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Infectious disease specialist offers tips for keeping your family safe and healthy at the pool this summer

Hanging out by the pool is a beloved summer pastime, but COVID-19 has changed the way we live and play in 2020. Still, many Kentuckians are craving a cool dip as summer temperatures rise. In May, Gov. Andy Beshear announced that some public pools could open by the week of June 29, albeit with protocols in place for the safety of swimmers and employees. And home owners who have postponed vacations...

In wake of recent drownings, officials emphasizing safety when swimming, boating on Ky. waterways

With the recent summer-like temperatures, many people have been getting outdoors to enjoy Kentucky’s lakes and streams. If not careful, a fun day swimming or boating can turn tragic in a matter of seconds. Conservation officers with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources investigate boating accidents and fatalities on all waterways and reservoirs throughout the state. Often, they...

Former girls’ camp Trail’s End added to National Register of Historic Places; facility closed in 1935

Trail’s End, a former girls’ camp in southern Fayette County, was added to the National Register of Historic Places on June 26. The 59-acre tract is owned by Floracliff Nature Sanctuary and encompasses the former camp lodge, the surrounding forest used for camp activities, as well as remnants of additional camp facilities. Established in 1913 by Mary DeWitt Snyder, Trail’s End Camp was one of...

Eye safety important during summer fun as water often contains bacteria that can cause eye infections

Looking to escape the summer heat, Kentuckians will flock to local pools, waterparks and lakes for a day of relaxing relief or to play water sports. However, contact lens wearers sometimes break important sanitation rules and risk infection by wearing their contact lenses around water, which often contains bacteria. The Kentucky Optometric Association (KOA) offers contact lens wearers safety tips on...

UofL's Cottrell earns fourth place in 200M Breaststroke Final at World University Games

(Photo from Louisville Cardinals Athletics)   Louisville swimmer Andrea Cottrell touched in 2:28.08 for fourth in the 200-meter breaststroke at the World University Games for Team USA in Gwangju, South Korea on July 8.   Fellow Cardinal Tanja Kylliainen also competed in the event for Finland.   Cottrell is one of 47 Team USA swimmers, including three 2012 Olympians and 29 members of...

Fourteen UK swimming and diving student-athletes set records as Scholar All-Americans

Fourteen Kentucky Wildcats were named Scholar All-Americans by the CSCAA. (Photo from Facebook)   Record-setting academic honors continue to come in for the Kentucky swimming and diving team following the 2014-15 season. Last week, 14 Wildcats were named Scholar All-Americans by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America.   The 14 UK student-athletes recognized, the most Scholar...

Keven Moore on Insurance: As pool season kicks off, be aware of hazards, hidden dangers

Most pools open Memorial Day weekend. (Photo provided)   Pool season officially kicked off on Memorial Day, and many public, club and private swimming pool owners need to be reminded of the hazards and hidden dangers that are often overlooked this time of the year.   According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that every day, about 10 people die from unintentional drowning....