STATEWIDE — Kentucky should wait over a month before loosening the reins on social distancing. That is the recommendation from new projections from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, an independent research center for the University of Washington School ofMedicine.
It looked at factors like availability of testing, contact tracing, case-based isolation and restrictions on mass gatherings to create projections on when states might be able to safely start the reopening process.
Based on that, Kentucky joined a number of other states that should wait the longest. The prediction said the Commonwealth should not loosen social distancing until June 8 at the earliest.
That’s not, however, the case for some surrounding states. This projection suggests West Virginia could lighten up by as early as May 4, Ohio by as early as May 11 and Indiana and Illinois by as early as May 18.
Kentucky is moving forward with phase one of reopening starting Monday. As for when there will be a relaxation of social distancing guidelines in the Commonwealth, only time will tell if Kentuckians will be waiting until June as this research predicts.