Kentucky real-time updates: Louisville nearing 1,000 coronavirus cases

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — This blog will be updated daily with the latest information on COVID-19 in Kentucky. You can also see the newest stories in our Coronavirus section.


5 p.m.

Governor Andy Beshear announced, beginning April 27, Kentucky will roll out phase one of Healthy at Work which will include the reopening of certain healthcare services. If that works, the types of services which will reopen will be able to expand.

New drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites will be available across the state. Notably, in Louisville and Lexington, drive-thru testing will be available “in or proximate to predominantly African American neighborhoods,” the governor said. The virus has disproportionately impacted African Americans, especially in the death rates. These sites will open April 27 and run Monday-Friday for two weeks. Masks and sanitizer will be provided to those who are tested. Additional drive-thru testing will be offered in Owensboro, Bowling Green and Lexington.

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Kentucky reported 196 new cases, bringing the states total to 3,373. Fourteen new deaths were also reported, bringing the total to 185.

Beshear said the cases have plateaued, but there has not yet been a decline.

4 p.m.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer announced there have been 931 total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Jefferson County. There have been 77 deaths thus far.

Six more people have died since yesterday’s announcement. Those deaths include a:

  • 90-year-old female
  • 87-year-old male
  • 85-year-old female
  • 74-year-old male
  • 58-year-old female
  • 50-year-old male

The mayor gave updates on first-responders and inmates in Jefferson County, saying there have been zero positive tests in Metro Corrections. Twelve first-responders have tested positive, and nine of those 12 have returned back to work.

Fischer also said he is presenting his budget proposal to Metro Council tomorrow. 

Tuesday, April 21

5:37 p.m.

Beshear says long-term health facilities continue to see more cases. Since Monday, the governor confirmed 46 additional residents, 12 staff and 13 new deaths (These are all included in the current counts). 

So far, 454 residents, 196 staff have been confirmed with COVID-19 and 71 deaths total. 

5:11 p.m

Kentucky now has 177 new cases of COVID-19 and 17 new deaths. This brings the statewide total cases to 3,192 and 171 deaths. 

Gov. Beshear says 33,328 people have been tested; 1,076 are currently hospitalized and 1,266 have recovered. 

Racial information has been released on 77% of the cases: 76.91% (White), 13.56% (Black/African-American), 4.23% (Asian), 5.24% (Multi-racial).

The racial breakdown of deaths — about 84% of cases is known: 76.91% (White), 13.56% (Black/African-American), 4.23% (Asian), 5.24% (Multi-racial).

Beshear also highlighted one of the deaths included in Tuesday’s count. He says the husband of a Hopkins County woman who passed away from COVID-19 has also died from the disease. Ninety-year-old Air Force veteran John Woods died Monday. 

Kentucky officials also held a wreath-laying ceremony to honor those who have died from COVID-19 in Frankfort. 

4 p.m. 

As of Tuesday, there have been 907 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Louisville, with 440 recoveries. There have been 3 additional deaths since Monday, bringing the Louisville total to 71.

Gender/Age data for today’s deaths:

  • Female/81
  • Male/81
  • Male/71

Currently, 11 members of LMPD, Louisville Fire, Metro EMS, Metro Corrections and the Sheriff’s Office are off-duty due to COVID-19:

2 are off with positive tests and in self-isolation.

5 are off and quarantined due to exposure to someone with a positive test.

4 are “screened off” with symptoms and have been tested but have not received test results.

Positive test numbers for first responders/public safety since the incident began:

12 positive tests.

10 have fully recovered and returned to duty.

Metro Corrections inmate data for April 21:

94 inmates have been tested.

0 positive tests.

2 tests are pending.

Monday, April 20

5:30 p.m. 

Governor Andy Beshear has confirmed 102 new cases of coronavirus in Kentucky. The total number of cases now stand at 3,050. Beshear also confirmed 6 new deaths which total 154 statewide.

So far, 32,830 Kentuckians have been tested for the virus. 

The Governor said with about 76% of the known cases accounted for, 76.93% of Kentuckians who tested positive were Caucasian, 13.67% were African-American, 5.28% were multiracial, 4.07% were Asian and 0.05% were Native American or Alaskan Native.

The Governor also said with about 71% of the known cases accounted for, 92.49% of people who tested positive were non-Hispanic and 7.51% were Hispanic.

On fatalities attributed to the coronavirus, with about 80% of the known cases accounted for, Kentucky deaths are about 75.61% Caucasian, 21.96% African-American, 1.63% Asian and 0.81% were multiracial.

On fatalities attributed to the coronavirus, with about 76% of the known cases accounted for, Kentucky deaths are about 99.17% non-Hispanic and 0.83% Hispanic.

5:20 p.m. 


Lt. Governor Jaqueline Coleman says the state has processed double the claims since March 8 as they did in all of 2019. She says they are receiving an average of 13,000 new claims filed and 25,000 phone calls daily.

She urged those that if they have applied, don’t reapply or open another claim.

Coleman says the only ones who should be reapplying are those whose benefits have expired.

Call wait times went from 2 hours to 6 minutes. They now have an automated system that will call and update those who will receive benefits on when they will get their payments.

12:30 p.m.

Kentucky Kingdom announced plans to reopen in June. According to the amusement park, the exact date will be determined by the ongoing COVID-19 situation. 

12:17 p.m.

Louisville Slugger and furloughed most of their staff amid the coronavirus crisis. The furloughed employees will still receive benefits.

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11:45 a.m.

UPS announced donations to local nonprofits totaling nearly $300,000. The donations are intended to provide relief during the COVID-19 pandemic. Regional grants were awarded to the One Louisville: COVID-19 Response Fund, Volunteers of America, WaterStep and other local non-profits.


Gov. Andy Beshear will discuss plans for the rest of the academic year with superintendents today. 

Find previous Kentucky updates here.

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