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Beshear reports ‘troubling’ and growing COVID cases, urges ‘buckling down’ to fight deadly disease

Gov. Andy Beshear on Saturday reported at least 79,445 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 1,002 of which were newly reported Saturday. One hundred-eight of the newly reported cases were from children 18 and younger, of which 18 were children ages 5 and under. The youngest were three children, all of whom were 3 months old. “The number of positive cases is increasing at a troubling pace. We’ve had multiple...

Escalation of COVID-19 continues as Beshear reports 1,059 new cases, eight deaths on Friday

Gov. Andy Beshear on Friday updated Kentuckians on the state’s continuing efforts to fight the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). “We continue to be in another escalation of COVID-19 cases here in Kentucky,” said Beshear. “This is the highest Friday in the last four weeks, and this will be our highest week ever when we finish it for number of new COVID-19 cases.” Case Information As of 4...

Beshear reports 884 new cases, 11 deaths; talks about mask safety, big absentee voting numbers

Gov. Andy Beshear on Thursday reported 884 new COVID-19 cases and 11 deaths, bringing the state’s totals to 77,455 cases and 1,234 deaths. One hundred and eight of the newly reported cases were from children ages 18 and under. “This is about 20 cases less than we had this day last week. It’s about 200 more than we had in the two preceding weeks before that,” said Beshear. “It gives you...

Beshear reports 926 COVID-19 new cases (plus Lex backlog), 5 deaths; talks masks, childcare help

Gov. Andy Beshear on Wednesday reported 926 new COVID-19 cases, plus a backlog of cases from Lexington-Fayette County bringing the total to 2,398 cases, and five new deaths. The state’s totals are now 76,587 cases and 1,218 deaths. Three hundred and fifty-eight of the newly reported cases were from children ages 18 and younger, of which 38 were ages 5 and under. Gov. Andy Beshear Fayette County...

Governor reports ‘significant escalation’ with 1,054 new cases, four deaths; unemployment update

Gov. Andy Beshear on Tuesday reported 1,054 new COVID-19 cases and four deaths, bringing the state’s totals to 74,194 cases and 1,218 deaths. One hundred and forty-four of the newly reported cases were from children ages 18 and younger, of which 21 were children ages 5 and under. The youngest was only 3 months old. Fayette County reported 185 cases. “We are experiencing an escalation, our third...

Beshear reports escalating trend going into winter; Stack says ‘we must choose different behaviors’

Gov. Andy Beshear on Monday reported 543 cases of COVID-19 and five deaths, bringing Kentucky’s totals to 73,158 cases and 1,213 deaths. Sixty-nine of the newly reported cases were from children ages 18 and younger, of which nine were ages 5 and under. The youngest was only 1 month old. Fayette County reported 173 new cases. “If the current trends continue, it will be a difficult fall and a...

Kentucky reaches weekly record (6,126) for new coronavirus cases with 616 reported Sunday

Gov. Andy Beshear on Sunday updated Kentuckians on the state’s continuing efforts to fight the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). “I normally don’t provide an update on Sunday, but with 616 new cases today of COVID-19, we have shattered the previous weekly record, which we set just last week,” the Governor said. “This week we now have 6,126 new cases of COVID-19. We have to do better. Please,...

Kentucky reaches highest-ever daily total with 1,275 new coronavirus cases Saturday, eight deaths

Gov. Andy Beshear on Saturday updated Kentuckians on the state’s continuing efforts to fight the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). He reported the highest-ever daily total and the highest-ever weekly total of new COVID-19 cases in the commonwealth. “I know it’s been a tough couple of days, seeing the President, the First Lady, U.S. Senators, Cam Newton and others test positive for COVID-19....

Beshear reports 1,039 new cases, 6 deaths, says this is ‘getting dangerous’; wear masks, everyone

Gov. Andy Beshear on Friday reported 1,039 new COVID-19 cases and six deaths, bringing the state’s totals to 70,727 cases and 1,107 deaths. One hundred fifty-one of the newly reported cases were from children age 18 and younger, of which 33 were age 5 and under. The youngest was only 5 days old. “The escalation here in Kentucky continues to get worse and we have to wear masks – all of us,”...

Grand Jury audio recordings in Breonna Taylor investigation provided to Jefferson Circuit Court

Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s Office of Special Prosecutions on Friday filed with the Jefferson Circuit Court the Grand Jury audio recordings related to the investigation into the death of Breonna Taylor. The recordings were filed prior to Friday’s noon deadline ordered by a Jefferson Circuit Court Judge in the case of Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Brett Hankison. In compliance with the Judge’s...

Beshear reports 910 new COVID-19 cases, 17 deaths; eviction relief, safe Halloween guidance

Gov. Andy Beshear reported 910 new COVID-19 cases and 17 deaths, bringing the state’s totals to 69,728 cases and 1,191 deaths. One hundred forty-six of the newly reported cases were from children ages 18 and younger, of which 26 were ages 5 and under. The youngest was 3 months old. Fayette County reported 159 new cases. “Our case numbers continue to be higher than any of us would like,” said...

Kentucky Speedway loses status as a NASCAR Cup Series track; NKY tourism industry ‘disappointed’

Kentucky Speedway will not be hosting NASCAR’s Cup Series in 2021, according to Mark Simendinger, the track’s executive vice president and general manager. The racetrack in Sparta had been on NASCAR’s schedule since 2011, when Kentucky Speedway hosted the Quaker State 400. Simendinger released the following statement on Kentucky Speedway losing its status as a NASCAR Cup Series track: Mark Simendinger “This...

Beshear reports 1,004 new COVID-19 cases in Kentucky, four deaths; ‘We have to be more vigilant’

Gov. Andy Beshear on Wednesday reported 1,004 new COVID-19 cases and four deaths, bringing the state’s totals to 68,840 cases and 1,174 deaths. One hundred and fifty-four of the newly reported cases were from children ages 18 and younger, of which 28 were ages 5 and under. The youngest was only 4 months old. “Today’s report is a little tough. It’s the first time since March 6 that we’ve...

A ‘wake-up’ call: Beshear reports 1,018 COVID-19 cases, 8 deaths, a daily case total too high

Gov. Andy Beshear on Tuesday reported 1,018 new COVID cases and eight deaths, bringing the state’s totals to 67,856 cases and 1,120 deaths. One hundred and fifty-seven of the newly reported cases were from children ages 18 and younger, of which 27 were ages 5 and under. The youngest was only 2 months old. Fayette County had 143 new cases. Gov. Andy Beshear “Today we are reporting our second-highest...

Beshear reports 456 new COVID-19 cases, 5 deaths; we are ‘seeing the start of a new escalation’

Gov. Andy Beshear on Monday reported 456 new COVID-19 cases and five deaths, bringing the state’s totals to 66,939 cases and 1,162 deaths. Eighty-three of the newly reported cases were from children ages 18 and younger, of which 20 were ages 5 and under. The youngest was only 6 months old. Gov. Andy Beshear “Last week we had almost 5,000 cases in Kentucky – the most we have ever had. Now...

Beshear reports 456 new COVID-19 cases, three deaths; wear marks, social distance, wash hands

Gov. Andy Beshear on Sunday reported 456 new COVID-19 cases and three deaths in limited reporting, bringing the state’s totals to 66,491 cases and 1,157 deaths. Sixty of the newly reported cases were from children ages 18 and younger, of which 10 were ages 5 and under. The youngest was just 2 months old. Fayette County reported 61 cases. “We know we must do better if we want to continue on...

Customs officers seize counterfeit designer apparel in Louisville, illegal drugs at in Erlanger

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Customs and Border Protection officers in Kentucky have had a busy couple of days, seizing counterfeit designer apparel and illegal drugs disguised as a powdered drink mix. 
In Louisville, officers found five shipments in one night, containing counterfeit handbags, wallets, shoes, purses, and other items worth more than $1.1 million, according to the manufacturer’s suggested...

Beshear reports 930 new COVID-19 cases, 12 deaths — ‘We have to fight back,’ he says

Gov. Andy Beshear on Friday reported 930 new COVID-19 cases, 12 deaths, bringing the state’s totals to 65,066 cases and 1,149 deaths. One hundred thirty-one of the newly reported cases were from children age 18 and younger, 23 of which were children age 5 and under. The youngest was only 2 months old. Fayette County had 85 cases. “Today’s COVID report is far too many cases and unfortunately...

Ky. Supreme Court rules historical horse racing isn’t pari-mutuel wagering, illegal under current law

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky Supreme Court issued an opinion Thursday where they unanimously agreed that historical horse racing is not pari-mutuel wagering and is therefore illegal under state law, concluding a decade long battle. This is the second time the case has come before the justices, and this ruling followed oral arguments that were held in August. Kentucky’s Supreme Court...

Beshear reports 745 new COVID-19 cases in Kentucky, 13 deaths; decries violence in Louisville

Gov. Andy Beshear on Thursday reported 745 new COVID-19 cases and 13 deaths, raising the state’s totals to 64,158 cases and 1,137 deaths. Of the new cases, 107 were children 18 and under, including 20 ages 5 and under. The youngest is just 4 days old. Fayette County reported 71 cases. “Let’s be thinking about what we can do for others at all times during this virus. This is a time that takes...