Simpson County’s eighth death attributed to COVID-19 has been reported by the Barren River District Health Department.

The district health department does not release any other information about individual COVID-19 deaths.

Gov. Andy Beshear on Monday updated Kentuckians on the states continuing efforts to fight the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).

“We’ve now conducted over a million COVID tests in Kentucky. That is pretty exciting. I remember when we didnt have COVID tests, when every day we had to tell you unless you were sick, not to get one,” the Governor said in a release. “That is not where we are in Kentucky right now.”

In collaboration with the Department for Local Government (DLG), Gov. Beshear announced 12 Northern Kentucky governments have been approved for $3,864,114 in reimbursements from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act for local governments with expenses related to COVID-19.

Our local governments have been lifelines in our communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, said Gov. Beshear. This funding is crucial as we work to restart and rebuild Kentuckys economy while continuing to keep Kentuckians safe.

The governments approved for reimbursement are: Henry County, Crestview Hills, Crittenden, Dry Ridge, Elsmere, Falmouth, Fort Wright, La Grange, Lakeside Park, Maysville, Newport and Southgate.

This funding will be used to reimburse payroll expenses for public safety officials, PPE, cleaning and sanitizing supplies, teleworking equipment and other expenses necessary to combat COVID-19.

Gov. Beshear welcomed the latest large corporate donation of personal protective equipment (PPE), which will bolster the commonwealths response to COVID-19.

Even before this global health crisis arrived in Kentucky more than six months ago, we were working to secure the personal protective equipment needed to keep our people safe, the Governor said. The many great companies that do business in the commonwealth have been key partners in these efforts. Today, were happy to announce that the Ford Motor Co. has generously donated 2 million masks to the commonwealth, which is among the largest gifts we have received. This donation undoubtedly will help save Kentuckians lives.

First Lady Britainy Beshear joined Gov. Beshear on Monday along with Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman; Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH) and Kentucky Division of Emergency Management Director Michael E. Dossett at the KDPH warehouse in Frankfort. The team toured the facility where the PPE is housed before it is distributed statewide.

Fords donation is just the latest large gift from responsible corporations. Dozens of individuals and smaller businesses have added to the commonwealths reserves by bringing donations to their local Kentucky State Police posts.

More InformationRead about other key updates, actions and information from Gov. Beshear and his administration at governor.ky.gov, kycovid19.ky.gov and the Governors official social media accounts Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Kentuckians can also access translated COVID-19 information and summaries of the Governors news conferences at teamkentuckytranslations.com.

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