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Governor Beshear reports lowest COVID positivity rate since Oct. 27, 1,306 cases and 51 deaths

Gov. Andy Beshear announced the state’s positivity rate has declined to 5.9%, the lowest since Oct. 27. “We are getting these vaccines out faster than the federal government can provide them, so there’s a lot of hope moving into the future,” said Gov. Beshear. “We are going to defeat this virus this year, but until then, we’ve got to protect each other.” Case Information Gov. Beshear...

Gov. Andy Beshear announces executive order expanding in-person instruction in Kentucky

By Jacob Perkins Kentucky Teacher Gov. Andy Beshear announced an executive order during his Tuesday media briefing that recommends all public school districts offer or expand in-person instructional opportunities beginning March 1, or seven days after district personnel receive their second COVID-19 vaccination. Students, educators and staff will be required to wear face coverings while on school grounds...

Public invited to submit artwork for Team Kentucky Gallery to be displayed in state Capitol’s main hall

Gov. Andy Beshear and First Lady Britainy Beshear on Monday invited Kentuckians to lend their artistic talents to a new Team Kentucky Gallery, which will be located in a main hall of the state Capitol in Frankfort. The Beshears said the Capitol is the people’s house and there is no better place to highlight Kentuckians’ voices as represented through art. “Once we defeat COVID-19 and more Kentuckians...

Kentucky to recognize contributions of grocery workers during Supermarket Employees Day Feb. 22

Supermarket employees have played a major role in keeping our communities running and our families fed throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. In recognition of their efforts, Kentucky will observe Supermarket Employee Day on Monday, February 22 with a proclamation from Gov. Andy Beshear. The Kentucky Retail Federation and Kentucky Grocers & Convenience Store Association are also encouraging mayors...

Governor updates Kentuckians on winter weather as state prepares for third storm in eight days

Gov. Andy Beshear said road crews are continuing to work around the clock to clear roads as the state prepares for its third winter storm in eight days, expected to start this evening. “We have now made it through two winter storms, with a third on the way. I’m happy to be able to say we had a relatively quiet night, but let me stress that – even with a bit of a break in the weather – it’s...

Winter storm has state on high alert, with more on the way; officals urge limiting travel when possible

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today State officials are urging Kentuckians to limit travel as much as possible due to the current winter storm as well as one that is forecast for Wednesday into Thursday. During a Monday morning press briefing, Gov. Andy Beshear said, “The roads are already dangerous in places. So, if you have to be out, I hope you are taking extra time, I hope you have reduced speed and...

This Week at the Capitol: Lawmakers hit the ground running in session’s second half, override six vetoes

If last month’s quick start to the General Assembly’s 2021 session wasn’t enough to show that lawmakers were serious about passing priority bills into law as soon as possible, the speed at which they override vetoes this week left no doubt. On Tuesday, lawmakers’ first day back at the Capitol after a recess that started in mid-January, the Senate and House voted to override all six of the vetoes...

Beshear reports 2,592 cases, 51 deaths; first to vaccinate teachers; more regional centers coming

Gov. Andy Beshear announced Kentucky is on track to become the first state to vaccinate educators. Fayette County reported 152 cases. The Northern Kentucky Health Department has been vaccinating teachers against COVID since last month and is awaiting word of new supply to begin vaccinations of 1C-eligible people, those age 65 and with pre-existing conditions. “Our vaccination efforts right now are...

Beshear files lawsuit to stop legislators from stripping governor of executive orders on pandemic

Gov. Andy Beshear filed a lawsuit to stop lawmakers from stripping the Governor of his ability to implement lifesaving public health measures during a pandemic that has killed more than 3,700 Kentuckians at a time when the country is experiencing the emergence of new COVID-19 variants and vaccine supplies remain limited. Just over two months ago, the Kentucky Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision,...

Beshear extends order allowing mail-in driver’s license renewal for licenses expiring prior to June 30

To minimize the spread of COVID-19, Gov. Andy Beshear on Monday announced an extension of a special program for remote renewal of qualifying expired Kentucky driver’s license and ID cards. The new official order grants Kentuckians access to renew or replace a driving or identity credential through their Circuit Court Clerk’s preferred mail-in or drop method. The order applies to Kentucky driver’s...

Kentucky a pandemic hot spot in mid-January; deaths spiked, but COVID-19 hospital admissions fell

Kentucky was a pandemic hot spot in the week covered by the first White House Coronavirus Task Force report from the new Biden administration, issued Thursday for a reporting week that had ended nearly a week earlier. Perhaps the most striking figure in the report was that deaths from COVID-19 were up 35 percent from Jan. 16 to Jan. 22, compared to the previous week. That reflected the increasingly...

Beshear donates nearly $16K from inaugural fund to Feeding Kentucky on Hunger Free Day

Gov. Andy Beshear signed a proclamation declaring Jan. 28 as Hunger Free Day in Kentucky and made a surprise donation to the group Feeding Kentucky of nearly $16,000 left over from the Beshear-Coleman inaugural fund. During a virtual event Thursday morning, the Governor praised the advocates and workers on the front line helping to make sure Kentucky families stay fed, work made tougher by the COVID-19...

Commonwealth Education Continuum members named ahead of upcoming meeting on Jan. 27

Dozens of state policy leaders are joining next week to kick off the first meeting of the Commonwealth Education Continuum, a new effort to help students successfully progress through each level of Kentucky’s education system and into the workforce. The group will meet at 1 p.m. ET on Jan. 27 via livestream at https://youtu.be/LNQQEBg5V-Y. The agenda is available at http://cpe.ky.gov/aboutus/meetings. Gov....

Kentucky hospitals to follow higher quality standards to get more money from Medicaid

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News With up to 28 rural Kentucky hospitals vulnerable to closure if their financial situation does not improve, the announcement of a new payment model to increase the amount Kentucky’s hospitals are paid for Medicaid patients is cause for their celebration. “Improved reimbursement for Kentucky’s hospitals is vital for their survival. Medicaid…...

Beshear to lead bipartisan task force to guide states in economic recovery, revitalization efforts

The National Governors Association (NGA) has announced that Gov. Andy Beshear will lead a bipartisan task force to guide states in their economic recovery and revitalization efforts amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Gov. Andy Beshear “I am deeply honored and humbled to be asked by the NGA to work on this crucially important issue,” Beshear said. “This global health crisis has upended economies...

Gov. Andy Beshear: Relief needed now for small businesses, workers harmed by COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19 has hit us hard. It has taken the lives of far too many and it has upended our economy, damaging Kentucky’s small businesses and hurting our workers. I’ve seen that hurt and that sacrifice, but I’ve seen our small businesses doing it willingly, knowing that it’s protecting the health and the lives of their customers, their employees and their community. That’s why we have a duty...

Gov. Beshear reports 3,953 new COVID cases, 22 deaths and explains unemployment relief payment

Gov. Andy Beshear announced more than 3,053 new COVID cases and 22 deaths and shared more details on the state’s unemployment one-time relief payment program. Gov. Beshear “This is the fourth-highest Tuesday, it’s higher than the last couple weeks, so we’re trying to determine where these numbers are going,” said Gov. Beshear. “We are sure that this is a surge caused by gatherings through...

Plan your next ‘Safe-cation’ with 2021 Kentucky Official Visitor’s Guide; features travel tips, stories

Gov. Andy Beshear, along with leadership from the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, has announced the unveiling of the 2021 Kentucky Official Visitor’s Guide. With the end of the COVID-19 pandemic now within reach, state officials are preparing to welcome visitors back to the commonwealth as vaccinations are distributed nationally. In response to the nation’s ongoing battle with the COVID-19,...

Petition filed with state House asks for impeachment of Gov. Beshear for actions related to pandemic

Staff report Four “citizens of the Commonwealth” have filed a petition with the Kentucky House of Representatives asking for the impeachment of Governor Andy Beshear over the handling of his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. The House has set up a committee to consider the petition, as required by law. Gov. Andy Beshear K.R.S. § 63.030 provides: (1) Any person may, by written petition...

With veto-proof power, House Republicans keep foot on gas in early days of General Assembly session

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Armed with veto-proof power, Republican lawmakers were off and running on their top priorities Thursday. The third full day of the legislative session saw 10 bills – five in each chamber – being fast-tracked before Gov. Andy Beshear could give his State of the Commonwealth address later in the evening. It was a lightning-fast day when the House zipped through...