KY Executive order will release some prisoners to prevent COVID-19 spread in jail

Coronavirus Watch Kentucky

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FRANKFORT, Ky (WEHT) Gov. Beshear says there are 11 additional deaths from COVID-19 that occurred between March 31 and April 2.

Of those patients, all but one had other health conditions. The number of COVID-19 cases in Kentucky is 770.

The governor is recommending schools extend their policy of no in-person instruction through at least the end of May 1.

He also expanded travel restriction to out-of-staters. People who visit Kentucky must quarantine in the state for 14 days here. This means if you come to Kentucky for a day, you will have to stay for 14 days.

Another executive order issued by the governor allows state, county and local government to hire back retirees if needed. This order expands a previous executive order.

Another change, starting Friday, no overnight stays in state parks.

Beshear said they are moving forward with plans to turn the state fairgrounds in Louisville into at least a 2,000 bed hospital in preparation for a surge in COVID-19 cases.

The governor also signed an executive order to prevent the spread of the virus in prisons. Thursday’s order will result in the commutation of sentences for 186 individuals. These people are more susceptible to getting the virus, according to the CDC. Before being released, the prisoners must be screened for the virus. Once they’re out, they must have a residence to go to. Once there, they will be quarantined there for 14 days. If the prisoner breaks the law, they go back to jail.

Officials have also identified 743 inmates who are within 6 months of completing their sentence who could be released next week.

Gov. Beshear says the state need medical gloves. If you can donate gloves, you’re asked to call this number: 502-607-6844.

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(This story was originally published on April 3, 2020)

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