Gov. Beshear reports 948 new COVID-19 cases, unemployment checks going out

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Governor Andy Beshear reports third highest single-day increase in COVID-19 cases.

According to the Governor’s Office, 948 new cases were reported Friday. The total in Kentucky now at least 55,704 cases.

151 of the newly reported cases are children ages 18 and younger, 24 are five years old or younger.

“We’ve got to come together and never make one another the enemy,” Gov. Beshear said. “Lets step up and meet our challenge. We’re all called to be heroes in our time.”

Governor Beshear reported nine new deaths Friday. The total for Kentuckians lost now at 1,044.

The deaths reported Friday include a 67-year-old woman from Barren County; an 85-year-old man from Christian County; a 62-year-old man from Hopkins County; an 82-year-old woman from Lincoln County; a 76-year-old woman from Marion County; a 58-year-old man from Oldham County; a 76-year-old man from Pulaski County; and two women, ages 78 and 82, from Todd County.

As of Friday, there have been at least 960,430 coronavirus tests performed in Kentucky. The positivity rate currently stands at 4.70%.

At least 10,822 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus.

Unemployment update

The Office of Unemployment Insurance on Friday began processing the first week of FEMAs Lost Wages Program for the weeks of July 26 to Aug. 15.

Kentuckians who are eligible will begin receiving those funds in their accounts in the next two to three days.

Self-certification has already been provided by most claimants and claimants who still need to complete the self-certification will be notified by the Office of Unemployment Insurance.
Individual payments will be issued to claimants for each of the 3 weeks a claimant is eligible.
The state of Kentucky has decided to provide the extra $100 using CARES Act money. Kentucky’s portion will be approximately $8 million per week, allowing the unemployed, who qualify, to receive an extra $400 per week for the three-week grant period.
That state says the $400 will apply to all programs: traditional UI, the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program and the extended benefits programs.
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