Beshear Discusses Contact Tracing Efforts
By West Kentucky Star Staff
FRANKFORT - During his Monday update, Governor Andy Beshear provided an overview of their contact tracing efforts.

Beshear asked Kentuckians to participate in contact tracing by answering your phone if a public health worker reaches out. In their goal to perform better contact tracing, Beshear announced the appointment of Mark Carter as the executive advisor to lead contact tracing efforts with the Office of the Secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

As part of the announcement, Beshear says their contact tracing efforts will be expanding thanks to CARES Act funding.

Carter says the seven-month program will combine public participation with technology to help public health officials and health care providers contain the spread of the virus. Information that is provided to them will be kept confidential, and will not be released or made public.

The Department for Public Health is working with Deloitte Consulting to gather information about contacts from those that are diagnosed. Once someone has been identified as a contact, they will be notified of their potential exposure, and will be given precautions they can take.

As of Monday there were 138 new cases of the virus in the state, bringing the total number of cases to 7,935. Out of the new cases, one was in Christian County. There are currently 447 Kentuckians in the hospital due to the virus, with 277 of those in the ICU. There are nine new deaths associated with the virus, while 2,785 Kentuckians have recovered.

You can see Beshear's full update below.

On the Net:

Kentuckys Contact Tracer and Tracker

Published 04:03 PM, Monday May. 18, 2020
Updated 08:58 AM, Tuesday May. 19, 2020



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