Beshear: COVID Update, federal disaster aid


FRANKFORT, Ky. (GOVERNORS OFFICE) – Governor Beshear reported 313 new cases of the virus Monday.

Case Information
As of 4 p.m. Monday, May 3, Gov. Beshear reported the following COVID-19 numbers:

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People vaccinated in Kentucky (have received at least one dose): 1,833,652

New cases today: 313
Positivity rate: 3.45%

For more information on cases and hospital capacity, see the full daily COVID-19 report. To see a list of those reported lost to the virus today, click here.

At least 59,446 first doses have been administered to Kentucky residents in other states and at least 46,856 first doses have been administered to out-of-state residents in Kentucky.

House Foods to Create 109 Well-Paying Jobs with First Kentucky Operation in Louisville
Gov. Beshear said tofu producer House Foods America Corp. plans to locate its first Kentucky facility in Louisville Riverport Authority’s Phase 5 development with a $146.3 million investment that will create 109 full-time jobs. To learn more, see the full release.

KCC Manufacturing to Create 700 Well-Paying Jobs with Shelby County Facility
Gov. Beshear said Kentuckiana Curb Co. Inc., a manufacturer of commercial HVAC products doing business as KCC Manufacturing, plans to add 700 high-wage jobs in Shelby County with a $60 million investment to establish a new location in Simpsonville. To learn more, see the full release.

Kentuckians in Nine Counties Can Apply for Federal Disaster Aid After Storms, Floods
Following Gov. Beshear’s request, President Joe Biden granted a Major Disaster Declaration for the Commonwealth of Kentucky April 23. The president’s action makes federal funding available to help individuals and communities in the counties of Breathitt, Clay, Estill, Floyd, Johnson, Lee, Magoffin, Martin and Powell recover from the severe storms, flooding and mudslides that occurred Feb. 27-March 14, 2021. To learn more and find out how to apply, see the full release.

The Governor has also asked FEMA to conduct damage assessments in 26 additional counties that reported significant damages to residences. Following the assessment from FEMA, which will take place in the next several weeks, a determination will be made on each county’s eligibility to participate. Once a determination is made, the public and media will be notified. To learn more, see the full release.

Executive Order on Pharmaceuticals
Gov. Beshear signed an executive order that extends previous orders allowing pharmacists to dispense emergency 30-day refills.

Memorial for Ernie West
“While this remembrance isn’t related to the COVID-19, it’s an important one to share as the commonwealth lost one of our very best,” said Gov. Beshear. “Ernie West, a humble son of the town of Russell, fought in the Korean War and earned the Medal of Honor for his valorous actions rescuing wounded comrades while under enemy fire.

“Ernie has been a good and valued friend of the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs for its entire existence. We have always been able to count on him to grace our ceremonies and special events. For more than a decade, Ernie was a tireless advocate for building a State Veterans Cemetery in his home county of Greenup. He worked with his state legislators and local officials to secure the land and the state matching funding for construction.

“Ernie told the Ashland Daily Independent that at first he refused the Medal of Honor, because he thought everyone deserved a medal. He accepted the medal from President Eisenhower, but always responded to comments about his courage with ‘I did what any of us would have done. They were my brothers; I had to rescue my brothers.’ Let’s remember Ernie’s courageous, selfless spirit and continue to do what it takes to protect each other and end this pandemic.”

More Information
To see all vaccination sites and free transportation options to and from vaccination appointments, visit To see a list of vaccination sites that have openings this week, visit If Kentuckians have questions, they should call the state’s COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline, 855-598-2246 or TTY 855-326-4654 (for deaf or hard-of-hearing Kentuckians).

For detailed information on COVID-19 vaccinations and more, visit

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