up with gifts from $10,000 to the $1 million announcements we had from the Kentucky Colonels just yesterday.”In addition to the Kentucky Colonels’ unprecedented donation, Gov. Beshear highlighted some of the major gifts, including $125,000 from an anonymous business donor, $100,000 from LG&E, $25,000 from Health Tech Solutions and $65,000 from Bret Walker and Emilee Stites in cooperation with TeeSpring Inc. (Walker and Stites operate, with 100% of proceeds going to the Team Kentucky Fund.)“I want to thank everyone for their generosity in this,” the Governor said. “Nobody’s personal finances are in a positive place as we go through this. Thinking about the fact that people have donated already $1.9 million to help out their fellow human being is once again passing that test of humanity.”University of Kentucky Football Coach Mark Stoops sent a video promoting the Team Kentucky Fund.“Any coach will tell you, in order to have success, you have to have to execute a game plan. Our game plan is this: stay healthy and stay home. And keep a safe distance from family and loved ones. That is how you win. That is how you defeat the coronavirus,” Coach Stoops said.“But much like a team, you also need a strong supporting cast. That is why the Governor and the Team Kentucky Fund has put together an initiative and a fundraiser,” Coach Stoops said. “Some Kentuckians are being hit so much harder than others. And they need our support.”Donate to the Team Kentucky Fund at Testing UpdateGov. Beshear provided updates and clarification about the state’s partnership with Kroger to provide drive-through testing for the coronavirus in the commonwealth.A main point of emphasis is that Kroger stores and pharmacies are not testing sites. Please do not call the stores or pharmacies seeking to register for the tests.For those seeking to register for a test, a new website has been established. For location details or to register for a test, visit KROGERHEALTH.COM/COVIDTESTING.Those eligible for the tests include people exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, including fever, shortness of breath and cough; health care workers and first responders who may have been exposed to coronavirus; and anyone with mild symptoms who also may have been exposed to COVID-19.The testing is done free of charge. The overall goal of the partnership is to conduct 20,000 tests over the next five weeks. Test results are expected within approximately 48 hours.Census updateGov. Beshear is continuing to encourage Kentuckians to do their Constitutional duty and fill out the 2020 U.S. Census.“The Census provides significant dollars,” the Governor said. “When we talk about needing to rebuild our economy, we are leaving dollars on the table unless every Kentucky family completes the Census.”Newly released numbers show that Kentucky is outpacing the national average 51% to 49.1% in self-response to the Census. However, a regional look at the commonwealth shows far less reporting in the eastern portion of the state.“This is really important for the months ahead when we can look to not just restarting but reviving our economy,” the Governor said.Field Hospital UpdateKentucky National Guard Adj. Gen. Hal Lamberton provided an update on the field hospitalat the Kentucky Exposition Center.“At this moment, it is operational. We currently have 250 beds there. We have the potential of expanding that should the need arise,” Gen. Lamberton said. “The intent of this acute-care facility is if there is a need and an overflow at our local hospitals in the Louisville area, that this is a means to send some of the light-medical-care COVID-19 afflicted patients. We can’t wait till that need is already there, we’ve got to have this prepared in advance of the need, thus the operational date now, well ahead.”He said the collaborative effort includes the Kentucky National Guard, Kentucky Emergency Management, the Kentucky Department for Public Health, Kentucky Homeland Security and numerous local and state level organizations.Case InformationAs of 5 p.m. April 15, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 2,291 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 88 of which were newly confirmed.Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear also reported seven new deaths Tuesday, raising the state’s toll to 122 deaths related to the virus.“These seven people are a loss to all of us so let’s make sure we light our houses up tonight, and our places of business,” the Governor said.The newly reported deaths include four women from Jefferson County, ages 88, 89 and two 93-year-olds; a 94-year-old woman from Hopkins County; a 48-year-old man from Simpson County; and a 65-year-old man from an undisclosed county.At least 862 people have recovered from COVID-19 in Kentucky.To date, at least 28,324 people have been tested. At least 807 people have ever been hospitalized with 412 currently hospitalized. At least 367 have ever been in the ICU with at least 252 people currently in the ICU.Gov. Beshear also offered an update on the racial breakdown of COVID-19 patients, which has been the subject of news stories across the country because of the disparity.The Governor said with about 73% of the known cases accounted for, 80.62% of Kentuckians who tested positive were Caucasian, 11.63% were African-American, 4.93% were multiracial, 2.63% were Asian and 0.07% were Native American, Alaskan Native or Native Hawaiian.On fatalities attributed to the coronavirus, with about 82% of the known cases accounted for, Kentucky deaths are about 77% Caucasian, 22% African-American and 1% Asian.“Again, those are concerning numbers,” the Governor said.More InformationThe Governor is asking all Kentuckians to continue to fight the spread of the virus by following his 10-step guidance, which includes practicing social distancing and staying healthy at home. Gov. Beshear says these efforts have the potential to save the lives of as many as 11,000 Kentuckians.Read about other key updates, actions and information from Gov. Beshear and his administration at, and the Governor’s official social media accounts Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Watch the Governor’s social media accounts at 5 p.m. ET each day for his regular briefing.The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages people to follow these steps to prevent illness. Kentuckians who want advice can call the state hotline at 800-722-5725 or call their local health care provider.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Pellegrini focused on style

first_img City overran the Magpies with slick attacking play – in keeping with the club’s stated desire to play better football than in recent years – but Pellegrini does not expect that to necessarily intimidate opponents. Pellegrini said: “I don’t think they are going to fear us. “It is very important for us to play the way we played. “What happens with the other teams, if they fear us or not, I don’t think from one match we can have an important conclusion. “The important thing is that we start winning in our stadium. “The second important thing is we win the way I want this team to play. What happens in the future we will see.” While there are no concerns over City’s attack after Monday’s performance, there are worries in defence due to injury. Influential captain Vincent Kompany limped off after 71 minutes against Newcastle with a groin injury and is expected to be out for at least a month. Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is not interested in whether opponents fear his side or not. The Chilean is concentrating on developing an attractive style that will win matches, and ultimately silverware, at the Etihad Stadium. He made a convincing start on Monday as City swept aside Newcastle 4-0 in their opening Barclays Premier League match. Press Association Fellow central defender Matija Nastasic only returned to training this week after an ankle injury and is doubtful for Sunday’s trip to promoted Cardiff. With Kolo Toure having left for Liverpool in the summer, Pellegrini’s options are otherwise limited. Midfielder Javi Garcia played out the closing minutes against Newcastle alongside Joleon Lescott in a makeshift back line. With Micah Richards also troubled by a hamstring injury, the only other fit centre-back is youngster Dedryck Boyata, whose City career has stalled in the past two years with loans to Bolton and FC Twente. If out for a month, Kompany would also miss next week’s clash against Hull and the trip to Stoke after the next international break. He could come back into contention for the derby against Manchester United on September 22. News of his condition will also be a concern to Belgium, who play an important World Cup qualifier in Scotland next month. Pellegrini said: “I would prefer the doctor to say the last word, how many weeks, but he is injured I think for at least one month. The doctor can give more information. “Today or tomorrow we will know exactly what happens with him.” Nastasic was injured in the Barclays Asia Trophy in Hong Kong in July and it was feared he could miss the first month of the season. But the Serbian has made a quicker than expected recovery and will ease Pellegrini’s worries should he prove his fitness. Pellegrini said: “Nastasic is working normally with the squad and we will see if he starts or not.” The situation with Kompany will heighten speculation Pellegrini may look to sign a new defender before the upcoming transfer deadline. City have been linked with Real Madrid’s Pepe and Atletico Madrid’s Martin Demichelis, formerly of Pellegrini’s old club Malaga, but Pellegrini would give no definitive clues. Speaking at a press conference to preview the game at Cardiff, the Chilean said: “It is not dependent on what happens with Vincent Kompany. “I told you last week that until the last day we will see what we can do, if we can improve our squad or not. “But we have a very good squad so we will see what happens in the next days until September 2.” The injuries have given Lescott a chance to re-establish himself after falling down the pecking order under Roberto Mancini last season. The England international is now in the final year of his contract at the Etihad Stadium and his long-term future is unclear. Pellegrini did not want to disclose information about whether new discussions had been opened. He said: “We are not talking about those things this week.” Despite the emphatic nature of Monday’s win, which has seen City installed as outright title favourites ahead of Chelsea by many bookmakers, Pellegrini is taking nothing for granted against unfancied Cardiff. He said: “It will be very difficult. “We know Cardiff are new in the Premier League this year but I think they are a very good team. “It is the first game they will play at home they will be a very difficult team.” last_img read more

Harry Kane at the double as Tottenham brush aside West Ham

first_img With West Ham unquestionably beaten, Walker’s goal, from inside the area in the 83rd minute, resembled one more likely to be seen in training. Casually exchanging a one-two with Son that began outside the penalty box, the full-back masterfully bent the ball with the outside of his right foot into the bottom corner. Equally casually, he then gave Lanzini possession four minutes later in defence, allowing the midfielder to run into the area and beat Hugo Lloris by finishing high inside the near left post. Conceding will understandably have frustrated Pochettino, but while much has been said about his team’s promise so far this season, on this evidence there remains more to come. TWEET OF THE MATCH Gary Lineker ‏@GaryLineker This is the most promising Spurs outfit for many a year. Pochettino has got them bang on! PLAYER RATINGS Tottenham Hugo Lloris: 6 (out of 10) Kyle Walker: 7 Toby Alderweireld: 8 Jan Vertonghen: 7 Danny Rose: 7 Eric Dier: 7 Dele Alli: 6 Mousa Dembele: 8 Christian Eriksen: 7 Son Heung-min: 7 Harry Kane: 8 Subs Ryan Mason (for Alli, 71): 6 Josh Onomah (for Son, 86): 5 Tom Carroll (for Kane, 91) 5 West Ham Adrian: 7 Carl Jenkinson: 4 Winston Reid: 5 James Tomkins: 4 Aaron Cresswell: 4 Mark Noble: 5 Cheikhou Kouyate: 6 Diafra Sakho: 5 Manuel Lanzini: 7 Victor Moses: 6 Andy Carroll: 6 Subs Nikica Jelavic(for Moses, 63): 5 Mauro Zarate (for Carroll, 63): 6 Alex Song (for Noble, 80): 5 STAR PLAYER Harry Kane: His double means it is now eight goals in five games for the Tottenham striker, who could have had a hat-trick had he slotted a one-on-one in the first half. Undeterred, Kane managed another rousing display and looks firmly back to his best. MOMENT OF THE MATCH La Marseillaise played out around White Hart Lane before kick-off in tribute to the victims of the Paris terrorist attacks and there was a moving show of support from the Spurs fans towards their goalkeeper and France captain Hugo Lloris. Lloris received a standing ovation from the home fans behind the goal and at full-time,expressed his gratitude by clapping all sides of the ground. VIEW FROM THE BENCH Mauricio Pochettino will be delighted with another confident display from his side and he was even afforded the luxury of resting Alli, Kane and Son in the second half, with a six-hour trip to Qarabag to come in the Europa League on Thursday. Slaven Bilic’s men looked a pale shadow of the disciplined team that beat Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City earlier this season. MOAN OF THE MATCH Dele Alli has enjoyed a brilliant start to the season but the 19-year-old was less influential playing further forward behind Kane. With Tottenham 3-0 up, he picked up a needless booking for an altercation with Mark Noble and will now miss Tottenham’s game against Chelsea next Sunday. WHO’S UP NEXT Qarabag v Tottenham (Europa League, Thursday, 26 November) West Ham v West Brom (Premier League, Sunday, 29 November) Man of the match Kane said on Sky Sports: “I enjoy the atmosphere of these games, especially when we’re at home. The crowd were incredible, they got right behind us, and we put in a good performance.” Tottenham have lost just once in this Premier League campaign, but Eric Dier tempered expectations. “We’re going game by game, we’re not going to get excited,” he said. “We’re going to keep doing what we’ve been doing since the beginning of the season. If you ask any Spurs player, that’s what they’d tell you. We’ll keep on trying to perform as we’ve been doing, work hard, and we know that if we perform like we did today then we’re going to get wins and push right at the top, so we just need to do that.” Pochettino, the Spurs boss, saluted his team’s display. “It was a high level of performance. It was fantastic, I’m very proud of the players,” he said. “The way we played today, we showed how we can play, and we need to perform like that all season. “I never had a doubt about Harry Kane. It’s difficult sometimes to score in every game but Harry is top. We have a very good squad, I’m very happy in the way we work every day.” They consistently outplayed their visitors as two goals from Harry Kane and one each from Toby Alderweireld and Kyle Walker took them within two points of joint-third-placed Arsenal and Manchester City and three ahead of sixth-placed West Ham, whose goal came from Manuel Lanzini. Son Hueng-min returned to Tottenham’s starting XI in the absence of the suspended Erik Lamela, while West Ham, for the coming three months without the injured and important Dmitri Payet, started with Andy Carroll, Victor Moses and Diafra Sakho. Following his outstanding recent goal for England against France, much of the early attention inevitably centred on Dele Alli and the midfielder – curiously switching with Mousa Dembele from his usually-deeper position to No 10 – was central to Spurs’ opening goal. Receiving possession from Son in the 23rd minute, Alli found room to shoot from inside the area but watched as Winston Reid deflected the ball to Kane, who in one motion classily turned Carl Jenkinson before shooting with his left foot beyond goalkeeper Adrian into the roof of the net. It could easily have already been more. With West Ham defending from a deep position amid Spurs’ intensity, Christian Eriksen had previously tested Adrian with a powerful strike from midfield and the visitors’ Cheikhou Kouyate, albeit from an offside position that went unnoticed, had hit the crossbar with a bicycle kick. The momentum theirs, Spurs continued to threaten and within 10 minutes had doubled their lead. From a corner on the left, Eriksen delivered a typically-accurate, inswinging cross which Alderweireld read to routinely head in from close range. Kane soon should have scored a third when one-on-one with Adrian after Alli’s through-ball, but despite time and space the forward showed an uncharacteristic lack of composure to shoot with his weaker left foot and miss the target by considerable distance. Had he done so, it would have been difficult to see any way West Ham could have recovered from such a half-time deficit. It said much about the inaccuracy of suggestions that they can compete with Spurs for a place in the top four when they were so visibly an inferior team. The only chance they had came in scoring the second half’s first goal, and ideally soon after the restart, but Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs are a more ruthless team than has been seen under his predecessors, and they instead swiftly sealed victory. Maintaining their aggressive, high-paced football, they immediately attacked and then took advantage when James Tomkins thoughtlessly conceded possession with a misplaced pass to Eriksen. With West Ham’s defence out of position, the midfielder played in Kane, and he atoned for his earlier error by shooting past the exposed Adrian into the bottom left corner to score his eighth goal in his past five Spurs games. Tottenham demonstrated their Champions League credentials with a convincing 4-1 Premier League home defeat of West Ham that exposed their London rivals as pretenders at that level. 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