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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...

Estimates of COVID-19’s effects on health-care system, and lives, show Ky. compares favorably

By Al Cross Kentucky Health News Kentucky compares favorably to its major bordering states in the first public estimates of the impact of the coronavirus on the U.S. health-care system and the number of deaths expected from the COVID-19 disease caused by the virus. However, some estimates for Kentucky have wider possible ranges than for the other states, illustrating the shortage of data that public-health...

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...

UofL researchers focus on coronavirus treatment, testing cells growing quickly in host tobacco plants

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The University of Louisville’s biocontainment laboratory is being called upon in research efforts focusing on the coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19, and a Kentucky crop could be a key. 
At U of L, researchers are exploring compounds that hold promise as therapeutic agents against the disease and could be grown quickly in host tobacco plants. 
A strain...

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...

Ron Daley: Will the coronavirus pandemic unite the country to become the next ‘Greatest Generation?’

Will we Americans meet the challenge as a united nation against the virus as the “Greatest Generation” did against Hitler’s Nazism, Italy’s Fascism, and the Japanese aggression as our patriots did on the battlefield and working in the factories in World War II. It is yet to be determined as we enter the early stages of the war against a new deadly contagion. We are the children, grandchildren...

Stimulus bill passes House by voice vote, goes to Pres. Trump; no second for Massie’s recorded vote

Staff Report The Washington Post reports that the House of Representatives approved the massive $2 trillion stimulus bill by voice vote. Lawmakers returned to Washington to be present for the vote, after Kentucky’s Rep. Thomas Massie threatened to object to the voice vote, which would have delayed approval. Massie tried to make a motion for a recorded vote, but failed to get a second, and it...

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,”...

NTI Days require new methods of teaching, learning, but Kentucky schools are embracing the challenge

By Mark Hansel KyForward managing editor One of many unknowns in the world changed by COVID-19 is how teachers, students, and parents in Kentucky would handle the implementation of Non-Traditional Instructional (NTI) Days. NTI requires students to learn from home until the restrictions put into place because of COVID-19 are lifted. Joe Cordonnier talks to his AP Psychology students via video conferencing (Photos...

UK Healthcare to offer drive-thru coronavirus testing for frontline employees by appointment

UK HealthCare is offering drive-thru testing for the COVID-19 coronavirus for its frontline employees and patient care providers.  The drive-thru testing is at UK HealthCare Turfland and by appointment only for UKHC employees who are symptomatic but do not need inpatient care. Plans to expand testing to broader groups at UK HealthCare and the public will be considered once access to...

Ashli Watts: State businesses are stepping up in the fight against COVID-19; we will get through this

I don’t think any of us could have imagined what has transpired over the last week. The coronavirus has not only plagued the world as a public health pandemic, but it has very quickly devastated our economy and upended our normal business and daily routines. Our new reality includes shocking statistics like more than 9,000 people filing for unemployment insurance benefits in Kentucky in a single...

‘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....

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 orders ‘nonessential retail’ to close as coronavirus count exceeds 100 in Kentucky

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky saw its positive coronavirus cases climb over 100 and Gov. Andy Beshear said nonessential businesses would have to shutter Monday night. 
Beshear said the number of positive cases has reached 103, 16 more than Saturday’s total of 87. 

“We expected this, this is the way this virus works,” he said Sunday afternoon during his regular press conference. 
Beshear...

Kentucky’s covid-19 response compares favorably to major border states according to recent data

(Click for larger image) Kentucky compares favorably with major bordering states in dealing with the coronavirus, according to recent compilations of testing and case data. (Click for larger image) Among the six states, per person, Kentucky ranks second in the number of tests for the virus and is next to last in the number of reported cases, according to figures compiled by the Pegasus Institute, a...

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...

KY’s Public Health Commissioner, Dr. Steven Stack, says we could be seeing ‘calm before the storm’

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today In a video interview with the American Medical Association, Kentucky Public Health Commissioner Dr. Steven Stack said if a large part of the population gets sick and becomes critically ill in a short period of time, the health care industry will run out of supplies. 
“Most of us rely on a supply chain that often as short as a three-day, just in time, logistics supply...

This Week at State Capitol: Senate passes version of budget which goes back to House; dealing with virus

By LRC Public Information Thirteen days passed between the time that the Kentucky House of Representatives approved a proposed state budget on March 6 and the day the state Senate passed its preferred version of the spending plan this week. No one knew how much our lives would change in such a small span of time. The number of positive COVID-19 cases in the state grew from 1 to 47 and claimed the lives...

Governor’s daily message about coronavirus, cites new cases (including a child); upset with budget plan

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky now has 47 positive coronavirus cases, a second death and a second child tested positive for COVID-19, said Gov. Andy Beshear on Thursday. 
Announcing the death during a Capitol press conference, the governor struck a somber tone. “This is an event that family never wants to face. A 64-year-old male from Jefferson County actually passed away on March 13, but...