Local News Archives for 2020-04

NEWS RELEASE FROM EM DIR MIKE KELTNER

An out of county friend to our community has reported a potential late addition to the flight plan of Operation American Resolve on Friday, May 1st, 2020.

 

As part of Operation American Resolve, the Kentucky Air National Guard will potentially fly over a portion of Columbia and Summit Manor Nursing Home Friday afternoon around 3:15-3:30 Central time using a pair of Lockheed C-130 Hercules turboprop transport aircraft.  The flight will cross a large portion of Kentucky and, according to the air guard, is part of a nationwide salute to all those supporting the COVID-19 response efforts. 

 

As we all know weather, route and timing could be altered but if you are available it would be worth keeping an eye on the sky over Columbia in that time frame. 

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10-COUNTY LAKE CUMBERLAND DISTRICT COVID-19 UPDATE


11 COVID-19 DEATHS IN ADAIR; 3 IN RUSSELL...


 

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Gov. Beshear: Defeating COVID-19 on First Try Requires Careful Reopening

 
FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 30, 2020) – On Thursday, Gov. Andy Beshear reminded Kentuckians that we need to be the smartest, not the fastest, in reopening our economy in order to defeat the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) without causing a spike of cases in the commonwealth.
 
He announced additional testing sites and updated Kentuckians on N95 mask decontamination, unemployment insurance payments, the state budget and new efforts to support working families.
 
“You, the citizens of the commonwealth of Kentucky, are taking on a pandemic that happens once in every 100 years, and while we have lost too many, you are doing something this world has never seen and not just flattening, but plateauing the curve here in Kentucky,” said Gov. Beshear. “Your actions every day are saving lives. And as we go to make a slow, gradual transition from healthy at home to healthy at work, we need you now more than ever to be bought in and to be committed and to make sure that we do what it takes to protect one another.”
 
N95 mask decontamination for frontline health care workers
Dr. Steven Stack, Kentucky’s public health commissioner, announced that Kentucky hospitals will now be using the Battelle Critical Care Decontamination System™ that uses vapor phase hydrogen peroxide (VPHP) to decontaminate N95 respirator masks for up to 20 reuses without degrading filter performance.
 
“We need everybody to use this resource,” Dr. Stack said. “We have to maximize N95 respirator supplies while we still try to acquire more of them to build up a resource should we need them at a later point.”
 
Unemployment insurance update
Josh Benton, deputy secretary of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, announced the state was able to clear an additional 1,050 of the 29,000 remaining initial March unemployment claims yesterday. There are 27,915 March claims remaining. This evening, 8,000 people who applied in March but have not provided identity documents will receive a direct email.
 
State budget
Today, the Office of the State Budget Director released the Quarterly Economic and Revenue Report, which includes an unofficial revised revenue estimate for the General and Road Funds.
 
The FY 2020 revenue shortfall estimate for the General Fund ranges from $319 million to $496 million (2.8% to 4.7%) and the shortfall estimate for the Road Fund ranges from $116 million to $195 million (7.5% to 12.5%).
 
“So all 50 U.S. governors are pushing, are lobbying, are pressing the federal government and Congress to include direct budget assistance to states and local governments that are facing the same thing,” Gov. Beshear said. “Remember, this type of assistance was done in the Great Recession, but what we are facing right now is a worldwide health pandemic that comes with another great recession. They did it then. They need to do it now.”
 
Operation American Resolve
The Kentucky Air National Guard will present a two-ship C-130 flyover across the commonwealth of Kentucky on Friday, May 1. The aerial demonstration is part of Operation American Resolve, a nationwide salute to all those supporting COVID-19 response efforts.
 
The flyover locations include Frankfort, Lexington, Pikeville, Bowling Green, Owensboro and Louisville.
 
“At each location they are specifically flying over selected medical facilities throughout the entire state,” said Adjutant General Hal Lamberton. “This is a show of honor and respect for the military from everybody to the first responders, to the hospital workers, to those essential personnel who have been engaged in the pandemic response at this junction.”
 
SNAP
Kentucky is one of the pilot states for a new program allowing Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – or food benefits – recipients to use benefits online, including for delivery orders. Amazon and Walmart are currently the only retailers that have partnered with Kentucky for online SNAP purchasing.
 
Amazon will ship statewide. Walmart will deliver to select locations and also offers grocery pickup as an option to SNAP recipients and all other households. Shipping and delivery fees, when applicable, must be paid with another means of payment. They cannot be paid with SNAP benefits.
 
More information on who can become an online SNAP retailer and how to apply is available at https://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/retailer. Kentuckians can apply for SNAP by calling 1-855-306-8959 or at www.benefind.ky.gov.
 
“This is good. This is going to provide an extra level of safety. It’s something we’ve been working on for a long time,” the Governor said. “We got over 600,000 individuals on SNAP who we want to make sure they can take advantage of this in their communities.”
 
Testing update
The Governor urged Kentuckians to fill up all available testing slots at multiple sites throughout the commonwealth. Anyone can now sign up for the free COVID-19 testing at many, but not all, of the sites. For the latest information on drive-through testing, visit kycovid19.ky.gov.
 
“Let’s make sure that everybody has opportunity, that everybody signs up and that we have the level of testing that we need,” Gov. Beshear said.
 
Tentative reopening schedule
This week, Kentucky began the phased reopening of health care services as the first step under Gov. Beshear’s Healthy at Work initiative.
 
Yesterday, the Governor unveiled a tentative reopening schedule for a variety of businesses allowed to resume operations in May. However, he cautioned that in all cases, it will not be business as usual and will require adherence to the 10 rules to reopening, along with industry specific requirements. For more information, click here.
 
Census update
Gov. Beshear reminds Kentuckians to fill out their census at my2020census.gov or by phone at 844-330-2020 (English) or 844-468-2020 (Spanish).
 
Condolences
Gov. Beshear offered condolences to the family of Jerry Maze, 77, of Owingsville, who passed away from COVID-19 on April 29.
 
“We appreciate Jerry and Jerry’s family and everything Jerry has done for this world and for his family giving us this opportunity to honor him today and to let the rest of Kentucky know that we lost somebody very special,” Gov. Beshear said.
 
Case information
As of 5 p.m. April 30, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 4,708 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 174 of which were newly confirmed.
 
Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear also reported five new deaths Thursday, raising the state’s toll to 240 deaths related to the virus. Today’s totals for cases and deaths include one that is being listed as a “probable case.”
 
The deaths include a 77-year-old man from Bath, a 66-year-old man from Grayson, a 93-year-old woman from Daviess, a 71-year-old woman from Jefferson and a 97-year-old woman from Grayson.
 
At least 1,675 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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COLUMBIA MAYOR TALKS TO SUMMIT MANOR ABOUT COVID-19

 

Columbia Mayor Pam Hoots talks with Signature HealthCare about the coronavirus in the nursing home.....

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174 NEW COVID-19 CASES IN KY; 5 NEW DEATHS

 

Governor Andy Beshear said this afternoon (Thursday) that there are 174 new COVID-19 cases in Kentucky and 5 new deaths. Total cases are 4,708 and total deaths are 240.

 

 

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STOLEN VEHICLE RECOVERED BY RC SHERIFF'S OFFICE

 

 

Russell County Sheriff Derek Polston reports the recovery of a stolen 2014 Nissan Maxima in Russell County belonging to Jose Carias of Shelbyville, KY. The vehicle had been entered as stolen on January 7th, 2020 by the Shelbyville Police Department.

 

The investigation is continuing by Deputy Corey Meyer of the Russell County Sheriffs office. Anyone having information is ask to contact the Russell County Sheriffs Office at 270-343-2191 or call the Drug/wanted persons tipline at 270-343-8116. All callers will remain anonymous.

 

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NO NEW CORONAVIRUS CASES IN LAKE CUMBERLAND DISTRICT & NO NEW DEATHS


From the Lake Cumberland District Health Department...

 

Today was a good day! There were no new positive cases reported until one new Wayne County case came in very late in the day. It is not yet reflected in our numbers, as it is still under investigation. 4 individuals were released from isolation and there were no deaths to report.


 

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Gov. Beshear Outlines Road Ahead for Gradual Reopening of Businesses

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 29, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Wednesday laid out the state’s plan to gradually reopen business activities while continuing to keep Kentuckians safe from the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).

 

The Governor unveiled a tentative reopening schedule for a variety of businesses allowed to resume operations. However, he cautioned that in all cases, it will not be business as usual and will require adherence to the 10 rules to reopening, along with industry specific requirements.

 

“We’ve got to do this right. I believe we can do this right,” Gov. Beshear said. “When we phase back in to work, remember, you don’t need an in-person meeting. Use the telephone. And now that we are starting to open up health care, see your doctor if you need to.”

 

This week, Kentucky began the phased reopening of health care services as the first step under Gov. Beshear’s Healthy at Work initiative, which set out public health benchmarks for reopening Kentucky’s economy. These benchmarks closely follow the White House’s Guidelines for Reopening America.

 

On Wednesday, Gov. Beshear said that as long as Kentucky keeps up the fight against the coronavirus with promising results, the following business sectors are in line to restart:

 

  • May 11 – Manufacturing, construction, vehicle and vessel dealerships, professional services (at 50% of pre-outbreak capacity), horse racing (without spectators), pet grooming and boarding
  • May 20 – Retail, houses of worship
  • May 25 – Social gatherings of no more than 10 people, barbers, salons, cosmetology businesses and similar services

 

“We were able to come to an agreement yesterday with Churchill Downs. They will start accepting horses and people on the backside of the track May 11,” said Gov. Beshear.

 

He said that for May 20, houses of worship would be allowed in-person services at a reduced capacity and that everything is contingent on being able to do social distancing, cleaning, sanitation and other accommodations.

 

“A crowd is still going to be a dangerous thing until we are further along in defeating this virus,” Gov. Beshear said. “It’s something we need to continue to avoid.”

 

Not reopening yet
The Governor said that a couple of industries and businesses are not quite ready to open, which include restaurants, gyms, movie theaters, campgrounds, youth sports, summer camps, day cares (except for essential health care workers) and public pools.

 

“Another that we want to be in Phase 2 is gyms. Later, but not in Phase 1: movie theaters, campgrounds and youth sports. We hope in this summer, and we don’t know if it will be in June or perhaps early July, we hope that we will be able to do some youth sports,” the Governor said.

 

Healthy at Work reopening process
During the Healthy at Work phases, the Department for Public Health will evaluate individual businesses’ ability to safely reopen. Industry groups and trade associations are encouraged to communicate with and gather input from their membership to develop and submit reopen proposals on behalf of their members. Individual businesses may submit via the online reopen form. All proposals will be evaluated according to White House guidelines and other public health criteria. This step will ensure that Kentucky businesses are able to comply with public health protocols and CDC guidelines.

 

Emergency Management Center
Gov. Beshear delivered Wednesday’s news conference from the Kentucky Emergency Management Center in Frankfort. He emphasized the work the center is taking on in organizing efforts to fight the coronavirus pandemic and introduced Michael Dossett, director of the division of Emergency Management.

 

“We are currently at Level 3 for this operation. We have about 100 people working this incident seven days a week,” Dossett said. “In this event, we are in support of the Governor, Department of Public Health, the Kentucky National Guard and every Cabinet in state government is represented here at the Emergency Operations Center. We are supporting all 120 counties with managing resources they need during this pandemic event.”

 

Testing update
The Governor urged Kentuckians to fill up all available testing slots at multiple sites throughout the commonwealth. Anyone can now sign up for the free COVID-19 testing at many, but not all, of the sites. For the latest information on drive-through testing, visit kycovid19.ky.gov.

 

Gov. Beshear said the registration for next week’s drive-through testing as part of the state’s partnership with Kroger is now available online.

 

He also highlighted new testing options available across the state, including through the Oldham County Health Department (sign up on their website), Buffalo Trace District Health Department (sign up by calling 606-564-9447) as well as sites serving Jessamine, Pendleton and Owen counties.

 

Green River
Gov. Beshear said mass testing is underway at the Green River Correctional Complex.

 

He said that as of this afternoon, approximately 250 tests have been conducted. The entire prison, staff and inmates, will be tested by Friday afternoon.

 

The Department of Corrections has also started to update their website daily at approximately 6 p.m. with confirmed COVID-19 cases by institution, including the key implemented initiatives.

 

Census update
Gov. Beshear reminds Kentuckians to fill out their census at my2020census.gov or by phone at 844-330-2020 (English) or 844-468-2020 (Spanish).

 

Case information
As of 5 p.m. April 29, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 4,539 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 184 of which were newly confirmed.

 

Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear also reported 10 new deaths Wednesday, raising the state’s toll to 235 deaths related to the virus. Today’s totals for cases and deaths include one that is being listed as a “probable case.”

 

The deaths include a 96-year-old man and a 101-year-old woman from Grayson County; a 94-year-old woman from Hopkins County; a 94-year-old man from Jackson County; four men, ages 58, 72, 84 and 94, and a 66-year-old woman from Jefferson County; and a 56-year-old man from Warren County.

 

At least 1,668 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.govkycovid19.ky.gov and the Governor’s official social media accounts FacebookTwitter 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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JAMESTOWN MAN INJURED IN ACCIDENT...

 

 

 

Russell County Sheriff Derek Polston reports a single vehicle accident that injured a Jamestown man.

 

Cody Wayne Downey, age 33, of Jamestown, was traveling south on 1680 in a 2004 Chevy suburban when he left the road way striking a tree.

 

Downey was air lifted from the scene to the University of Kentucky Hospital. The accident is still under investigation. The Sheriff's Office was assisted by Russell County EMS, Jamestown Fire Department and the Kentucky State Police.

 

The accident is still under investigation by Deputy Corey Meyer of the Russell County Sheriffs Office.

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ADAIR CO FISCAL COURT MET TUESDAY AFTERNOON

 

 

Adair County Fiscal Court had their regular monthly meeting Tuesday Afternoon. 

Jim Leib with WAVE NEWS spoke with Magistrate Billy Coffey following the meeting...

 

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Gov. Beshear Shares 10 Rules to Reopening as Businesses Plan to Restart

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 28, 2020) – As Kentuckians take the first steps toward restarting our economy, Gov. Andy Beshear on Tuesday shared new guidelines to help businesses reopen safely as we fight the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).

 

The Governor unveiled a new, 10-point plan that aims to guide businesses as they prepare for a gradual reopening while continuing to keep all workers and patrons safe. He said the guidelines apply to most employers.

 

“There are things that are similar to all businesses. These are things that are in the White House’s plan for reopening. And just like we talk about 10 steps for defeating the coronavirus, I want to talk about 10 steps for Healthy at Work,” Gov. Beshear said.

 

This week, Kentucky began the phased reopening of health care services as the first step under Gov. Beshear’s Healthy at Work initiative, which set out public health benchmarks for reopening Kentucky’s economy. These benchmarks closely follow the White House’s Guidelines for Reopening America.

 

The 10 rules to reopening a business under the Healthy at Work plan are:

  • Continue telework where possible
  • Phased return to work
  • Onsite temperature/health checks
  • Universal masks and other necessary PPE
  • Close common areas
  • Enforce social distancing
  • Limit face-to-face meetings
  • Sanitizer/hand wash stations
  • Special accommodations
  • Testing plan

 

Testing update
Gov. Beshear praised the partnerships and personal efforts that are expanding Kentucky’s capacity to expand testing throughout the commonwealth. The Governor highlighted new testing options in Oldham and Mason counties.

 

The Oldham County Health Department is asking everyone to register for testing there through its website, and Buffalo Trace District Health Department asks those seeking tests to call 606-564-9447.

 

“This is the most testing we’ve had in Kentucky at any point, and it’s growing,” the Governor said. “People are taking advantage of these testing sites, and they need to keep taking advantage of these.”

 

Gov. Beshear is urging Kentuckians to fill up all available testing slots at multiple sites throughout the commonwealth. Anyone can now sign up for the free COVID-19 testing. For the latest information on drive-through testing, visit kycovid19.ky.gov.

 

Masks
Gov. Beshear played a video Tuesday showing an easy way for everyone to make a cloth mask. The Governor said that by May 11, everybody working for or visiting an essential business that is reopening should be wearing a mask.

 

“This isn’t something you can be fined for, and again no one is going to be arrested for not wearing a mask,” the Governor said. “But should you if you’re going to the grocery store? Yes. Think about it: None of us knows if we are infected but asymptomatic with this virus. This protects you and other people.”

 

He said every Kentuckian should wear a mask when going to the grocery, into any place of business or any place where social distancing of keeping at least six-feet apart might be broken.

 

Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner for the Department for Public Health, displayed a variety of available mask designs and showed proper use.

 

“When you wear these, it has to cover your nose and go beneath your mouth,” Dr. Stack said. “Ideally, it also should go below your chin.”

 

Unemployment payments
 Gov. Beshear provided an update on the state’s efforts to work through an unprecedented number of unemployment insurance claims. He said nearly 174,000 claims have been paid out totaling more than $173 million.

 

However, he noted that about 37,000 claims from March remain unprocessed. The Governor said a variety of issues were causing the delays, including employer separation and identity verification issues.

 

“There have been significant steps taken, but we want to get through everything from March this week,” Gov. Beshear said.

 

Census update
 Gov. Beshear reminds Kentuckians to fill out their census at my2020census.gov or by phone at 844-330-2020 (English) or 844-468-2020 (Spanish).

 

Case information
As of 5 p.m. April 28, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 4,375 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 230 of which were newly confirmed.

 

Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear also reported 12 new deaths Tuesday, raising the state’s toll to 225 deaths related to the virus. Today’s totals for cases and deaths include one that is being listed as a “probable case” pending more investigation.

 

The deaths include a 75-year-old man from Adair County; two women, ages 77 and 85, from Campbell County; two women, ages 71 and 84, from Graves County; a 55-year-old woman and a 69-year-old man from Jefferson County; two women, ages 89 and 92, and two men, ages 77 and 89, from Kenton County; and a 72-year-old woman from Russell County.

 

“That’s a lot of Kentuckians to lose in a day, even to something this deadly,” the Governor said. He urged everyone to remember the families who are grieving by lighting up houses and business with green lights, the color of compassion and renewal.

 

Gov. Beshear also talked about the death of Lillian Press, who with her husband, Leonard, helped create Kentucky Educational Television among many other initiatives. The Governor noted with grief that Lillian Press, who died out of state on Sunday night, was a personal friend of his who had a great, positive influence on his life.

 

“She was 95 years old, but let me tell you: she was healthy, she was sharp,” the Governor said. “She’s really special and she had more years that she should have been able to give to us.”

 

He noted that Lillian Press organized and directed the Governor’s Scholarship Program.

 

“More than a decade after she made it happen, it was something that changed my life, that changed the course of how I felt about myself and how I interacted with others,” Gov. Beshear said. “She did get to see the first person who graduated from the Governor’s Scholar Program become a governor. I’m very proud of that, and I know she was too, because I had an opportunity to talk to her after the election.”

 

At least 1,617 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus.

 

“That is a real positive. We love every time somebody moves to the recovered column,” Gov. Beshear said.


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.govkycovid19.ky.gov and the Governor’s official social media accounts FacebookTwitter 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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72-YEAR OLD RUSSELL CO. FEMALE & 75 YEAR OLD RUSSELL CO. MALE DIE FROM CORONAVIRUS


Gov. Andy Beshear said today (Tuesday) that there are 230 new confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state. There are now 4,375 total cases in Kentucky.

 
12 new deaths were reported today, including a 72 year old female from Russell County and a 75 year old male from Adair County. Total deaths are 224 with 1 probable death. 

1617 Kentuckians have recovered from the coronavirus.
 

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MARION CO. MAN ARRESTED FOLLOWING SHOOTING INCIDENT


Springfield, KY (April 28, 2020) - On Monday, April 27, 2020 units from Kentucky State Police Post 15 responded to a shooting incident that occurred at approximately 7:40amET, 7 miles north of Springfield on Mayes Creek Rd. 40 year old Anthony Moore of Springfield, KY stated a male subject showed up at his residence and demanded that he give him his car keys. When Moore refused, the subject got angry, pulled out a pistol, shot him, and fled the scene. Moore was able to positively identify the shooter as 36 year old Alvin Miller of Lebanon, KY. Miller was located several hours later on Little Davis Road in Springfield and taken into custody.
 

Miller was charged with assault 1st degree and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon. Miller was lodged in the Marion County Detention Center. Moore was air lifted to UK Medical Center where he is listed in stable condition.
 

This incident is under investigation by Detective Marvin Blakey, with assistance from KSP Aircraft, Washington County Sheriff’s Department and the Marion County Sheriff’s Department. 
 

 

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Gov. Beshear Details Next Phases in Reopening of Health Care Industry

 
FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 27, 2020) – As Kentucky took the first step in reopening its health care industry Monday, Gov. Andy Beshear offered new details on restarting the sector while continuing to keep Kentuckians safe from the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
 
“Going through this tonight, I hope gives you an idea on how we are going to gradually do this with strict compliance to guidelines, and to make sure we can do it in a smart and a safe way,” Gov. Beshear said. “This is the way that we are going to move into a broader Phase 1 reopening.”
 
Gov. Beshear and Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner for the Department for Public Health, outlined a four-phase structure to gradually bring more health care services back online.
 
This phased reopening of health care services is the first step under the Healthy at Work initiative the Governor introduced to help businesses restart operations safely when the time is right. The initiative set out public health benchmarks for reopening Kentucky’s economy. These benchmarks closely follow the White House’s Guidelines for Reopening America.
 
Today, under Phase 1, health care practitioners can resume non-urgent/emergent health care services, diagnostic radiology and lab services in:
  • Hospital outpatient settings
  • Health care clinics and medical offices
  • Physical therapy settings, chiropractic offices and optometrists
  • Dental offices (but with enhanced aerosol protections)

 

This initial Phase 1 does not apply to long-term care settings, prisons and other industries or other settings, nor does it apply to elective surgeries or procedures.
 
Phase 2 is set to begin Wednesday, May 6. At that time, outpatient surgeries and other invasive procedures can resume, though hospital and care facilities will have to meet strict guidelines.
 
Phase 3 is scheduled to start Wednesday, May 13. Hospitals and care facilities can begin doing non-emergency surgeries and procedures at 50% of their pre-COVID-19-era patient volume.
 
Officials want the final stage, Phase 4, to being Wednesday, May 27. At that point, most of the restrictions on types of procedures and volume will be left to the facilities to determine. However, oversight and guidelines meant to ensure that capacity remains in the system will continue.
 
Dr. Stack emphasized that this is a phased, gradual reopening of services and that any COVID-19 resurgence may require adjustment. For full guidance on criteria for reopening and new best practices, click here. The Governor added that more industry reopening dates would be announced soon.
 
Contact tracing 
Until there is a vaccine or an effective treatment method, things will look and be different, the Governor said. A significant new infrastructure will be needed, and the state is preparing to hire more than 700 people across the state to help with contact tracing. A request for proposals will be issued this week to support the state with infrastructure and staffing. 
 
Masks 
The Governor said that by May 11, everybody working for an essential business that is reopening should be wearing a mask. Going to the grocery, into any place of business or any place where social distancing of keeping at least six-feet apart might be broken, the Governor said every Kentuckian should be wearing a mask.
 
Safe dentistry reopening
As of today, dental offices may reopen under Phase 1, provided they follow certain protocols and have the proper equipment to do so. The Board of Dentistry, along with the Kentucky Dental Association, Kentucky Dental Hygienists’ Association and a number of other groups have developed the following guidelines for safely operating dental offices under Phase 1.
 
Unemployment payments
The Governor said Kentucky was making great strides in addressing an unprecedented wave of unemployment insurance claims.
 
Nearly 283,000 claims from March have been processed, and an additional 149,000 March and April claims will be processed tonight. He also said of those, 150,000 first-time payments went out Monday. About 30,000 claims from March will be paid this week. He said if you filed in March and still have not been paid, a new hotline will be announced tomorrow just for these Kentuckians.
 
“Our goal is to get through those last March claims this week,” Gov. Beshear said. “If you filed in March and you haven’t received anything yet, I’ll be darned if we are not going to get it done this week.”
 
Testing sites and eligibility
Gov. Beshear is urging Kentuckians to fill up all available testing slots at multiple sites throughout the commonwealth. Anyone can now sign up for the free COVID-19 testing. For the latest information on drive-through testing, visit kycovid19.ky.gov. The Governor said through the partnership with Kroger today the state tested about 300 Kentuckians.
 
Census update
Gov. Beshear reminds Kentuckians to fill out their census at http://my2020census.gov or by phone at 844-330-2020 (English) or 844-468-2020 (Spanish).
 
Case information
As of 5 p.m. April 27, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 4,146 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 87 of which were newly confirmed.
 
Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear also reported five new deaths Monday, raising the state’s toll to 213 deaths related to the virus. Today’s totals for cases and deaths include one that is being listed as a “probable case” pending more investigation.
 
The deaths include a 73-year-old man from Fayette County; two women, ages 81 and 88, from Hopkins County; and a 90-year-old woman from Jefferson County. A 62-year-old man from Jefferson County who also died is listed as the probable case.
 
At least 1,521 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: //https://governor.ky.gov/attachments/20200427_COVID19_Case-Information.pdf.
 
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.
 

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COLUMBIA, KY IN QUARTERFINALS OF MAIN STREET CONTEST

 
Columbia, KY has made it to the quarterfinals in the Main Street Contest! Semifinalist voting is underway through May 24, 2020. The top 10 semifinalists will be announced May 25th. The public is encouraged to vote now through May 24th at https://www.mainstreetcontest.com/.  You may vote 25 times in a 24 hour period. 
 
According to the contest website, the goal of the America's Main Streets contest is to help promote the importance and strong economic benefits of Main Streets and the small businesses that help them thrive. The winning Main Street will receive $25,000 in cash and related prizes to help revitalize that Main Street.

The City of Columbia’s nomination of the Public Square was the only one from the State of Kentucky in the quarterfinals.


The winner of the 2020 “America’s Main Streets” contest will be announced June 2, 2020 followed by a “Main Streets Make Us Better” celebration planned to occur on or near the Fourth of July, when the winner will announce how the prize money will be used.

 

More than 616,000 total votes were cast for 160 entrants during the nominations phase.

 

Additional contest prizes include:

  • STIHL Equipment Certificate for $1,000 worth of STIHL equipment good at any STIHL Dealer in the U.S.
  • Do-it-Best Corp. $500 shopping spree
  • Free One Day Downtown Assessment from Flip This Town
  • Nationwide Marketing Group $500 shopping spree
  • PPG Paints $500 shopping spree
  • Public relations and social media recognition
  • Special plaque for the winner to proudly display

 

2020 quarterfinalists in alphabetical order are:

  • Chattahoochee Main Street, Chattahoochee, Fla.    
  • Downtown Bedford, Bedford, Pa.
  • Downtown Canton Georgia, Canton, Ga.
  • Downtown Jeffersonville, Jeffersonville, Ind.
  • Emporia Main Street, Inc., Emporia, Kan.
  • Fernandina Beach Main Street, Fernandina Beach, Fla.
  • Historic Downtown Hope, Hope, Ark.
  • Historic Downtown Ripon, Ripon, Wis.
  • Historic Downtown Snohomish Association, Snohomish, Wash.
  • Jacksonville Main Street, Jacksonville, Ill.
  • LaBelle Downtown Revitalization Corporation, LaBelle, Fla.
  • Larned Main Street, Larned, Kan.
  • Main Street Altus, Altus, Okla.
  • Main Street Fort Pierce, Inc., Fort Pierce, Fla.
  • Main Street Hayward, Hayward, Wis.
  • Main Street Homer, Homer, La.
  • Minden, Louisiana, Minden, La.
  • NewTown Macon, Macon, Ga.
  • Osborne Main Street, Osborne, Kan.
  • Pittsfield's Historic Courthouse Square, Pittsfield, Ill.
  • Public Square, Columbia, Ky.
  • Quincy Main Street, Quincy, Fla.
  • Springhill Main Street, Springhill, La.
  • Sweetwater Main Street, Sweetwater, Tenn.
  • Sykesville Main Street, Sykesville, Md.

 

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87 NEW COVID-19 CASES IN KY; 5 NEW DEATHS (& 1 PROBABLE DEATH)

 

Gov. Andy Beshear announced this afternoon 87 new COVID-19 cases...

 

 

 

The Gov. also announced 5 new deaths...

 

 

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MORE DETAILS ON SKRECC SCAM

 

South Kentucky RECC has been notified that phone scams involving the co-op have increased. Don't become the victim of a scam! SKRECC members are receiving phone calls, supposedly from the co-op, saying they need to pay on their bill immediately or be disconnected. As a reminder, South Kentucky RECC is not currently disconnecting service due to nonpayment, and we are NOT calling requesting payments. NEVER give any personal information to someone that has called you. Should you receive a call, please hang up and call your local South Kentucky RECC office or (800) 264-5112.

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AREA WEEKEND ARRESTS

 

 

 

James Whitlow, age 34, of Burkesville, KY was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail on charges of Receiving Stolen Property $10,000 or More and Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 2nd Offense – Drug Unspecified. He was lodged in Jail by Columbia Police Officer Scott Daniels just after 10 p.m. Sunday night.

 

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Gov. Beshear Urges Vigilance as KY Takes First Reopening Step; 3 more COVID-19 deaths

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 26, 2020) – On Sunday, Gov. Andy Beshear asked Kentuckians to remain vigilant in the fight against the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) as the state takes an initial step toward reopening certain health care operations Monday.

 

“Tomorrow is the first day since this virus hit that instead of adding restrictions, we are reopening some areas,” the Governor said. “We are starting with health care for some very simple reasons. First, people have not been able to go in to some types of visits and important appointments to keep themselves healthy. And people can grow unhealthy or have other issues that are unrelated to COVID-19.

 

“Second, we need to get our health care industry moving again because as we want to test more people we will need our health care industry to be operating at a greater level to make that happen. And third, in thinking about how to do this gradually in a way that protects people, in a way that we can always take a temperature as we move forward, health care is the place to start.”

 

Gov. Beshear says the phased reopening of health care services is the first step under the Healthy at Work initiative he introduced to help businesses restart operations safely when the time is right.

 

The initiative set out public health benchmarks for reopening Kentucky’s economy. These benchmarks closely follow the White House’s Guidelines for Reopening America.

 

On April 27, health care practitioners can resume non-urgent/emergent health care services, diagnostic radiology and lab services in:

  • Hospital outpatient settings;
  • Health care clinics and medical offices;
  • Physical therapy settings, chiropractic offices and optometrists;
  • Dental offices (but with enhanced aerosol protections)

 

“From a public health standpoint, from a medical standpoint, we would probably prefer to wait even longer before lifting any restrictions,” Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner for the Department for Public Health, said. “But we’re trying to balance competing societal needs: people’s need to get back to work, people’s need to perform other important functions in society, people’s need to pursue their lives, with the need to keep people safe.”

 

This guidance does not apply to long-term care settings, prisons and other industries or other settings for which separate guidance has already or will be provided in the future. This guidance does not apply to elective surgeries or procedures, which will be addressed in a subsequent phase.

 

Dr. Stack emphasized that this is a phased, gradual reopening of services and that a COVID-19 surge may require adjustment.

 

For full guidance on criteria for reopening and new best practices, click here.

 

Testing sites and eligibility

Gov. Beshear is urging Kentuckians to fill up all available testing slots at multiple sites throughout the commonwealth. Anyone can now sign up for the free COVID-19 testing. For more information on drive-through testing, visit kycovid19.ky.gov.

 

“This week we have more testing statewide than we have ever had before,” the Governor said.

 

Update on voting in primary election

Gov. Beshear and Secretary of State Michael Adams have announced new voting guidelines for the June primary. Click here for more information.

 

Census update

Gov. Beshear reminds Kentuckians can fill out their Census at my2020census.gov or by phone at 844-330-2020 (English) or 844-468-2020 (Spanish).

 

Case information As of 5 p.m. April 26, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 4,074 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 202 of which were newly confirmed.

 

Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear also reported 3 new deaths Sunday, raising the state’s toll to 208 deaths related to the virus.

 

The deaths include two women, both age 88, from Adair County and an 88-year-old woman from Jackson County.

 

“They are people that are truly missed by their friends and by their family,” the Governor said. “Let’s make sure we give them just as much effort tonight, lighting our homes up green and our places of business. Let’s make sure that we ring bells tomorrow at 10 a.m. These are three Kentuckians we’ve lost, and we need to show that color of compassion.”

 

At least 1,511 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.

 

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ACCIDENT ON CUMBERLAND PARKWAY IN ADAIR CO.

 
Reportedly, an accident occurred on the Louie B. Nunn (Cumberland Parkway) in Adair County this morning (Sunday, April 26th). No other details are available at this time.
 

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78 COVID-19 CASES IN ADAIR; 16 IN RUSSELL CO.


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ADAIR CO. BOIL WATER ADVISORY LIFTED

 
As of 9:04 p.m. on Saturday, April 25, 2020 the Boil Water Advisory for customers from 5930 Greensburg Road to 8520 Greensburg Road, Loveless Lane, Vanhoy Lane, 1500 Keltner Road to 1698 Keltner Road, Hilltop Lane, Cane Valley Mill Road, Pelham Branch Road, Hutchison Loy Road and all side roads, Sulphur Springs Road, Pollard Road, Murry Road, Curt Keltner Road and all side roads has been lifted by the Division of Water Columbia Office. This means your water is safe for human consumption. You no longer have to boil your water.
 

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Gov. Beshear: Safe Reopening Requires Patience, Planning and Perseverance

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 25, 2020) – On Saturday, Gov. Andy Beshear said Kentuckians must stay vigilant in the fight against the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) in the commonwealth, even as we begin the first small step toward reopening on Monday.

 

“We will get through this; we will get through this together,” Gov. Beshear said. “The first step was sacrifice. Now we have to plan and be patient. Last, we’ll need to persevere. This is going to be a challenge until a vaccine comes around, but I know our people are up for it.”

 

Unemployment insurance
The Governor said those who applied for unemployment in March should expect to hear from somebody this week. He said this is his administration and everyone is working hard to respond to the claims, which are greater than at any time in our history.

 

“I want to see significant progress on this this week and we will be providing updates,” Gov. Beshear said.

 

Testing sites and eligibility
In addition to some health care facilities, yesterday the Governor said that Kentuckians can now be tested free of charge for COVID-19 at many sites across the commonwealth. For more information on drive-through testing visit kycovid19.ky.gov. The Governor said that the Bowling Green location, which is in partnership with Kroger, is expanding through this Friday and an extra week of testing would be added.

 

Update on voting in primary election
Friday, Gov. Beshear and Secretary of State Michael Adams announced new voting guidelines for the June primary. Click herefor more information.

 

Reopening for health care providers and facilities
Thursday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced that Monday, April 27, the state will begin the gradual restart and reopening of our Phase 1 health care services and facilities, although they will operate very differently than they did before the outbreak of COVID-19. For full guidance on criteria for reopening and new best practices, click here.

 

“The virus sets the timing,” Gov. Beshear said. “While I think we have plateaued, we just have to make sure we take the next best right step. We need each and everyone’s best every single day. We must win. Every decision we make, lives are on the line. We could set ourselves back days or weeks without following guidance.”

 

Healthy at Work
The administration is continuing to update the state’s website, HealthyAtWork.ky.gov, to make the Phase 2 process for reopening businesses clear. Healthy at Work is based on criteria set by public health experts and advice from industry experts. Phase 1 is a state-readiness evaluation. Phase 2 is business-readiness evaluation. This phased approach will ensure the commonwealth’s citizens can safely return to work while still protecting the most vulnerable Kentuckians.

 

Census update
Kentucky moved up to 15th place for response rates across the nation, with 55.9% completion. Kentuckians can fill out their Census at my2020census.gov or by phone at 844-330-2020 (English) or 844-468-2020 (Spanish).

 

Case information
As of 5 p.m. April 25, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 3,905 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 171 of which were newly confirmed.

 

Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear also reported five new deaths Saturday, raising the state’s toll to 205 deaths related to the virus.

 

The deaths include a 79-year-old woman from Adair, 88-year-old woman from Jefferson, a 93-year-old woman from Jefferson, an 87-year-old woman from Jefferson and a 92-year old woman from Graves.

 

At least 1,501 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus.

 

For additional information, including a complete list of positive cases to date, a count-by-county, race and ethnicity percentages of cases and deaths, click here.

 

More information
Read about other key updates, actions and information from Gov. Beshear and his administration at governor.ky.govkycovid19.ky.gov and the Governor’s official social media accounts FacebookTwitter 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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171 NEW COVID-19 CASES IN KY; 5 NEW DEATHS


Governor Andy Beshear said on Saturday there are 171 new COVID-19 cases in the commonwealth. The total number of cases in Kentucky are 3,905.

 
Governor BeShear said there are 5 new deaths, including a 79-year-old female in Adair County. The total number of deaths in Kentucky are 205.
 
1501 Kentuckians have recovered from the coronavirus and 46,558 people have been tested.
 

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Action Needed for People Receiving SSI with Dependents and Who Do Not File Tax Returns


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients who don’t file tax returns will start receiving their automatic Economic Impact Payments directly from the Treasury Department in early May.  People receiving SSI benefits who did not file 2018 or 2019 taxes, and have qualifying children under age 17, however, should not wait for their automatic $1,200 individual payment.  
 

They should immediately go to the IRS’s webpage at www.irs.gov/coronavirus/non-filers-enter-payment-info-here and visit the Non-Filers: Enter Your Information section to provide their information.  SSI recipients who have dependent children and did not file 2018 or 2019 taxes need to act by Tuesday, May 5, 2020 in order to receive additional payments for their eligible children quickly.  
 

For more information, please visit https://www.ssa.gov/news/press/releases/.

 

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SEVERE STORMS POSSIBLE; ADAIR ANNEX BASEMENT OPEN FOR SHELTER

 
The Adair County Courthouse Annex basement will be open for temporary storm sheltering throughout the severe storms (expected to be past Adair Co. by 8PM).  
 
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 
Adair Co. Emergency Management Director
 
 
 

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ADAIR CO. BOIL WATER ADVISORY


As of 11:40 p.m. on April 24, 2020 a boil water advisory is in effect for consumers from 5930 Greensburg Road to 8520 Greensburg Road, Loveless Lane, Vanhoy Lane, 1500 Keltner Roadto 1698 Keltner Road, Hilltop Lane, Cane Valley Mill Road, Pelham Branch Road, Hutchison Loy Road and all side roads, Sulphur Springs Road, Pollard Road, Murry Road, Curt Keltner Road and all side roads.

The advisory has been issued due to main line leak. Following such an event, the potential exists for bacteriological contamination of the water supply therefore the boil water advisory has been issued as a precautionary measure. Until further notice, boil all water used for drinking and cooking, bringing the water to a rolling boil for three minutes before using.
 
This advisory will remain in effect until the situation has been corrected and test results have shown the water to be of an acceptable quality.

For more information concerning the Boil Water Advisory, contact Lennon Stone at Columbia Adair Utilities District, 270-384-2181. CAUD is equal opportunity provider and employer. “Deaf, Hard of hearing and Speech Impaired users, call the Kentucky Relay Service at (800)648-6056. Give the communications assistant our phone number to contact us.”
 

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Evacuation on Highway 55 in Adair County


From Emergency Management Director Mike Keltner...

 

Enbridge Inc. operators of gas transmission pipeline more popularly known as Texas Eastern contacted the Adair County 911 Center requesting temporary evacuation assistance at a location near North Highway 55.  Multiple Agencies responded and assisted with evacuation of residents. 

 

Pipeline service stations in Plum Point and Weed Sparksville area are currently being “blown down”.  Expect a loud noise but no immediate threat in those areas. 

 

Enbridge is on the scene and coordinating efforts along with County Officials.  
 

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ADAIR CO. FISCAL COURT MEETING AGENDA

 
The Adair County Fiscal Court will meet in regular session on Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at 4:00pmCT in the basement of the Adair Annex. This meeting will not be open to the public due to COVID19 but will be live- streamed on the Adair County Fiscal Court Facebook Page. 
 
AGENDA
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
PRAYER
CALL TO ORDER
ROLL CALL
                                 
  1.  APPROVAL OF AGENDA
  2.  APPROVAL OF MINUTES 
          A.) April 14, 2020-Regular Scheduled Meeting
  3.  DISBURSEMENTS
  4.  BUDGET AMENDMENTS
  5.  TRANFERS 
         A.)  LINE TO LINE TRANSFERS
         B.) FUND TO FUND TRANSFERS
  6.  READING OF ROADS
  7.  COURT ORDERS 
 
  8.   ACTION ITEMS:                                
          A)  FIREWORK DISCUSSION 
          B)  APPROVAL OF EXTENSION DISTRICT 2020-2021 BUDGET
          C.) HEALTH INSURANCE
          D.) PERMISSION TO ADVERTSIE FOR 911 GRANT 
 
  9.  OTHER BUSINESS
10.  PUBLIC COMMENTS
11.  ADJOURN   
         
                                                                   

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322 NEW COVID-19 CASES; 9 NEW DEATHS

 

Gov. Beshear said this afternoon there are 322 new COVID-19 cases in Kentucky and 9 new deaths.....
 

 

The total number of cases in Kentucky are 3,779 and the total number of deaths are 200. Over 44,900 Kentuckians have been tested for the coronavirus.
 
Gov. Beshear also announced today that the sentences of 352 county jail inmates will be commuted....
 

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WARNING: Potential Fraud Scams Surrounding SBA Loans

 
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The United States Attorney’s Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the U.S. Small Business Administration warns Kentuckians to be alert about possible scams relating to the CARES Act. SBA’s Office of Inspector General has published a list of possible scams and fraud schemes to raise public awareness:  https://www.sba.gov/document/report--sba-programs-scams-fraud-alerts.
 
U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman, Robert Brown, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Louisville Field Office, SBA OIG Eastern Region Special Agent-in-Charge Kevin Kupperbusch and Robert Coffey, SBA Kentucky Acting District Director, made the announcement today in an effort to prevent those in need from being victimized a second time by criminals using the program as an opportunity to commit fraud. 
 
“Every dollar that these thieves steal is a dollar that’s not putting someone back to work or that’s failing to assist small businesses rebuild,” said U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman. “We will do our job in law enforcement but urge small business owners to use an abundance of caution to avoid becoming a victim.” 
 
“Those seeking to profit from the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic will continue to exploit the opportunities presented to them,” said Robert Brown, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Louisville Field Office. “As we have witnessed with other types of COVID-19 related fraud, criminals are attempting to prey upon entities during their time of fear and anxiety. The FBI along with our partners are working every day to keep Americans safe during this unprecedented time.” 
 
“Fraudsters prey upon those in vulnerable positions, and this is a critical time for our nation’s small businesses,” said SBA OIG’s Eastern Region Special Agent-in-Charge Kevin Kupperbusch.  “SBA OIG and its law enforcement partners are actively working together to root out fraud in SBA’s programs and bring those responsible to justice.  The public is encouraged to learn about potential fraud schemes and scams as a safeguard to being victimized.”
 
When the CARES Act was signed into law, the doors were opened for small businesses to access $349 billion in federal aid at a most crucial time for entrepreneurs that are balancing the health and safety of their families and themselves while operating their small business.  Not only did small businesses take note of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), but, unfortunately, so did those with bad intentions.
 
“With so much money involved, it is little wonder that hackers and others sought ways to defraud these desperate businesses at a most critical time,” said Robert Coffey, SBA Kentucky Acting District Director. “Entrepreneurs must be on guard against these attempts.  The best defense is to exercise your business acumen when presented with offers, for example, if someone approaches you to help you get your funding faster by giving your bank account information.”
 
Entrepreneurs should remember that if anyone asks you for money, they are not legitimate, nor are emails that end in anything but “.gov”. Even if someone has some details about your loan request, do not fill in the blanks by providing information that you have already provided through the application process. A confidential, legitimate source has this information already. SBA does not reach out to initiate a loan. 
 
If you have any doubt, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your nearest SBA office to ask. As you are working harder than ever to preserve your business and its employees amid the Coronavirus pandemic, do not allow bad actors to hinder your efforts.  
 
If you have questions, please refer to the official SBA website where most of your questions can be answered.  The address is: www.sba.gov and stay up to date on the most current information by following Kentucky SBA  on Twitter @SBA_Kentucky. 
 
You are encouraged to report fraud, waste, abuse, mismanagement, or misconduct involving SBA programs to the SBA OIG hotline at (800) 767-0385, or online at: https://sbax.sba.gov/oigcss/.
 

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Governor Beshear, Secretary Adams Issue Statements on June Election Procedure


Frankfort, Ky. (April 24, 2020) – Today, Governor Andy Beshear and Secretary of State Michael Adams said they have reached an agreement on how the state’s primary elections, special elections and local option elections scheduled for June 23, 2020, will be conducted given the global health pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

 

Secretary Adams sent Governor Beshear a formal letter of recommendation Thursday, and Friday the Governor issued an Executive Order that outlines the election procedures that will be in place in June.

 

“Today’s Executive Order and regulations that will be created by the Kentucky State Board of Elections will allow all Kentuckians who are registered to vote for the upcoming primary to vote by mail through an absentee ballot,” said Governor Beshear. “While there will be significant education and work required, we are committed to making sure this election will be held in a safe manner while we are in this worldwide health pandemic.”

 

“Voters across the political spectrum will be pleased with this plan to protect both democracy and public health,” said Secretary Adams. “I’m grateful to Governor Beshear for his leadership, and his working in good faith with me toward ensuring a successful and safe election.”

 

The Governor said the State Board of Elections will also be working on a plan to safely conduct limited in-person voting and a possible drive-through voting option, so that those voters who cannot vote by mail can exercise their right to vote.

 

For more information on the state’s response to COVID-19 visit, kycovid19.ky.gov.

 

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Gov. Beshear: Phase 1 Health Care Services Will Begin Reopening Monday

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 23, 2020) – On Thursday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced that Monday, April 27, the state will begin the gradual restart and reopening of our Phase 1 health care services and facilities, although they will operate vastly different than they did before the outbreak of the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).

 

“To do this safely, make sure you are going above and beyond. This is our proof of concept in the medical community. We have to prove that we can do this the right way,” Gov. Beshear said.

 

On March 23, Gov. Beshear signed an executive order ceasing all elective procedures to limit the spread of COVID-19 and increase hospital capacity to treat patients.

 

Thanks to Team Kentucky’s extraordinary efforts to flatten the curve up to this point, Gov. Beshear and the Department for Public Health feel safe easing some restrictions on health care procedures and facilities.

 

The Governor said the phased health care services reopening is the first step under the Healthy at Work initiative he introduced Tuesday to help businesses reopen safely when the time is right.

 

“Doing this right is about saving lives, making employees safe and making sure the people they serve are safe when we reopen,” Gov. Beshear said.

 

The initiative set out public health benchmarks for reopening Kentucky’s economy. These benchmarks closely follow the White House’s Guidelines for Reopening America.

 

Gov. Beshear said a foundational basis for safely reopening the economy requires a massive scaling up of testing capacity in the commonwealth.


 

Guidance for Health Care Practitioners and Facilities

On April 27, health care practitioners can resume non-urgent/emergent health care services, diagnostic radiology and lab services in:

  • Hospital outpatient setting
  • health care clinics and medical offices
  • physical therapy settings, chiropractic offices and optometrists
  • dental offices (but with enhanced aerosol protections)


This guidance does not apply to long-term care settings, prisons, other industries, or other settings for which separate guidance has already or will be provided in the future. This guidance does not apply to elective surgeries or procedures which will be addressed in a subsequent phase.

 

“This is intended to be a phased, gradual reopening so that we can do this thoughtfully, safely, and see the consequences of our actions to make the necessary adjustments,” said Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner for the Department for Public Health.

 

Dr. Stack emphasized that this is a phased, gradual reopening of services and that a COVID-19 surge may require adjustment.

 

Telehealth

In all phases, health care practitioners should still maximize telehealth rather than in-person services.

 

Visitation

Health care facilities should still not allow visitors except when necessary in end-of-life situations, or for vulnerable populations or minors, and even then, visitations should be kept to a minimum.

 

Waiting Rooms

Health care facilities should also eliminate traditional waiting room or common seating areas and use non-traditional alternatives, for example, a parking lot “lobby.”

 

Social Distancing

Health care facilities should maintain social distancing, keeping people at least six feet apart in all possible settings, and employ other steps to minimize direct contact between individuals within the health care setting.

 

Screening and Sanitization

Health care facilities should screen all health care workers, patients and others for temperature and COVID-19 symptoms upon arrival for shift or visit. Staff should be required to stay home if sick. Staff should plan for and ensure enhanced workplace sanitizing, enhanced hand hygiene compliance, and easily accessible hand sanitizer throughout the facility.

 

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Each health care setting must be able to procure necessary PPE via normal supply chains.

 

All health care providers and staff must wear surgical/procedural masks and gloves while in health care office/facility.

 

All patients and other persons in health care office/facility must:

  • Wear a surgical/procedural mask while in health care facility
  • Wear either a surgical/procedural mask or cloth mask/face covering in all other health care settings


Special Considerations

In high-touch clinical settings (e.g., physical therapy, chiropractic, etc.), health care workers should wear non-latex gloves in addition to enhanced hand hygiene practices described above. Any objects and contact surfaces used for clinical services should be sanitized between patients.

 

In high-aerosol risk outpatient settings (e.g., dentistry, oral surgery, pulmonary services, etc.), we seek additional input from these professionals regarding steps to assure the safety of both their patients and clinical staff.

 

Testing Sites and Eligibility

Gov. Beshear announced that just today, the state ran 6,769 tests. In addition to health care facilities, Kentuckians can be tested free of charge for COVID-19 at:

 

Kroger sites 

  • Throughput of 300-330 tests per site per day
  • All Kentuckians are eligible to be tested at Kroger sites

Louisville (Jefferson County)

Shawnee Park, 4501 W Broadway, Louisville, KY 40211  

  • Testing conducted Monday, April 27- Friday May 1 from 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Hand sanitizer and face mask to be distributed at the site

Lexington (Fayette County)

Bluegrass Community & Technical College, 500 Newtown Pike, Lexington, KY 40508  

  • Testing conducted Monday, April 27- Friday May 1 from 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Hand sanitizer and face mask to be distributed at this site

Owensboro (Daviess County)

Owensboro Community College at 4800 New Hartford Road, Owensboro, KY 42303     

  • Testing conducted Tuesday, April 28- Thursday April 30 from 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Bowling Green (Warren County)

South Warren High School, 8140 Nashville Road, Bowling Green, KY 42101                 

  • Testing conducted Tuesday, April 28 - Thursday April 30 from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.


Walgreens site

Through a separate partnership with Walgreens, Gov. Beshear said the company would offer a drive-through testing option in Lexington, starting Friday.

  • The location is 2296 Executive Drive, Lexington, KY 40505
  • The site is open seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET.
  • Visit walgreens.com/coronavirus for additional information on registering and eligibility

 

Update on long-term care facilities

Gov. Beshear announced that as of Thursday, 530 residents and 251 staff had been diagnosed with COVID-19. Of those, 85 residents and one staff member have died of COVID-19 or complications from COVID-19.

 

Gov. Beshear reminded Kentuckians of the precautions the state is taking in long-term care facilities, including: encouraging all residents to wear masks, cancelling communal dining and social activities, minimizing entry into resident rooms, restricting non-essential personnel from entering the building, daily temperature checks and adopting a low threshold to transfer ill residents to a higher level of care.

 

Acting Secretary Eric Friedlander for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services provided other updates on how the cabinet is working with so many organizations and local officials to respond to the needs of long-term care facilities.

 

Medical Laboratory Professionals Week

Today, Gov. Beshear recognized Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, April 19-25, an annual celebration of medical laboratory professionals and pathologists who play a critical role in health care and patient advocacy.

 

“We are thankful for the laboratory medicine profession,” Gov. Beshear said. “To every lab professional out there working during this very trying time, we appreciate you.”

 

Condolences 

The Governor sent condolences to the family of Patsy Carol Stith passed away on Monday at St. Elizabeth in Fort Thomas related to COVID-19. Stith was 76 years old. Patsy was an active senior who enjoyed yard work, gardening and making crafts.

 

Patsy was a mother to three sons. She was “mamaw” to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She has a sister and brothers, along with many friends, who will miss her. We mourn her loss the Governor said.

 

Gov. Beshear also sent his condolences to family, friends and colleagues of the Hopkins County Sheriff’s Deputy Terry Vick. Vick, 43, passed away April 22 after a traffic accident on Western Kentucky Parkway. He was a husband, father and U.S. Marine Corps veteran who had been in law enforcement for 17 years.

 

Deputy Vick was the school resource officer at Hanson Elementary, but had just completed an overnight security detail at Madisonville North Hopkins High School’s COVID-19 testing site, according to Hopkins County Sheriff Charles Young.

 

“He was helping people get testing during this crisis. Tonight, we remember him and all he contributed,” Gov. Beshear said.

 

The Governor said thank you to the Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates and Kentucky’s Circuit Court Clerks for donating 1,500 COVID-19 swab tests, which were delivered to the DPH warehouse in Frankfort today.

 

Every year, April is National Donate Life Month. Although different this year, we are still honoring those donors who gave the gift of life, the recipients who are alive today because of them, and those 1,000 Kentuckians today on the waiting list. Everyone can do his or her part to be kind and register as an organ donor to give the gift of life.  www.donatelifeky.org.

 

Case information

As of 5 p.m. April 23, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 3,481 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 161 of which were newly confirmed.

 

Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear also reported six new deaths Thursday, raising the state’s toll to 191 deaths related to the virus.

 

The newly reported deaths include a 68-year-old male from Muhlenberg, a 62-year-old female from Jefferson, an 87-year-old female from Adair, a 73-year-old male from Henderson, a 77-year-old male from Jefferson and a 93-year-old female from Kenton.

 

At least 1,335 people have recovered from COVID-19 in Kentucky.

 

To date, at least 42,844 people have been tested. At least 1,115 people have ever been hospitalized with 302 currently hospitalized.

 

At least 570 have ever been in the ICU with at least 163 people currently in the ICU.

 

Gov. Beshear also offered an update on the racial breakdown of COVID-19 patients and victims, which unfortunately highlights existing disparities in health and health care access.

 

The Governor said with about 78.36% of the known cases accounted for, 76.36% of Kentuckians who tested positive were white, 13.48% were black or African-American, 5.13% were Asian, 4.96% were multiracial and 0.08% were Native American or Alaskan Native.

 

The Governor also said with about 73.36% of the known cases accounted for, 92.11% of people who tested positive were non-Hispanic and 7.89% were Hispanic.

 

On fatalities attributed to the coronavirus, with about 85.86% of the known cases accounted for, Kentucky deaths are about 79.27% white, 17.68% black or African-American, 1.83% Asian and 1.22% were multiracial.

 

On fatalities attributed to the coronavirus, with about 82.72% of the known cases accounted for, Kentucky deaths are about 98.73% non-Hispanic and 1.27% Hispanic.

 

 

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ADAIR CO BOARD OF EDUCATION MET LAST EVENING

 

Adair County School Board met Thursday night for the regular monthly meeting for the school leaders. 

Jim Liebe with WAVE NEWS spoke to Superintendent Dr. Pamela Stephens for details on what took place... 

 

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FORD ANNOUNCEMENT CONCERNING RC SCHOOL YEAR

 

 

Superintendent Michael Ford this week announced that Russell County students would continue NTI work to wrap up the school year. Ford tells WAVE NEWS the official last day for students will be May 12th... 

 

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Gov. Beshear: Phased Restart of Economy Begins Monday with Limited Health Care Services


FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 22, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear announced Wednesday that the phased restart of Kentucky’s economy will begin next week, on Monday, with a segment of the health care services industry.

 

He said initially the easing of restrictions will allow for diagnostic and radiology testing, as well as non-urgent, emergent, in-person office and ambulatory visits.

 

“We are very close to coming to a consensus and an agreement in being able to put out guidelines for the gradual reopening of many of our hospital and health care services,” Gov. Beshear said. “We will be moving from this phase to others. Health care is a good and important place to start some of our reopening.”

 

The Governor said Kentucky will go through three phases in dealing with coronavirus: sacrifice, planning and patience and perseverance. The Governor said now we are in the planning and patience phase.

 

“Whether it is shuttering a business temporarily, or if it’s that you’re not going to work right now because of what has happened with this virus,” he said. “Whether it is changes to your life, your children not going to school, we have shown that we can pass the test of sacrifice.”

 

The Governor said the phased health care services reopening is the first under the Healthy at Work initiative he introduced Tuesday to help businesses reopen safely when the time is right.

 

The Governor said the phased health care services reopening is the first under the Healthy at Work initiative he introduced Tuesday to help businesses reopen safely when the time is right.

 

The initiative set out public health benchmarks for reopening Kentucky’s economy. These benchmarks closely follow the White House’s Guidelines for Reopening America.

 

Gov. Beshear said a foundational basis for safely reopening the economy requires a massive scaling up of testing capacity in the commonwealth.

 

Expanded Testing

The Governor also said drive-through testing in the fight against the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) will be expanded with a significant focus on African-American communities.

 

“We have seen the disproportionate impact – especially in the death rate – of this virus and so the commitment we are making teaming with Louisville and Lexington is that we are going to run more tests in that week, with the capacity of 1,500 per week in each of those locations,” he said.

 

On Wednesday, he announced an expansion of the state’s pact with Kroger and other new partnerships to bring drive-through testing to communities throughout the commonwealth.

 

The new testing sites with Kroger will be located in Louisville, Lexington, Owensboro and Bowling Green. Kroger testing is open up to everyone who needs a test. Those seeking to obtain a test can get location and registration details at the KrogerHealth website.

 

Testing will be conducted April 27 to May 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Louisville’s Shawnee Park, 4501 W. Broadway; and at Lexington’s Bluegrass Community and Technical College, 500 Newtown Pike.

 

The testing also will be done April 28 to April 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Owensboro Community College, 4800 New Hartford Road; and at Bowling Green’s South Warren High School, 8140 Nashville Road.

 

“This announcement on increased testing is a really great step for us here in the City of Louisville,” said Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer. “We all want to open up our economy in small steps as soon as we can but it’s absolutely critical that we have the testing that will be our guide.”

 

Through a separate partnership with Walgreens, Gov. Beshear said the company would offer a drive-through testing option in Lexington, starting Friday. The location is 2296 Executive Drive. The site is open seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET. Visit walgreens.com/coronavirus for additional information on registering.

 

“We are so excited to have these two new testing opportunities in Lexington,” said Mayor Linda Mayor Gorton of Lexington. “Our city acted early and quickly to prepare for COVID-19, and the numbers show Lexington citizens have done a great job at following social distancing recommendations. I greatly appreciate everyone’s cooperation.”

 

Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Department for Public Health also talked about different types of testing.

 

“Now we want clinician judgment to be the primary guide and if patients have concerns that they should get tested,” said Dr. Stack. “But remember, I’ve urged every step of the way that you should seek a test in partnership with a clinician who can help you know if the test you’ve gotten is useful for your particular situation and what you should do with the information when you get it.

 

‘We really need the hospitals and others to start using this test capacity, particularly as we look to start reopening some medical facilities next week. We have to see these numbers go up,” Dr. Stack added.

 

Case information

As of 5 p.m. April 22, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 3,373 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 196 of which were newly confirmed.

 

“Given that we are doing more tests and how those numbers have gone up and down, we do believe from the total number of tests that we have plateaued,” the Governor said. “Nobody wants 196 new cases, but we are not seeing a day-over-day increase, and when we average it all out we’re not seeing a three-day-over-three-day increase, which we were seeing as early as about two weeks ago.”

 

Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear also reported 14 new deaths Wednesday, raising the state’s toll to 185 deaths related to the virus.

 

“They are very special people that we have lost, whose families are hurting,” the Governor said.

 

The newly reported deaths include a 68-year-old woman from Boyd County; a 74-year-old woman from Campbell County; a 71-year-old man from Fayette County; a 96-year-old woman from Graves County; a 76-year-old woman from Grant County; an 88-year-old woman from Hopkins County; three men, ages 50, 74, 87, two women, ages 85 and 80, and a 58-year-old of undisclosed gender from Jefferson County; and a 68-year-old man and an 83-year-old woman from Kenton County.

 

The Governor highlighted the death of Stanley Lee Buckler of Lexington, whose daughter-in-law wrote a Facebook post after his death on April 21 from the coronavirus.

 

“To Stanley’s entire family, we are thinking about you,” the Governor said. “When you look around you tonight and see those green houses and places of business, you see the color of compassion and renewal, know that even though we can’t be with you physically, we are all with you.”

 

At least 1,311 people have recovered from COVID-19 in Kentucky.

 

“We want that number to keep going up each and every day,” Gov. Beshear said.

 

To date, at least 36,075 people have been tested. At least 1,105 people have ever been hospitalized with 301 currently hospitalized.

 

At least 564 have ever been in the ICU with at least 161 people currently in the ICU.

 

Gov. Beshear also offered an update on the racial breakdown of COVID-19 patients and victims, which unfortunately highlights existing disparities in health and health care access.

 

The Governor said with about 84% of the known cases accounted for, 77.18% of Kentuckians who tested positive were white, 13.38% were black or African-American, 4.83% were multiracial, 4.56% were Asian and 0.04% were Native American or Alaskan Native.

 

The Governor also said with about 80% of the known cases accounted for, 91.98% of people who tested positive were non-Hispanic and 8.01% were Hispanic.

 

On fatalities attributed to the coronavirus, with about 85% of the known cases accounted for, Kentucky deaths are about 79.74% white, 17.73% black or African-American, 1.89% Asian and 0.64% were multiracial.

 

On fatalities attributed to the coronavirus, with about 84% of the known cases accounted for, Kentucky deaths are about 98.72% non-Hispanic and 1.28% Hispanic.

 

More information 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.

 

Read about other key updates, actions and information from Gov. Beshear and his administration at governor.ky.govkycovid19.ky.gov and the Governor’s official social media accounts FacebookTwitter and YouTube.

 

Watch the Governor’s social media accounts at 5 p.m. ET each day for his regular briefing. Kentuckians can also access translated COVID-19 information and daily summaries of the Governor’s press conference at tinyurl.com/kygovespanol (Spanish) and tinyurl.com/kygovtranslations (more than 20 additional languages).

 

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.


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

 

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64 COVID-19 CASES IN ADAIR; 16 IN RUSSELL


 

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ADAIR CO. SCHOOL BOARD MEETING AGENDA FOR APRIL 23

 
The Adair County School Board will have a Special Regular School Board Meeting on Thursday, April 23, 2020 at 6pmCT at the Adair County Board of Education Conference Room.
 
 **Meeting called to order**
 
***Dr. Stephens, Superintendent, and the Adair County School Board Members
      will open the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance***
 
***Prayer***
 
  1.   APPROVAL OF AGENDA
  2.   APPROVAL OF CONSENT AGENDA
 
CONSENT AGENDA
  3.   APPROVAL OF MINUTES
  4.   APPROVAL OF TREASURER'S REPORT
  5.   APPROVAL OF PAYMENT OF BILLS
  6.   APPROVAL OF THE ADAIR COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION SCHOOL FOOD
        SERVICE DEPARTMENT TO PARTICIPATE IN THE SUMMER FEEDING PROGRAM
        RETROACTIVE MARCH 15, 2020
 7.   APPROVAL TO ACCEPT SENIOR/SECONDARY/ELEMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHY
        BIDS FOR 2020 THROUGH 2023
  8.   APPROVAL OF SCHOOL ACTIVITY BUDGETS FOR THE 2019-2020 SCHOOL
        YEAR
  9.   APPROVAL TO ACCEPT THE FY-2020 3RD KETS OFFER OF ASSISTANCE IN THE
        AMOUNT OF $11,722.00
10.   APPROVAL OF SHORTENED SCHOOL DAY WAIVER TO KDE FOR A STUDENT
11.   ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF PERSONNEL ACTION
________________________________________________________________
REGULAR AGENDA
12.   SUPERINTENDENT'S REPORT
13.   PUBLIC COMMENTS
14.   APPROVAL OF MONTHLY FINANCIAL STATEMENTS - Renae Smith
15.   BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS UPDATE - Steve Burton
16.   APPROVAL OF REVISED 2019-2020 SCHOOL CALENDAR - Robbie Harmon
17.   APPROVAL OF REVISED CERTIFIED/CLASSIFIED EVALUATION PLAN FOR THE
        2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR - Phyllis Curry
18.   APPROVAL TO ACCEPT BIDS FOR THE ADAIR COUNTY SOFTBALL AND
        BASEBALL PRESS BOX/CONCESSIONS/RESTROOMS - Steve Burton
19.   APPROVAL OF ADAIR COUNTY PRIMARY CENTER PRESCHOOL DESIGN
        DEVELOPMENT DRAWING
20.   APPROVAL OF ADAIR COUNTY PRIMARY CENTER PRESCHOOL BG-2
        APPLICATION
21.   APPROVAL OF ADAIR COUNTY PRIMARY CENTER PRESCHOOL BG-3
        APPLICATION
22.   APPROVAL OF SCHOOL BOARD MEETING PROTOCOLS FOR NOVEL
        CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
23.   ADJOURNMENT
 

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USDA INCREASES MONTHLY SNAP BENEFITS BY 40%

 
(Washington, D.C., April 22, 2020) –Today, the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced emergency benefit increases have reached $2.0 billion per month for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) households across all 50 states and 3 territories to increase food security during the coronavirus national emergency. These emergency benefits represent a 40% increase in overall monthly SNAP benefits, significantly increasing food purchasing power for American families. 
 
“These are unprecedented times for American families who are facing joblessness and hunger. USDA is providing a 40% increase in SNAP benefits to ensure that low-income individuals have enough food to feed themselves and their families during this national emergency,” said Secretary Perdue. “President Trump is taking care of America’s working-class families who have been hit hard with economic distress due to the coronavirus. Ensuring all households receive the maximum allowable SNAP benefit is an important part of President Trump’s whole of America response to the coronavirus.”
 
Background:
Currently, a household with two adults, 3 children, and no income can receive the maximum benefit of $768. However, due to reportable income and other factors, the average 5-person household receives significantly less, $528. These emergency benefits would provide the average 5-person household an additional $240 monthly in food purchasing power, bringing the average household up to the same benefit level as households already receiving the maximum. 
 
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), signed into law by President Trump, provided for the issuance of emergency allotments in response to COVID-19. Across the United States, emergency allotments total nearly $2 billion per month, which is in addition to approximately $4.5 billion in benefits already provided to SNAP households each month. 
 
All SNAP households that are eligible to receive less than the maximum benefit will receive the emergency allotment supplement to bring them up to the maximum. By law, SNAP households are not permitted to receive more than the maximum allotment. SNAP emergency allotments allow states to raise benefits to the maximum amount for the household’s size for up to two months, and USDA is providing additional guidance today to states that want to further extend these emergency allotments month by month as prescribed by the law. 
 
Hawaii - approved last Friday - was the final state agency authorized to provide the emergency allotments, which are now authorized in all 50 states, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the District of Columbia. States could request to provide an emergency allotment for current SNAP households beginning in March. USDA is continuing to work closely with states so that supplements are provided in subsequent months as this public health emergency warrants, as outlined in FFCRA. 
 
Today’s announcement is the latest in a series of actions that USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service has taken to uphold the USDA’s commitment to “Do Right and Feed Everyone” during this national emergency. 
 

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196 NEW COVID-19 CASES IN KY & 14 NEW DEATHS

 

Gov. Andy Beshear announced this afternoon that there are 196 new COVID-19 cases in Kentucky. The total number of cases is 3,373. Gov. Beshear also said there are 14 new deaths......

 

 

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2 CAMPBELLSVILLE WALMART SHOPLIFTERS WERE ARRESTED BY CAMPBELLSVILLE POLICE ON TUESDAY

 
At 4:00pmET Tuesday afternoon, Campbellsville Police received a complaint of shoplifters at Walmart who had already left the store.  As Officer Joshua Patrick was responding to the scene, he located the suspect’s vehicle and conducted a traffic stop.  After an investigation, 35-year-old Tabitha H. Gregory and 38-year-old Kenneth T. Carter both of Owensboro, KY were arrested for felony shoplifting. Once at the Taylor County Detention Center, Ms. Gregory was discovered to have drug paraphernalia hidden on her. Both were charged with Theft by Unlawful Taking over $500 (Shoplifting). Ms. Gregory was also charged with Promoting Contraband 1st degree. Both were lodged in the Taylor Co. Detention Center.
 
     
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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KSP RECOGNIZES NATIONAL CRIME VICTIMS' RIGHTS WEEK

April 19-25 is National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, a time set aside to raise awareness for victims’ rights and services, and celebrate the progress victim advocates are making. This year’s theme is “Seek Justice, Ensure Victims’ Rights, Inspire Hope”.

 

In the fall, Kentucky State Police employed sixteen victim advocates to provide support services and resources to crime victims across the Commonwealth. KSP is among the first state police agencies to implement this program on a statewide basis.

The program, called Victim Advocate Support Services (VASS), launched in the fall of 2019 with a dual purpose. Advocates administer care to crime victims – or those involved in traumatic events – connecting them with immediate resources, such as mental health services, crisis intervention or legal support. These skilled professionals also serve as liaisons between law enforcement and the victim, simultaneously helping victims navigate the system while allowing detectives to focus more on the details of the case.

“We make contacts with the victims right then and there whether we’re called out on scene or following up the next day with a phone call.” said Victims’ Advocate Bruna Souza. “We’re here to provide support and to let them know we are thinking of them.”

One advocate is assigned to each of KSP’s 16 posts throughout the state. They work with community partners to provide fair, compassionate and sensitive treatment of victims, families and witnesses – from the investigative stage of a crime through a follow-up period after the case has been adjudicated. Providing these services in the first hours following a crime is not only vital to healing, it also helps victims secure available compensation funds for out-of-pocket expenses.

Post 6 (Dry Ridge) Victims’ Advocate, Bruna Souza says the work they do helps Kentuckians get through hard times. Since the fall, she’s worked with kids as young as six months old to adults into their 70s who are victims of assault, abuse, kidnapping, hate crimes, car accidents, and more. Souza says there’s one case that reminds her why she does this. In 2019, a mother lost her daughter in a fatal accident. Souza helped the mother grieve, navigated her through the court system, and helped her write a victim impact statement.

“We just formed a really great relationship just allowing her to share her story and honor her daughter in ways that were healthy and we were able to follow that through to sentencing,” said Bruna Souza.

Since the inception of the program, KSP Victim Advocates have assisted 463 people.

If you or someone you know needs assistance through the VASS program, please contact your local post and request to speak to the victim advocate. To find the nearest post, visit http://kentuckystatepolice.org/post-locations/.

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AREA ARREST 4-22-20

A Tennessee man was lodged into the Adair Regional Jail on several charges Tuesday.

 

Randall Wayne Bartley age 48, of Crossville Tennessee was arrested by Officer Watkins with the Burkesville Police Department, on charges of Operating a Motor Vehicle under the Influence Alcohol/Drugs .08 1st Offense, Drug Paraphernalia Buy/Possession, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Prescription not in Proper Container 1st Offense, Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), Harassing Communications and Failure to Appear. He was lodged into the Jail around 10 last night…  

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56 CORONAVIRUS CASES IN ADAIR; 16 IN RUSSELL


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177 NEW COVID-19 CASES IN KY; 17 NEW DEATHS

 
Gov. Andy Beshear announced today (Tuesday) that there are 177 new COVID-19 cases in Kentucky. The total number of cases in the Commonwealth is 3,192. The Governor also announced 17 new deaths......
 

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CAMPBELLSVILLE WOMAN ARRESTED FOLLOWING EARLY MORNING TRAFFIC STOP

 
On Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 12:23amET, Campbellsville Police Officer Elliott Taylor conducted a traffic stop on 39-year-old Kathleen Hughes of Campbellsville.  After a brief investigation, Hughes was arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Methamphetamine) and Possession of Marijuana. She was lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center.
 

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TAYLOR CO. WOMAN ARRESTED FOR ASSAULTING HER MOTHER

 
On Sunday, April 19, 2020 at 12:17pmET, Campbellsville Police responded to 119 South Central Avenue in reference to an EPO violation and domestic in progress. Once officers arrived, it was determined that 35-year-old Chasity N. Garay had assaulted her mother.  As officers attempted to place Ms. Garay under arrest, she began fighting and biting officers. Garay was taken into custody after a brief struggle and charged with Violation of a Kentucky EPO/DVO, Menacing, Resisting Arrest, and Assault 3rd degree (Police Officer). Garay was lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center. 

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ADAIR CO. FAIR EVENTS CANCELLED FOR JUNE

 
Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Adair County Fair has cancelled its Fair events scheduled for the 2nd week of June.  According to a statement released earlier today (Tuesday), they are not able to meet and work together on projects, sell sponsorships, or even know for sure if things will be open for business by the June dates. Later this year they are hoping to have the cattle shows, floral hall, and pageants. Listen to 92.7 the WAVE for updates. 
 
The Adair Co. Fair Board wants to thank everyone for supporting the Adair County Fair and they hope everyone is staying safe.
 

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SKRECC WARNS OF SCAM

 

 

South Kentucky RECC Members Beware! The co-op is receiving reports of SKRECC members receiving phone calls that claim to be from them saying the member will be disconnected in a half hour if they don't make a payment. South Kentucky RECC has currently suspended disconnects through this COVID-19 situation. It is not South Kentucky RECC!! Never give any personal or financial information to someone that calls claiming to be from SKRECC!  Do not become a victim! 

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RC SCHOOL BOARD MET LAST EVENING...

 

The Russell County School Board met virtually for their regular monthly meeting last evening. Superintendent Michael Ford discussed what took place at last nights meeting, and told WAVE NEWS that details on the cancelling of the in-person classes for the remainder of the school year will be released soon... 

 

 

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133 COVID-19 CASES IN LAKE CUMBERLAND DISTRICT


 

 

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MARION CO. MAN ARRESTED FOLLOWING CAMPBELLSVILLE TRAFFIC STOP

 
On Saturday, April 18, 2020 at 5:37pmET, Campbellsville Taylor County E-911 received a call that an individual had attempted to steal a vehicle at the intersection of Bakers Branch and Highway 76. Campbellsville Police Officer Aaron Fields located the suspect’s vehicle traveling on South Central Avenue. Officer Fields conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and made contact with the operator, 24 year old Joseph Mattingly of Lebanon, KY. After a brief investigation, Mattingly was arrested and charged with DUI 1st offense, Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Meth), Failure to Wear/Remove/Tamper with/Destroy GPS Monitor Device, and No Insurance. He was transported to the Taylor County Detention Center.
 

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IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR THOSE FILING FOR UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS

 

Kentucky Lt. Governor Jacqueline Coleman said today that the government is continuing to process an unprecedented amount of unemployment insurance claims & payments. There's an average of 13,000 new claims per day and over 25,000 phone calls per day.  She went on to say that if you have applied for unemployment insurance, do not reapply and do not open another claim because this causes your claim and others to slow down, and it causes payments to be delayed.

 

Claimants can call the Unemployment Insurance Help Line at 502-564-2900, if they have questions.

 

 

 

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6 NEW DEATHS IN KY DUE TO CORONAVIRUS; NO IN-PERSON CLASSES REST OF YEAR

 
There are 102 new COVID-19 cases in Kentucky, according to Gov. Andy Beshear. He said the total number of cases is now 3,050. There are 6 new deaths, for a total of 154 deaths in Kentucky. One of the deaths is a 92-year-old female from Adair County.
 
Governor Beshear also announced no in-person classes for rest of the school year.
 

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QUARANTINED ADAIR CO. RESIDENTS NEED YOUR HELP

 
 
 
Adair County has a long standing reputation of coming together to meet needs within the community. With the growing number of COVID-19 cases in Adair County, we have seen a need arise. When a person tests positive for COVID-19 or are a direct contact of a positive case, they are asked to isolate or self-quarantine so they do not spread the virus to others. While under this quarantine/isolation, many persons are unable to obtain needed food and supplies for themselves or their family. The Adair County Health Dept. in collaboration with Adair County Judge Executive Gale Cowan, Adair County Emergency Manager Mike Keltner, the Adair County Ministerial Association, Columbia Mayor Pam Hoots, 3Trees Church and J.O.Y. Ministries has developed a plan to help those confirmed cases and contacts in need.  J.O.Y. Ministries (and other partners as needed) will tasks themselves with obtaining what is needed for each identified case. The case must meet the criteria of being under direction of isolation or quarantine by the Lake Cumberland District Health Department. 
 
How can the community help?  The Adair County community can help by donating money to J.O.Y Ministries for the aid of these specific cases.  
 
How can a person donate?  They can do so by mail (J.O.Y Ministries, P.O. Box 114, Columbia, KY 42728) or via PAYPAL at http://www.joy-ministries.org (please designate COVID-19 on your donation in notes section).  
 
We want to help those who are isolated or quarantined so that the spread of this virus does not happen. 
 
Submitted by: Corey Patterson, Health Environmentalist III, Adair County Health Dept.
 

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SOUTH KY RECC ANNUAL MEETING NOTICE

 
South Kentucky RECC’s planned annual meeting week is just around the corner, which makes this a good time to remind our members that SKRECC cares about your safety and is concerned about your wellbeing.  With this in mind, due to COVID-19 concerns and restrictions put in place by the State of Kentucky, the 2020 South Kentucky RECC Annual Meeting week will be cancelled. 
 
Every conceivable option was explored in rescheduling the meeting, but due to the uncertainty of the current situation, it is very difficult to establish a future date.  As there are no required actions of the membership that make it necessary to hold the annual meeting, we are not obligated to have an annual meeting. SKRECC’s Annual Report with financial information will be in your May issue of the Kentucky Living Magazine, and it is also available on our website, www.skrecc.com.   
 
Annual meeting is part of our history and has always been a very important event to our members and employees – our Cooperative family.  When restrictions are eased, South Kentucky RECC plans to hold Member Appreciation Days at each office location later in the year. We plan to distribute our popular bucket and bulbs at that time.  Similarly, we intend to hold our planned truck giveaway drawing as well. Dates and details will be forthcoming. 
 
We fully intend for our annual meeting tradition to continue in 2021. Thank you for going above and beyond during this difficult time to keep yourself and those around you safe. We are in this together! #WeAreSKRECC
 

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SSI RECIPIENTS TO RECEIVE STIMULUS CHECKS BY EARLY MAY

 

The Social Security Administration announced last week that Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients will receive automatic Economic Impact Payments directly from the Treasury Department. The Treasury Dept. anticipates these automatic payments no later than early May.

SSI recipients who have qualifying children under age 17, however, should not wait for their automatic $1,200 individual payment.  They should now go to the IRS’s webpage at www.irs.gov/coronavirus/non-filers-enter-payment-info-here and visit the "Non-Filers: Enter Your Payment Info" section to provide their information.

 

 

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ADAIR CO. WOMAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES APRIL 18

 

Angela Brooks, 41, of Columbia, KY was arrested by the ACSO for Possession of Methamphetamine, Marijuana & Drug Paraphernalia; Tampering with Physical Evidence; and arrested on a Fugitive Warrant. She was lodged in the Adair Co. Regional Jail.

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51 COVID-19 CASES IN ADAIR; 12 IN RUSSELL


 

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2707 COVID-19 CASES IN KY; 144 DEATHS


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48 COVID19 CASES IN ADAIR; 12 IN RUSSELL


 

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ADAIR CO. MAN ARRESTED FOLLOWING ALTERCATION WITH FAMILY MEMBER

 
The Columbia Police Department responded to TNC Apartments on Russell Road just before midnight on Friday night. Upon arrival, Officers encountered and arrested an Adair County man after finding he had attacked two parties with an object resulting in both parties sustaining lacerations. 
 
Jason McClister, 37, of Columbia, KY was take into custody and charged with two counts of Assault 2nd degree. During an altercation, McClister attacked a relative and her boyfriend, injuring both parties. The weapon was recovered at the scene.
 
Officer Trevor Foster made the arrest. He was assisted on scene by Officer Jordan Dean and Deputy Joey Keith.
 

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2 ADAIR CO. DEPUTY JAILERS ASSAULTED BY INMATE


Early this morning (Saturday), Columbia Police responded to the Adair County Regional Jail after an inmate was reported to have assaulted two Deputy Jailers.

The subject, 38-year-old Elizabeth Hansen of Louisville, KY had been brought in on Friday night on charges of public intoxication, possession of marijuana, and terroristic threatening (all misdemeanors).

Once booked into jail, Hansen became hostile towards jail staff before getting physically combative. She has been additionally charged with 2 counts of Assault 3rd degree (inmate assault on a corrections officer), a Class D felony. 

Deputy jailers were not seriously injured. 
 
 
CPD Officer Adam Cravens was the arresting officer.

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GOLDEN ALERT FOR RUSSELL CO. MAN HAS BEEN CANCELLED

 
The Somerset Police Department issued a Golden Alert for 38-year-old Andy McClister this morning. The Alert has been cancelled. McClister is originally from Jamestown, KY but currently resides in Somerset, KY in the care of Cumberland Behavioral Group. 
 

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134 NEW COVID-19 CASES; 8 NEW DEATHS (2 FROM RUSSELL CO.)

 

According to Gov. Andy Beshear, there are 134 new COVID-19 cases in Kentucky for a total of 2,522. There are 8 new deaths, including two from Russell County (83 & 97-year-old males). The total number of deaths 137. Governor Beshear also said that 30,596 Kentuckians have been tested for the virus. The Governor gives a daily update each afternoon at 4:00pmCT (5:00pmET) on his Facebook page & YouTube channel.

 

 

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RUSSELL CO. SCHOOL BOARD VIRTUAL MEETING APRIL 20TH

 

Due to the current COVID-19 situation while under a state of emergency the school board meeting will be conducted virtually.  The link is:  https://www.youtube.com/user/fordmich1.

 

 

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LCDHD UPDATE 04/16/20


 

 

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Gov. Beshear Expands Testing, Regional Partnership

 
FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 16, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear announced Thursday the expansion of a multistate economic planning cooperative and new drive-through testing locations in the fight against the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

 

Just yesterday, the Governor announced he was working with Govs. Eric Holcomb of Indiana and Mike DeWine of Ohio. Now four more governors – Tony Evers of Wisconsin, JB Pritzker of Illinois, Tim Walz of Minnesota and Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan – are joining forces to closely coordinate plans to reopen the regional economies when the time is right.

 

“This is making sure that we are working with our neighbors and doing the right thing by our neighbors,” Gov. Beshear said. “While I always say we are in this together as Kentucky, we are now in this with some other states to make sure we are working together in our steps to phase in different parts of our economy.”

 

The Governor stressed that each leader ultimately would decide what is best for their state, but said the coordination will prevent new outbreaks of the coronavirus and would provide stability for business owners.

 

“While it will be the decision of each individual state the steps they take, this is going to help us both on the public health side and making sure that while it will be in a phased-in approach as we are opening up our economy we do it in a way where we can have that symbiotic bump,” Gov. Beshear said.

 

Drive-through testing expanded

One key to restarting business activity and paving the way back toward more normal activities is widespread testing. In a move toward that goal, Gov. Beshear announced Thursday an expansion of the state’s partnership with Kroger to provide drive-through testing for the coronavirus.

 

Testing has been under way this week in Franklin and Kenton counties. The Governor said four new sites would come online next week, in Madisonville, Paducah, Somerset and Pikeville.

 

“This is making sure we can serve all parts of the state,” he said. “We are one Kentucky, we are Team Kentucky and we’re making sure now that we can test in all of Kentucky.” 

 

Testing at the new sites will be done from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. For location details or to register for a test, visit https://www.thelittleclinic.com/drivethru-testing.
 

“Kroger is committed to expanding our drive-through testing sites in other locations to provide this vital need to increase the health and wellness directly in our communities,” said Meegan Brown, National Health and Wellness TLC Director of Kroger Health.

 

Those eligible for the tests include people exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, including fever, shortness of breath and cough; health care workers and first responders who may have been exposed to coronavirus; and anyone with mild symptoms who also may have been exposed to COVID-19.

 

The testing is done free of charge. The overall goal of the partnership is to conduct 20,000 tests over the next five weeks. Test results are expected within approximately 48 hours.

 

Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health, praised Kentucky company Gravity Diagnostics Labs for their work ramping up testing in the state.

 

“They have done wonderful and heroic work for us,” Dr. Stack said.

 

Gravity Diagnostics CEO Tony Remington hailed his employees’ hard work and said he was glad his company can be of help during a challenging time.

 

“ I’m extremely honored and humbled to be part of the solution that’s facing all of us across the country, especially in Kentucky,” Remington said. “I’ve been amazingly impressed with the way the private sector and the government have come together at the city, county, state and federal levels.”

 

Low-acuity facilities

Gov. Beshear announced the opening of state facilities to house people ill with or who may have been exposed to COVID-19.

 

Initially, the shelters will be available at Lake Barkley and Lake Cumberland state parks.

 

The program is a partnership with the Kentucky Department for Public Health and local health departments, the Kentucky Department of Parks, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Kentucky National Guard and volunteer medical staff.

 

The facilities will be made available to “low-acuity” patients or guests – those who can care for themselves with minimal medical intervention.

 

“These are not places we are going to put people who need significant care and significant monitoring,” the Governor said.

 

The shelters are being made available for people who need to be isolated but lack their own homes, cannot self-isolate within their homes or live with people at heightened risk of contracting the virus.

 

“Sometimes people don’t have a home or a home where they can be isolated from others,” Gov. Beshear said. “This provides an opportunity for a person to have a place to go so we are not spreading the virus.”

 

Case information
As of 5 p.m. April 16, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 2,429 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 159 of which were newly confirmed.

 

“That’s lower than we’ve had some other days and I know yesterday we had a lower amount,” the Governor said. “But we believe tomorrow is going to be one of the highest numbers we’ve seen, and part of that is bringing in some data that’s had to move through a couple of systems that will hit tomorrow.”

 

Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear also reported seven new deaths Thursday, raising the state’s toll to 129 deaths related to the virus.

 

The Governor said one of the victims was a 10-day-old infant.

 

“So let’s continue to send our thoughts and prayers out,” he said.

 

Gov. Beshear continued to encourage Kentuckians to light up their homes and businesses green for those we have lost as a sign of compassion and renewal.

 

The newly reported deaths include a 78-year-old woman in Adair County; a 67-year-old woman in Graves County; an 85-year-old woman in Jackson County; two women, ages 68 and 92, and a 79-year-old man in Jefferson County; and a 69-year-old woman from Shelby County.

 

At least 956 people have recovered from COVID-19 in Kentucky.

 

“That is really exciting,” Gov. Beshear said. “We’re thinking about all of those folks too.”

 

To date, at least 29,747 people have been tested. At least 971 people have ever been hospitalized with 477 currently hospitalized.

 

“One of the bright notes in all of this is how well our hospitals have done stabilizing people and getting them out early,” the Governor said. “It’s one of the things that make us feel much better about the ability of our health care capacity to handle a spike in cases.”

 

At least 506 have ever been in the ICU with at least 333 people currently in the ICU.

 

Gov. Beshear also offered an update on the racial breakdown of COVID-19 patients, which has been the subject of news stories across the country because of the disparity.

 

The Governor said with about 75% of the known cases accounted for, 80.12% of Kentuckians who tested positive were Caucasian, 11.75% were African-American, 4.99% were multiracial, 3.08% were Asian and 0.07% were Native American or Alaskan Native.

On fatalities attributed to the coronavirus, with about 81% of the known cases accounted for, Kentucky deaths are about 78.1% Caucasian, 20.95% African-American and 0.95% Asian.

 

“Again we see unequal access to health care. We are working on efforts that will include testing … specifically in our African-American communities in our two largest cities. We need to make sure we are directing resources where people are being hit hardest, and I want our African-American communities to know that we are committed,”

 

Gov. Beshear said. “While we can’t immediately erase the wrongs of the past, we can do the best that we can to do the right thing in the present and moving into the future. I hope that out of this we can take the calling, the requirement to finally end some of these injustices.”

 

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ADAIR CO. SCHOOL BOARD MEETING PROTOCOL DUE TO COVID-19

 
The April Adair County School Board meeting will be limited to a maximum of ten (10) people, including school board members and staff, pursuant to the Coronavirus Guidelines of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control; the 03/12/2020 Meeting Protocols for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) issued by the Kentucky Finance and Administration Cabinet and KRS 61.810(1)(k). 
 
The meeting will be live-streamed and available for viewing on the district website.
 
 

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159 NEW COVID-19 CASES IN KY; 7 NEW DEATHS

 

According to Governor Andy Beshear, there are 159 new COVID-19 cases in Kentucky and 7 new deaths, including a 78-year-old female from Adair County. There are now a total of 2,429 confirmed coronavirus cases in the state and 129 deaths. The Governor also said that 29,747 COVID-19 tests have been conducted in Kentucky.

 

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KSP POST 15 NATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATORS WEEK

 
Columbia, KY (April 16, 2019) – Since April 12-18 is National Public Safety Telecommunicators week, people all across the U.S. are expressing their gratitude to more than 200,000 individuals who are referred to as the “heroes behind the headsets.” Dispatchers provide a lifeline between citizens in need and officers in the field. Although citizens may never see them, they play a critical role in keeping law enforcement and citizens safe 24/7.
 
Kentucky State Police Post 15 wants to take a moment to show our appreciation to the eight dispatchers we have, who very seldom get the recognition they deserve:
 
  • Randy Adams from Somerset, KY
  • Heather Reliford, Tammy Bunch, and Zack Giles from Columbia, KY
  • Miranda Luttrell from Russell Springs, KY
  • Julie McDonald from Liberty, KY
  • Jamia Benningfield and Zane Bemis from Campbellsville, KY

 

In 2019, Post 15 telecommunicators answered over 20,000 calls for service. KSP telecommunicators not only dispatch for Troopers but also for Commercial Vehicle Enforcement, Fish and Wildlife, ABC, and the KY Dept of Agriculture. These guys and gals are the TRUE first responders who also work holidays, sacrifice time with family by missing ballgames, birthdays, holiday gatherings, work nights, and weekends, and deal with some of the most unimaginable tragedies. During stressful times they really can be that “calm during the chaos.” They are a lifeline to all and are some of the most selfless people you will ever meet. Troopers and Officers may go home and be on call but, there is always someone sitting in that seat waiting to answer the next call of an emergency.
 
These amazing men and women do this every single day without ever expecting anything in return. Sincerely, Thank you all for what you do!
 

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2 TAYLOR CO. MEN ARRESTED FOLLOWING EARLY MORNING TRAFFIC STOP

 
This morning (Thursday) at 2:26amET, Campbellsville Police Officer J. Leigh was on routine patrol on South Central Avenue when he made a traffic stop on a Ford Edge. The driver of the vehicle, 57-year-old Brad Smith, was found to be operating under the influence of drugs. A search of the vehicle yielded a small amount of methamphetamine.
 
Brad Smith and a passenger, Arthur Garrett, were arrested and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine. Smith was also charged with DUI, Failure to Signal, and Driving with a Suspended or Revoked License. Both were lodged in the Taylor Co. Detention Center.
 

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Gov. Beshear: 4 More States Added to Partnership on Reopening Regional Economies

 
FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 16, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear announced today that Kentucky is joining with Governors Tony Evers of Wisconsin, J.B. Pritzker of Illinois, Tim Walz of Minnesota and Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan to closely coordinate plans to reopen the regional economies when the time is right.
 
The announcement comes less than 24 hours after the Governor announced he was working with Governors Eric Holcomb of Indiana and Mike DeWine of Ohio. The coordinated effort is aimed at looking beyond the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak now includes seven governors.
 
While each leader ultimately will make their own decision regarding their state’s plans, Gov. Beshear said the collaboration will lead to a more effective eventual opening of different parts of the economy.
 
“We owe much of our success in flattening the curve in Kentucky to the sacrifices our families are making. And while we continue to aggressively battle COVID-19, the moment we can begin to take action to reopen parts of our economy, we must do so in a way that ensures every sacrifice made is not squandered,” the Governor said. “I am proud to continue working with other governors to ensure reopening efforts are in the best interest of every Kentuckian.”
 
Gov. Beshear said no decision has been made on the timing for reopening Kentucky’s economy, adding that he will rely on the expertise of public health leaders to make any determination.
 
As part of yesterday’s announcement Gov. Holcomb said: “While Hoosiers have been hunkered down to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and save lives, we’re not going it alone. We’re in this together – as Hoosiers – and alongside our neighbors in Ohio and Kentucky, where we have strong partners in Gov. DeWine and Gov. Beshear. I know we’re each looking forward to reopening our states for business as soon as it’s safe.”
 
Gov. Beshear will continue regular calls and planning sessions with neighboring governors and other leaders during the coming weeks. As action is taken, the governors will continue to provide updates.
 
For the latest information on Kentucky’s response to COVID-19, visit http://kycovid19.ky.gov.
 

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LCDHD COVID-19 UPDATE APRIL 15, 2020


 

 

 

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LOCAL CHURCH, BUSINESSES DONATE SUPPLIES

 

Brown & Brown Dealer Services is joining Bank of Columbia and 3trees Church in a local effort to fight against COVID-19.

 

3trees Pastor Eric Gilbert announced at his church's Wednesday web service that the three organizations will give 2,000 surgical masks and 18 gallons of hand sanitizer to be distributed to healthcare facilities and providers in Adair County.

 

"With the recent outbreak in this community, where our teammates live, we all wanted to do something to help," says Mike Neal, president of Brown & Brown Dealer Services, a division of Brown & Brown Insurance. "So we're grateful we ran across the opportunity to get these supplies to the nursing home, to the hospital, to our paramedics, to all our friends and neighbors on the front line of this. Columbia is home base for us and we care about our friends and families."

 

"We're all in this together," adds Bank of Columbia President Mark Dykes. "This is a community where we look out for each other so we want to do anything we can--big or small." 

 

Adair County Sheriff Josh Brockman and Emergency Management Director Mike Keltner received the supplies Wednesday night and will distribute them to the facilities, healthcare workers, and first responders as needs arise.

 

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STATEMENT FROM SIGNATURE HEALTHCARE REGARDING DEATH OF LONG-TIME EMPLOYEE

 

News Release from Signature HealthCARE regarding the death of an employee.....

 

 

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CONG. COMER TO HOST 2ND CORONAVIRUS TELEPHONE TOWN HALL

 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman James Comer has announced plans to host a second COVID-19 Telephone Town Hall on Thursday, April 16, 2020 to update constituents on federal efforts to respond to the coronavirus. He will be joined at the beginning of the call by Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, who will speak on efforts to combat scams posing as COVID-19 charity and relief efforts.
 
The town hall will begin at 2:30 p.m. Eastern and 1:30 p.m. Central on Thursday, April 16. Residents of the 1st Congressional District can call 855-962-1276 to participate in the conversation and can also sign up for the call by visiting comer.house.gov/live.
 
After opening comments from Congressman Comer and Attorney General Cameron, Congressman Comer will spend the remainder of the call taking questions from callers about federal action to help Americans affected by COVID-19.
 
Throughout this crisis, Congressman Comer and his office have continued to keep an open line with constituents to answer questions and listen to concerns. Constituents can continue to find information and seek guidance on cdc.gov/coronavirus. For more tips, information and resources, visit comer.house.gov/coronavirus.
 

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ADAIR CO FISCAL COURT REGULAR MEETING FOR APRIL

 

 

The Adair County Fiscal Court met Tuesday night at the Annex Building.

 

Jim Liebe covered the meeting for 92.7 the WAVE and spoke to Adair County Judge Executive Gayle Cowan... 

 

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177 NEW COVID-19 CASES IN KY; 11 NEW DEATHS


In KY there are now 2,210 total COVID-19 cases and 115 total deaths, according to Gov. Andy Beshear.

 

The deaths include a 50-year-old female healthcare worker in Adair County. She was a Medical Technician at Summit Manor Nursing Home.

 

 

 

 

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2020 GARDEN PROGRAM DELAYED TFN


Lake Cumberland Community Action regrets to announce that due to COVID-19, our popular Garden Program is delayed until further notice. LCCAA Outreach Offices are not able to accommodate the large crowds drawn by the Garden Program and maintain social distancing and healthy at home guidelines set forth by LCCAA’s Federal and state funding sources. LCCAA plans to have some form of the Garden Program later in the season once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. LCCAA understands everyone’s disappointment with the postponement of this program that so many depend upon for establishing their summer garden. However, LCCAA’s main concern is the health of our clients, staff, and volunteers and your understanding during this difficult time is greatly appreciated. 

 

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LCDHD COVID-19 UPDATE; 107 CASES IN DISTRICT


LCDHD COVID-19 report from Monday, April 13th.....

 

 

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RC FISCAL COURT MET LAST EVENING

 

 

 

The Russell County Fiscal Court met last night by teleconference for their regular monthly meeting.

 

Judge Gary Robertson spoke to WAVE NEWS and tells us what took place during the meeting…

 

 

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Gov. Beshear Orders Flags to Half-Staff in Honor of Coronavirus Victims


FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 13, 2020) –Gov. Andy Beshear has directed that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff for one week in honor of the more than 100 Kentuckians who have passed away due to the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

 

“I am ordering that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff beginning tomorrow morning and remaining that way until we get through this,” Gov. Beshear said. “Each Kentuckian lost to the coronavirus is someone’s mother or father; someone’s child; someone’s significant other – someone loved by their family and friends.

 

Paying tribute in this fashion is just one more way we, as a commonwealth, can collectively mourn the loss of these members of our community.”

 

Flags at state office buildings should be lowered to half-staff beginning at sunrise on Tuesday, April 14, and remain so until sundown on Monday, April 20. 
 

Gov. Beshear encourages individuals, businesses and organizations throughout Kentucky to join in this tribute.


Flag status information is available at https://governor.ky.gov/flag-status.

 

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COLUMBIA BREAK-INS BEING INVESTIGATED

 
Columbia Police are investigating what are believed to be "related break-ins" on Russell Road within the last week.
 
 
Beginning on Monday, April 6th, a local business was the victim of a burglary while it was closed. Then on Monday, April 13th, a neighboring business was the target of one individual attempting to force entry before fleeing when a security alarm was triggered. After observing camera footage, the subject appeared to have came from the vicinity of Carrie Bolin Drive and Hanley Lane on foot and walking behind the office buildings to avoid Russell Road. 
 
If anyone has any information on the identity of this individual, please contact Columbia City Police at 270-384-4119.
 
 
 
 

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87 NEW COVID-19 CASES IN KY; 7 MORE DEATHS

 

 

 

There are 87 new coronavirus cases in Kentucky today, according to Gov. Andy Beshear.....

 

 

Gov. Beshear says there are 7 new deaths today (Monday).

 

 

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KENTUCKIANS ARE BEGINNING TO GET STIMULUS CHECKS

 
 
 
Millions of Americans are starting to see Economic Impact Payments deposited directly in their bank accounts. The U.S. Department of the Treasury and IRS expect tens of millions of Americans will receive their payments via direct deposit by Wednesday, April 15. These payments are being automatically issued to eligible 2019 or 2018 federal tax return filers who received a refund using direct deposit. Treasury and the IRS worked with unprecedented speed to get this fast and direct assistance to the American people. 
 
This week, the IRS will launch a separate online application, “Get My Payment.” This FREE app allows taxpayers who filed their tax return in 2018 or 2019 but did not provide their banking information on their return to submit direct deposit information so they can receive payments immediately, as opposed to getting mailed checks which will start being distributed before the end of April. “Get My Payment” will also allow taxpayers to track the status of their payment. 
 
Treasury expects a large majority of eligible Americans will receive Economic Impact Payments within the next two weeks. 
 
Non-filers can get their payment faster by using the ‘Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here’ web portal and entering their bank account information.
 
Also, eligible Social Security beneficiaries and railroad retirement recipients who did not file a tax return in 2018 and 2019 will be automatically sent their economic impact payments, primarily electronically.
 
Regardless of how you receive your payment, the IRS will send you a mailed letter to the most current address they have on file approximately 15 days after it sends your payment.
 
For more information about your Economic Impact Payment, please visit http://www.irs.gov/ and http://home.treasury.gov/policy-issues/cares.
 
 

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ADAIR CO SHERIFF REPORTS VEHICLE ACCIDENT

 

 

Adair County Sheriff’s Office responded to an injury collision on KY south 61 this (Monday) morning.

 

     The collision occurred when Alvin Bright 48, of CAMPBELLSVILLE was traveling south on KY 61 in a 2017 Ford truck. A trailer being pulled by Bright detached from the truck and entered into the oncoming lane. The trailer struck a 2014 Jeep being operated by Heather Bartlett 42, of Russell Springs who was traveling north. Bartlett was treated on scene by Adair County EMS and then transferred to TJ Health of Columbia. Bright was uninjured and seat belts were in use.

 

Sheriff’s Deputy Chandler Staten in investigating the collision and he was assisted on scene by the Columbia Police Department and the Columbia -Adair County Fire Department.

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LCDHD 10-COUNTY CORONAVIRUS UPDATE


Latest COVID-19 report from the Lake Cumberland District Health Department....
 

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Gov. Beshear: Kentuckians are Living Their Faith by Protecting Others

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 12, 2020) – On Sunday, Gov. Andy Beshear thanked Kentuckians of all faiths for protecting their communities by staying home this holiday weekend, supporting the state’s fight against the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

 

“It is Easter Sunday and in my faith, today is the day we greet everyone with the same phrase; ‘He is risen,’ and people respond with ‘He is risen indeed,’” Gov. Beshear said. “Thank you to everyone who worshipped at home today. Your decision to stay home, even when it is really hard, is what saves lives. Thank you, Kentuckians. People you have never met are going to be alive three months from now because of your willingness to do it.”

 

More than 99.8% of the commonwealth’s houses of worship cancelled in-person services this weekend.

 

Only about seven congregations held in-person services disregarding the Governor’s executive order banning mass gatherings and repeated warnings from local, state and federal health officials that these services risked Kentuckians’ lives. Individuals who attended these in-person services will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days, in order to limit the impact of their actions on other people.

 

Commissioner for the Department for Public Health Dr. Steven Stack said, “Does our right to gather together entitle us to have other people die as a result? That is essentially, what happened. This is about any gathering, not just churches. We are at a time and place in history when the human species has never faced, for the last hundred years, a threat like we do now. The choices and decisions you make have implications, not only for yourself, but for others.”

 

Update on drive-through testing sites
Today, the Governor announced a partnership that will greatly expand the testing capability in Kentucky. The state’s first drive-through testing site will be free of charge and open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, April 13, through Thursday, April 16, at the Franklin County Fairgrounds.

 

Any future locations will be announced and the overall goal of the partnership is to conduct 20,000 tests over the next five weeks.
 

“I’m very excited about this. It’s good news,” Gov. Beshear said. “We’ve been working with Kroger for several weeks just trying to get it right. The potential here, just from this program, could almost double the amount of testing we have right now.”

 

Colleen Lindholz, president, Kroger Health, said, “Kroger Health’s vision is to help people lead healthier lives and it’s never been more important than right now for us as we help expand testing across the state. An innovative part of Kroger’s testing solution has to do with a digital registration process. We believe this process is the first in the commonwealth and maybe be in the first of the nation to provide a very easy way for people to register for the test.”

 

Dustin Nimmo, senior product manager for ecommerce, Kroger Health, said, “You’ll be able to find quickly a location wherever you are in Kentucky and schedule an appointment very easily. There are people who are residents of Kentucky who worked countless hours to build this web portal.”

 

The state, Kroger and other partners expect to be able to handle about 250 vehicles per day per site at all locations. Kentuckians can register at thelittleclinic.com/drivethru-testing, or call 1-888-852-2567 (select option 1, then option 3).

 

First, people seeking a test will use a virtual screening tool based on U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines to see if they are eligible. Next, they will select a testing location and appointment time that works for them. Then, registrants will receive an email confirmation with pre-appointment paperwork to complete. When a person arrives for their test, they should have their photo ID ready and should leave their window rolled up for check-in, until a health care practitioner comes to the car for the test. Test results are expected within approximately 48-hours.

 

Those eligible for the test include those with symptoms, health care workers, first responders, those 65 and older, and those with chronic health conditions.

 

Gov. Beshear thanked project partners Kroger Health, UPS, Gravity Diagnostics, Kentucky Division of Emergency Management, Kentucky Department for Public Health, Kentucky State Police, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Kentucky National Guard and Franklin County for helping make this possible.

 

Case information
As of 5 p.m. April 12, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 1,963 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 134 of which were newly confirmed.

 

“In Kentucky, we are still not seeing the increase we are seeing in other states and we are grateful for that,” Gov. Beshear said.

 

Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear also reported three new deaths Sunday, raising the state’s toll to 97 deaths related to the virus.

 

The newly reported deaths include a 72-year-old man from Jefferson County, 74-year-old woman from Hopkins County, and a 62-year-old man from Pike County.

 

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

 

“We know that we are flattening the curve, let’s not let up now,” Gov. Beshear said. “This virus comes for the most vulnerable and protecting them are the steps we take every single day to do our very best to reduce our contacts. Let’s make sure we keep that up. Let’s make sure we do our part to not spread this virus.”

 

At least 607 people (30.9% of total cases) have recovered from COVID-19 in Kentucky.

 

To date, at least 25,866 people have been tested. At least 667 people (34.0% of total confirmed cases) have ever been hospitalized with 289 people (14.7% of total confirmed cases) currently hospitalized. At least 256 people (13.0% of total cases) have ever been in the ICU with at least 136 people (6.9% of total cases) currently in the ICU.

 

Gov. Beshear also offered an update on the racial breakdown of COVID-19 patients, which has been the subject of news stories across the country.

 

The Governor said with about 70% of the known cases accounted for, 81.75% of Kentuckians who tested positive were Caucasian, 11.64% were African-American, 3.99% were multiracial, 2.51% were Asian and 0.08% were Native American or Alaskan Native.


On fatalities attributed to the coronavirus, with more than 81% of the known cases accounted for, Kentucky deaths are about 77.21% Caucasian, 21.51% African-American and 1.26% Asian.

 

More information
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.

 

Read about other key updates, actions and information from Gov. Beshear and his administration at governor.ky.govkycovid19.ky.gov and the Governor’s official social media accounts FacebookTwitter and YouTube. Watch the Governor’s social media accounts at 5 p.m. ET each day for his regular briefing.

 

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.

 

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

 

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134 NEW COVID-19 CASES IN KY; 3 MORE DEATHS


According to Gov. Andy Beshear, there are 134 new COVID-19 cases in Kentucky for a total of 1,963 confirmed cases. There are 3 new deaths for a total of 97 deaths in the state due to the coronavirus.

 

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RUSSELL CO. HAS 1 NEW CASE OF COVID-19; TOTAL CONFIRMED CASES IS 7

 

On Sunday, April 12, 2020 Russell Co. Judge Exec. Gary D. Robertson was notified by LCDHD that the county has 1 new case of COVID-19, which brings the total to 7 cases. Six of these cases are self-isolating and 1 is hospitalized.
 

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ADAIR CO. FISCAL COURT MEETING AGENDA APRIL 14

 
 
 
The Adair County Fiscal Court will meet in regular session in the basement of the Adair Annex 6:00pmCT on Tuesday, April 14, 2020. This meeting will not be open to the public due to the COVID-19 Executive Order that Governor Beshear put in effect. The meeting 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.) March 12, 2020-Minutes Special Called Meeting 
     B.) March 31, 2020-Minutes-Regular Called Meeting 
 
3. DISBURSEMENTS
 
4. REPORTS
    A.)  SHERIFF’S REPORT 
    B.)  ROAD DEPARTMENT REPORT 
    C.)  G.R.A.S. REPORT 
    D.)  COMMITTEE REPORTS 
    E.)   JAIL REPORT & MONTHLY CANTEEN FUND SUMMARY 
 
5. TREASURER
      A.) TREASURER’S REPORT 
      B.) QUARTERLY REPORT   
                              
6.  BUDGET AMENDMENTS                                              
7.  TRANFERS 
      A.)  LINE TO LINE TRANSFERS
      B.)  FUND TO FUND TRANSFERS                         
 
8.  COURT ORDERS 
9.  READING OF ROADS
 
10.  ACTION ITEMS:
          A) SAFETY CIRCUIT RIDER AGREEMENT
          B) DISCUSSION OF QUOTES FOR BUSH HOG
          C) EMERGENCY ORDINANCE-LAYOFF DURING DECLARED STATE OF EMERGENCY 
          D) HIRING OF 2 SEASONAL ROAD DEPT. EMPLOYEES
          E) APPROVAL FOR JUDGE TO SIGN AOC COURT FACILITIES REIMBURSEMENT FORM (BLUE FORM)

11.  OTHER BUSINESS
12.  PUBLIC COMMENTS
13.  ADJOURN
 

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RUSSELL CO. FISCAL COURT MEETING AGENDA - APRIL 13TH

 

The Russell County Fiscal Court will meet on Monday, April 13th.....

 

 

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A SEMI VS. CAR ACCIDENT IN ADAIR CO. SENDS TAYLOR CO. WOMAN TO HOSPITAL

 
On Friday, April 10, 2020 at approximately 4:12pmCT, the Adair County Sheriffs Office responded to a 2-vehicle injury accident 2 miles east of Columbia, KY on Russell Springs Road (Hwy 80). The accident occurred when 29-year-old Bethany Witham of Campbellsville, KY who was operating a 2017 Mazda car, attempted to make a turn onto Hwy. 80 from East 80 Drive and pulled into the path of a 2020 Freightliner Semi, being operated by 45-year-old Columbus Mcgrew of Louisville, KY. The semi knocked Witham's vehicle off the roadway. 
 
Ms. Witham was treated at the scene by Adair EMS and then transported to T.J. Health Columbia where she was treated & released. Mcgrew was not injured.
 
Deputy Brandon Hitch is the investigating officer. He was assisted at the scene by the Columbia Police Department, Kentucky State Police, Columbia - Adair Fire Department, and Adair EMS.
 

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SEVERE STORMS POSSIBLE TONIGHT

 

FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE.....
 
We have an active 30-hour period ahead of us, as a unusually strong low pressure system passes by just to our north tonight. Ahead of this system, we'll see rounds of showers and storms during the day...but tonight some of those storms could become severe. The attached briefing slides give more details. Then in the wake of that low moving well to our north, we'll see very windy conditions Monday morning.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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GOV. BESHEAR COVID-19 UPDATE - SATURDAY, APRIL 11TH

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 11, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Saturday encouraged Kentuckians of all faiths to continue doing their part in the state’s fight against the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), even though social distancing is especially difficult during this holiday weekend.
 
“It’s a special weekend. I know I made a couple of headlines yesterday about those not complying. What hurts is that it should be about those of you making sacrifices to help one another,” Gov. Beshear said. “Kentucky, I have never been more proud of you and we are going to win.”
 
The Governor emphasized that the vast majority of the commonwealth’s religious leaders have already planned for virtual services this weekend, and have been integral partners in protecting their congregations.
 
Even though the Governor banned in-person mass gatherings back in early March, he reassured Kentuckians Saturday that he would not allow the actions of a tiny minority to endanger other people in their communities. On Friday, he announced that all individuals who attend an in-person worship service or mass gathering of any kind this weekend will face quarantine orders.
 
Gov. Beshear said more than 99.8% of places of worship in Kentucky have done the right thing and temporarily suspended in-person services to stop the spread of the coronavirus and to protect those who worship there and those they come in contact with. On Saturday, the Governor shared a third video from faith leaders from the across the commonwealth, this one all women, asking people to stay healthy at home.
 
The Governor has said this is an effort to stop all mass gatherings, not just religious services, to stop the spread of COVID-19 and save Kentuckians.
 
“What you are doing is working. Let’s make sure as many Kentuckians as possible are with us this winter and this Christmas,” Gov. Beshear said.
 
The Governor told Kentuckians this week not to worry about the Easter Bunny, who is an “essential worker” and will be able to travel and work tomorrow.
 
Update on field hospital at Kentucky Exposition Center
Today, Gov. Beshear shared a photo from inside the Kentucky Exposition Center as the state converts it to a temporary field hospital, in preparation for a potential surge of COVID-19 patients.
 
More than 300 members of the Kentucky National Guard have been called up and are working throughout the commonwealth, including setting up the field hospital and assisting in hospitals and food banks.
 
“Tomorrow, the National Guard will be in every area of the state ready to transport patients to hospitals,” the Governor said.
 
Sign language lesson
Rachel Rodgers of the Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing provided a lesson Saturday in American Sign Language. Gov. Beshear asked Rodgers and Virginia Moore, executive director of the commission, to do this “so that all of us can better communicate with each and every brother and sister here in the commonwealth.”
 
Yesterday, Moore taught Kentuckians how to sign “we will get through this together.” Today, Rodgers taught Kentuckians how to sign “Team Kentucky.”
 
Case information
As of 5 p.m. April 11, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 1840 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 185 of which were newly confirmed.
 
“Everyone in this country believes that Kentucky is flattening the curve,” he said. “Even though we doing a good job, we are still facing a worldwide pandemic with no vaccine.”
 
Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear also said four new deaths were reported Saturday, raising the state’s toll to 94 deaths related to the virus.
 
The newly reported deaths include an 87-year-old male from Boone, 55-year-old male from Jefferson, 79-year-old male from Daviess and 79-year-old female from Pulaski.
 
The Governor asked Kentuckians again to join him in lighting their homes green tonight in honor of the lives lost, as a continued sign of compassion and renewal.
 
“When we announce our deaths it’s not just numbers. It’s not just numbers we light our homes green for; these are people with families,” he said.
 
Gov. Beshear also offered an update on the racial breakdown of COVID-19 patients, which has been the subject of news stories across the country.
 
The Governor said with about 69.5% of the known cases accounted for, Kentucky’s cases included about 81.39% Caucasian, 12% African-American, 2.56% Asian, 3.94% multiracial and 0.1% Native American or Alaskan Native.
 
On fatalities attributed to the coronavirus, with about 80.86% of the known cases accounted for, Kentucky deaths included about 77.63% Caucasian, 21.05% African-American and 1.31% Asian.
 
“I hope one of the lessons we learn coming out of this is everyone should have access to affordable health care so they can be as healthy as possible,” Gov. Beshear said.
 
More information
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.
 
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. Watch the Governor’s social media accounts at 5 p.m. ET each day for his regular briefing.
 
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.
 
Team Kentucky hashtags for social media
#TeamKentucky, #TogetherKY, #Patriot and #HealthyAtHome.
 

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44 COVID-19 CASES IN ADAIR CO.; 1 DEATH

 
According to a report released on Saturday, April 10, 2020 from the Adair Co. Fiscal Court, Adair County had 7 new cases on Saturday, all of them residents of Summit Manor Nursing Home. Adair now has 44 total cases, 1 death, and 2 released from home isolation. There are 41 ACTIVE cases with 32 in home or Summit Manor isolation and 9 patients in 3 different hospitals.
 

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INFO. ON ECONOMIC IMPACT PAYMENTS (STIMULUS CHECKS) FROM SOCIAL SECURITY ADMIN.

 
The Treasury Department launched a new web tool allowing quick registration for Economic Impact Payments for eligible individuals who do not normally file a tax return, and also announced that it would begin making automatic payments.  However, for some people receiving benefits from the Social Security Administration--specifically those who have dependent children under the age of 17--it is to their advantage to go to this portal to ensure they also get the $500 per dependent Economic Impact Payment."
 
For more information, please visit https://www.ssa.gov/news/press/releases/.
 

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LCDHD COVID-19 REPORT; ADAIR CO. HAS MOST CASES IN DISTRICT


Adair County has 37 confirmed COVID-19 cases; Russell County has 6....

 

 

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NEW CORONA CASES AT SUMMIT MANOR NURSING HOME

 

 

 

Adair County Officials and Sean Crabtree with the Lake Cumberland District Health Department held a News Conference this morning announcing additional cases of the Corona Virus in the community, specifically at the Summit Manor Nursing Home…

 

 

That’s Sean Crabtree Director of the LCDHD who went on to say why there was a delay in the announcing of the new cases in the county…

 

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AREA ARREST 4-10-20

 

 

 

Melanie Conner, 37, of Columbia was taken into custody by the Burkesville Police Department just after 4 a.m. this morning. Conner was charged with Trafficking in Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Meth), Possession of a Controlled Substance, 3rd Degree, Drug Unspecified, Prescription Controlled Substance Not in Proper Container 1st Offense and Buy/Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

 

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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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GOV. BESHEAR'S SATURDAY AFTERNOON UPDATE

 
FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 4, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Saturday said the efforts of all Kentuckians are needed in the fight against the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
 
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.
 
“How great would it be if we could look back five years from now and say, ‘Well, it wasn’t easy, but we did what it took and we saved 11,000 lives,’” Gov. Beshear said. “I think that’s something worth sacrificing for. I know it’s something worth sacrificing for.”
 
The Governor said social distancing is the key to blunting a surge in cases and urged Kentuckians not to let their guards down during a weekend filled with favorable weather.
 
Gov. Beshear also reiterated the need for churches and other houses of worship to forego holding in-person services, following reports that some intended to continue hosting congregations.
 
“If you are still holding mass gatherings, church or otherwise, you are spreading the coronavirus and you are likely causing the death of Kentuckians. It’s that clear,” he said. “My church is incredibly important to me. My faith is incredibly important to me. It’s an important part of our families’ lives. We care about each other in this state, and our faith guides us and gives us the wisdom to do the right thing to protect each other.”
 
This guidance is critical as it has become harder and harder to locate personal protective equipment (PPE) and other essential equipment for health care workers and health care facilities.
 
“We were trying to buy any ventilator we can, but virtually every order is getting bought out either by the federal government or being sent directly to one of the hot spots,” the Governor said. “It’s a challenge, but we go to work and we fight for everything we can get each and every day.
 
“We’re looking for ways we can manufacture PPE and critical equipment. If you are a Kentucky company and you think you can do any of this, give us a call. If we create our own manufacturing base to create PPE, we will be in a better place than just about any other state. If you can manufacture it, we will buy it.”
 
A new hotline (1-833-GIVE PPE) and website (giveppe.ky.gov) streamline the entire donation process. In addition, PPE donations now will be accepted at all 16 Kentucky State Police posts across the commonwealth and at Transportation Cabinet offices in Louisville and Lexington.
 
The Governor said a good window into how maintaining social distance helps reduce infections can be found looking at the regular seasonal influenza numbers in Kentucky.
 
“Flu also spreads in a way to where if you practice social distancing, it cuts down on cases of the flu. And, Kentucky, you’ve done that,” Gov. Beshear said, noting a significant drop off in new seasonal flu cases reported since social distancing was widely adopted.
 
In an added measure, Gov. Beshear said 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.
 
“No one outside of a health care provider ought to be wearing an N95 mask. If you are doing that, it means that someone who desperately needs it doesn’t have it,” the Governor said. “Our same test of being a good neighbor when it comes to testing and hospital beds applies here now too. If you are wearing a surgical mask, we ought to really think about whether there is a health care provider that should have that.”
 
Gov. Beshear also stressed that wearing a cloth mask is a measure to be added to social distancing, not to replace it.
 
The new CDC guidance on masks can be found here.
While the sacrifices and changes to our daily lives are great, the Governor said everything Kentuckians are doing brings us closer to the day that the COVID-19 fight is won.
 
“We are going to get through this. We are going to get through this together,” said Gov. Beshear. “It’s going to be a tough road. It’s going to be difficult days. But we’re going to make it. We’re going to come out on the other side and rebuild. We’re going to be a prosperous Kentucky where we can all get out and see each other and celebrate birthdays, anniversaries together again. We will get there again.”
 
Acting secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services Eric Friedlander addressed how the state is taking extra steps to help Kentuckians with needed benefits.
 
“To get Medicaid coverage, we have taken a 20-page application and made it one,” Secretary Friedlander said. “We want anyone who does not have insurance to sign up. By getting coverage, you are helping everyone, including our health care professionals.”
 
Case information
As of 5 p.m. April 4, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 917 cases of COVID-19 in Kentucky, 92 of which were newly confirmed.
 
Officials have confirmed that more than 16,663 people have been tested, but the Governor said that the real number of tests likely was larger as there is some lag in reporting from different labs.
 
There were three new deaths reported Saturday, raising the state’s toll to 40 deaths related to the virus.
 
“While three is certainly less than we’ve had the last two days, these are three people who are loved and cared about by their family and their friends. That loss is just as important as any loss that we’ve reported.”
He said the new deaths included a 56-year-old woman from Fayette County, a 52-year-old woman from Bullitt County and an 81-year-old man from Boone County.
 
Gov. Beshear talked about one of Kentucky’s coronavirus victims, sharing his story as detailed by Mandy McLaren in The Courier-Journal of Louisville.
 
She wrote about 49-year-old bricklayer ARon Jordan from Ashland, who fell ill while on a worksite in Detroit and died on March 31.
 
“He was in Detroit, doing a job, and insisted he be helped up there and quarantined up there, to not bring it home to his family. Now think about that,” Gov. Beshear said. “He made a decision even in his last moments in life that he would protect them rather than maybe get that connection, that closer connection that maybe would have helped him during that period. It’s the type of sacrifice and his family’s sacrifice that they are making in their most difficult time to make sure this is very real for all of us.”
 
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 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.gov, kycovid19.ky.gov and the Governor’s official social media accounts Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
 
Team Kentucky hashtags for social media
#TeamKentucky, #TogetherKY, #Patriot and #HealthyAtHome.

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3rd case of Coronavirus confirmed in RC

92.7 the Wave was just notified by Russell County Judge Executive Gary Robertson that there is now a 3rd confirmed case of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) in the county. 

The County Judge had recieved word from the Lake Cumberland District Health Department this evening of the positive result. According to Robertson, this case like the other two is self isolating. 

 

No other details are being released at this time.

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6 NEW DEATHS DUE TO COVID-19 & 90 NEW CASES.....

 

Gov. Andy Beshear announced this afternoon that the state has 90 new confirmed COVID-19 cases. The total for Kentucky is 831. There are 6 new deaths. Coronavirus has now claimed 37 Kentucky lives. 228 people have recovered from COVID-19. Here's Gov. Beshear announcing the numbers this afternoon......

 

 

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BLUE LIGHT IN RECOGNITION OF ESSENTIAL WORKERS

 
The City of Columbia wants to recognize those people that have been deemed essential during this coronavirus pandemic.
 
“We know that there are so many citizens in Columbia and Adair County that are continuing to work,” said Mayor Hoots. “We have law enforcement, grocery workers, postal employees, delivery and truck drivers, emergency medical, healthcare, and others that continue to be on the frontline of this issue facing our country and community.”
 
The City will be placing a blue light in the front entrance to the building that will be lit daily in recognition of these essential workers.
 

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U.K.'S NUTTER FIELD HOUSE TO BE MAKESHIFT HOSPITAL

 
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A 400-bed field hospital will be set up at the University of Kentucky as health officials prepare for a potential surge of coronavirus patients, UK HealthCare officials said Friday.
 
The goal is to have the makeshift hospital ready in the next two weeks at Nutter Field House, the football practice facility on the Lexington campus, said Dr. Mark F. Newman, UK’s executive vice president for health affairs.
 
Confronted by an “unprecedented” health crisis, Newman said it's “essential that we are prepared for any scenario to ensure we are meeting the needs of our community and the commonwealth.”
 
It's the latest move to create extra bed space as a potential backup for hospitals and health systems as the state braces for a continued escalation of coronavirus cases amid the global pandemic.
 
On Thursday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced plans to set up a 2,000-bed field hospital at the state fairgrounds in Louisville.
 
“Our goal is to be ready when the surge comes,” the governor said. “That doesn’t mean that we wait until we don’t have enough space and then try to put this together.”
 
Beshear on Thursday reported 100 new coronavirus cases statewide and 11 more virus-related deaths. Total Kentucky cases since the pandemic began approached 800 and the death toll reached 31.
 
Most people who contract COVID-19 have mild or moderate symptoms, which can include fever and cough but also milder cases of pneumonia, sometimes requiring hospitalization. The risk of death is greater for older adults and people with other health problems.
 

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Beshear, McConnell Secure Support for Rural Kentucky Hospitals

 

Frankfort, Ky. (April 3, 2020) - Governor Andy Beshear (D-KY) and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced today the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved Kentucky’s request to recover Medicaid federal match rates and provide federal funds for a payment benefiting over 50 rural hospitals in the commonwealth.

 

The total amount of federal funds will be determined by CMS and will help pay hundreds of millions in damages resulting from a state court order between the commonwealth and rural hospitals regarding Medicaid inpatient rates. Gov. Beshear asked CMS to exercise its authority to dedicate federal Medicaid funds owed to rural hospitals.

 

Following a request from the Beshear administration, Senator McConnell’s office contacted senior officials at CMS and at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reiterating the importance of a quick and positive decision for Kentucky’s rural hospitals.

 

“We fought hard for this funding, which will now help dozens of Kentucky’s rural hospitals with the crucial support they need to help fight against COVID-19 and confront this pandemic in the commonwealth,” said Gov. Andy Beshear. “I want to thank Senate Majority Leader McConnell for helping us secure this essential funding for our rural health care providers.

 

“As Kentucky’s rural hospitals and medical professionals stand on the frontline of the coronavirus crisis, I’m glad the Trump administration answered our call to deliver these critical federal funds,” said Senator McConnell. “As Senate Majority Leader, I was proud to raise this important Kentucky priority to the highest levels of the federal government. I look forward to continuing to work with Governor Beshear and our rural hospitals to help give them the tools necessary to care for patients and fulfill their mission.”

 

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COVID-19 CASE AT SUMMIT MANOR


Signature Healthcare at Summit Manor released the following statement this morning regarding a resident who has tested positive for COVID-19......


Over the past several weeks, Signature HealthCARE at Summit Manor has taken a proactive and aggressive approach against the Coronavirus and its related illness, COVID-19. That preparedness mandated being ready not for “if”, but “when” our facility faces a confirmed COVID-19 exposure. Signature HealthCARE at Summit Manor has received confirmation of its first COVID-19 positive case. 

 

“We’ve been working around the clock getting ready for COVID-19, and we are ready, now that the day is here,” said Chris Cox, Chief Operating Officer for Signature HealthCARE. “This is why we hired the experts we have on our team, including a new Chief Infectious Disease Physician. Our intense preparations have paid off, especially in this situation, with staff screening themselves and residents daily, and staff readily identifying anyone who might have the virus early and getting them sent out and tested right away.”

 

Signature wants to assure our residents, families, and stakeholders that we are taking every precaution possible and are following the strict guidelines of the CDC and other controlling government agencies which include:  screening all stakeholders and residents daily for symptoms of the virus, restricting facility visitation in accordance with federal and state guidelines, and using alternate methods of communication for families, including telehealth, social media, and the mailing of cards and letters. In this COVID-19 climate, we must continue to mandate, per government instruction, that our families continue in this restricted protocol. It is of the utmost importance for the protection of your loved one.

 

“Signature is grateful for families’ patience in minimizing contact with their loved ones to help prevent the spread of this virus, and for their understanding in knowing that all healthcare providers are facing this crisis.  No one is insulated.” said E. Joseph Steier, III, President and CEO.  “Signature sincerely appreciates all of the tireless work and commitment of its community, and the best stakeholders, who serve some of the most vulnerable residents anywhere 24/7. We are beyond grateful to have a collaborative team ready to serve during the most challenging time ever for Signature.”

 

If you have any further questions, please contact Ann Bowdan Wilder, Media/PR/Communications Manager, at email abowdanwilder@signaturehealthcarellc.com.

 

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AREA ARREST 4-3-2020

 

 

 

A Russell County man was taken into custody on Theft and Drug charges by the Sheriff’s Office yesterday afternoon.

 

Jack Lusk age 32 of Jamestown was lodged into the Russell County Detention Center by Deputy Meyer around 2:30 yesterday afternoon on charges of Receiving Stolen Property (under $10,000) and Possession of Marijuana.

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100 NEW COVID-19 CASES; 11 NEW DEATHS

 

NEW CASES TODAY:  100

NEW DEATHS:  11

TOTAL CASES:  770

 

Here's Governor Andy Beshear........

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MONTHLY ACTIVITY REPORT - MARCH

 
Columbia, KY (April 2, 2019) - During the month of March 2020, there were 8 traffic accidents investigated by the State Police working in the Post 15 area in the 11 counties of Adair, Casey, Clinton, Cumberland, Green, Marion, Metcalfe, Monroe, Russell, Taylor and Washington.
 
There were 2 fatal collisions during the month of March in the Post 15 area.
  • Joshua Thomas, 21, of Marion County was killed on 03/22/2020 in Marion Co.
  • Andrew Mays, 21, of Marion County was killed on 03/22/2020 in Marion Co.
 
This brings our yearly fatality count to 5 compared with 1 through this same period in 2019.
 
Statewide fatality count stands at 127 compared with 159 through this same period in 2019.
 
During the month of March 2020, there were 844 citations written, 138 courtesy notices written, 463 complaints answered, 100 motorists assisted, 61 criminal cases opened and 170 criminal arrests made.
 

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WARNING: COVID-19 STIMULUS CHECK SCAMS

 
The United States Attorney’s Office and the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI) warned Kentucky taxpayers today to be alert about possible scams relating to COVID-19 economic impact payments.
 
U.S. Attorney Russell M. Coleman and Bryant Jackson, Special Agent in Charge of the IRS-CI Cincinnati Field Office, made the announcement today in an effort to prevent taxpayers in need from being victimized a second time by criminals using the recently approved payments as an opportunity to commit a crime.
 
“Despite the uncertainty of recent events, some things remain crystal clear: the men and women of federal law enforcement remain on the job to protect Kentucky families; dedicated and talented special agents of IRS Criminal Investigative Division and career federal prosecutors stand ready to protect the tax payer,” said U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman. “Please consult the safety tips to stop fraud before it happens.”
 
“Ruthless criminals will take this opportunity to prey upon our fears in order to try and line their own pockets by stealing your money or your personal information,” said Bryant Jackson, Special Agent in Charge, IRS Criminal Investigation, Cincinnati Field Office.”
 
COVID-19 economic impact payments will be on their way in a matter of weeks. For most Americans, this will be a direct deposit into your bank account. For the unbanked, elderly or other groups we have traditionally seen receive tax refunds via paper check, they will receive their economic impact payment in this manner as well.
 
Scammers may try to get you to sign over your check to them or use this as an opportunity to get you to “verify” your filing information in order to receive your money, using your personal information at a later date to file false tax returns in an identity theft scheme. Because of this, everyone receiving money from the government from the COVID-19 economic impact payment is at risk.
 
United States Attorney Coleman and Special Agent in Charge Jackson offer the following information and tips to spot a scam and understand how the COVID-19 related economic impact payments will be issued.
 
  • The IRS will deposit your check into the direct deposit account you previously provided on your tax return (or, in the alternative, send you a paper check). 
  • The IRS will not call and ask you to verify your payment details. Do not give out your bank account, debit account, or PayPal account information - even if someone claims it's necessary to get your check. It's a scam.
  • If you receive a call, don't engage with scammers or thieves, even if you want to tell them that you know it's a scam, or you think that you can beat them. Just hang up. 
  • If you receive texts or emails claiming that you can get your money faster by sending personal information or clicking on links, delete them. Don't click on any links in those emails.
  • Reports are also swirling about bogus checks. If you receive a “check” in the mail now, it’s a fraud - it will take the Treasury a few weeks to mail those out. If you receive a “check” for an odd amount (especially one with cents), or a check that requires that you verify the check online or by calling a number, it’s a fraud.
 
Don’t become a victim by allowing criminals to exploit your emotions.  Stay strong, tell your family, friends and neighbors about these scams.
 
For more information, visit the IRS website at http://www.irs.gov/coronavirus.
 

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26 COVID-19 CASES IN 10-COUNTY LAKE CUMBERLAND DISTRICT

 
The Lake Cumberland District Health Department (LCDHD) at the current time has 26 Positive/Presumptive Positive cases in our 10-county district. One of the Pulaski cases is still being investigated.  Regardless of the confirmed case count for any Lake Cumberland County, we believe COVID-19 to be widespread.  LCDHD is working with the Kentucky Department for Public Health to identify and contact all those who may have come in contact with them
 
 
 
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person:
  • between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
  • droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
 
Personal Prevention Measures:
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water.  If soap and water aren’t readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick with a fever, coughing, sneezing, and having difficulty breathing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • If you are over 60 or have underlying medical conditions that may make catching the disease more dangerous, please stay home as much as possible at this time.
  • Purchase several weeks worth of medications and supplies in case you need to stay home for prolonged periods of time and to decrease the number of trips to purchase supplies.
 
Community Prevention Measures:
  • Practice social distancing of at least 6 feet from others in public.
  • Implement environmental surface cleaning measures in homes, businesses, and other locations. Wipe down frequently touched surfaces and objects. Use regular household cleaning spray or wipes as recommended by the CDC.
  • In following with Governor Andy Beshears’ order, no social gatherings such as church services, funerals, weddings, etc. will be permitted.
  • Retail businesses are closed except for those exempted by the Governor’s order. Those that remain open must observe social distancing for staff and customers. Restaurants are closed except for drive-through and delivery.  No dining room service is allowed.
 
What to do if you feel ill:
  • If you have developed a fever or respiratory symptoms and believe you have had exposure to a known case or traveled to an area with community spread, isolate yourself from others in your home and call your healthcare provider or local health departmentto describe your symptoms and any recent travel before you go to the healthcare facility.
  • If you feel ill enough to need a doctor’s care, please call your healthcare provider prior to showing up at their office.  If you want to be tested for the COVID-19, call the provider to see if they are offering testing prior to going to their office.  All providers will screen you for symptoms prior to deciding to do further testing.  Many providers will require a flu and/or strep test prior to testing for COVID-19.  No testing is being done on non-symptomatic patients.  If you feel you need emergency treatment, please call the hospital prior to arrival to alert them to your symptoms.
  • Stay home when you are sick.  Do not leave home until you have been fever-free for at least 72 hours without any fever-reducing medication, your other symptoms have improved, AND at least 7 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared.
 
 LCDHD Response:
 
What we have done:
  • Implemented our Department Operations Center and are at a level 1 (full activation)
  • Provided frequent updates to our Board of Directors, local community partners, media, and the public.
  • Received one distribution from the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) and delivered Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to Emergency Operation Centers
  • Reduced our health department clinics to essential services only.
  • Provided information packets to all primary care physicians in our region with information on COVID-19.
  • Provided information packets to most/all local businesses.
  • Helped to monitor PPE inventory at local hospitals.
  • Analyzed outbreak models to assess projected community health care needs and local health department capacity.

 

What we are doing:

  • Performing case and close contact investigations and issuing isolation and quarantine orders for positive COVID-19 cases and high-risk close contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases.
  • Responding to issues of non-compliance with the Governor’s order to close down businesses specifically told to shut down for a period of time and also operating businesses not complying with precautionary measures.
  • Providing weekly meetings to update the media and public on COVID-19 in our region.
  • Evaluating local hospital ventilator and isolation room capacity.
  • Planning for mobile testing centers once test kits are available in our area.
  • Planning for mass immunization clinics once a vaccine is available in our area.
  • To help answer questions, the Kentucky Department of Public Health has created a hotline to answer questions at 1-800-722-5725.  Additional information can also be obtained by going to their COVID-19 website at http://kycovid19.ky.gov
 
The CDC also has a COVID-19 website that can be reached here:
http://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html
 
Lake Cumberland District Health Department’s website can be reached here:  http://www.lcdhd.org
 
The Kentucky Department of Public Health hotline can be reached at 1-800-722-5725.
 

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BOWLING GREEN MAN ARRESTED IN ADAIR COUNTY

 

A Bowling Green man was taken into custody by the Adair County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday…

 

Keith Graham, 55, was arrested by Deputy Cross on Wednesday evening. Graham was charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle under the Influence of Drugs/Alcohol 1st Offense, Tampering with Physical Evidence, Possession of Marijuana and Speeding 11 mph over limit. He was lodged in the Adair Co. Regional Jail.

 

 

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FARMER'S MARKET IN COLUMBIA OPENS THIS SATURDAY

 

Farmers Market in Columbia will open this Saturday at 8am at the corner of Campbellsville & Merchant Streets. Earlier this week, Lisa Clark spoke with market vendor Daryl Andrew about guidelines they will be following due to COVID-19....

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GREEN RIVER ANIMAL SHELTER EXEC. NOT ACCEPTING ANIMALS; LIMITED STAFF

 

Green River Animal Shelter Executive Order.....

 

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APRIL IS NATIONAL DONATE LIFE MONTH

 
Each National Donate Life Month we celebrate, a ramped-up, month-long initiative to focus attention on the life and death issues surrounding organ/tissue donation and transplantation. Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust For Life (TFL) partner with Donate Life America (DLA) to share the importance of donor registration, to honor deceased and living donors, and celebrate the lifesaving and healing gift of transplantation.
 
"April is when we focus our efforts to educate as many Kentuckians as possible, that everyone can help save lives," states Dennis Loy, Adair County Circuit Court Clerk. "Becoming an organ and tissue donor takes less than a minute and gives hope to the over 1,000 people in Kentucky who are currently waiting for a transplant. The decision to register as a donor is the first chapter of an extraordinary story, a chapter which can bring life and healing to those in need, their families, and their friends."
 
During the current COVID-19 pandemic, it is essential to state that registering as an organ donor can be done while social distancing per Governor Beshear's recommendations. Visit www.donatelifeky.org or RegisterMe.org to quickly register as a donor. 
 
In accordance with social distancing and healthy practices, Donate Life Month will be celebrated virtually via TFL and Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA) social media pages. Each day in April, communities are encouraged to participate in the comfort of their home. 
 
Highlighted events include: 
  • April 10, 6 p.m. EST: Fireside Chat with Aftercare
  • April 13: Life Lift Competition (Win a Yeti Cooler)
  • April 15, 6 p.m. EST: Donation Class with Lauren Salyer
  • April 17, 10:08 a.m.: Pause to Give Life Flag-raising
  • April 26, 10 a.m. EST: ‘Church’ Service with kidney recipient and donor family, Andreas Price
  • April 29: Coloring Contest
  • April 30: Donor Remembrance Day (https://www.aopo.org/donor-remembrance-day/)

 

To celebrate National Donate Life Month, people across Kentucky who have been touched by the Donate Life mission are invited to participate in the Gift of Life Stories project. The Gift of Life Stories project is a collection of personal testimonials that brings awareness year-round to the great need for organ donation and the miracle of transplantation.
 
These stories include transplant recipients, friends, and family of recipients, donor family members or friends, patients and family/friends of those on the transplant waiting list, family/friends of those who have lost their lives waiting, and living donors. Advocates from all states are welcome. These inspirational stories can be seen on the online dedication wall at https://donatelifeky.org/stories/.
 
It is the hope of Kentucky's Circuit Court Clerks that sharing these personal stories will inspire everyone to join the registry online via www.donatelifeky.org.
 
We will honor this month on Friday, April 17 which is National Donate Life Blue & Green Day. The day when the public is encouraged to wear bright blue and green Donate Life colors to spread awareness about organ and tissue donation and transplantation. There is also a public Blue & Green Day photo contest through the Donate Life America Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/DonateLife/ for everyone to show their creative blue and green spirit. More information and public resources are available at https://www.donatelife.net/blue-green-day/.
 
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About Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks' Trust For Life
The Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks' Trust For Life (TFL) is a 501c (3) non-profit organization that informs, educates, and encourages Kentuckians to be registered organ & tissue donors to save lives. TFL was founded in 1992 as the charitable arm of the Kentucky Association of Circuit Court Clerks. The dollar donations at Circuit Court Clerks' Driver's License counters and other philanthropic partners, including KODA and Kosair Charities, fund the statewide community outreach & public relations efforts to grow the registry. Donate Life America recognized Kentucky for the highest increase in Registry rates in 2016. For more info, call 1-866-945-5433, email info@trustforlife.org or visit www.trustforlife.org.
 

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Supreme Court suspends in-person services; court proceedings to be conducted remotely through May 1

 

 
In anticipation of a surge in COVID-19 cases, the Supreme Court issued new amendments today that strengthen the social-distancing order that has been in place in courts statewide since March 16. The order restricts dockets, jury trials and jury service during the pandemic. 
 
Administrative Order 2020-16, dated April 1, 2020, replaces in its entirety Administrative Order 2020-13, dated March 26, 2020. The new amendments are in effect through May 1 and provide that:
 
  • All participants to a proceeding, including parties and attorneys, must be allowed to participate remotely.
  • All judicial facilities will be closed to in-person services effective April 1, with limited exceptions. Signage will be posted at all public entry points notifying individuals of the restrictions.
  • Eviction filings will not be accepted by the circuit court clerk until 30 days after the order expires pursuant to federal and state moratoriums on evictions and public health and safety concerns.
 
I appreciate your hard work and determination as we adapt to these changes. As difficult as these restrictions may be, the Judicial Branch must do its part to practice stringent social distancing while providing essential, constitutionally mandated services. The health and safety of all of you and all of those we serve depend on it.
 
As always, you can email questions to covid19@kycourts.net and find updates at COVID-19 and the Courts. Thank you.
 
John D. Minton, Jr.
Chief Justice of Kentucky
 

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RC SCHOOLS MAKING CHANGES TO FOOD PICK-UP FOR STUDENTS

 

 

Russell County Schools will be making some changes to the school meal pickup and days available beginning Monday, April 6, 2020. 

 

WAVE NEWS spoke with Food Service Director Keith Emerson on Wednesday for details... 
 

 

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RC HAS FIRST OFFICIAL COVID-19 CASE

 

 

Russell County officials announced Wednesday afternoon that there has now been a confirmed case of the coronavirus (covid-19) in the county. 

 

County Judge Gary Robertson spoke to WAVE NEWS following a news conference to announce the the details... 

 

 

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POSITIVE COVID-19 CASE IN RUSSELL COUNTY!


At a press conference this afternoon, Russell County Judge Exec Gary Robertson, along with LCDHD Exec. Dir. Shaun Crabtree, announced that a Russell Countian has tested positive for COVID-19. Listen to 92.7 The WAVE this afternoon for more details!

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ADAIR CO HAS 2nd COVID-19 CASE REPORTED

 

Press Release from the Adair County Judge Executive... 

 

I have just been notified by the Lake Cumberland District Health Department that Adair County now has 2 confirmed cases of the COVID-19 Virus.  The only information that has been given to me is that both patients are self isolating in their homes and the LCDHD has completed their case investigation and wrapping up the close contact investigations. They have asked high risk close contacts to quarantine.

 

I told the people of Adair County that I would keep you informed as I know more and this is what I intend to do.  But, at the same time, I ask that you respect people’s privacy and don’t jump to conclusions.  Make sure your information is accurate before you share false information. Do your part to combat this disease.  Stay Home if possible or only go out for essential items.  Wash your hands and cough/sneeze into your elbow or tissue.

 

Please keep both of these individuals and their families along with our community in your prayers.


 

Gale B. Cowan

Adair County Judge Executive

 

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ADAIR COUNTY FISCAL COURT MET TUESDAY NIGHT...

 

 

The Adair County Fiscal Court met Tuesday afternoon... 

 

Jim Liebe has more for WAVE NEWS... 

 

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