Darren Doyle, story:
Edmonson County's confirmed positive COVID-19 cases rose by two more today, according to the Barren River District Health Department. The BRDHD also reported a total of 1,399 confirmed positive virus cases in the district with 509 recoveries and 27 total deaths.
Edmonson County's total number of confirmed cases are now at 56 all-time with 12 recoveries and 9 deaths, with all deaths reported from Genesis Health, Edmonson Center.
The center reported no changes in their numbers today, which include 30 positive residents and 4 positive staff members. The nursing home facility has reported no additional positive residents in almost two weeks.
As of 5 p.m. May 22, Governor Andy Beshear said there were at least 8,426 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 141 of which were newly confirmed Friday.
“We now think that we have not only plateaued but are in a decline on overall number of cases, especially when you look at the amount of testing that we’re doing. And that is really good news,” said Gov. Beshear. “It doesn’t mean we’re out of the woods, but it’s really good news. It’s a place that I’m happy where we’re at.”
Beshear also reported five new deaths Friday, raising the total to 391 Kentuckians lost to the virus.
Gov. Beshear announced that new guidelines are now available for fitness centers, auto racetracks and movie theaters, which all can begin operating again June 1. Auctions also can be held starting June 1. Horse shows can be held again starting June 8. Bars, gatherings with 50 or fewer people and venues that hold 50 or fewer people can reopen June 29, if they meet guidelines.
Businesses that can open today, May 22, at 33% capacity can expand to 50% capacity a month later, on June 22, if they meet the guidelines. For more information on the Healthy at Work timeline and industry requirements, click here.