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Kentucky Daycares Worry About Next COVID-19 Shutdown

Kentucky daycares struggling to stay open amidst a pandemic and a legal fight over how many kids they can watch.

Posted: Jul 27, 2020 1:24 PM
Updated: Jul 27, 2020 1:27 PM

Father of Four Mel Floyd and his wife struggled when daycare wasn’t open the past few months.

“We have to be at work,” Floyd said. “We never had any time off - we've always been essential."

And while he is thankful he can drop his kids back off to Kidz World in Henderson, Kentucky, safety is now once again a big concern.

“It’s not dummy-proof,” Floyd explained. “Especially with this COVID, because we don’t know how wide-spread it could be.”

Owner Tamika Johnson is implementing several safety precautions to prevent that from happening, such as kids getting their temperature taken before they enter, sanitizing toys multiple times a day, and requiring masks for staff and kids above age six.

Naturally, the fear of a spread is still strong.

"If one person contacts the COVID-19 virus, it could possibly shut down the whole facility,” Johnson said.

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear limiting the number of kids in a group at each daycare to ten is also putting a strain on operations.

"If we don't get numbers increased and things like that -- eventually that nest egg is going to go down,” Johnson said. “It's going to dwindle down over time -- so that is always worrisome."

Another issue: having enough employees.

"Right now it seems people are kind of afraid to come to work," Johnson said. "And so it can be a hard time within our facility of finding staff."

If a staff member or child at Kidz World did contract coronavirus, the Henderson County Health Department would notify them on what their next steps would be -  whether it’s closing a room or the entire business.

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