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Gov. Andy Beshear reports 93 news cases of coronavirus Tuesday, three additional deaths

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Ninety-three new cases of the coronavirus were reported in Kentucky on Wednesday, bringing the number to 680, and two deaths have been confirmed with an unconfirmed third one, making the total 20. Gov. Andy Beshear announced the new numbers during his daily press conference at the Capitol. “While 93 is a lot of cases, this is less than Tuesday (when there were 114),...

Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals rules in favor of Holly and David Schulkers in suit against social workers

By Judy Clabes KyForward Correspondent A Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling was cause for celebration at the Fort Thomas home of Holly and David Schulkers and five of their children, as the court ruled in their favor in a lawsuit against individual social workers for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. The lawsuit involves the social workers’ mishandling of the drug test of a...

Gov. Beshear anounces seven more Kentucky deaths from COVID-19; ‘It’s just us versus the virus’

Staff report Gov. Andy Behear announced Tuesday seven more Kentucky deaths from COVID-19 and urged Kentuckians to continue to take precautions and sacrifice to stop the spread. “Today, we lost seven Kentuckians, which is something I never thought I would have to announce,” said Beshear. “This is why we were working so hard to reduce our contacts and protect the people around us. This is a virus...

Governor Beshear issues order restricting out-of-state travel; 42 coronavirus cases, two more deaths

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today While the number of new cases of the coronavirus was lower for the second day in a row, there were also two more deaths, and interstate travel restrictions are being put into place. During his Monday press briefing at the Capitol, Gov. Andy Beshear said there were 42 new cases, which brings the total to 480 from the pandemic. “This is good news, because other states are...

Beshear announces 45 new cases of coronavirus in Ky.; Trump extends shutdown through April 30

Staff report As of Sunday afternoon, Gov. Andy Beshear announced there are a total of 45 newly-confirmed coronavirus cases in the state. Beshear also reiterated Sunday that everyone must remain vigilant about social distancing amid reports of crowding at golf courses, basketball courts, and home improvement stores to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and reduce the risk...

Gov. Beasher announces new 92 cases, one death on ‘wildfire’ coronavirus, urges social distancing

Gov. Andy Beshear announced Saturday that 92 new cases of the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) were confirmed in Kentucky, marking the largest one-day increase in the Commonwealth amid the global pandemic. “This is why we have social distancing. This is a virus that spreads like wildfire,” Gov. Beshear said. “So, yes we are going to see more cases in Kentucky.” That brings the total...

Gov. Beshear reports 54 new coronavirus cases and three deaths; urges stay Healthy at Home

Gov. Andy Beshear on Friday said his administration is continuing strong efforts to stop the spread of novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). He said the state had 54 new cases and confirmed three new deaths. Sign at Marianne Theater in Bellevue The Governor reiterated his call to Kentuckians to stay Healthy at Home and said that the state is continuing to working to prepare an initial drive-through testing...

Attorney General issues subpoenas to Amazon third-party sellers for price gouging during pandemic

Attorney General Daniel Cameron has issued subpoenas to six third-party sellers in Kentucky who used Amazon’s online platform to engage in suspected price gouging during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The sellers allegedly engaged in the price gouging of essential emergency and medical supplies, including hand sanitizer and N95 respirator masks. Some sellers inflated the price of these...

Gov. Beshear: 50 new cases; urges staying healthy at home; asks local officials to monitor people in public

Gov. Andy Beshear on Thursday repeated his call for Kentuckians to stay Healthy at Home, said that the state is working quickly to prepare an initial drive-through testing center and announced 248 positive cases of covid-19 novel coronavirus. “This is a test of our humanity – about how much we care about each other. I am doing everything I can to make sure we pass the test and I know you are, too,”...

‘Ratchet it up,’ Beshear says of next two to three weeks of fight to curb spread of coronavirus

(Click for larger image) By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Andy Beshear says the next 2-3 weeks are going to be critical in fighting the coronavirus pandemic, and while the number of new cases dropped on Wednesday, there was also one new death. “Over the next two to three weeks, I need you to be Healthy at Home and I need you to ratchet it up multiple notches,” he said during his daily press conference....

Missing Northern Kentucky teen Paige Johnson’s remains found in Clermont County, Ohio

Staff Report The remains of Paige Johnson were found in Clermont County Sunday. The Northern Kentucky teen went missing in 2010. She has been the subject of an ongoing investigation since she was last seen Sept. 23, 2010, when her friend, Jacob Bumpass, said he dropped her off at 15th and Scott streets in Covington. Covington Police released the following statement: On March 22, 2020, the Clermont...

39 cases of COVID-19 added to state total (including one from a ‘coronavirus party’), says Gov. Beshear

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky had 39 new cases of the coronavirus on Tuesday, the largest single-day number by far, bringing the state’s total to at least 163, Gov. Andy Beshear said. 
During a Capitol press conference, the governor expressed his disappointment that some people are not following the guidance and orders restricting the gathering of people and called out an action that led...

Gov. Beshear cites ‘the test of our time,’ announces a fourth Kentucky death and Team Kentucky Fund

Gov. Andy Beshear announced Monday the fourth death related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), an 82-year-old woman in Lexington with underlying health conditions.   To show a small, yet significant message of compassion, empathy, and renewal, Gov. Beshear said the Governor’s Mansion would be lit green in honor of every Kentuckian who passes related to the virus. “We are entering what will be...

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, of Bowling Green, tests positive for COVID-19, third Congressman with positive test

By Mark Hansel KyForward managing editor U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-KY, announced on Sunday that he has tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). He is the first U.S. senator and third member of Congress known to have contracted the virus. Sen. Paul’s office released the following statement regarding his test result: Sen. Paul “Senator Rand Paul has tested positive for COVID-19. He is feeling...

Gov. Beshear’s message: Third KY coronavirus death; ring church bells; step up as good neighbor

Gov. Andy Beshear announced Saturday that the state has confirmed the third death related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), a 67-year-old male from Anderson County.  To show a small, yet significant message of compassion, empathy and renewal, Gov. Beshear said the Governor’s Mansion would be lit green in honor of every Kentuckian who passes related to the virus. Beshear continued by telling Kentuckians...

In call with KY’s public school superintendents, Beshear and Brown ask schools close through 4-17

In a teleconference call with Kentucky’s public school superintendents, Gov. Andy Beshear recommended that all Kentucky schools continue their suspension of in-person classes through April 17 to help control the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in communities across the state. All 172 Kentucky school districts, 53 area technology centers, Kentucky School for the Blind and Kentucky...

Secretary of State says counties using electronic ballot machines should move to paper ballots

Secretary of State Michael Adams, acting on his promise to ensure ballot integrity and enhance public confidence in our election system, told the House Standing Committee on Elections, Constitutional Amendments and Intergovernmental Affairs that counties using electronic ballot machines should move to using only paper ballots as soon as fiscally possible. Michael Adams Adams spoke in favor in House...

Gov. Beshear announces more actions aimed at protecting Kentucky families in COVID-19 pandemic

Gov. Andy Beshear Wednesday announced more actions he is taking to help combat the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and protect Kentuckians. “This is our duty. This is the challenge that we face in our lifetimes,” Gov. Beshear said of people doing their part to stop the coronavirus. “None of us have seen anything like this before, but I believe we are up to it. I believe we can do this,...

Kentucky Derby to be postponed until Sept. 5 in response to Covid-19 pandemic; Preakness may follow

Even Kentucky’s most famous rite of spring is not immune to the spread of COVID 19. Churchill Downs has announced that the 2020 Kentucky Derby, originally scheduled for May 2 (the first Saturday in May) will be postponed until September 5. Churchill Downs Incorporated CEO, Bill Carstanjen released the following statement: “Throughout the rapid development of the COVID-19 pandemic, our first priority...

Louisville Zoo temporarily closing to the public starting Tuesday to help prevent spread of COVID-19

The Louisville Zoo will be temporarily closing to the public starting on Tuesday (March 17) following recommendations of Mayor Greg Fischer and the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness. While there have been no known cases of exposure to COVID-19 at the Zoo, the decision to close was made to further support efforts to reduce the rapid spread of the virus and to protect the health...