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Governor, CDC ask for pause in use of Johnson & Johnson vaccines; reports 799 cases, 3 deaths

Gov. Andy Beshear and Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health, advised all Kentucky vaccine providers to temporarily pause the use of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended the pause after extremely rare blood clotting conditions developed in six...

Wrong-way driver dies in head-on crash with police cruiser on New Circle road; police officer critical

Kentucky Today A wrong-way driver in Lexington died early Monday morning, when her vehicle was struck by a police car, also seriously injuring an officer, according to officials. 
According to Lexington Police Sgt. Donnell Gordon, shortly after 1:30 a.m., officers responded to numerous calls of an SUV traveling in the opposite direction on the inner loop of New Circle Road near Harrodsburg Road. It...

160-year-old Historic Black Main Street Baptist Church running out of options; were promised parking

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today The historic Main Street Baptist Church in downtown Lexington is considering every option, including a heartbreaking one, because of a difficult parking dispute that dates back almost 40 years. 
The nearly 160-year-old Black church, the city and Town Branch Park leaders are trying to work out a problematic parking situation that the church has lost in the construction...

Kentucky State Police veteran Col. Phillip Burnett Jr. sworn in as agency’s new commissioner

Gov. Andy Beshear has announced the appointment of Col. Phillip Burnett Jr. as commissioner of the Kentucky State Police (KSP). “I believe in Commissioner Burnett’s ability to lead KSP into the future,” said Gov. Beshear. “He is already working to increase recruitment and create a more diverse workforce, which is crucial to fulfilling our state’s law enforcement duties.” During a ceremony...

State reports 744 cases, 4 deaths 2.79% positivity; get vaccine, follow protocols to stay safe

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today While the number of new COVID-19 cases rose in Kentucky on Friday, the number of deaths and the state’s positivity rate both declined. 
A total of 744 positive cases were reported to state public health officials, bringing Kentucky’s pandemic total to 432,220. 
There were 11 counties with a dozen cases or more. Jefferson had 168, Fayette 54, Christian 25, Kenton...

Governor reports 645 new cases, 16 deaths; UI system shut down temporarily due to hack

Governor Andy Beshear said Thursday more than 1.5 million Kentuckians have received at least their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. To see a list of vaccination sites that have openings this week, visit vaccinemap.ky.gov. Beshear reported the following COVID-19 numbers: New cases today: 645 New deaths today: 16 New audit deaths: 0 Positivity rate: 2.81% Total deaths: 6,214 Currently hospitalized:...

Customs and Border Protection in Louisville finds 243 pounds of methamphetamine hidden in rugs

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers in Louisville found 243 pounds of Methamphetamine hidden in rugs on April 6. Customs photo CBP works closely with other government agencies to stop to the flow of illicit contraband into the United States. A diligent U.S. Fish and Wildlife (FWS) officer identified an anomaly during one of their examinations. This shipment was manifested as ‘silica...

Gov. Beshear reports 1,028 cases (300 from earlier), 10 deaths, 2.8% positivity; get your vaccination

Gov. Andy Beshear announced 1,028 new COVID-19 cases. Of those, 300 are from Monday and Tuesday, but could not be confirmed and announced until today due to a technical issue on the reporting platform. “Today’s case report reminds us that even though we’ve come so far in the fight against COVID-19, this isn’t over yet,” said Gov. Beshear. “Please, if you’re 16 or older, get vaccinated....

Gov. Beshear reports 344 new COVID cases, 7 deaths, 2.89% positivity; get vaccine — racing variants

Gov. Andy Beshear announced 344 new COVID-19 cases, 7 deaths, and a 2.89% positivity rate on Monday. “If you haven’t gotten your COVID-19 vaccine yet, look at our list of where you can get your shot of hope this week, at vaccinemap.ky.gov,” said Gov. Beshear. “If you’ve already been vaccinated, reach out to one friend or family member who is still trying to get signed up and see if you can...

Gov. Beshear says Kentucky ‘no longer on decline’ in COVID cases — ‘we’ve hit a plateau’; wear your mask

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky ended a 12-week streak period of steady declines in new cases of COVID-19 last week and the eligibility list for the vaccines has expanded, Gov. Andy Beshear announced on Monday. 
“We had 4,377 new cases in this last week,” he said during a Capitol press briefing. “The week before, it was 4,196. It means Kentucky, at least as of this week, is no longer...

Two Kentucky junior golfers place in the 7th Annual Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals in Augusta

Staff report Eight junior golfers – four boys and four girls – were crowned champions at the seventh annual Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals held Sunday at Augusta National Golf Club and broadcast live on Golf Channel across North and South America. Two Kentuckians competed in the competition: • Athena Singh of Morehead who placed 10th in the 10-11 division and • Bradford Lacefield of...

Keeneland busy stakes day is big day for the track — $22.7 million handle is third largest single-day ever

Godolphin’s undefeated homebred Essential Quality prevailed by a neck after a prolonged stretch duel with Highly Motivated to win the 97th running of the $800,000 Toyota Blue Grass (G2) for 3-year-olds Saturday afternoon at Keeneland. The Toyota Blue Grass was the final event of the day’s 11-race card, which featured six stakes worth $2.1 million. The Pick 5 handled a record $1,485,090, eclipsing...

Solar panels are installed at two Lexington fire stations; part of renewable energy initiative

Solar panels have been installed at two Lexington fire stations as part of a long-term, renewable energy initiative. Photos from Fire Station #5 Fire Station 7, on Tates Creek Road, and Fire Station 15, in Shillito Park, are well-suited for solar energy because both have southern exposures and the appropriate roof pitch. Generally, fire stations are “energy intensive” because firefighters occupy...

Ordinary driver’s licenses will no longer be accepted at airports Oct. 1 as REAL ID Act set to take effect

In six months – Oct. 1 – federal enforcement of the REAL ID Act is scheduled to begin, and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) encourages Kentuckians to be aware of changes that will bring. One of the most important changes will occur at airports, where an ordinary driver’s license or identification card for persons 18 and older will no longer be accepted for boarding a U.S. commercial...

COVID cases increase for third day — to 972 in Kentucky; 13 deaths reported, positivity is 2.99%

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky saw another big jump in new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, continuing this week’s trend. There were 972 new cases reported to state public health officials on Thursday. That compares to 310 on Monday, 751 on Tuesday, and 815 on Wednesday, and raises to 427,842 the number of positive cases in Kentucky, since the first one on March 6, 2020. Nine counties had 20...

Beshear announces COVID vaccines open Monday for ages 16-up; reports 815 new cases, 22 deaths

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky will be expanding the age groups of those who can sign up for the COVID-19 vaccine next week, Gov. Andy Beshear announced on Wednesday. 
“This coming Monday,” he said during a press briefing at the Capitol, “we are opening vaccinations to everyone over 16 for Pfizer, or 18 for Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. That will be a complete opening...

Beshear says Kentucky on positivity trajectory, leading all our border states; 751 cases, 13 deaths

Gov. Andy Beshear announced 751 new COVID-19 cases and a 2.9% positivity rate Tuesday. “We are on a positive trajectory – we are leading all of our seven border states in administering at least one dose of the vaccine and our positivity rate continues to decline – but we need to keep working hard and not give up,” said Gov. Beshear. “We need every eligible Kentuckian to join the team and...

Beshear reports 40% of KY adults are vaccinated; 310 new cases, 11 deaths; mask mandate extended

Gov. Andy Beshear announced more than 1.3 million Kentuckians have received at least their first dose of one of three highly effective COVID-19 vaccines. “We’ve now vaccinated about 40% of Kentucky adults – a really exciting milestone. We also believe we’ve vaccinated about 70% of Kentuckians who are age 70 and up,” said Gov. Beshear. Case Information Beshear reported the following COVID-19...

State reports 361 new COVID cases, 8 deaths, 2.88% positivity; ages 40-up eligible for vaccines

The state reported 361 new COVID cases on Sunday, 8 deaths, and 2.88% positivity. Of the new cases, 72 were of 18 years old and under. Total deaths in Kentucky number 6,031 and cases number 425,024. There have been 2,376 deaths in long term care and congregate settings. Kentucky has tested 4,893,168 people. There are currently 381 patients hospitalized with 96 in ICUs and 39 on ventilators. The top...

State reports 637 new COVID cases, 15 deaths, 2.8% positivity; vaccines open tomorrow for ages 40-up

The state reported 637 new COVID cases, 15 deaths and a 2.8% positivity rate on Saturday. Of the new cases, 100 were in those 18 and younger This brings Kentucky’s total COVID cases to 424,666 and 6,023 deaths. Hospitalized patients total 400 and there are 92 in ICU and 46 on ventilators. The top counties for cases are Jefferson (86), Fayette (53), Adair (32), Warren (24) and Scott (22). Boone...