State healthcare to continue reopening in May

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Healthcare systems in Kentucky will gradually reopen throughout the month of May.

Speaking Monday at Governor Andy Beshear’s daily coronavirus briefing, Kentucky Public Health Commissioner Dr. Steven Stack announced the schedule for phased healthcare reopening in the state.

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Phase 1 started Monday, allowing for all outpatient services at medical offices, dentists, physical therapists, and chiropractors.

Stack says Phase 2 is scheduled for May 6th and will allow outpatient surgery.

Phase 3 begins May 13, with some in-patient surgeries resuming.

A larger number of in-patient surgeries will be allowed during Phase Four, which starts May 27th.

Patients will need to be tested for COVID-19 before undergoing surgery, according to Stack.

All healthcare facilities will need at least a 14-day supply of personal protective equipment before being allowed to reopen, according to Stack.

Governor Beshear also announced the gradual reopening of businesses starting on May 11. He says it will be mandatory for employees and customer to wear masks at businesses.

He also says people should begin wearing masks whenever they go out in public before May 11.