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Governor calls Tuesday’s coronavirus numbers ‘a wake-up call,’ reporting 576 new cases, six deaths

Gov. Andy Beshear on Tuesday updated Kentuckians on the state’s ongoing efforts to fight the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) as cases continue to rise in the Commonwealth. He reported 576 new cases and 6 deaths. “COVID-19 is attacking us, and we are at war with this virus. We either come together or we fall apart,” the Governor said. “This virus isn’t playing, and neither are we. And it...

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...

Rocky Adkins: Beshear rebuilding unemployment after years of cuts designed to fail Kentucky workers

My fellow Kentuckians deserve better than an unemployment office that has been starved of funding for years and a system that was designed to tell them “no” when they need help. On those dark days when Kentuckians have lost their job, they deserve better, and Gov. Andy Beshear is committed to fixing the state’s antiquated unemployment system with financial, staffing and geographic challenges...

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...

As you spend more time outdoors with summer in full swing, remember the ticks; they’re a big problem

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News As outdoor venues in Kentucky have opened up after months of being closed due to the coronavirus, more Kentuckians than ever are heading outdoors. And picking up ticks. Experts caution that it’s important to take precautions through September, when ticks are still active, and to learn how to remove them properly to decrease the risk of tick-borne disease. Jonathan...

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...

Jan Hillard: Reopening schools and lessons learned from spring shutdown; schools face a dilemma

As Fall approaches, school districts, parents, students, and elected officials are struggling with the question of reopening schools amidst the continuing threat of COVID-19. Re-opening is a complex decision that brings into question the capacity of schools to make safe adjustments to face-to-face classrooms, improve access and ease of use to remote learning, and respond to ever-changing medical and...

UofL researchers test virtual COVID-19 care tool for veterans; automated texts reassure patients

By Baylee Pulliam University of Louisville Researchers at the University of Louisville are working with the Department of Veterans Affairs on a tool that texts COVID-19 information and advice straight to veterans’ phones. In a new study published in The Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, UofL’s Jason Saleem and doctoral student Jacob Read found the tool, called Annie, gave...

Beshear says Kentucky no longer in plateau on COVID-19 — 452 new cases, 2 deaths; take it seriously

Gov. Andy Beshear sounded the alarm — 453 new COVID cases and two deaths. Kentucky is no longer in a plateau. “We have another day of really high numbers of COVID-19 cases,” said Beshear. “This is another day where it shows that we are no longer in a plateau but cases are increasing. We must act now.” As of Saturday afternoon, Beshear said there were at least 19,121 coronavirus cases in Kentucky...

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...

Louisville business students start company to meet demand for comfortable, reusable face masks

By Jim Warner University of Louisville The most successful entrepreneurs will always point to their capacity to recognize opportunity as a fundamental element of their success. Founded by College of Business undergrads Pablo Hernandez and Matthew Brown, The Secure Mask company was founded to meet the public demand for comfortable, reusable face masks in the wake of COVID-19. But it can’t just be...

Kentucky offers in-person unemployment assistance in Covington, Prestonsburg beginning Monday

Individuals can make appointments for in-person unemployment insurance services that will be offered next week in Covington and Prestonsburg to assist Kentuckians while ensuring the safety of those needing assistance and limiting the spread of COVID-19. Individuals can schedule appointments for July 13 and July 14 in Covington during the hours of 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Covington in-person event will...

CPE approves historically low tuition increases for 2020-21; rates a financial win for students

In a financial win for students, the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education finalized tuition rates for public universities, preserving college affordability with the smallest average rate increase in decades. The historic move allows resident, undergraduate students to enter the 2020-21 academic year with an average tuition increase of only 0.7 percent. That continues a now four-year trend of...

Supreme Court cancels in-person bar exams in 2020 as precaution, announces remote bar exam Oct. 5-6

The Supreme Court of Kentucky has entered amended order 2020-50 canceling the July 28-29 and Sept. 30-Oct. 1 bar examinations due to ongoing concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic. To protect the health and safety of bar applicants, employees and volunteers, the Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions will administer a remote bar examination offered by the National Conference of Bar Examiners on Oct. 5-6. All...

CPE projects $144M impact on campuses from COVID-19; schools adapting with innovation

New estimates from the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) show that COVID-19 has inflicted a staggering financial toll on public colleges and universities, driving unexpected costs and lost revenue at a time when campuses are striving to keep tuition low. CPE President Aaron Thompson provided the numbers to state lawmakers Wednesday in a report to the Interim Budget Review Subcommittee...

CPE offers flexibility on college readiness standards; campuses have chance to assess student placement

The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) is allowing greater flexibility for the 2020-21 academic year in how campuses assess student readiness for college-level work. CPE’s college readiness standards, outlined in state regulation, help campuses determine course placement following admission to a public institution. Students who fail to meet the standards must take corequisite courses,...

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...

Drowning remains top cause of death for children one to four; take these steps to keep kids safe in water

By Dr. Scottie Day Special to KyForward Ask any child about the best part of summer, and chances are they will say it’s going to the pool or beach. And while parents are aware of the risk of drowning, it remains the number one cause of death in children ages one to four as well as a leading cause of death among teens. Nearly 1,000 children die due to drowning each year, and more than 8,700 children...

BBB Trends: Moving scams cause financial anguish; research company, beware of fraudulent movers

Allowing someone you don’t know to drive away with your belongings is among the many stressful aspects of a long-distance move — especially if that move is complicated or may be prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, some consumers find their stress compounded by fraudulent movers who charge them many times the amount quoted, subject them to unreasonably long delivery windows, or even...