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ADAIR CO. SHERIFF MAKES DRUG ARREST WEDNESDAY

 

 

An Adair County man was arrested on Methamphetamine Charges .

 

The Adair County Sheriffs Office has arrested James Bule of Tennessee after Sheriffs K-9 Deputy Josh Durbin was dispatched to the 2000 block of KY south 55 to investigate a complaint .  

 

During investigation  Methamphetamine, marijuana , and drug paraphernalia was located .

 

  He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail on charges of

- Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree methamphetamine

- Possession of Marijuana

-Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

- Public Intoxication excludes alcohol

 

     Adair County Sheriffs Office is Continuing investigation

   

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ADAIR JUDGE EXEC. ISSUES GUIDELINES FOR SUNDAY SERVICES

 
From Adair Co. Judge Exec. Gale Cowan:
 
I just got off of a conference call with Governor Beshear. His office is receiving several calls (at least 1 was from Adair Co.) related to churches planning services, especially this coming Sunday for Easter.  Let me be the first to say, I wish we could have our regular church services, especially for Easter.  But, I have to agree with the Governor on this one and make sure we are not having any inside, in-person gatherings.  I for one will still be celebrating our Risen Savior on Easter Sunday, but I will be doing it in my home via Facebook Live. As bad as I have missed going to my own church, I have to say I have loved being able to go back and view many different services over social media. 
 
If you plan to have a “drive-up” or “parking lot” service, I ask that you please follow these guidelines:
 
  • Only one family per car.  No stopping to pickup others that do not live in your home.
  • No getting out of the car once you get to the church parking lot.
  • Cars must be AT LEAST 6 feet apart.  If you sit in your car with the window down to hear the service and your cars aren’t 6 feet apart, that defeats the purpose.
  • No passing things from one car to the next (such as offering plates).  I know one church that sits out a garbage can and lets people drive by on the way in to the parking area to put their offering into.
 
I know this is difficult for us and we all want to think that God will protect us, especially at church.  The social distancing orders came from Governor Beshear as well President Trump. 
 
Romans 13:1-2 says:
1. Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God.
2. So anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and they will be punished.
 
In one county in Kentucky, this pandemic has caused 1 CHURCH to have over 50 confirmed cases and at least 5 deaths to date. Another county, not too far from us, had over 40 people quarantined and approximately 12-15 positive cases from one service. I don’t want that for anyone, especially one of our own churches here in Adair County. I want every Adair Countian to come through this pandemic healthy and alive.
 
If anyone has any questions for me, please feel to reach out to me via email at adairjudge@duo-county.com. I will be checking emails through out the weekend.
 
Stay safe and Healthy and continue to pray for those with the virus, their families, our community, State, and Nation.
  
Gale B. Cowan
Adair County Judge Executive
 

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204 NEW COVID-19 CASES IN KY; 8 NEW DEATHS

 
 
 
According to Gov. Andy Beshear's COVID-19 update this afternoon (Wednesday), there are 204 new coronavirus cases....
 

 

Governor Beshear says there have been 8 new deaths for a total of 73 deaths in KY.

 


 

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LAKE CUMBERLAND DISTRICT NEEDS PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE)

 
Citizens of the Lake Cumberland Area… Our district is in desperate need of personal protective equipment. If you have the following, please drop them off at your local health department (to be divided out to community partners as needed):
 
  • Surgical gowns
  • Medical face shields
  • Surgical masks
  • N-95 masks

 

Also, if you have the desire and ability to help, the following could use donations of homemade cloth masks. Don’t drop these off at the local health department. Instead, reach out to the following to see if they could use your help and follow any instructions they provide.
 
  • School staff delivering meals
  • Meals on Wheels staff
  • Food Bank staff
  • Drug treatment centers

 

 

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ADAIR ANNEX BASEMENT OPEN FOR SHELTER 04/08/20

 
 
 
The Adair County Courthouse Annex basement will be open for temporary storm sheltering tonight throughout the severe storms. All same household groups or single persons must remain within the social distancing recommendations of 6+ feet between them. With the size of the annex basement and the typical persons seeking shelter, it should pose no problems. 
 
Mike Keltner 
Director, Adair Co. Emergency Management
 

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Gov. Beshear Highlights Need for Continued Fight against COVID-19


"It doesn’t matter what other states are doing. What we are doing is working. What we are doing is flattening the curve,” Gov. Beshear said. “We’re responsible for ourselves, our lives and the lives of people around us. It’s crunch time. You’ve done good work to date. It’s important to do even better.”

 

Long-term care facilities
Gov. Beshear provided an update on actions being taken at long-term care facilities. As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, Kentucky’s long-term care facilities had 77 reported cases of coronavirus, including 55 residents and 22 staffers. There have been 11 deaths attributed to the disease.

 

“We’ve lost 11 Kentuckians who were in some long-term care facilities,” the Governor said. “This is a concern, and we’ve got to make sure we prevent the coronavirus from getting in as many of these facilities as possible and react quickly and swiftly when it does happen.”

 

Actions being taken system wide:

  • Encourage all residents to wear masks to reduce spread of virus
  • Cancel communal dining, social activities and limit the movement of residents around the facility
  • Minimize entry into resident rooms by bundling care and treatment activities
  • Restrict non-essential personnel, volunteers and visitors from entering buildings
  • Daily intake of temperatures and shortness of breath, cough and sore throat
  • Have low threshold to transfer ill residents to a higher level of care

Green River Correctional Complex
Gov. Beshear offered an update on coronavirus cases in the Green River Correctional Complex in Muhlenberg County. As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, Green River Correctional Complex had 14 total cases, including nine inmates and five staffers.

 

Among the steps being taken there, they will:

  • Extensively monitor inmate and staff health, and will move inmates to isolation unit when symptoms are reported
  • Stagger recreational time and limit the number of inmates released to increase social distancing
  • Permit and encourage all inmates to wear masks to reduce the spread of the virus
  • Temporarily close the gymnasium and cease all in-person activities such as sports, classes and chapel
  • Continue cleaning of high-touch surfaces
  • Continually work with complex and medical staffers on infection control solutions for the entire facility

Western State Hospital
Gov. Beshear also provided an update on COVID-19 cases at Western State Hospital, where there were 13 reported cases, including nine patients and four staffers, at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

 

“Our Office of the Inspector General and Secretary of CHFS (Cabinet for Health and Family Services) are working directly with Western State Hospital to make sure we are doing everything, not just to protect the patients, but also the staff,” the Governor said. “I know the staff in all of these facilities are scared. We’re going to do everything we can to work with them and protect them, but I want them to know how appreciative we are that they are helping those who truly need the help, knowing what we are facing.”

Among the specific actions being taken there:

  • Encourage all residents to wear masks to reduce spread of virus
  • Place hold on accepting new patients to decrease the spread of virus within the facility
  • Minimize entry into resident rooms by bundling care and treatment activities
  • Restrict non-essential personnel, volunteers and visitors from entering buildings
  • Daily intake of temperatures and shortness of breath, cough and sore throat
  • Have a low threshold to transfer ill residents to a higher level of care

The Governor is asking all Kentuckians to continue to fight the spread of the virus by following his 10-step guidance, which includes practicing social distancing and staying healthy at home. Gov. Beshear says these efforts have the potential to save the lives of as many as 11,000 Kentuckians.

 

Unemployment insurance update
Education and Workforce Development Cabinet Deputy Secretary Josh Benton, in an update on unemployment insurance, said they are actively training more staff, going from 12 before the pandemic to now 1,000 to 1,200 on the phones to help Kentuckians. Gov. Beshear and Deputy Secretary Benton said it is a priority to add capacity and respond to the needs of Kentuckians.

 

“We have also tried to stop the denied letters from being sent, and that those who have received one should ignore,” Benton said. “We have also been able to move back the date that individuals can get that 13-week extension. You are going to be notified within the week how to reopen your claim for an additional 13 weeks. This is really good news, especially for miners who have lost their jobs and exhausted their benefits.”

 

Testing update
Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner for the Department for Public Health, said the effort by the state was ramping up to do 2,000 tests a day. However, he said the availability of swabs and testing materials continues to be a roadblock to wider tests.

 

“These tests are not for everybody. We want to make testing available for everyone who needs it and we don’t have enough testing available,” Dr. Stack said. “So in a world where resources are limited, we have to deploy a scarce resource to a greater good.”

 

He said he supported hospitals that decide not to administer some tests.

 

“If you go to hospital to get a test and they tell you that you don’t qualify, I support the hospitals in their decision-making,” he said.

 

Racial breakdown of cases
Gov. Beshear also talked about the racial breakdown of COVID-19 patients, which has been the subject of emerging news stories across the country.

The Governor said with about 68% of the known cases accounted for, Kentucky’s cases included about 79.25% Caucasians, 12% African-American, 2.6% Asians and 2% multiracial.

 

“I’m watching the debates and stories as they’re coming out nationally, and I will say they are concerning,” he said. “But they do make me proud that we expanded Medicaid, and that is for all of our people, when we did. I think it’s given us years, all of us across Kentucky to get healthy, get regimented, get the medications that we need to get on with our lives.”

 

Case information
As of 5 p.m. April 7, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 1,149 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 147 of which were newly confirmed.

 

“While this is a large number, and it is, we still don’t see the numbers going the same way in Kentucky as in so many other places,” the Governor said. “Today is the largest number we have reported, but our three-day trend is actually lower than our last three-day trend, and I’m not sure a lot of places in America can say that right now.”

 

Gov. Beshear said seven new deaths were reported Tuesday, raising the state’s toll to 65 deaths related to the virus.

 

The new deaths included four men in Jefferson County, ages 42, 60, 70 and 85; two women from Lyon County, ages 72 and 94; and a woman from Adair County.

 

As a sign of compassion and renewal, the Governor asked Kentuckians to join him in lighting their homes green tonight in honor of the lives lost.

 

“The loss of these seven Kentuckians is a loss to all of us across Kentucky,” Gov. Beshear said. “It ought to make us recommit to doing the things it takes to lose fewer and fewer Kentuckians every chance we get.”

 

Although the number of new cases reported today was large, Gov. Beshear urged Kentuckians to see how their sacrifices were stacking up nationally.

 

“New York today had 731 people that they reported passed away. New Jersey had 232. Pennsylvania, 78. Indiana, 34,” the Governor said. “Those are all Americans, and we will miss all of them. I hope that gives people out there kind of a scope of why we fight as hard as we do, why we make the sacrifices we do. Why we acted so early and aggressively. And for everybody out there sacrificing: It is paying off.”

 

Recent Updates

 

Governor issues urgent plea for PPE
Gov. Beshear asked that any person, company or agency with personal protective equipment (PPE) to donate do so immediately. A new hotline (1-833-GIVE PPE) and website (giveppe.ky.gov) have streamlined the entire donation process. In addition, PPE donations now are being accepted at all 16 Kentucky State Police posts across the commonwealth and at Transportation Cabinet offices in Louisville and Lexington.

 

State parks
Gov. Beshear announced the state would begin allowing first responders and frontline health care workers to quarantine in cabins at state parks in six locations across the commonwealth, which would allow them to quarantine away from their families and other loved ones if necessary. “It’s a good use of those state parks and we’re excited to do it,” the Governor said. First responders and health care personnel interested in accommodations should contact their local emergency management operations center or visit kyem.ky.gov.

 

Read about other key updates from the week by visiting Gov. Beshear’s website, governor.ky.gov.

 

More information
Gov. Beshear has taken decisive action to protect all Kentuckians since the first case was confirmed in the commonwealth. To read the full list of actions Gov. Beshear has taken to limit the spread of the coronavirus, visit the official page for Kentucky’s Response to COVID-19.

 

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages people to follow these steps to prevent illness. Kentuckians who want advice can call the state hotline at 800-722-5725 or call their local health care provider. To read Gov. Beshear’s news releases and watch other news regarding COVID-19 visit governor.ky.gov.

 

Each day at 5 p.m. ET, Gov. Beshear holds briefings for Kentuckians that are streamed online at his Facebook and YouTube pages.

 

Gov. Beshear continues to urge Kentuckians to be cautious of rumors and depend on proven and good sources of news, including governor.ky.govkycovid19.ky.gov and the Governor’s official social media accounts FacebookTwitter and YouTube.

 

Team Kentucky hashtags for social media
#TeamKentucky, #TogetherKY, #Patriot and #HealthyAtHome.

 

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CONG. COMER URGES USDA TO EXPEDITE FINANCIAL RELIEF FOR KY CATTLE PRODUCERS

 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In the wake of tremendous market volatility due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Congressman James Comer (KY-1) recently sent a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue requesting that the agency expedite assistance to Kentucky’s cattle producers suffering from the current economic downturn.
 
“While I recognize that multiple commodities are facing unprecedented challenges amid the recent economic downturn, there is an immediate and critical need for our cattle producers,” Congressman Comer wrote.
 
With passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Stimulus (CARES) Act, Congress appropriated needed funding for USDA to use to provide relief for American farmers and ranchers, including cattle producers. Specifically, Comer requested that the cow/calf and stocker sectors be considered for aid in response to the continued pricing challenges facing agriculture.
 
In asking for timely assistance for cattle producers, Comer cited research from Mississippi State University’s Department of Agriculture Economics showing a steep decline in price projections for the cow/calf and stocker industries in the coming months. The research summarized how COVID-19’s impact on cattle markets is negatively affecting the entire cattle industry.
 
“All farmers and ranchers are vital to national food security, economic growth and supply chain providers,” Comer added in the letter. “As you continue to implement relief programs for producers, I ask that Kentucky livestock and cattle producers be considered.”
 

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JEFFERSON CO. MAN ARRESTED IN CAMPBELLSVILLE FOR STRANGULATION & OTHER CHARGES

 
On Monday, April 6, 2020 Campbellsville Police Dept. Officers were dispatched to an assault complaint on Ravine Way. Dezmond Bell of Louisville, KY was arrested and charged with Assault 4th degree (domestic violence), Resisting Arrest, Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Strangulation 1st degree, and Disorderly Conduct. Bell was lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center.

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TENNESSEE WOMAN ARRESTED AT LOCAL MOTEL ON DRUG CHARGES

 
Officers utilized a K-9 unit early Tuesday morning, April 7, 2020 to locate and make an arrest for drug activity at a local motel after the Adair Co. Sheriffs Office arrested a Tennessee man for drug charges on South 55. 
 
The investigation began after a male subject, who was taken into custody by Adair Co. Deputy Josh Durbin, mentioned he and his girlfriend were staying at Best Western in Columbia. Officers did not know which room the subjects were staying in, however K-9 "Annie" and her handler Officer Kevin Atwood, did a walk-through around the exterior of the building before alerting on a second story door. 
 
Officers made contact with a female and gained consent to search the room. As a result of the search, suspected methamphetamine and a small amount of suboxone was located. 
 
Rachel Benjamin, 40, of Knoxville, Tennessee was taken into custody and has been charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance 2nd degree, Possession of Prescription Drugs Not In Original Container, and Possession of Methamphetamine 1st degree (a Class D felony). 
 
Officer Kevin Atwood made the arrest. He was assisted on scene by Officer Trevor Foster and Deputy Josh Durbin.
 
K-9 Annie has been furnished by the Adair Co. School Board. She and School Resource Officer Kevin Atwood have been working as a road unit since Adair County schools are closed due to COVID-19 precautions.
 

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AN EMPLOYEE AT FAIR OAKS NURSING HOME HAS TESTED POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS

Tuesday at a news conference with Russell County officials and the Lake Cumberland District Health Department, it was announced that an employee at the Fair Oaks Nursing Home had tested positive for Coronavirus (Covid-19).

 

WAVE NEWS spoke with Sean Crabtree with the health department about the announcement... 

 

 

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GODFREY JACKSON NAMED COLUMBIA POLICE DEPT. CHAPLAIN

 
In an announcement today from Columbia Mayor Pamela Hoots and Columbia City Police Chief Jason Cross, a Chaplain has been named for the Columbia City Police.
 
Godfrey Jackson of Columbia, KY who has recently entered a call to ministry, will be serving the City of Columbia in the Chaplain capacity.
 
“We appreciate the service of Jackson in volunteering for this position,” said Mayor Hoots. “This is timely considering what is currently occurring in reference to the pandemic.”
 
Jackson will be immediately available to the Columbia City Police Department. A more formal announcement and presentation will be made later.
 
 

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FAIR OAKS NURSING HOME EMPLOYEE HAS COVID-19

 

At a press conference this afternoon at the Russell Co. Courthouse, it was announced that an employee at Fair Oaks Nursing Home in Jamestown, KY has tested positive for COVID-19. No other employee or resident has tested positive for the virus as of this afternoon. WAVE News will keep you informed and updated. Stay tuned!

 

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STIMULUS CHECK ANSWERS FROM R.C. JUDGE EXEC.

 

Answers to commonly asked stimulus check questions.....

 

 

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ADAIR CO. COVID-19 DEATH

 

It is with a heavy heart this morning that I have to report Adair County’s first death related to the COVID-19 Coronavirus. I received a call around 8:30 this morning from the Lake Cumberland District Health Department reporting that one patient who was a resident at Summit Manor Nursing Home, but was in the hospital, had passed away during the night with complications from the virus. Our thoughts and prayers go out to this family during this time. I ask that everyone respect the privacy of the family members of these patients.

 

We can’t stress enough the importance of staying home during this time. I know it’s hard, but we need to remember, the quicker we do what is asked of us, and stay home unless it’s an absolute necessity, the quicker this will be over.

The staff at Summit Manor is working closely with the Lake Cumberland District Health Department to take every step possible to protect the staff and patients at Summit Manor.

 

Continue to pray for these patients, our front line works, and our community.

 

Psalm 46:1  God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.

 

Gale B. Cowan
Adair County Judge Executive

 

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RUSSELL COUNTY OFFICIALS & LCDHD TO HOLD PRESS CONFERENCE THIS AFTERNOON

 

 

**UPDATE**

Russell County Judge Executive Gary Robertson has notified 92.7 the WAVE that there will be a news conference this morning with county officials and the Lake Cumberland District Health Department at 3:00pmCT.  92.7 will have more details as they are made available. 

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RUSSELL & ADAIR COUNTIES EACH HAVE 4 CONFIRMED COVID-19 CASES

 

County Judges Executives in Russell and Adair were notified by the Lake Cumberland District Health Department that both counties now have a 4th positive case of Coronavirus (Covid-19).

 

In Russell County, all 4 cases are self-isolating. In Adair County, 3 are hospitalized and 1 person is self-isolated at home.   
 

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AREA ARRESTS 4-7-2020

 

  • Kenneth Dyer, 34, of Russell Springs, KY was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center by Officer Pike with the Russell Springs Police Department this morning at 12:30 a.m. on charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Meth) and Possession of a Controlled Substance 2nd Degree (Drug Unspecified).
  • Gerald Popplewell, 45, of Russell Springs, KY was booked into the Detention Center at 11:30 p.m. last night for Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Meth), Possession of a Controlled Substance 2nd Degree (Drug Unspecified and Trafficking in Marijuana (Less than 8 oz.) 1st Offense.
  • Angela Passmore, 37, of Russell Springs, KY was lodged in the Detention Center at the same time on charges of Violation of IPO, Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Meth) Possession of a Controlled Substance 2nd Degree (Drug Unspecified), Promoting Contraband 2nd Degree and Drug Paraphernalia (Buy/Possession).
  • Tony Beard, 51, of Columbia, KY was taken into custody by Officer Foster with the Columbia Police Department and lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail just after 2 a.m. this morning on charges of Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place (1st and 2nd Offense) and Assault, 4th Degree (Minor Injuries).  

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Gov. Beshear Issues Urgent Call for PPE Donations in COVID-19 Fight

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 6, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Monday made a call to action for any person, organization or business that can donate more personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline workers in the fight against the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

 

“I know we still have more PPE out there, and we need it. This is a call to action, and you all have responded, but I know there’s more,” the Governor said.

 

Gov. Beshear and others have said latex-free gloves, gowns and N95 and surgical masks remain in tight supply. He said his administration is making constant efforts to purchase more PPE, but has faced significant challenges.

 

“Almost every lead we get is like going down a rabbit hole, or it is diverted by the federal government or to a different place,” the Governor said.

 

A new hotline (1-833-GIVE PPE) and website (giveppe.ky.gov) have streamlined the entire donation process. In addition, PPE donations now are being accepted at all 16 Kentucky State Police posts across the commonwealth and at Transportation Cabinet offices in Louisville and Lexington.

 

Gov. Beshear also said he spoke Monday with members of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce about help the business community here can provide in purchasing and manufacturing during this crisis.

 

The Governor also noted that earlier in the day, Vice President Mike Pence warned that Americans would experience “heartbreaking loss” this week.

 

“Our goal in Kentucky is, while we know there will be loss and we know it will be heartbreaking, that we control our own destiny by what we do and we minimize the loss that we are going to have here,” Gov. Beshear said.

 

The Governor is asking all Kentuckians to continue to fight the spread of the virus by following his 10-step guidance, which includes practicing social distancing and staying healthy at home. Gov. Beshear says these efforts have the potential to save the lives of as many as 11,000 Kentuckians.

 

Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner for the Department for Public Health, offered a warning on testing results now that more are being conducted in the commonwealth.

 

“This is actually really important,” he said. “A positive test does mean you have the disease, but a negative test does not guarantee you do not have the disease. That’s because sometimes if you test too early, when someone is not showing symptoms, you may not have enough virus in your body for us to find it when we test you.”

 

Dr. Stack said that in such cases people would test negative for coronavirus but could remain contagious and become ill later.

 

Vowing to keep consumers from unfairly being overcharged for goods or services during the pandemic, Gov. Beshear again extended his executive order prohibiting price gouging by another 15 days.

 

Anyone with information about unfair sales or billing practices is encouraged to contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection hotline at 888-432-9257or fill out the complaint form online.

 

The Governor also talked about how important Kentuckians’ actions are right now.

 

“Our actions every single day make a difference. Just remember those traits from the Greatest Generation: personal responsibility, integrity, work ethic and faithful commitment. Those same traits can guide us through this coronavirus,” Gov. Beshear said. “I know this generation – us – we can be great, too. We can be great by passing this test of humanity, protecting the people around us and throughout Kentucky.”

 

The Governor also played a video message from Dr. F. Bruce Williams, senior pastor at Bates Memorial Baptist Church in Louisville.

 

“I know that we have faith, but we also know that we are guided by faith and wisdom and both of those are important,” said Dr. Williams. “They’re not mutually exclusive. God has given us faith, but he’s also given us consecrated common sense, so let’s join them in making sure that the flock that we guide – that we are the shepherds that not only feed them, but also we’re the kind of shepherds who protect them.”

 

State parks
Gov. Beshear announced the state would begin allowing first responders and front-line health care workers to quarantine in cabins at state parks in five locations across the commonwealth, which would allow them to quarantine away from their families and other loved ones if necessary.

 

“It’s a good use of those state parks and we’re excited to do it,” the Governor said Monday.

 

First responders and health care personnel interested in accommodations should contact their local emergency management operations center or visit kyem.ky.gov.

 

Case information
As of 5 p.m. April 6, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 1,008 cases in Kentucky, 54 of which were newly confirmed. There were 14 new deaths reported Monday, raising the state’s toll to 59 confirmed deaths related to the virus. The deaths announced Monday include: in Kenton County, a male who was 96 and females who were 89, 92 and two who were 91; in Jefferson County males who were 74 and 86 and females who were 56 and 85; a female, 81 and a male, 63, from Campbell; a male, 96, from Boyd; female, 74, from Fayette; and an 81-year-old male from McCracken.

 

As a sign of compassion and renewal the Governor asked Kentuckians to join him in lighting their homes and businesses green tonight in honor of the lives lost.

 

The Governor also spoke Monday of the loss of June Hill, a McLean County native. Jamey Temple, June Hill’s granddaughter wrote a guest column for The Courier-Journal, which was published yesterday. The Governor showed June’s photo and read an excerpt from the articleto help tell June’s story and bring greater awareness to those who have been lost to the cruel virus.

 

Recent Updates

 

CDC recommends using cloth masks
Gov. Beshear said Saturday that Kentucky is adopting on a voluntary basis the new guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommending that people wear cloth masks in some situations. The new CDC guidance on masks can be found here. “Cloth masks do not eliminate the need for you to do all of the social distancing,” Dr. Stack said.

 

National Guard helping food banks
Gov. Beshear said 334 members of the Kentucky National Guard have been activated to help at hospitals and food banks.

 

Read about other key updates from the week by visiting Gov. Beshear’s website, governor.ky.gov.

 

More information
Gov. Beshear has taken decisive action to protect all Kentuckians since the first case was confirmed in the commonwealth. To read the full list of actions Gov. Beshear has taken to limit the spread of the coronavirus, visit the official page for Kentucky’s Response to COVID-19.

 

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages people to follow these steps to prevent illness. Kentuckians who want advice can call the state hotline at 800-722-5725 or call their local health care provider. To read Gov. Beshear’s news releases and watch other news regarding COVID-19 visit governor.ky.gov.

 

Each day at 5 p.m. ET, Gov. Beshear holds briefings for Kentuckians that are streamed online at his Facebook and YouTube pages.

 

Gov. Beshear continues to urge Kentuckians to be cautious of rumors and depend on proven and good sources of news, including governor.ky.govkycovid19.ky.gov and the Governor’s official social media accounts FacebookTwitter and YouTube.

 

Team Kentucky hashtags for social media
#TeamKentucky, #TogetherKY, #Patriot and #HealthyAtHome.

 

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TAYLOR CO. MAN ARRESTED FOLLOWING POLICE PURSUIT

 
 
 
On Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 3:19pmET, Campbellsville Police Officer Jacob Hedgespeth received a complaint of a shoplifter at Walmart. As Officer Hedgespeth was responding to Walmart, he met the suspect’s vehicle on Kentucky 210 at Green River Plaza.  As the officer attempted to stop the vehicle, the suspect fled at a high rate of speed. Following a short pursuit, the suspect (32-year-old Alexandro Reyes of Campbellsville, KY) wrecked his vehicle on Old Greensburg Road. Reyes then accelerated in an attempt to continue to elude and struck Officer Hedgespeth’s patrol vehicle. 
 
Reyes was then taken into custody with the assistance of the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office. He was charged with Speeding, Driving on a DUI Suspended License, Fleeing or Evading Police 1st degree (Motor Vehicle), Criminal Mischief 1st degree, and Wanton Endangerment 1st degree (Police Officer). Reyes was lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center.
 

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14 NEW COVID-19 DEATHS; 54 NEW CONFIRMED CASES

 

Gov. Andy Beshear announced this afternoon (Monday) that there are 54 new COVID-19 cases in Kentucky and 14 new deaths. The total number of cases in Kentucky surpassed the 1,000 mark with 1,008 cases. There are a total of 54 deaths in the state. We'll have Gov. Beshear's complete update later this evening.

 

 

 

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MARION CO. MAN ARRESTED FOLLOWING SHOOTING; VICTIM IN CRITICAL CONDITION

 
 
Raywick, KY  (April 6, 2020) – Kentucky State Police are investigating a shooting that occurred on Sunday, April 5, 2020 at approximately 8:48pmET on Clear Creek Road in the Raywick community of Marion County. KSP Post 15 was contacted by the Marion County 911 Center to respond to a complaint of 48-year-old Timothy Mays of Lebanon, KY being in violation of his KY EPO/DVO, by showing up at the petitioner’s residence. When units arrived, they discovered that 42-year-old Nina Devonne Hunt of Raywick, KY had been assaulted and had a single gunshot wound to her head.
 
During the investigation, an arrest warrant was obtained and Troopers were able to locate and arrest Mays charging him with Assault 1st (Domestic Violence) and Violation of a KY EPO/DVO. Mays was lodged in the Marion County Detention Center. Hunt was transported to Springview Hospital by EMS and airlifted to the University of Louisville Hospital where she is listed in critical condition. 
 
KSP Detective Marvin Blakey is leading the investigation.
 

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KY 90 to be Temporarily Reduced to 1 Lane Next Week in Cumberland Co.


SOMERSET, Ky. (April 6, 2020) – KY 90 in Cumberland County will be temporarily reduced to one lane next week as crews perform routine inspections to the Cumberland River bridge (mile point 14.1).

 

The lane closures will take place Monday, April 13, through Friday, April 17, both east and west bound starting approximately 7 a.m. each morning and ending by 6 p.m. CT.

 

The dates and duration of the lane closures may be adjusted for inclement weather or other unforeseeable delays. Drivers should expect delays and are encouraged to allow extra time in reaching their destination.

 

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STOLEN PROPERTY FROM TENNESSEE RECOVERED IN ADAIR CO.


On Saturday, April 4th, 2020 the Adair County Sheriff's Office received information about a possible stolen semi trailer at a location in Adair County. Upon arrival to the location given, law enforcement located a Mack semi truck with bifold hydraulic flat bed trailer and a Caterpillar D3 bulldozer. The truck and trailer had already been reported stolen out of Clarksville,Tennessee. It was later determined the bulldozer was stolen from a different location in Clarksville, Tennessee.
 
Kentucky State Troopers Billy Begley and Levi Scott responded and assisted Deputy Derek Padgett recover the property. Deputy Derek Padgett is continuing to assist Tennessee Authorities with the investigation.
 

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Gov. Beshear Implores All Kentuckians to Follow Guidance, Stay Home in COVID-19 Fight

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 5, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Sunday said there will be a need to crack down on those who continue to ignore guidance and gather in public without practicing social distancing if people continue to risk the lives of fellow Kentuckians and spread the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

 

People can go out for groceries and supplies and, when practicing social distancing, for walks or other exercise in their neighborhood, but otherwise need to stay at home. 

 

“You individually have more control during this crisis than probably ever before in our history,” Gov. Beshear said. “Your specific actions make a difference in how protected the population is. So remember, it is your patriotic duty as an American, your duty as a Kentuckian to stay healthy at home.”

 

Gov. Beshear said he will likely announce further steps to reduce gathering this week.

 

“It really shouldn’t take this,” he said of the need to take further action because some are being irresponsible.

 

The Governor is asking all Kentuckians to continue to fight the spread of the virus by following his 10-step guidance, which includes practicing social distancing and staying healthy at home. Gov. Beshear says these efforts have the potential to save the lives of as many as 11,000 Kentuckians.

 

“Do not travel anywhere for any reason,” Gov. Beshear said.

 

The Governor said social distancing is the key to blunting a surge in cases and urged Kentuckians not to let their guards down, even during the nice weather.

 

Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner for the Department for Public Health, said Kentucky’s increase in cases has been slower than almost all other states because Gov. Beshear took decisive action and most people are listening to the guidance and direction.

 

“Kentucky jumped on it, took quick action and our curve started to flatten,” Dr. Stack said.

 

Gov. Beshear said Saturday that Kentucky is adopting, on a voluntary basis, the new guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommending that people wear cloth masks in some situations.

 

The new CDC guidance on masks can be found here.

 

“Cloth masks do not eliminate the need for you to do all of the social distancing,” Dr. Stack said. He said, even with masks, people must remain six to 10 feet apart.

 

“That’s what’s going to help us,” Dr. Stack said. “The hand hygiene, the covering your cough and your sneeze, that’s what’s going to keep us healthy.”

 

Testing update 
“We have entered a new agreement that we’re pretty excited about. It’s with Gravity Diagnostics in northern Kentucky. That agreement will provide up to 2,000 tests a day that we will be able to use around the state. The goal is going to be to use those outside the golden triangle, which has U of L and UK and a number of other avenues to get quick testing,” Gov. Beshear said.

 

“I want to say thank you to Gravity, which has significantly increased their capacity and what they’re doing at a really rapid rate. They’re a Kentucky group and we’re proud of them. And we appreciate them putting us first.”

 

Gov. Beshear also thanked Kentucky’s hospitals and the state Department for Public Health, including Commissioner Stack, who helped make this agreement come together.

 

National Guard
Gov. Beshear said 334 members of the Kentucky National Guard have been activated to help at hospitals and food banks.

 

“They’re doing everything from helping at hospitals to helping at our food banks, which need that help more now than ever. We will see more of our Guard being activated as we go,” he said.

 

Case information
As of 5 p.m. April 5, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 955 cases in Kentucky, 38 of which were newly confirmed. Of those cases, at least 306 patients have recovered.

 

“Let’s make sure we keep these numbers as low as possible. Let’s make sure we are all doing our part,” Gov. Beshear said.

 

Officials have confirmed that at least 18,767 people have been tested, but the Governor said that the real number of tests likely is larger as there is some lag in reporting from different labs.

 

There were five new deaths reported Sunday, raising the state’s toll to 45 deaths related to the virus.

 

Those include 80-, 66- and 54-year-old females from Jefferson County, an 85-year-old female from McLean, and an 80-year-old female from Shelby. 

 

Read about other key updates from the week by visiting Gov. Beshear’s website, governor.ky.gov.

 

More information
Gov. Beshear has taken decisive action to protect all Kentuckians since the first case was confirmed in the commonwealth. To read the full list of actions Gov. Beshear has taken to limit the spread of the coronavirus, visit governor.ky.gov/covid19.

 

The CDC encourages people to follow these steps to prevent illness. Kentuckians who want advice can call the state hotline at 800-722-5725 or call their local health care provider. To read Gov. Beshear’s news releases and watch other news regarding COVID-19 visit governor.ky.gov.

 

Each day at 5 p.m. ET, Gov. Beshear holds briefings for Kentuckians that are streamed online at his Facebook and YouTube pages.

 

Gov. Beshear continues to urge Kentuckians to be cautious of rumors and depend on proven and good sources of news, including governor.ky.govkycovid19.ky.gov and the Governor’s official social media accounts FacebookTwitter and YouTube.

 

Team Kentucky hashtags for social media
#TeamKentucky, #TogetherKY, #Patriot and #HealthyAtHome.

 

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5 NEW COVID-19 DEATHS IN KY; 955 TOTAL CASES


According to Gov. Andy Beshear, there are 38 new COVID-19 cases for a total of 955 confirmed cases in KY. 

 
There are 5 new deaths for a total of 45. Deaths are all female and include: 80, 66 & 54 year olds from Jefferson Co., an 85 year old from McClean Co. & a 90 year old from Woodford Co. 
 
The information was given at the Governor's Sunday afternoon press conference on the coronavirus.
 

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