Kentucky’s substitute teachers, independent contractors and self-employed are among a list of those who can now file for unemployment insurance after losing their jobs due to actions taken to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
Gov. Andy Beshear on Wednesday said unemployment eligibility has been expanded effective immediately due to the novel coronavirus.
Also included on the list of those not typically covered by unemployment insurance include but are not limited to freelance workers and childcare workers employed by religious-affiliated organizations and nonprofits.
Those who left their job for “good cause” because of the reasonable risk of exposure (self-quarantine) or due to caring for a family member affected by the virus are also eligible.
“There is zero stigma to being on public assistance right now,” Beshear said. “I want you to sign up for unemployment. I want to make sure you have enough to get through this.”
Kentuckians can apply for unemployment insurance benefits at kcc.ky.gov between 6 a.m. and p.m. CST Monday through Friday and on Sunday between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. CST.
Applicants are asked to file on the day of the week tied to their last name:
Sunday — A-D
Monday — E-H
Tuesday — I-L
Wednesday — M-P
Thursday — Q-U
Friday — V-Z, or if you missed your day
The Owensboro Health coronavirus hotline is available 24/7 by calling 877-888-6647. Call the hotline before seeking in-person care. More information from OH can be found here.
For the latest information and data on COVID-19 in Kentucky visit kycovid19.ky.gov or dial the Kentucky state hotline at 800-722-5725.
For the latest health guidelines and resources from the CDC, visit their website here.