Beshear says prankster applied for unemployment under name Tupac Shakur

Gov. Beshear responds to criticism of executive order enforcing quarantines for mass gatherers
Gov. Beshear responds to criticism of executive order enforcing quarantines for mass gatherers
Updated: Apr. 27, 2020 at 6:23 PM EDT
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WAVE) - Gov. Andy Beshear on Monday said the process of approving claims for unemployment insurance is complicated enough without pranksters having a little fun.

During his daily briefing in Frankfort, Beshear said the state plans this week to pay out 70,000 unemployment claims filed last month, then specified which prank in particular stood out to him.

“A couple of bad apples can make this challenge that much more difficult,” the governor said. “For instance, we had somebody apply for unemployment for Tupac Shakur here in Kentucky, and that person probably thought they were being funny."

Beshear then issued his popular refrain that has become somewhat of a trend on social media in recent weeks.

“We can’t be doing that, and we shouldn’t be doing that going forward,” he said.

On Monday, the governor announced 87 new cases and one more probable case of the coronavirus. Beshear also confirmed five new deaths and one probable death.

Also Monday, some of the Kentucky’s health care and medical offices re-opened for elective and non-urgent procedures as the state begins its gradual rollout of a multi-phased return to normal.

A second phase is scheduled for May 6, when outpatient/ambulatory and invasive procedures can resume. Phases 3 and 4 have been tentatively scheduled for May 13 and May 27, respectively.

Kentucky Department for Public Health Commissioner Dr. Steven Stack on Monday spoke about the May timeline of the multi-phased re-opening, but urged residents to continue to wear masks, practice social distancing and be vigilant.

“Just because the disease right now seems to be at a plateau, it is not time to feel that you are safe,” Stack said. “It’s not time to feel that this is not still a serious threat. This is exactly the time when we are at risk for the greatest harm if people start to get lax about complying with the things we ask you to do.”

Beshear also said that starting May 11, all Kentuckians working at or patronizing an essential business must wear face masks, although he did say nobody would be arrested if they’re caught without a mask. Businesses could be shut down, however, for non-compliance.

Also Monday, Beshear gave an update on statewide coronavirus testing. He said that with 11 new sites, including two each in Louisville and Lexington, he expects this week to be by far the most prolific in terms of tests completed.

In Louisville, Beshear confirmed 256 tests had been administered by 4 p.m. Monday, and 286 in Lexington. New sites also are popping up this week in Bowling Green, Cadiz, Hazard, Hopkinsville, Mt. Vernon, Murray and Owensboro.

The governor shared some noteworthy statistics:

+ 48,799 Kentuckians have been tested

+ 1,281 have been hospitalized; 313 are currently hospitalized

+ 612 have been in an ICU; 165 are currently in an ICU

+ 1,521 residents have recovered

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Posted by WAVE 3 News on Monday, April 27, 2020

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