Beshear announces help for those behind on utilities

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Gov. Andy Beshear announced Monday a new round of funding to help those who have fallen behind on utility bills due to COVID-19.T

he governor announced $38 million in funding for the program.bCities and counties can apply for up to $200,000 to distribute to residents, and that money can be used to pay up to $250 a month to each qualifying household, for up to six months.

“Even with our victory over COVID-19 coming into sight, times are still tough for our families,” said Gov. Beshear. “We are grateful to be able to provide these funds, because they will ensure many Kentuckians won’t have to make the impossible choice between feeding their family and keeping the lights on.”

Looking at the latest numbers, the state reported more than 1,200 new cases of coronavirus on Monday, bringing the total to nearly 348,000. 

Thirty-nine more Kentuckians have died, raising the death toll to 3,460.

More than 1,500 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, including 374 in intensive care and 203 on ventilators.

The state’s positivity rate fell below 10 percent for the first time since Dec. 31.