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Beshear reports 1,864 new cases, 14 deaths, 6.07 percent positivity; and it’s likely going to get worse

Gov. Andy Beshear said community leaders, schools, businesses and families listed in red zone counties each Thursday on kycovid19.ky.gov should follow new recommendations the following Monday through Sunday to stop the spread of COVID-19 in their communities. “It takes an entire community to protect the most vulnerable, to keep our schools open and to keep our economy running,” said Beshear. “What...

Al Cross: Amendment 2, on the ballot, has a hidden agenda but it’s a good one

As our tumultuous, pandemic-extended election consumes the country, this space takes a breath to offer a closer look at something important on Kentucky’s ballot, and a look back at a political kingmaker. If your ballot has several races, you may miss one or both of the constitutional amendments on the back. You may have heard of the first one, “Marsy’s Law” to establish rights for crime victims,...

Beshear reports escalating trend going into winter; Stack says ‘we must choose different behaviors’

Gov. Andy Beshear on Monday reported 543 cases of COVID-19 and five deaths, bringing Kentucky’s totals to 73,158 cases and 1,213 deaths. Sixty-nine of the newly reported cases were from children ages 18 and younger, of which nine were ages 5 and under. The youngest was only 1 month old. Fayette County reported 173 new cases. “If the current trends continue, it will be a difficult fall and a...

Beshear reports 1,004 new COVID-19 cases in Kentucky, four deaths; ‘We have to be more vigilant’

Gov. Andy Beshear on Wednesday reported 1,004 new COVID-19 cases and four deaths, bringing the state’s totals to 68,840 cases and 1,174 deaths. One hundred and fifty-four of the newly reported cases were from children ages 18 and younger, of which 28 were ages 5 and under. The youngest was only 4 months old. “Today’s report is a little tough. It’s the first time since March 6 that we’ve...

Beshear reports 456 new COVID-19 cases, 5 deaths; we are ‘seeing the start of a new escalation’

Gov. Andy Beshear on Monday reported 456 new COVID-19 cases and five deaths, bringing the state’s totals to 66,939 cases and 1,162 deaths. Eighty-three of the newly reported cases were from children ages 18 and younger, of which 20 were ages 5 and under. The youngest was only 6 months old. Gov. Andy Beshear “Last week we had almost 5,000 cases in Kentucky – the most we have ever had. Now...

Beshear reports 406 COVID-19 cases, one death; says get flu shot, fill out census, vote, more

Gov. Andy Beshear on Monday reported 406 new COVID-19 cases and one death, bringing the state’s totals to 61,917 cases and 1,112 deaths. Among the new cases were 67 children 18 and under, of which nine were ages 5 and under. The youngest was 5 months old. The death reported Monday was a 77-year-old woman from Scott County. “Last week, we had our second-highest number of cases by week,” the...

Beshear reports 776 new COVID-19 cases and 8 deaths; says continue to wear masks to stay safe

Gov. Andy Beshear on Wednesday reported 776 new COVID cases and eight deaths, bringing the state’s total cases to 58,764 cases and 1,082 deaths. Ninety-one of the cases were children 18 and under, of which 12 were ages 5 and under. Fayette County reported 28 cases. “In general, what we are seeing is we still have higher case numbers than we would like to see, but we don’t at the moment see...

Beshear reports 342 cases, 5 deaths; says wear masks and vote; Stack updates on schools

Gov. Andy Beshear on Monday reported 342 cases and five deaths, bringing the state’s totals to 57,282 cases and 1,065 deaths. Fifty-three of the new cases were children 19 and under, of which 12 were age 5 and under. The youngest was a 1-month-old from Russell County. Fayette County reported 40 cases. The deaths reported Monday include a 71-year-old woman from Christian County; two men, ages...

Governor reports 273 new COVID cases, one death, stresses underreporting; Mask Up, Kentucky!

As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, Gov. Andy Beshear said there were at least 53,319 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 273 of which were newly reported. Forty-seven of the new cases were from children ages 18 and younger. Fayette County reported 59 cases. “Because of labs being closed for the holiday, we should anticipate having large numbers for cases and deaths during the next few days,” the Governor said. Mask...

Beshear delivers ‘tough report all around’ — 816 COVID-19 cases, 18 deaths; talks state parks, voting

Gov. Andy Beshear on Wednesday reported 816 COVID-19 cases and 18 deaths, bringing the state’s totals to 49,991 cases and 966 deaths. The case count includes 116 children 18 and under. The youngest was 2 months old. There were 59 cases in Fayette County. “Today we have a tough report all the way around,” the Governor said. “Thirty-six deaths in the last three days. That’s what happens...

Governor reports 381 new COVID-19 cases; notes overdose awareness, new child care guidance

Gov. Andy Beshear on Monday reported 381 new COVID-19 cases and three deaths, bringing the state’s totals to 48,396 cases and 933 deaths. Forty-three of the cases were children 18 and under, and among those were two children 5 and under. There were 39 cases reported in Fayetteville County. “We always have lower numbers on Sundays and Mondays, due to lab closures over the weekend. But the White...

Beshear reports 775 new COVID-19 cases, 8 death, 130 kids; announces economic development projects

Gov. Andy Beshear on Thursday reported 775 new COVID cases and eight deaths, bringing the state’s totals to 45,978 cases and 910 deaths. One-hundred-thirty of the new cases were children 18 and younger, including 14 children 5 and under. The youngest was a 2-month-old from Jefferson County. “We’re tracking again about what we’ve seen the last several weeks,” said Beshear. “Did you ever...

Beshear reports 696 COVID-19 cases, 7 deaths; Fast 4 at 4 – Team Kentucky, vote, online learning

Gov. Andy Beshear on Wednesday reported 696 new COVID cases and seven deaths, bringing the state’s totals to 45,230 cases and 902 deaths. One hundred and fourteen of the new cases were children 18 and under of which 22 were 5 and under. The youngest was a month-old baby in Fayette County. “We hope people out there are making good decisions, especially those that are in charge of our youth....

Col Owens: Evolving political alignment promises different future — vote in November

Some thoughts about the Democratic primary election. First, we had terrific candidates. Terrific candidates. But this meditation is not about the candidates. It is about our Party. What this election shows clearly is that the Kentucky Democratic Party is now the majority party, comprised generally of two wings, moderates and progressives, of roughly equal proportions. Some have called it a split party....

Monday by 4 p.m. — the deadline for registering to vote in Nov. 5 election; check ‘inactive voter list’ too

Monday, October 7, is the last day to register to vote in the November 5 election. And it’s also the last day to be sure you are not one of the 175,000 Kentucky voters who have been removed from the voting lists, declared “inactive” by Kentucky’s State Board of Elections. Objections have been raised over this unilateral action but Kentucky voters must check the records to be...

Richard Nelson: Tomorrow is primary election day in Kentucky; can we defy the low turnout prediction

Kentucky’s primary election is Tuesday and if voter participation in 2015 is any indication, the turnout will be in the neighborhood of a dismal 12 percent. Low turnout is partly because Kentucky is one of a handful of states that elects its governor and constitutional officers in odd-numbered years.  Fewer races mean less campaign advertising. Less advertising means less buzz around the workplace...

Monday — April 22 — is last chance to register to vote in the May 21 primary election

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes reminds eligible Kentuckians to register to vote by the deadline, April 22, ahead of the Commonwealth’s Primary Election on May 21.   “We’ve made it easy to register to vote in Kentucky with GoVoteKY.com, and we’ve had over 1 million people visit the online portal,” said Grimes, Kentucky’s Chief Election Official. “I...

Secretary of State reports more than 3.4 million Kentuckians registered to vote in Nov. 6 election

More than 3.4 million Kentuckians are registered to vote ahead of the General Election on Nov. 6, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced Thursday.   Democrats represent the plurality of the electorate with 1.68 million registered voters, or 49.6 percent of voters. Republicans total about 1.41 million, around 41.7 percent of voters, and more than 295,400 voters, about 8.68 percent, are...

Secretary of State’s office predicts 60 percent turnout — 3.3 million voters — for Tuesday’s election

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes projected approximately 60 percent of the 3.3 million people registered to vote in Kentucky will turn out for next week’s general election. “We hope this year will continue to be a record-breaking year in Kentucky,” said Grimes. “Two weeks ago, we made history with the highest number of Kentuckians registered to vote. Now, we hope that...

Commentary: Exercise your right to vote; there are important choices to be made Tuesday

By Paul Whalen Special to KyForward There is an expression “use it or lose it”. This usually applies to skills and athletics. However, it could apply to voting. When businesses see decline in the use of a product or service they often discontinue that product or service. In the United States and in Kentucky, we have a decline of those who are exercising their rights as citizens even though this...