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Three state legislators have tested positive for COVID; infectious disease specialist dies

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today At least three Kentucky lawmakers have now tested positive for the coronavirus. 
The Senate Democratic Caucus announced that Sen. Gerald Neal, D-Louisville, admitted himself to the hospital last week, after experiencing mild symptoms of COVID-19 and received the prognosis. Sen. Gerald Neal 
“Sen. Neal is a champion and fighter for his community in the state legislature,”...

Local health departments have become pandemic’s main flak catchers, especially of social media

Local health departments, often underfunded, have been critical during the pandemic in may ways, one as an information source for the public, journalists, and state and federal agencies. “But as the virus has become more politicized and fringe theories are fanned, including by President Donald Trump, many in public health are finding themselves bumping up against a new, time-consuming demand: correcting...

Punting the proverbial football: Board sends issue of fall sports for high schools back to KHSAA

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today After an exhausting three and a half hour meeting, the Kentucky Board of Education punted the proverbial football back to the Kentucky High School Athletic Association’s Board of Control on Friday. 
The BOE unanimously voted to send a letter urging the KHSAA to consider “additional consideration of alternative options for high-contact sports.” It would include...

Gov. Andy Beshear reports 12 new coronavirus deaths as cases top 40,000 in Kentucky

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Another deadly day for the coronavirus in Kentucky on Tuesday as a dozen deaths were announced, and the total number of cases has advanced past 40,000 after another 627 was reported. “This is about what we’ve seen on other Tuesdays going back three or four weeks,” Gov. Andy Beshear said during a Tuesday Capitol briefing. “We’re announcing 627 new cases of COVID-19,...

Greater Louisville Inc. connecting manufacturer’s to free services during coronavirus pandemic

Greater Louisville Inc.’s (GLI) Advanced Manufacturing and Logistics Network is partnering with Advantage Kentucky Alliance (AKA) to ensure manufacturing businesses in the Greater Louisville region can access no-cost services for operational support as they battle COVID-19. AKA is a statewide, nonprofit partnership of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership in Kentucky that is supported by the United...

Toyota helped Bullard, a family-owned manufacturer in Cynthia, step up PPE production to save lives

Producing high-quality personal protective equipment (PPE) is a point of pride and passion to the team at Bullard – a fifth-generation, family-owned safety equipment manufacturer located in Cynthiana. Now, in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic – it’s downright personal. From team leader and cancer survivor Danny Barnett whose daughter has lung issues to 33-year employee Brenda Hall whose daughter...

Gov. Andy Beshear reports third straight day of decreases in new coronavirus cases, positivity rate

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today For the third day in a row, new cases of the coronavirus in Kentucky drop by more than 100 over the previous day, although there were also two more deaths. During a Capitol press briefing on Monday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced 323 new cases, making the state’s total 31,568, since the first one was reported on March 6. The new cases included 12 children under the age of...

Coronavirus is not going away any time soon, state health expert warns General Assembly committee

Members of the General Assembly’s Interim Joint Health and Welfare Committee heard from acting State Epidemiologist Dr. Doug Thoroughman on the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. They listened with masks and were properly social distanced from each other. (Photo by Tom Latek, Kentucky Today) By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The coronavirus and how long everyone will have to be dealing with it...

Sarah Davasher-Wisdom: The data is clear, Congress should provide fourth coronavirus stimulus package

Earlier this month, national economic data showed the second consecutive month of unexpected job growth and increased employment amidst the global pandemic of Covid-19. This is excellent news, but it comes with caveats: millions remain unemployed, businesses continue to struggle and shutter, and the virus is surging in parts of the country. An honest assessment of the economic recovery and our fight...

Gov. Andy Beshear announces 583 new COVID-19 cases, 9 deaths on Saturday; now 22,184 in Kentucky

This map from the Kentucky Department of Public Health shows the total number of people who have been tested positive for COVID-19 by county as of Saturday, July 18, 2020. (Click for larger image) By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The second-highest daily total of new cases of the coronavirus in Kentucky were reported on Saturday, continuing the rising trend of recent days. Gov. Andy Beshear announced 583...

Al Cross: There’s no question Cameron’s timing was bad, but Beshear’s attitude is far from perfect

“The coronavirus is not involved in American politics.” So says Mitch McConnell, who has gotten most things right about the pandemic, but not that one. What he means is that the virus doesn’t pick and choose whom it infects. But it has also infected politics, and that’s making worse the disease it causes – and hampering our ability to control it. President Trump is the leading example, mismanaging...

With 477 new virus cases, 10 new deaths reported Wednesday, Beshear says masks remain critical

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Another high number of new cases of the coronavirus was reported to state health officials on Wednesday but was nearly 100 less than Tuesday’s near-record total. Gov. Andy Beshear said there have now been at least 20,677 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 477 of which were newly reported Wednesday, down from the previous day’s 576. The Governor emphasized that the continuing...

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...

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...

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...

Beshear reports 227 new COVID-19 cases, three deaths; in battle against pandemic, wear the mask

Gov. Andy Beshear on Sunday updated Kentuckians on the state’s continued efforts to fight the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), reporting 227 new cases and three deaths. “Folks, this is serious. So what we need everybody to do is wear that mask. It’s a requirement, just like wearing your seatbelt. At every store, it’s no shirt, no shoes, no mask, no service,” said Beshear. “This is just...

Beshear reports 426 new COVID-19 cases, eight deaths; urges wearing masks to stop the spread

Gov. Andy Beshear re-emphasized the importance of wearing face coverings in many situations to protect Kentucky lives and the economy and to preserve the Commonwealth’s hard-won but fragile progress in the fight against the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). “The more people who wear masks, the more leaders who model wearing masks in any region of the state, the more people there are going to be...

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...

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...

Kentucky tops 17,000 novel coronavirus cases; Beshear reports eight new deaths Monday

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The number of cases of the coronavirus in Kentucky has now topped the 17,000 mark, with another big spike over the weekend, according to data released by Gov. Andy Beshear on Monday. Since the first case was reported on March 6, Kentucky has now seen at least 17,152 cases. State health officials said there were 776 new cases over the three-day period ending Monday. That...