KY Healthy At Work Reopening Healthcare Services

Healthy at Work - Healthcare Facilities

On April 23, 2020, Governor Beshear announced the first economic sector – healthcare – that will begin gradually reopening during Healthy at Work. Please see the guidance below for more information about when certain healthcare facilities will reopen.

April 27, 2020
  • Non-urgent/emergent healthcare services
  • Diagnostic radiology
  • Lab services
May 6, 2020
  • Outpatient surgeries/Invasive procedures
May 13, 2020
  • Non-urgent/non-emergent inpatient procedures at 50% of pre-shutdown volume.
May 27, 2020
  • Non-urgent/non-emergent inpatient procedures at volume determined by the facility.

Note: This guidance does not apply to long-term care settings, prisons, other industries, or other settings for which separate guidance has already been provided or will be provided in the future. We remind you that this phased, gradual reopening of services may require adjustment.

Special Considerations

While the healthcare facilities listed above may reopen to perform these limited services, they are required to follow the public health guidance in high-touch clinical settings and high risk outpatient settings.

  • High-touch clinical settings: In high-touch clinical settings, such as physical therapy or chiropractic services, healthcare workers must wear non-latex gloves in addition to enhanced hand hygiene practices. In addition, any objects and contact surfaces used for clinical services will be sanitized between patients.
  • High-aerosol risk outpatient settings: In high-aerosol risk outpatient settings, such as dentistry, oral surgery, anesthesia, and pulmonary services, we will seek additional input from these professionals, and will update this guidance with steps to ensure the safety of both their patients and clinical staff, such as higher level mask and airflow considerations.

Dentist wearing mask and gloves while doing a procedure

Let’s make sure that if you are a practitioner in any of these areas, you are fully committed to following the guidelines.

- Governor Andy Beshear


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Updated on May 28th, 2020 11:09AM