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KY Expands Testing; Models Predict How COVID-19 Will Persist Post-Pandemic

To date, more than 30,000 Kentuckians have been tested for COVID-19. (Adobe Stock)
To date, more than 30,000 Kentuckians have been tested for COVID-19. (Adobe Stock)
April 20, 2020

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Gov. Andy Beshear says new COVID-19 drive-through testing sites are slated to open this week in Madisonville, Paducah, Somerset and Pikeville. Expanded testing is one of several benchmarks the state needs to meet in order to reopen businesses.

Across the country, states are grappling with how to jumpstart their economies without triggering a spike in new infections. Scientists say striking that balance will be challenging.

Stephen Michael Kissler studies infectious disease at Harvard University's T.H. Chan School of Public Health and co-authored a recent modeling study aimed at understanding how COVID-19 will persist in communities after the pandemic wanes. He said quickly abandoning social distancing practices would likely stress the health-care system.

"Importantly, we found that one-time social distancing measures are likely to be insufficient to maintain the incidence of SARS-COV2 within the limits of critical-care capacity in the United States," Kissler said.

He said the research suggests social distancing may need to be implemented on-and-off until a vaccine is developed.

How the outbreak will behave over the course of the next few years will depend on how long people exposed to the coronavirus are protected from reinfection, Kissler said. The answer to that question remains unknown.

He also said the virus could taper off, only to resurge later on.

"It does seem likely that, under the wide range of parameter values, that SARS-COV2 will continue to circulate as a seasonal wintertime virus," he said.

Beshear's additional benchmarks for reopening the Commonwealth's economy include 14 days where cases are decreasing, the ability to perform contact tracing and protect at-risk populations, and the availability of personal protective equipment, among other criteria.

Nadia Ramlagan, Public News Service - KY