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Lexington hospitals updating visitor restrictions starting Nov. 17 in response to COVID-19

In response to the increasing community spread of COVID-19, hospitals in Lexington are updating their visitor restrictions starting Nov. 17. Baptist Health Lexington, CHI Saint Joseph Health and UK HealthCare’s visiting hours will be 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Overnight visitors are not allowed and each visitor must wear a mask at all times while in the facility, including in the patient’s room. All...

Beshear welcomes latest donation of PPE to aid Kentucky’s response to ongoing COVID-19 battle

Gov. Andy Beshear on Monday welcomed one of the state’s latest corporate donations of personal protective equipment, which will help bolster the commonwealth’s response to the novel coronavirus 2019. “Even before this global health crisis arrived in Kentucky more than six months ago, we were working to secure the personal protective equipment needed to keep our people safe,” Beshear said. “The...

Murray State Institute of Engineering produces face shield apparatuses for local COVID-19 response

The Murray State University Institute of Engineering is producing and donating face shield apparatuses as part of its response to the ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. Engineering Graphics and Design program coordinator Dr. Rudy Ottway and student worker Clay Doron, a junior majoring in the program, are using 3D printers and an open-source 3D computer-aided drafting model to produce...

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...

KET provides free learning-at-home toolkit for families, educators in response to COVID-19 outbreak

In response to the urgent need for at-home learning resources while Kentucky schools are closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak, KET has created an online toolkit for families and educators at KET.org/learnathome. The toolkit provides families free high-quality educational resources for children of all ages. Educators can also visit this site to find helpful tips for making learning from home successful...

Kentucky’s covid-19 response compares favorably to major border states according to recent data

(Click for larger image) Kentucky compares favorably with major bordering states in dealing with the coronavirus, according to recent compilations of testing and case data. (Click for larger image) Among the six states, per person, Kentucky ranks second in the number of tests for the virus and is next to last in the number of reported cases, according to figures compiled by the Pegasus Institute, a...