Gov. Andy Beshear announced Tuesday new steps to address the COVID-19 crisis, including measures to help grocery workers, the nursing industry and critical workforce sectors.
“We are expanding the child care options that we’ve been providing to our first responders and health care workers to our grocery store workers,” Beshear said. “We need them. We know our food supply is safe, but we need enough people that are there stocking the shelves day in and day out.”
Beshear also issued an order allowing critical workforce sectors to rehire previously retired workers to fill key roles with no penalty to their retirement. The order, which lasts the duration of the state of emergency, applies to law enforcement, firefighters, emergency medical service personnel, park rangers and corrections officers.
Beshear also praised the Kentucky Board of Nursing for working with officials to moderate enforcement of some training and licensing requirements during the emergency. One issue addressed is easing restrictions on nurses who live out of state and making it quicker to obtain a license.
“Right now, it’s just us versus this virus,” Beshear said. “What we do every day matters. Let’s commit that we are going to do the things that it takes to make sure we don’t have a lot of days like this.”
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.