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Old State Capitol and Kentucky Military History Museum now open to visitors; masks required

The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) has announced the reopening of the Old State Capitol and the Kentucky Military History Museum to visitors. KHS members receive free admission to all three sites on the Kentucky Historical Society campus. Non-members can purchase tickets in-person at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History or online. Reopening of the facilities are in accordance with Healthy...

CDC publishes article on Kentucky monitoring system to guide decisions in reopening and response

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News As health departments across the nation help states safely reopen their economies and schools, the monitoring system Kentucky officials use to guide their decisions has been lauded in a recent federal report as an example for other states to follow. The report, published in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly...

Dr. Scottie Day: Reopening schools safely requires careful planning — here are guidelines to consider

As we continue into unchartered waters during the coronavirus pandemic, reopening schools safely requires careful planning. Many schools are overcrowded and understaffed, which makes implementing measures such as distancing and cleaning difficult. The American Academy of Pediatrics has outlined some guidelines for states and school districts to consider when planning a safe environment for students,...

Beshear announces limited service reopening of regional driver licensing office in Morehead

Gov. Andy Beshear has announced the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet regional driver’s licensing office in Morehead will reopen for limited services starting Wednesday (June 10). It is part of Beshear’s Healthy at Work initiative to safely reopen essential Executive Branch offices and services that were closed to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus 2019. Gov. Andy Beshear“We are gradually...

Baptist Health offers employers online COVID-19 tools aimed at getting Kentuckians back to work

Baptist Health is sharing a page from its COVID-19 playbook with area employers anxious about safely reopening. The health system has a web-based solution to the state requirement to screen employees for COVID-19 symptoms before they report for work. “Baptist Health is helping to get Kentucky and Southern Indiana back to work by offering customized COVID-19 testing solutions and digital tools...

Reopening when not quite ready to thwart COVID-19 means managing risk; four types, health expert writes

No state “has met the metrics to safely reopen,” so the nation “needs to move to the public health strategy of harm reduction,” says former Baltimore health commissioner Leana Wen. “So what does that mean in terms of choices each of us makes — what’s safe to do and what’s not?” Wen, an emergency physician and visiting professor at George Washington University’s...

Gov. Andy Beshear reports 135 new COVID cases, 10 deaths; talks more reopenings and food for kids

Gov. Andy Beshear reported in his daily briefing 135 new cases and 10 deaths, raising the state’s totals to 8,236 cases and 386 deaths. At least 3,008 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus. Healthy at Work The Governor also announced auctions could be held starting June 1. Horse shows can be held again starting on June 8. Bars, gatherings with 50 people or fewer and venues that hold 50 people...

Governor outlines plans for further reopening including churches, manufacturing and government offices

Governor Andy Beshear on Friday outlined the requirements to begin reopening major segments of the economy and society including houses of worship, manufacturing, construction, government offices and agencies, retail and funeral services. The full plans for each organization to reopen is posted online at healthyatwork.ky.gov. Beshear announced that government offices and agencies are able to open May...

Kentucky will begin additional reopening of economy May 11; everyone will be required to wear masks

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Andy Beshear said on Monday that additional reopening of the economy will start on May 11 and everyone will be required to wear masks. Beshear said he will give more details on Wednesday about what businesses would be allowed to open. Eighty-seven new cases of the coronavirus were reported to state health officials on Monday, along with five additional deaths. Kentucky...

Lex’s recycling center expected to reopen Monday; closed since Thursday due to broken conveyor belt

The city’s recycling center is expected to reopen on Monday after having been shut down on Thursday and part of Friday after a gearbox motor on the facility’s main conveyor belt broke.  Barry Prater, who manages the recycling center, said that the broken gearbox motor has been repaired and that a limited amount of processing had been performed by mid-afternoon Friday. Prather said he expected...