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BBB Scam Alert: Research shows spike in online purchase scams during COVID-19 pandemic

Scams related to online purchases, already on the rise in 2019, spiked further following the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to new research by the Better Business Bureau (BBB). A staggering 80.5 percent of consumers reporting online purchase scams in 2020 lost money. That figure has been creeping up from 71.2 percent in 2015, when BBB began collecting data. Online purchase scams ranked among...

Kentucky Safe Schools Week set for Oct. 18-24; healthy habits, involvement by all encouraged

Kentucky Safe Schools Week is set for Oct. 18–24. This year’s theme is “HEALTHY HABITS, Shield Our Schools!” (name of district) and the Kentucky Center for School Safety stands on the belief that everybody should enjoy school equally and be treated with respect. Community members, educators, students and parents are encouraged to get involved during Kentucky Safe Schools Week. During this...

Beshear reports 884 new cases, 11 deaths; talks about mask safety, big absentee voting numbers

Gov. Andy Beshear on Thursday reported 884 new COVID-19 cases and 11 deaths, bringing the state’s totals to 77,455 cases and 1,234 deaths. One hundred and eight of the newly reported cases were from children ages 18 and under. “This is about 20 cases less than we had this day last week. It’s about 200 more than we had in the two preceding weeks before that,” said Beshear. “It gives you...

University of Kentucky musicians continue making beautiful music behind the mask

By Whitney Hale University of Kentucky Although audiences aren’t gathering at the Singletary Center for the Arts and other similar arts and entertainment venues due to the COVID-19 pandemic, music can still be heard around campus as University of Kentucky’s instrumentalists and vocalists adapt to the “new normal.” To make sure these Wildcats can continue to make music, several precautions...

Keven Moore: COVID-19 lawsuits spreading in American court system like an unchecked virus

The coronavirus pandemic will radically change many things about American life by the time it has run its course. But one thing is for sure, and that is it will not change our reliance on the court system to resolve disputes. Like with any new exposure, the COVID-19 pandemic has produced a tsunami of litigation across the country that has spread like an unchecked virus growing across the continent....

Deadliest week on record as Beshear reports on COVID, freezes evictions, mandates face coverings

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today It was another big day in new cases of the coronavirus, including 11 deaths, making this week the deadliest since the pandemic started in early March. Since Sunday, 66 people have died from the virus. 
Gov. Andy Beshear reported 809 new cases – the fourth consecutive day where new cases exceeded 800 – were reported to state health officials. Ninety-eight of them...

Beshear reports 807 COVID-19 cases, 15 deaths; talks about census, voting, unemployment, more

Gov. Andy Beshear on Tuesday reported 807 new COVID cases and 15 deaths, bringing the state’s totals to 49,185 cases and 948 deaths. Among the new cases were 150 children 18 and under, which includes 24 children 5 and under. The youngest is just 27 days old. Fayette County had 84 cases. “The virus is certainly spreading more through our kids,” said Beshear. “That’s concerning. So keep...

Nursing homes ‘need help’ from state; residents account for 58.6 percent of Kentucky’s COVID deaths

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News As they remain the main sites for deadly infections of the novel coronavirus, Kentucky’s nursing homes are asking for more help from the state, which says much of the help they seek has already been provided or can’t be rendered. At a legislative committee meeting Aug. 26, the head of Kentucky’s main nursing-home association said nursing homes...

Wreaths Across America kicks off campaign for Camp Nelson National Cemetery with mobile exhibit

Wreaths Across America for Camp Nelson National Cemetery has announced the kickoff of its 2020 wreath campaign, highlighted with a visit by the Wreaths Across America Mobile Education Exhibit (MEE), a large truck-mounted display unit. Continuing to “Remember, Honor, Teach” in 2020, the group welcomes the MEE to its first visit to Kentucky. The MEE will visit Lexington and Lawrenceburg for...

Keven Moore: Steps parents can take to protect their students from COVID-19 as schools reopen

As politicians and local school districts debate if and when to return students to school for the 2020-2021 school year, many parents are left wondering what to do to prepare and protect their children from those they will come in contact with while attending school. NKU Moving In Day Regardless of what side of the fence you fall on this debate of opening back up schools, it is inevitable parents will...

Kentucky Governor’s Scholars celebrate unique, successful 2020 summer program despite COVID-19

The Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program (GSP) recognized 1,020 outstanding Kentucky high school seniors, representing all 120 counties, for completing the 38th summer program. The modified GSP summer program had a mixture of virtual and in-person experiences to keep students and staffers safe from COVID-19. Calling them his fellow scholars, Gov. Andy Beshear, a GSP alum from 1995, congratulated...

CPE president applauds mask requirements; colleges, universities mandate face coverings

President Aaron Thompson, head of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, is praising the widespread efforts on campuses to protect health by requiring face masks in classrooms and at most public gatherings. Kentucky’s public two- and four-year institutions have all implemented policies in recent weeks that will mandate the use of masks during the fall 2020 semester. The policies are consistent...

Mission to protect incoming UK student tradition: K Week continues with hybrid format this fall

By Ryan Girves University of Kentucky For more than a decade, K Week has welcomed incoming freshmen and transfer students to campus with a schedule of events designed to ease the social and academic transition to the University of Kentucky. Esteemed, “the best way to get started at UK,” K Week kicks off every student’s story. Enter COVID-19. The global pandemic has impacted every facet...

Kentucky health chief tells businesses that masks are key; lawyer tells how to enforce mandate

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News The state’s top physician often says that basic public-health measures – like washing our hands, staying six feet apart and wearing a mask – are all we have right now to thwart the spread of the novel coronavirus until we get a vaccine. But masks are the most important, he indicated Friday. “That single measure is felt to be really a linchpin...

Latest White House COVID-19 report shows fewer Kentucky counties in danger zones this week

By Al Cross Kentucky Health News Kentucky got a better report this week from the White House Coronavirus Task Force. It has two more counties are in the task force’s “red zone” — for places with more than 100 new cases per 100,000 people, and a positive rate of at least 10 percent in tests for the virus — but a lot fewer in its “yellow zone,” for those with 10 to 100...

Beshear reports 463 COVID cases, two deaths, hoping it’s a plateau; urges caution, mask-wearing

Gov. Andy Beshear reported 463 new COVID cases and two deaths, bringing the state’s totals to 31,185 cases and 742 deaths. Eleven of the new cases were children age 5 and under. There were 80 new cases in Fayette County, second to Jefferson County’s 91 new cases. “We’ve made it to August, and while I know we all hoped months ago when this pandemic first arrived in Kentucky that we’d...

Ky. health organizations launch ‘Wear It For Me’ campaign to raise awarenes of importance of masks

A Louisville man who just learned he has brain cancer. A Jessamine County teacher. A Glasgow family physician. A restaurant owner and a firefighter with a young child. All are wearing masks to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, and asking Kentuckians to do the same in a new campaign launched this week by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, the Kentucky Medical Association (KMA), and the Kentucky...

Campbellsville University to hold adjusted graduation recognition on campus for May, August graduates

Campbellsville University’s May and August graduates have been invited to return to campus to participate in an adjusted graduation recognition. “It is a time for you to be recognized for your accomplishments and a time for family and friends to cheer you on as you cross the finish line,” said Dr. Michael V. Carter, president of Campbellsville University. Carter and his administration invited...

Kentucky Health News: A round-up of COVID-19 news — cases, trends, the surge, masks, stimulus bill and more

From Kentucky Health News, a round-up of COVID-19 news: • Counties with more than five new cases on Friday were Jefferson, 206; Fayette, 76; Warren, 41; Kenton, 27; Boone, 26; Bell, 23; Harlan, 17; Bullitt, 16; Barren, Hardin McCracken and Scott, 15 each; Laurel, 14;  Campbell, Henderson and Shelby, 12 each; Jessamine, 11; Knox, 10 1.25 Pike, 9; Ohio and Oldham, 8; Perry Pulaski and Whitley, 7...

Beshear reports 674 new COVID-19 cases, second-highest daily number, 3 deaths; surge continues

Gov. Andy Beshear reported 674 new COVID cases on Tuesday, 23 of them from children 5 and under, and three new deaths. These cases raised Kentucky’s totals to 24,060 cases and 674 deaths. As of Tuesday there have been at least 549,208 tests performed in Kentucky with a positivity rate of 4.3 percent. The new cases represent the second-highest number of cases in a single day. “Here in Kentucky,...