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Seven is the Number of Completion

Kentucky 4/20: Andy Beshear lays out the seven steps that are required for Kentucky to open back up to normal.

These seven benchmarks revealed on Friday are what Kentucky officials will be using to determine when Kentucky can start to re-open and how. Noted, that it may take some time for the bigger and more stringent restrictions to be lifted.

Beshear said, “I hope we see the ability to start reopening in some very small ways leading up to May.” Having a list like this or even the process of discussions to opening gives hope and a small light at the end of the tunnel for Kentuckians. 

Beshear did make mention that it could be customary even as protocols start to loosen that citizens be quarantined for 14 days if they have come into contact with a confirmed case of covid-19. Also, a re-shelter at home could be in place in cases begin to surge again in the future.

The benchmarks presented are as follows:

  • The number and rate of new cases
  • Increased testing capacity
  • More personal protective equipment
  • Ability to protect an at-risk population
  • Ability to social distance
  • Preparedness to deal with a possible future spike
  • Status of vaccine and treatment

It is important to note, not every benchmark must be completed for certain restrictions to become loosened.

First and foremost, with what is believed to be the most accessible is the number and rate of new cases lowering over 14 days. If this is able to happen this will effectively start the implementation and beginning of Phase 1 opening.

Phase 1 follows the guidelines presented by the White House with very small restrictions being lifted. Social distancing would still be enforced, schools would still be closed and only certain venues would be able to open, again provided they follow social distancing protocols.

Looking forward there is hope, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. The conversations are starting about how to re-open. Until then Our franchisees will continue to be on the frontlines preparing their customers businesses for the return of Kentucky.

Stay Safe Kentucky! We will get through this together.

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Ben Cobb, lead molecular microbiologist, prepares a specimen for Covid-19 testing at the University of Kentucky Medical Center Clinical Microbiology Lab in Lexington, Ky., on Tuesday, March 25, 2020. RYAN C. HERMENS RHERMENS@HERALD-LEADER.COM