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Governor calls Tuesday’s coronavirus numbers ‘a wake-up call,’ reporting 576 new cases, six deaths

Gov. Andy Beshear on Tuesday updated Kentuckians on the state’s ongoing efforts to fight the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) as cases continue to rise in the Commonwealth. He reported 576 new cases and 6 deaths. “COVID-19 is attacking us, and we are at war with this virus. We either come together or we fall apart,” the Governor said. “This virus isn’t playing, and neither are we. And it...

Rural Blog: Ky. sheriff, sick with COVID-19, says he should have worn mask; pleads with others to do so

The sheriff of a rural Kentucky county, stricken with covid-19, pleaded on Facebook Sunday for his readers to wear a mask. Grayson County Sheriff Norman Chaffins, a former state trooper, said he thought he got the coronavirus on a Western RV trip. “We maintained our distance as much as we could, but did not always wear a mask,” he wrote. “I am now paying the price.” Lauren and...

In fight to keep Medicaid contract, Anthem alleges Molina Health had unfair edge in Beshear transition

By Lisa Gillespie Kentucky Health News Insurance company Molina Health had an unfair advantage in winning a state Medicaid contract, claims rival insurer Anthem, which was a loser in the bidding. Anthem claims California-based Molina hired a former employee of Gov. Andy Beshear who was privy to key documents that other bidders couldn’t see. Anthem says that’s just one reason the state should withdraw...

Beshear reports 277 new COVID-19 cases, four deaths; uptick noted in cases among young children

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today While the number of new cases of the coronavirus in Kentucky dropped on Monday, but Gov. Andy Beshear says the number doesn’t tell the true story. “Today, we’re reporting 277 new cases of COVID-19,” he said. “That number is down because there is a small number of results that came in today from over the weekend. We expect this number, sadly, to be higher on Tuesday.” That...

As you spend more time outdoors with summer in full swing, remember the ticks; they’re a big problem

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News As outdoor venues in Kentucky have opened up after months of being closed due to the coronavirus, more Kentuckians than ever are heading outdoors. And picking up ticks. Experts caution that it’s important to take precautions through September, when ticks are still active, and to learn how to remove them properly to decrease the risk of tick-borne disease. Jonathan...

University of Kentucky football team COVID-19 free; three UK athletes test positive in other sports

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The Kentucky football team is COVID-19 free after more than a month of voluntary workouts. The school announced Monday that 108 team members and 58 staffers tested negative for the coronavirus, while three out of 42 student-athletes in men’s basketball, volleyball, and women’s soccer tested positive for the virus through antibody tests. Kentucky football coach Mark...

Teachers are confused, concerned and fearful as they contemplate the new school year amid pandemic

Perhaps unlike any previous school year, teachers are looking to 2020-21 with dread. On top of their fears about the coronavirus, there is confusion about just what they’re getting into. “As I talk to educators across the state there is a great deal of concern, fear and confusion surrounding the reopening of schools,” Kentucky Education Association President Eddie Campbell told the legislature’s...

Dick Gabriel: Let me interrupt your misperceptions about Adolph Rupp with some facts on the race issue

Given the climate in America today when it comes to race relations, it was inevitable that a debate would open up about Rupp Arena and its namesake. To many, the thought of Adolph Rupp still kindles the notion not of basketball, but of racism and segregation.
 It did in me, starting in the mid-‘60s when I began following college basketball. I couldn’t stand the notion of the guy coaching a team...

Dr. Jason Glass named Kentucky’s Commissioner of Education, begins duties in September

The Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) has chosen Jason Glass to be Kentucky’s next commissioner of education. “Dr. Glass was identified by the board as our next commissioner following a very extensive and productive national search,” said Lu Young, chair of the Kentucky Board of Education. “Throughout this process I have been overwhelmed by the integrity of the process and the quality of applicants...

As masks are mandated in Kentucky, Louisville doctor explains why wearing protection is important

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News In an effort to get ahead of the rising number of cases of coronavirus in Kentucky, Gov. Andy Beshear issued a statewide mask requirement last week that will be in place for at least 30 days. “It’s no longer voluntary, it’s mandatory,” Beshear said. “I’d hoped that we’d all be willing to do the right thing, but I think...

Rural Blog: Booker says liberals must listen to rural conservatives, find commonality, build relationships

First-term state Rep. Charles Booker of Louisville, an African American who nearly won the nomination to face Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in Kentucky, told The New York Times that progressives need to “show up and listen” to rural conservatives who like President Trump if they want to build a winning coalition in the Democratic Party. “What I tell folks is that, honestly,...

As cases top 18K, Governor orders wearing masks in public to halt virus and continue to reopen safely

Highlighting his commitment to protecting all Kentuckians, Gov. Andy Beshear said Kentuckians must wear face coverings in many situations if the state is going to stop the increase of novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) cases and continue to reopen the economy safely. He reported 333 new cases as of Thursday afternoon and four deaths, bringing the state’s totals to 18,245 cases and 612 deaths. “We...

Circuit Judge enters temporary restraining order against Beshear administration in KDA lawsuit

Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles announced Thursday that a Scott County Circuit Judge entered a temporary restraining order against the administration of Gov. Andy Beshear in a lawsuit brought by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and Evans Orchard and Cider Mill, LLC. The lawsuit challenged the constitutionality and legality of Beshear’s use of executive power during the coronavirus...

CPE projects $144M impact on campuses from COVID-19; schools adapting with innovation

New estimates from the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) show that COVID-19 has inflicted a staggering financial toll on public colleges and universities, driving unexpected costs and lost revenue at a time when campuses are striving to keep tuition low. CPE President Aaron Thompson provided the numbers to state lawmakers Wednesday in a report to the Interim Budget Review Subcommittee...

Daily Yonder: Due to pandemic, 2020 Census rural count has become even more challenging

By Donna Kallner Special to KyForward For most people, replying to the 2020 Census is surprisingly quick and easy. Except when it’s not. And rural areas are particularly prone to conditions that can hinder getting a complete and accurate count — things like limited high-speed internet access, addressing and mail delivery challenges, and resistance to perceived government nosiness. As if that isn’t...

Gov. Andy Beshear promises more action will be taken to curb spread as coronavirus cases spike

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The number of new cases of the coronavirus in Kentucky continues to spike, reaching nearly 18,000 and prompting Gov. Andy Beshear to promise new action will be taken to halt the recent trend. “The rising case numbers are cause for concern, so on Thursday we’re going to announce some new requirements that are going to be mandatory,” he said. “Given what we are seeing...

Interim Joint Committee on Education hears from KDE, stakeholders on reopening schools amid virus

By Sky Carroll Kentucky Teacher The Kentucky General Assembly’s Interim Joint Committee on Education heard updates this week regarding reopening schools amid the COVID-19 pandemic from the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE), along with other Kentucky education leaders and the commissioner of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA). On June 24, KDE Interim Commissioner Kevin C. Brown...

New laws approved during regular session of Kentucky General Assembly go into effect July 15

Most new laws approved during this year’s regular session of the Kentucky General Assembly will go into effect on July 15. That means voters will be asked to show a photo ID at the polls, veterinarians will be allowed to make a report to authorities if they find an animal under their care has been abused, and holders of state-issued ID cards will be added to the list of potential jurors. While COVID-19...

Governor reports 371 additional COVID-19 cases; nine new deaths leaves state with 602 lost to virus

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky has now seen more than 600 deaths due to the coronavirus, as well as a massive spike in new cases, Gov. Andy Beshear announced on Tuesday. 
A total of 371 new cases, the highest total since May 5, were reported to state officials, making the pandemic total at least 17,519. 
“Today is a tough day in our fight against the coronavirus,” Beshear said. “While...

Artists begin work this week on NKy floodwall murals commemorating City of Newport’s 225th anniversary

Artists are beginning work this week on the first in a series of murals commemorating Newport’s 225th anniversary that are planned for the city’s floodwall that runs along Dave Cowens Drive along the Ohio River. The first mural will depict and honor the students and teachers of The Southgate Street School, an historic African American school – the only one in Campbell County – that operated...