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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...

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...

Attorney General issues subpoenas to Amazon third-party sellers for price gouging during pandemic

Attorney General Daniel Cameron has issued subpoenas to six third-party sellers in Kentucky who used Amazon’s online platform to engage in suspected price gouging during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The sellers allegedly engaged in the price gouging of essential emergency and medical supplies, including hand sanitizer and N95 respirator masks. Some sellers inflated the price of these...

Kentucky income tax return filing deadline extended to July 15 in response to COVID-19 pandemic

At Gov. Andy Beshear’s direction, the Kentucky Department of Revenue is extending the 2019 Kentucky income tax filing deadline to July 15, 2020. The move tracks with income tax relief provisions issued March 20 by the federal Internal Revenue Service in response to disruption caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic. Gov. Andy Beshear “At a time when we are asking families and businesses to make...

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,”...

‘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....

39 cases of COVID-19 added to state total (including one from a ‘coronavirus party’), says Gov. Beshear

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky had 39 new cases of the coronavirus on Tuesday, the largest single-day number by far, bringing the state’s total to at least 163, Gov. Andy Beshear said. 
During a Capitol press conference, the governor expressed his disappointment that some people are not following the guidance and orders restricting the gathering of people and called out an action that led...

Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill temporarily closing in response to COVID-19 pandemic

Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill is temporarily closing to all guests as of March 24, due to the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19 and instructions from Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear and public health officials. After much thought, internal meetings with senior staff members and with the approval of the Shaker Village Board of Trustees it was decided that the Village needed to temporarily close to ensure the...

K-PREP testing has been canceled for the school year; state applied and received a testing waiver

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) has notified all Kentucky public school superintendents that K-PREP testing for the 2019-2020 school year has been canceled. U.S. Department of Education (USED) officials announced March 20 that students impacted by school closures due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic can bypass standardized testing for the 2019-2020 school year. KDE applied for a waiver...

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 aims to stop the spread, help citizens; extends tax deadline to July 15, school closures

Gov. Andy Beshear announced more actions on Friday to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and assist Kentuckians trying to manage difficulties because of the virus. Gov. Beshear requested school superintendents keep schools closed for in-person classes until at least April 20 and delayed the state’s income tax filing deadline until July 15, consistent with the new federal deadline. “We...

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...

KBE selects executive firm to lead search for Kentucky’s education commissioner

At its March 18 meeting – held virtually for the first time to comply with Gov. Andy Beshear’s recommendation to practice social distancing due to COVID-19 – the Kentucky Board of Education selected an executive firm to lead the search for Kentucky’s next education commissioner. Florida-based Greenwood/Asher & Associates Inc., which headed up the searches for former commissioners Terry...

Gov. Beshear announces more actions aimed at protecting Kentucky families in COVID-19 pandemic

Gov. Andy Beshear Wednesday announced more actions he is taking to help combat the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and protect Kentuckians. “This is our duty. This is the challenge that we face in our lifetimes,” Gov. Beshear said of people doing their part to stop the coronavirus. “None of us have seen anything like this before, but I believe we are up to it. I believe we can do this,...

Gov. Beshear acts to limit spread of COVID-19; includes guidance for closure of government offices

Today, Gov. Andy Beshear announced additional steps to contain and limit the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). “It’s my job to protect my family and friends, but I believe it’s all of our civic duty to protect our communities,” Beshear said. “I will use every resource in this state, every dollar at my disposal, every personnel that we have, to do everything we can to protect everyone’s...

Governor takes more steps to contain, limit virus; primary election rescheduled, limits on contacts

Gov. Andy Beshear announced even more decisive steps he is taking to contain and limit the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). He reminded Kentuckians that throughout this time they must remain calm and be good teammates. Gov. Andy Beshear “We’re going to be dealing with this for some time. I cannot tell you how long, but I need everybody to be a good citizen – to remember that this is...

Gov. Beshear updates citizens on ongoing response to limit spread of coronavirus-19, as cases increase

Gov. Andy Beshear updated Kentuckians Sunday on the state’s ongoing response to limit the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and said the state has three additional positive cases. As of 5 p.m. ET Sunday, more tests results were received, bringing the state’s total to 21 with two new positive cases in Jefferson County and one in Clark County. “I am not going to be the governor who acts two...

Keeneland announces Spring Meet will open on April 2 without spectators; cancels April 7 sales event

After detailed consultations with Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear and the Kentucky Department for Public Health and with Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton and the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, Keeneland is taking the following steps out of an abundance of caution to do its part in containing the spread of COVID-19 while upholding its commitments to the local community, the Thoroughbred industry...

Kentucky achieves 38 percent increase in number of residents earning GEDs after waiver of $120 fee

Gov. Andy Beshear and Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman announced in January that the $120 fee GED test fee would be waived for Kentuckians. Since that announcement, there has been an 81 percent jump in the number of people who are signed up to get a GED. Gov. Beshear said there was a 38 percent increase in the number of Kentuckians who have earned a GED, according to Kentucky Skills U, an agency within...

Gov. Beshear announces three additional individuals in Kentucky test positive for Novel Coronavirus

Gov. Andy Beshear has announced three additional people in Kentucky have tested positive for the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the total to four in the state. The latest cases are in Jefferson and Fayette counties with a second person diagnosed in Harrison County. All four patients are in isolation.  Governor Beshear Gives a Corona Virus Update – 03.08.2020 Gov. Beshear confirmed...