Gov. Beshear Requesting Hospitals Cease All Elective Procedures by EOB March 18

During a press event this afternoon, Governor Andy Beshear announced that he is requesting that all hospitals “cease elective procedures by close of business on Wednesday” in order to ensure capacity for the expected COVID-19/coronavirus cases.

The announcement follows several other updates from the Governor’s office on the spread of the virus in Kentucky, including the increase in the number of positive cases to 16.

KMA will be meeting with the administration, the Kentucky Hospital Association and others to address issues related to this request.  Other states and localities around the country are taking similar action.  For further information about the coronavirus outbreak in Kentucky, visit https://chfs.ky.gov/agencies/dph/Pages/covid19.aspx.  To watch today’s press conference in which the announcement was made, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fDmPhIMMSo&feature=youtu.be.