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Take it from Dr. Jeff Foxx, this is no time to take your guard down on COVID-19; he speaks from experience

Jeff Foxx, MD, will be the first to tell you that COVID-19 almost killed him. After battling the disease for a month at Baptist Health Lexington, at times in a coma and on a ventilator, he is a survivor. Now he wants to share his story to encourage the community to continue taking safety precautions that can stem the spread of the virus. Dr. Jeff Foxx with his dog Daisy enjoy the outdoors at Jacobson...

Healthy@school guidance issued for upcoming school year — and, yes, students should wear masks

The Kentucky Department for Public Health, in collaboration with the Kentucky Department of Education, issued the highly anticipated guidance for schools and districts on how to safely reopen for the upcoming school year amid the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic. The release of the 24-page document, “Safety Expectations and Best Practices Guidelines for Kentucky Schools (K-12),” was announced by...

Dr. Kevin Kavanagh: The virus is winning, and COVID-19 will not be defeated by false narratives

Society is struggling on two fronts, both for social justice and at the same time to control a raging epidemic. The epidemic of COVID-19 may be with us for a long time — and those who try to minimize it are doing so by placing front-line workers and economically disadvantaged populations at risk. I have been asked by many if I am on the side of the far right, whose narrative trivializes the dangers...

UK restart playbook begins and ends classes early, includes robust plan for testing, screening, tracing

By Jay Blanton University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky on Tuesday released the pillars of its restart plan for the fall, which makes clear a commitment to returning to a residential campus experience in August: -In-person classes beginning a week early on Aug. 17 and end at Thanksgiving. -Testing for students for COVID-19, daily assessment for symptoms and mask-wearing in most places on campus. -Working...

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...

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...

Kentucky marks single-day record of coronavirus deaths on eve of retail reopening; cases top 8,000

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A reported 20 deaths was Kentucky’s highest single-day total since the start of the coronavirus and the total number of positive cases topped the 8,000 mark on Tuesday. During his daily press briefing at the Capitol, Gov. Andy Beshear revealed the record number of deaths that brought the total to 386. Of Tuesday’s deaths, three were in both Adair and Edmonson counties;...

Louisville researcher studying link between personality, following coronavirus guidelines

By Baylee Pulliam University of Louisville Do extroverts have a harder time with social distancing? Are conscientious people more likely to wear face masks? University of Louisville researcher Michael Cunningham is investigating what factors, including personality, influence individual decisions on whether to take preventative measures that could help stymie the spread of coronavirus. Michael Cunningham “We...

Constance Alexander: Here’s to the incredible Class of 2020, may your memories live as long as you do

All over the country, teenagers are missing the pomp and circumstance associated with graduation. When schools closed in March, it was uncertain how long lockdown would last. Soon after, it became clear that staying home and social distancing were essential to prevent further onslaught of COVID-19. For the Class of 2020, school was out forever. No more homeroom, lockers, or lunch periods. Forget the...

Beshear says coronavirus numbers holding steady in Kentucky, but state’s fight is far from over

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A total of 177 new cases of the coronavirus were reported in Kentucky on Friday, along with eight more deaths, bringing the totals to 4,879 and 248, respectively. During his daily press briefing, Gov. Andy Beshear said the numbers continue to hold steady. “If you look at the number of cases, say over three days or even day today, it’s about a plateau, even though we...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: A look at the impact of COVID-19 outbreak on outdoor activities in Ky.

The impact of the COVID-19 outbreak has reached into the outdoors, where we practice social distancing on purpose. Fishing and hunting are open in Kentucky but there have been some changes enacted because of the health emergency. Here’s some news and observations about fishing, hunting and other outdoor activities in Kentucky during the COVID-19 outbreak. On its website the Kentucky Department of...

Constance Alexander: Nickole Brown’s The Donkey Elegies offers praise to the unsung beasts of burden

The other morning at 6:15, I finally plucked The Donkey Elegies from my bedside table. I’d waited to indulge my passion for poetry until I could no longer tolerate “social distancing.” Fluffing up the pillows and yearning to be transported to a world away from COVID-19, I sank back in the covers to read Nickole Brown’s amazing chapbook. From page 1, the poet’s metaphors made the beasts come...

Kentucky cattle producers finding alternate ways of purchasing bulls while social distancing

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky Traditionally, buying bulls is a very social business. Producers often visit farms, go to auctions or open houses to purchase animals, but that’s out of the question until the travel restrictions and social distancing requirements of COVID-19 begin to loosen. “Many seedstock producers are already using the internet to help market their bulls, and this crisis...

Kentucky State Parks, Kentucky Horse Park open for daytime use only to prevent spread of COVID-19

As part of an ongoing effort to ensure the health and wellness of the public as Kentucky fights aggressively to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet announced that the Kentucky Horse Park and Kentucky State Parks will be open to the public for daytime use only. Effective Friday (April 3), Kentucky State Parks and the Kentucky Horse Park will suspend all overnight reservations...

Keven Moore: Adapting to social distancing orders come with new risk for restaurants

As restaurants and other industries adapt to social distancing orders to stop the spread of the coronavirus, many have had to adjust the way they interact with their customers and provide their services. Such tactics are necessary to stay afloat financially, but it’s important to point out that you may be opening up a whole new set of risk exposures to your customers, employees and to your company,...

UK entomologist says urban pest control remains important for Kentuckians during COVID-19 pandemic

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky University of Kentucky entomologists say it is important for Kentuckians to continue to manage urban pests during the COVID-19 pandemic. In recognition of the risks associated with COVID-19, they have released some tips for pest control professionals to help them practice effective pest management while maintaining social distancing guidelines. “In the face of...

Covid-19 pandemic is causing Kentuckians to make many lifestyle changes; simple tips to get active

By Peter Gray, LAT, ATC UK Healthcare The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is causing us to make many lifestyle changes and sacrifices as we all practice responsible social distancing to protect ourselves and the ones around us. Peter Gray is an athletic trainer with UK HealthCare Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine. Even temporary change can be hard – and many of us are struggling with...

Hope Center, Transylvania partner to provide temporary emergency shelter space until April 30

With spring sports canceled and students taking courses remotely, the empty gyms and locker rooms at Transylvania University’s Clive M. Beck Center will soon fill a critical need in the community: temporary shelter for clients of Lexington’s Hope Center. Beginning Tuesday through April 30, the Beck Center’s practice gym will serve as a shelter for 40-50 individuals who regularly stay at the Hope...

UK extension service offering free ‘Horticulture Webinar Wednesdays’ to bring spring into your home

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky Stuck in the house and dreaming of spring and gardens? The University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service is offering free “Horticulture Webinar Wednesdays” on a number of topics. Participants will glean information they will need as the days grow longer and they spend more time “social distancing” outside in their gardens. UK specialists and...

Gov. Beasher announces new 92 cases, one death on ‘wildfire’ coronavirus, urges social distancing

Gov. Andy Beshear announced Saturday that 92 new cases of the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) were confirmed in Kentucky, marking the largest one-day increase in the Commonwealth amid the global pandemic. “This is why we have social distancing. This is a virus that spreads like wildfire,” Gov. Beshear said. “So, yes we are going to see more cases in Kentucky.” That brings the total...