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LCDHD REPORT SUNDAY MAY 24TH

 

There are no new cases to report today. We released one from isolation (recovered), leaving us with 9 active cases in our district.
 
The Lake Cumberland area has experienced 215 Cumulative Confirmed Cases and there have been 8,571 Confirmed COVID-19 cases across 117 Kentucky Counties as of 05/24/20 (this includes 8,571 statewide plus 0 recently reported cases in Lake Cumberland not in the Governor’s daily report). Regardless of the confirmed case count for any Lake Cumberland County, we believe COVID-19 to be widespread.  LCDHD is working to identify and contact all those with whom any positive case may have come into close contact.
 
As everyone is enjoying their holiday weekend, don’t forget that you can have and be spreading COVID-19 without even knowing you’re sick. Please don’t become complacent. Avoiding crowds as much as possible is your best way to reduce your risk. Wash your hands with soap and water often and thoroughly; wear a mask when out in public; stay home if you have a fever or are coughing; increase sanitation, and avoid touching your face to further reduce your risk.
 
 

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MOWING SEASON UNDERWAY IN KYTC DISTRICT 8

 

By Amber Hale
 
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) District 8 advises motorists that roadside mowing season is underway, which runs from May to October. State and contract crews will complete three mowing cycles, including litter removal on interstates, parkways and other primary routes throughout the state.
 
KYTC officials ask Kentuckians to do their part by keeping the state right of way clear of temporary signs and other obstacles that can obstruct the path of mowers and pose a hazard for mowing crews and motorists.
 
Kentucky law and Transportation Cabinet policy prohibit the placement of non-official signs of any type - for campaigns, yard sales or other advertising - on state highway right of way, utility poles, fences and guardrails or on road signs. Depending on size and construction, illegally placed signs are a distraction and can be a safety issue for motorists when blocking the view of oncoming vehicles.
 
Illegally-placed signs also can disrupt or endanger right-of-way operations such as mowing, ditch cleaning and litter removal, and can pose a direct safety hazard to motorists who run off the roadway - particularly when installed with large wooden or metal stakes.
 
Campaign signs and other signs placed on state right of way that restrict sight distance or interfere with mowing and maintenance operations will be removed by KYTC crews. Signs that are removed will be held at the state highway garage in each county of KYTC District 8 and kept for two weeks. Unclaimed signs will be discarded.
 
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet asks that motorists use extra caution when traveling through these work zones.
 

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BARN DESTROYED BY FIRE IN ADAIR CO. ON SATURDAY

 
The Adair County Fire Department responded to a barn fire on Saturday morning at 9:58amCT at 388 Amon Spoon Road, Upon arrival, the barn was completely engulfed in flames and was a total loss. The barn was owned by Kenny Redmon. There were 17 firefighters on the scene for an hour and 15 minutes.  
 

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LCDHD MAY 23RD REPORT: ANOTHER COVID-19 DEATH; VIRUS BELIEVED TO BE WIDESPREAD

 
According to a report released Saturday, May 23, 2020 by the Lake Cumberland District Health Dept., there's been another COVID-19 death, an 85-year-old female from Adair County who was a Summit Manor Nursing Home resident who had been released from isolation (was disease-free), but later succumbed to lingering complications from the disease. The report says 5 people have been released from home-isolation (meaning they have recovered), and 84% of the total confirmed cases have recovered.
 
The Lake Cumberland area has experienced 215 Cumulative Confirmed Cases and there have been 8,571 Confirmed COVID-19 cases across 117 Kentucky Counties as of 05/23/20 (this includes 8,571 statewide plus 0 recently reported cases in Lake Cumberland not in the Governor’s daily report). Regardless of the confirmed case count for any Lake Cumberland County, we believe COVID-19 to be widespread. LCDHD is working to identify and contact all those with whom any positive case may have come into close contact.
 
It is being reported from all around our district that there are many people out and about, a significant number of whom are wearing masks. Don’t forget that you can have and be spreading COVID-19 without even knowing you’re sick. Please don’t become complacent. Avoiding crowds as much as possible is your best way to reduce your risk, wash your hands with soap and water often and thoroughly. wear a mask when out in public, stay home if you have a fever or are coughing, increase sanitation, and avoid touching your face to further reduce your risk.
 
 

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Gov. Beshear: Be Safe this Memorial Day Weekend

 
FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 23, 2020) – Over the Memorial Day weekend, Gov. Andy Beshear updated Kentuckians on the fight against the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
 
“I am urging Kentuckians to please be safe this weekend,” Gov. Beshear said. “As we recover, we are depending on Kentuckians to take the steps necessary to protect one another this weekend and every day and weekend moving forward.”
 
Memorial Day weekend
This week, the Governor constantly reminded Kentuckians to be safe while they take time to honor those who have sacrificed much for our country. The Governor and state health officials are asking all Kentuckians to keep gatherings to 10 or fewer people.
 
Other guidance includes wearing masks, maintaining social distancing of six feet or more, gathering outside instead of inside, washing hands frequently and covering food and individually wrapping plates.
 
Case information
As of 5 p.m. May 23, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 8,571 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 148 of which were newly confirmed Saturday.
 
Fortunately, Gov. Beshear reported no new deaths Saturday. The total number of Kentuckians lost to the virus remains 391.
 
“For only the second time in about a month and a half, we have zero new deaths to report,” said Gov. Beshear.
 
At least 3,102 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus. For additional information, including up-to-date lists of positive cases and deaths, as well as breakdowns of coronavirus infections by county, race and ethnicity, click here.
 
More information
Read about other key updates, actions and information from Gov. Beshear and his administration at governor.ky.gov, kycovid19.ky.gov and the Governor’s official social media accounts Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
 
Kentuckians can also access translated COVID-19 information and daily summaries of the Governor’s news conference at tinyurl.com/kygovespanol (Spanish) and tinyurl.com/kygovtranslations (more than 20 additional languages).
 

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ADAIR CO MAN ARRESTED FOR POSSESSION OF METH AFTER SEARCH OF VEHICLE


On Saturday morning, CPD Officers located suspected methamphetamine during a vehicle search on Hudson Street at FiveStar. Two arrests subsequently followed.


Nathan Curry, 38, of Columbia has been charged with Possession of an Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in Vehicle as well as Possession of Methamphetamine.

Passenger, Alisha Stotts, 23, of Columbia was also taken into custody on a child support warrant where she later was able to post bond. 

Officer Evan Burton was the arresting Officer. He was assisted on scene by Officer Adam Cravens.
 

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LCDHD: NO NEW COVID-19 DEATHS ON FRIDAY; ONE NEW CASE IN TAYLOR CO.

 

 

 

LCDHD REPORT FRIDAY, MAY 22, 2020
 
Today we report no new deaths. We released one from home-isolation (recovered), so 82% of our total confirmed cases have recovered. We are reporting one new case: a 59-year-old female from Taylor.
 
The Lake Cumberland area has experienced 215 Cumulative Confirmed Cases and there have been 8,428 Confirmed COVID-19 cases across 117 Kentucky Counties as of 05/22/20 (this includes 8,426 statewide plus 2 recently reported cases in Lake Cumberland not in the Governor’s daily report). Regardless of the confirmed case count for any Lake Cumberland County, we believe COVID-19 to be widespread. LCDHD is working to identify and contact all those with whom any positive case may have come into close contact.
 
Please be safe over your holiday weekend. Remember, avoiding crowds as much as possible is your best way to reduce your risk. Wash your hands with soap and water often and thoroughly; wear a mask when out in public; stay home if you have a fever or are coughing; increase sanitation, and avoid touching your face to further reduce your risk.
 
 

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COLUMBIA MAN FLOWN TO LEXINGTON HOSPITAL AFTER AN ASSAULT; ANOTHER MAN ARRESTED


CPD Officers responded to Lancaster Drive in Columbia, KY on Friday night after a reported assault was called in that originated on Bomar Heights. Officers and Adair EMS responded and spoke with a male victim who resides in an apartment on Bomar Heights who was able to name and identify his attacker. 


Some time later the alleged attacker, 47-year-old Donnie Campbell of Louisville, was found on Pine Tree Street at a residence where a female has a current protection order in place against him. Campbell was initially placed into custody for Violation of the Emergency Protection Order. After investigating the scene and interviewing parties Campbell was also charged with Assault 1st degree (a Class B felony).

The male victim was transported to the UK Hospital in Lexington by ambulance. As of this morning (Saturday), he is listed in stable condition. The victim was unable to be flown out due to foggy weather. 
 
Officer Kevin Atwood is the investigating Officer. He was assisted by CPD Officers Jordan Dean and Trevor Foster along with Adair County Deputy Justin Cross. The investigation is ongoing.
 

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CAMPBELLSVILLE COUPLE ARRESTED FOR CHILD ABUSE

 
In October 2019 Campbellsville Police, with the assistance of Child Protective Services, opened an investigation after receiving a call from Taylor Regional Hospital of possible child abuse. After a lengthy investigation, 26-year-old Robert Adkins and 21-year-old Ursula Adkins of Campbellsville were indicted by the Taylor County Grand Jury this past March. On Wednesday, May 20th both Robert and Ursula Adkins were arrested by the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office on the outstanding Grand Jury Indictment warrants.  
 
Robert Adkins was charged with Criminal Abuse 1st degree (child 12 or under), Wanton Endangerment 1st degree, and Terroristic Threatening 3rd degree. Ursula Adkins was charged with: Criminal Abuse 1st degree (child 12 or under) and Wanton Endangerment 1st degree. Both were lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center.
 
Agencies Involved: Campbellsville Police Department 
 
Investigating Officer: Det. Nelson Bishop
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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No New COVID-19 Deaths in Lake Cumberland District; 4 New Cases

 
Lake Cumberland District Health Dept. report on Thursday, May 21, 2020...
 
Today we report no new deaths. We released 7 from home-isolation (recovered), so 82% of our total confirmed cases have recovered. We are also happy we only have 2 in the hospital right now. We are reporting 4 new cases: a 66-year-old male from Adair indirectly related to the nursing home in Adair County; a 60-year-old male, a 65-year-old female, and a 70-year-old male in Pulaski.
 
The Lake Cumberland area has experienced 214 Cumulative Confirmed Cases and there have been 8,290 Confirmed COVID-19 cases across 117 Kentucky Counties as of 05/21/20 (this includes 8,286 statewide plus 4 recently reported cases in Lake Cumberland not in the Governor’s daily report). Regardless of the confirmed case count for any Lake Cumberland County, we believe COVID-19 to be widespread.  LCDHD is working to identify and contact all those with whom any positive case may have come into close contact.
 
In a recently published study by the Harvard Medical School (https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/fullarticle/2766121), it was concluded that COVID-19 has already proven to be many more times devastating than a normal flu season. This has happened despite a global economic shut-down and the implementation of social distancing, measures not taken during flu season.
 
Even in New York, one of the hardest hit areas in the U.S., it is only estimated that 20% or less of the population may have already had COVID-19. That means 80% has not. So, don’t be lulled into a false sense of security. Avoiding crowds as much as possible is your best way to reduce your risk. Wash your hands with soap and water often and thoroughly; wear a mask when out in public; stay home if you have a fever or are coughing; increase sanitation, and avoid touching your face to further reduce your risk.
 
 

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2 RUSSELL CO. MEN ARRESTED ON ASSAULT CHARGES....

 

2 people were lodged in the Russell County Detention Center on Assault Charges Thursday night.

 

  • Robert Bledsoe, 70, of Russell Springs was taken into custody by Officer Justice with the Russell Springs Police Department just after 8pm last evening. Bledsoe was charged with Assault, 4th Degree (Domestic Violence; no Visible Injuries) and Resisting Arrest.

 

  • Tony Russell, 52, of Jamestown was taken into custody by KSP Trooper Brumley and charged with Assault, 4th (Domestic Violence) Minor Injuries and Violation of a Kentucky EPO/DVO.   

 

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ADAIR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING RECAP...

 

The Adair County School Board met last night for the May regular monthly meeting. Jim Lieb spoke with Superintendent Stephens following the meeting…

 

 

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JAMESTOWN CITY COUNCIL MEETING RECAP

 

City leaders of Jamestown met Thursday evening for their regular monthly meeting. Mayor Nick Shearer spoke to WAVE NEWS after the meeting about what took place... 

 

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Gov. Beshear Updates Kentuckians on Progress Fighting COVID-19

 
FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 21, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Thursday updated Kentuckians on guidelines for reopening safely as the state battles the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
 
“We’re going to get through this together because just like Healthy at Home, we’re going to be Healthy at Work in a way where we’re are going to do this better that just about anybody else out there,” the Governor said.
 
Case information
As of 4:00pmCT on Thursday, May 21st, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 8,236 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 135 of which were newly confirmed Thursday.
 
“We may be more than just plateaued, we may be in true reduction in what we’re seeing about the spread,” said Gov. Beshear. “Where we are now compared to where we were even three weeks ago is a much better place.”
 
Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear also reported 10 new deaths Thursday, raising the total to 386 Kentuckians lost to the virus.
 
Gov. Beshear said, “Ten more individuals. Ten more than we wanted to lose. Let’s make sure we’re thinking about them and their families tonight.”
 
The deaths reported Thursday include a 93-year-old woman from Jackson County, a 62-year-old man from Fayette County, 73-year-old woman from Adair County, a 72-year-old man from Simpson County, two 56-year-old women from Warren County, an 81-year-old man and an 86-year-old woman from Oldham County, and 69- and 78-year-old men from Jefferson County.
 
At least 3,008 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus. For additional information, including up-to-date lists of positive cases and deaths, as well as breakdowns of coronavirus infections by county, race and ethnicity, click here.
 
Child care reopening
Today, Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) Secretary Eric Friedlander announced that on June 8, in-home child care programs can open. On June 15, center-based licensed child care programs can reopen to all families.
 
“Today is a day of really good news for many people. Child care is one of the areas we know is critical to reopening the economy. It is critical to parents and has been critical to our essential workers,” said Sec. Friedlander. “It’s always a balance between protecting ourselves and our families and going to back to being Healthy at Work.”
 
The maximum group size will be 10 children per group. Children will remain in the same groups all day and staff will be assigned to the same children each day to reduce exposure. All adults must wear a face mask while in any child care program (in-home or center-based). Children 5 or younger should not wear masks, but older children may wear masks as they are able.
 
Programs should stagger playground time, eliminate center-wide family events, eliminate field trips and use centralized drop-off/pick-up locations to eliminate unnecessary traffic to classrooms and reduce exposure.
 
Sec. Friedlander also highlighted support for providers. All programs – in-home and center-based – will receive additional funding for cleaning and PPE supplies. Continued assistance will be available from state personnel and resources.
 
Click to see the complete guidance for in-home child care and center-based child care.
 
Healthy at Work
Today, 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 or fewer can reopen June 29 if they meet guidelines.
 
Businesses that are opening May 22 at 33% capacity can expand to 50% capacity a month later, on June 22, if they meet the guidelines.
 
“Based on the numbers we are seeing right now, we think we will be responsible and that we can hit it at that time,” said Gov. Beshear. “It all depends on how good we do at being Healthy at Work.”  
 
For more information on the Healthy at Work timeline and industry requirements, click here: https://govstatus.egov.com/ky-healthy-at-work.
 
Kentucky students eligible for new emergency food benefits
The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) and the Kentucky Department of Education are partnering to provide food assistance to families who have lost access to free or reduced-price school meals during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency.
 
Beginning May 23, Kentucky families with students who normally receive free or reduced-price meals at school may get financial assistance to replace those meals through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program, part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.
 
“These parents will be provided some additional benefits so they can use that to feed their children so that they don’t go hungry because they’re missing meals at school,” said CHFS Secretary Eric Friedlander. “When you apply for these benefits, it’s not just you as the individual that benefits. It’s your grocers, it’s your local businesses, it is the entire food system in Kentucky that benefits.”  
 
Families who already receive assistance can receive P-EBT in addition to other benefits their household may get. Children who already receive SNAP, Kentucky Transitional Assistance Program assistance, Kinship Care or Medicaid will automatically receive P-EBT on their EBT cards and do not need to apply separately. P-EBT benefits will be added to existing EBT cards no later than May 28. Families of all other children must complete a short online application and will be mailed an EBT card with instructions on how to activate and use their card. Apply or get information from June 2 through June 30 at www.benefind.ky.gov or 855-306-8959.
 
Students who became eligible for free or reduced lunch after March 13 are eligible for P-EBT. For more information, click here: https://kentucky.gov/Pages/Activity-stream.aspx?n=CHFS&prId=273
 
Memorial Day Weekend
Keeping safe while celebrating together is crucial as we enter the traditional start of the summer season. Gov. Beshear and state health officials are asking all Kentuckians to keep gatherings to 10 or fewer people.
 
“We’ve done a wonderful job coming together and showing our care and concern for each other in Kentucky,” said Kentucky Department of Public Health (KDPH) Commissioner Dr. Steven Stack. “The works not over, and if we take our eye off the ball, in June or July, we’ll have the very problem we’ve averted so far.”
 
Other guidance includes wearing masks, maintaining social distancing of six feet or more, gathering outside instead of inside, washing hands frequently and covering food and individually wrapping plates.
 
Testing expansion
On Thursday, Gov. Beshear continued to encourage Kentuckians to get tested for COVID-19. Kentucky’s testing capacity now exceeds the daily average recommended by the White House to safely begin reopening the economy.
 
The recommended per capita testing rate is 100 per 100,000. In the seven days ending Tuesday, the daily average of Kentuckians tested per 100,000 residents was significantly higher at 138.
 
Information on how to register at more than 70 sites throughout the commonwealth can be found at kycovid19.ky.gov.
 

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ADAIR CO. SCHOOL DIST. OFFERING "MEALS TO YOU" PROGRAM

 

With Meals-to-You, eligible families get a Meals-to-You box delivered to their home for each of their students during school closure periods. Most boxes will include 10 breakfasts and 10 lunches/suppers. ENROLLMENT DATES ARE MAY 26-29, 2020. You must enroll online during this time period to receive the meals. Boxes are provided on a first come, first served basis.

 

To sign up, fill out an online sign-up form and submit it as soon as possible. Access the form by clicking this link: https://mealstoyou.org/emergency-meals-to-you-application/

 

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SUMMERSVILLE MAN DIES IN GARAGE FIRE

 

A Summersville, KY man died in a garage fire on Tuesday afternoon in Hart County near the Green County line.
 
67-year-old Freddie Wells died at 3:30pmCT in the fire that occurred on Bennett Road in Hart County, ¼ mile from the Green County line. Mr. Wells was reportedly working on a car when it fell off the jack, pinning him underneath and catching on fire. The garage was a total loss. 
 
Kentucky State police are continuing the investigation.
 
 

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LCDHD MEDIA BRIEFING QUESTIONS & ANSWERS....

 

 

LCDHD held a Zoom meeting on Wednesday, May 20, 2020. The briefing was held to help get accurate information to citizens. For a list of questions and answers from yesterday's media briefing, click on link: https://ridingthewave.com/assets/files/LCDHD_Media_ZOOM_meeting_5_20_2020.pdf

 

 

 


 

 

 

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DRIVE THRU COVID-19 TESTING IN COLUMBIA THIS THURSDAY


 

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1 NEW DEATH IN ADAIR DUE TO COVID-19


Today we report one new death, a 73-year-old female indirectly related to the nursing home in Adair County. We report three new cases: a 72-year-old female resident of the nursing home in Adair County; a 39-year-old female from Taylor County who worked as a contract employee at a nursing home in Jackson County; and, a 75-year-old male resident of a nursing home in Pulaski County. Our understanding is that the nursing home impacted in Pulaski will be issuing a press release soon. That nursing home has already notified all residents, employees, and families about the situation. For all our new positive cases, we are completing or have already completed case investigations and close contact tracing.

 

The Lake Cumberland area has experienced 210 Cumulative Confirmed Cases and there have been 8,170 Confirmed COVID-19 cases across 117 Kentucky Counties as of 05/20/20 (this includes 8,167 statewide plus 3 recently reported cases in Lake Cumberland not in the Governor’s daily report). Regardless of the confirmed case count for any Lake Cumberland County, we believe COVID-19 to be widespread.  LCDHD is working to identify and contact all those with whom any positive case may have come into close contact.

 

As businesses reopen, the most common misconception is that the businesses only must comply with the guidance specific for their type of business. However, all businesses also must comply with the “minimum requirements”.  The business-specific guidance can be found at Healthy-At-Work.  The “minimum requirements” can be found at Minimum Requirements.


 

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ADAIR CO. FISCAL COURT MEETING AGENDA MAY 26TH

 
 
 
The Adair County Fiscal Court will meet in regular session on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 in the basement of the Adair Annex at 4:00 P.M. CT. This meeting WILL NOT be open to the public due to the COVID19 Executive Order Governor Beshear put in effect but will be live-streamed on the Adair County Fiscal Court’s Facebook Page.
 
AGENDA                  
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
PRAYER
CALL TO ORDER
ROLL CALL
 
1.   APPROVAL OF AGENDA
2.   APPROVAL OF MINUTES 
            A.) May 12, 2020 - Regular called meeting minutes 
3.    DISBURSEMENTS
4.    BUDGET AMENDMENTS - 2ND READING                                             
5.   1ST READING OF 2020-2021 BUDGET
6.   APPROVAL OF 2020-2021 STANDING ORDERS
7.   TRANSFERS 
        A. LINE TO LINE TRANSFERS
        B. FUND TO FUND TRANSFERS 
                                  
8.   READING OF ROADS
 
9.   ACTION ITEMS:                                    
  • SECOND READING - AMENDMENT TO FIRE DUES ORDIANCE 
  • JAIL 2020-2021 POLICY & PROCEDURE HANDBOOK APPROVAL
  • DISCUSSION OF JIM BLAIR & GRAS LAWN MOWERS - REPAIR/REPLACE
  • RECYCLING DISCUSSION 
  • POSSIBLE HIRE OF ROAD EMPLOYEES
  • ANDERSON RD. - PERMISSION TO RUN WATER LINE ON RIGHT OF WAY

 

10.  OTHER BUSINESS
11.  PUBLIC COMMENTS
12.  ADJOURN         
                                                                      

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CASEY CO. MAN CHARGED WITH 1ST DEGREE ASSAULT

 
On Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 4:48pmET, Kentucky State Police Post 15 responded to a shooting that occurred in the limits of Kings Mountain on High Ridge Rd. Upon arrival, police located 45-year-old Mark Baxter of Middleburg, KY who had been shot at his residence following an altercation with 43-year-old Daniel Porter. Porter had fled the scene with his vehicle being located a short time later.
 
Daniel Porter was arrested and charged with Assault 1st degree and lodged in the Casey County Detention Center. Mark Baxter was airlifted to the University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington, KY where he is listed in stable condition.
 
This incident remains under investigation by Detective Josh Dicken. KSP was assisted at the scene by Casey County EMS and the Casey County Sheriff’s Department.
 

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FATAL ACCIDENT CLAIMS LIFE OF CASEY CO. MAN


Russell Springs, Ky (May 21, 2020) On May 19th, 2020 at approximately 7:29 PM Kentucky State Police Post 15 responded to a 2-vehicle fatal collision that occurred on U.S. 127 north at the Russell/Casey County line. Preliminary investigations indicate that 27 year old Haiden Cain of Russell Springs, KY was operating a 2020 Chevy pickup north bound on U.S. 127 when he crossed the centerline, striking a south bound 2007 Cadillac operated by 43 year old Darrell McClure of Dunnville, Ky.

 

McClure and front seat passenger, Megan McClure, age 33 of Dunnville, along with Cain were airlifted to the University of Louisville Hospital and later released. A passenger in the Cain vehicle, 26 year old Janson Sallee of Liberty, KY was pronounced deceased on the scene by the Russell County Coroners office. 2 children in the McClure vehicle were treated and released from Russell County Hospital. 

 

This collision remains under investigation by Trooper Weston Sullivan. Tpr. Sullivan was assisted at the scene by Russell and Casey County EMS, Russell County Sheriff’s Department, Jamestown Fire Department and The Russell County Coroner’s office.

 

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VEHICLE FIRE YESTERDAY IN RUSSELL SPRINGS

A vehicle was a total loss following a fire yesterday in Russell Springs…

 

The Russell Springs Fire Department was called out at 11:13 a.m. Tuesday morning to the junction of Lakeway Drive and 127. According to Fire Chief H.M. Bottom the vehicle was fully engulfed when his department arrived on scene. Firemen were on scene for about 30 minutes. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

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ANOTHER ADAIR COUNTY DEATH DUE TO COVID-19


Lake Cumberland Ddistrict Health Dept. report...


Today we are happy to report no new cases. We also released four from isolation (recovered from the virus), two from Russell, one from Pulaski, and one from Taylor. We have released 81% of our total cumulative cases. We do announce an additional death today, an 83-year-old female nursing home resident from Adair. She was one who had been released (meaning she was disease-free), but later succumbed to lasting complications caused by the virus.

 

The Lake Cumberland area has experienced 207 Cumulative Confirmed Cases and there have been 8,069 Confirmed COVID-19 cases across 116 Kentucky Counties as of 05/19/20 (this includes 8,069 statewide plus 0 recently reported cases in Lake Cumberland not in the Governor’s daily report). Regardless of the confirmed case count for any Lake Cumberland County, we believe COVID-19 to be widespread. LCDHD is working to identify and contact all those with whom any positive case may have come into close contact.

 

Drive-through testing is going on in Clinton County through tomorrow. Also, find a testing location at ky.covid19.ky.gov.

 

 

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Gov. Beshear Offers Guidance on Having a Safe Memorial Day Weekend

 
FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 19, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Tuesday set out state guidelines for having a safe Memorial Day weekend while continuing to fight the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
 
“Just because we are healthy at home and healthy at work doesn’t mean we can’t be out there to be healthy physically,” the Governor said. “The healthier we get, the more resilient we will be if we ever see anything else like this in our lifetime.”
 
Keeping safe while celebrating together is crucial as we enter the traditional start of the summer season. Gov. Beshear and state health officials are asking all Kentuckians to keep gatherings to 10 or fewer people.
 
“Our actions have direct implications on the health and safety of others,” said Department for Public Health Commissioner Dr. Steven Stack. 
 
“This weekend is the first time in Kentucky that we are going to permit over the last two months or so gatherings of up to 10 people. In order to do this safely and minimize the risk of infection being spread and to keep people safe, we have to do this right.”
 
Other guidance includes maintaining social distance of at least six feet, wearing masks, gathering outside instead of inside, washing hands frequently and covering food and individually wrapping plates.
 
“It’s Memorial Day Weekend, and I know that many of us desperately crave the company of our friends and family,” Dr. Stack said. “But I urge and I ask that everybody please follow these steps so that we can stay safe together and not have any of the serious consequences that none of us want.”
 
Healthy at Work
Gov. Beshear spoke about the next steps and latest guidance for businesses as Kentucky makes a gradual and sustainable reopening of the economy.
 
“This is a big week. There is a lot of additional activity, but we have to make sure that we do it safely,” the Governor said. “I trust in you, and you have done so well thus far that I believe we can do this safely, but it has to be done differently. Let’s make sure that again Kentucky can do this just as well as anyone else.”
 
The Healthy at Work website now includes guidance for barbershops, cosmetology, hair salons, tanning salons and tattoo parlors. Gov. Beshear said the state also will be expanding June 1 reopening guidance to include aquatic centers (excluding public pools), fishing tournaments and auto/dirt track racing.
 
On Tuesday, the Governor said June 8 marks the projected return for museums, outdoor attractions, aquariums, libraries and distilleries. Further out, June 11 will bring back the Kentucky Horse Park, Kentucky State Park campgrounds and Otter Creek; and on June 15 some child care and limited-contact youth sports will be allowed.
 
Case information
As of 5 p.m. May 19, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 8,069 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 164 of which were newly confirmed Tuesday.
 
Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear also reported 20 new deaths Tuesday, raising the total to 366  Kentuckians lost to the virus.
 
“Today we have lost more people to the coronavirus than any other day before,” the Governor said. “While I believe that we can reopen safely and do it gradually, let’s remember that this thing is still deadly and it is still taking people we love and care about.”
 
The deaths reported Tuesday include two women, ages 76 and 83, and an 83-year-old man from Adair County; a 61-year-old man from Allen County; an 84-year-old man and a 93-year-old woman from Boone County; a 63-year-old man from Breckinridge County; a 70-year-old man from Campbell County; a 76-year-old woman and an 80-year-old man from Daviess County; two men, ages 83 and 87, and an 80-year-old woman from Edmonson County; two women, ages 77 and 84, from Jefferson County; two women, ages 84 and 89, from Kenton County; a 60-year-old woman and an 88-year-old man from Logan County; and an 88-year-old man from Warren County.
 
“Twenty Kentuckians lost today, a tough day,” Gov. Beshear said. “Let’s make sure just like every day that we are lighting our homes up green and that we ring our bells tomorrow at 10 a.m. and we don’t get tired any night or any day from doing the right thing to honor these families.”
 
At least 2,826 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus. For additional information, including up-to-date lists of positive cases and deaths, as well as breakdowns of coronavirus infections by county, race and ethnicity, click here.
 
Contact tracing
Gov. Beshear on Monday named Mark Carter executive adviser leading the contact tracing efforts in the Office of the Secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS).
 
Contact tracing, which is funded through the CARES Act, is expanding to meet both the White House and Governor’s benchmarks for safely reopening the economy. For more information about Kentucky’s contact tracing program, click here.
 
Child illness update
Gov. Beshear and Dr. Stack are keeping Kentuckians informed about Pediatric Multisymptom Inflammatory Syndrome (PMIS), a rare syndrome that is causing serious health problems for some young people. At least four young Kentuckians have been treated for PMIS, an inflammation disorder that appears to follow a coronavirus infection.
 
The Department for Public Health issued a PMIS advisory, which provides guidance, key points about the syndrome, possible symptoms and reporting directions. The Kentucky Pediatric COVID-19 Hotline (800-722-5725) is staffed by Norton Children’s Hospital and prepared to answer questions from parents and clinicians about PMIS.
 
Testing expansion
Gov. Beshear said Tuesday that Walmart is greatly expanding its testing operations in the state.
 
In addition to Louisville and Bardstown locations, which are currently operating, new testing sites will open Friday, May 22, in Ashland, Bowling Green, Leitchfield, London, Paducah, Pikeville and Richmond.
 
The Governor previously said that in partnership with Kroger, new testing locations would open in Richmond, Mayfield, Louisville and Hartford this week. Information on how to register at more than 70 sites throughout the commonwealth can be found at kycovid19.ky.gov.
 
Long-term care testing 
Dr. Stack said coronavirus testing was being conducted this week at 23 long-term care facilities. So far, more than 4,300 tests have been conducted, including 2,324 staff members and 2,003 residents. Officials plan to conduct another 2,100 tests over the next two days.
 
More information
Read about other key updates, actions and information from Gov. Beshear and his administration at governor.ky.gov, kycovid19.ky.gov and the Governor’s official social media accounts Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
 
Kentuckians can also access translated COVID-19 information and daily summaries of the 
 
Governor’s news conference at tinyurl.com/kygovespanol (Spanish) and tinyurl.com/kygovtranslations (more than 20 additional languages).
 

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