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A vehicle vs. semi accident on Monday sent an Adair Co. woman to a Louisville hospital.

 

According to the Taylor County Sheriffs Office, the accident occurred at 7:42pmET on Monday on New Columbia Road (Hwy 55).  Annette Leake, 61, of Columbia, KY was attempting to pass a vehicle when she lost control of her 2003 Honda and struck the trailer of a Kenworth semi, being operated by 55-year-old George Croote of Monticello, KY.

 

Ms. Leake was airlifted from the scene to the University of Louisville Hospital. Her passenger, 61-year-old Javier Galvan Arias, was transported to Taylor Regional Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injures. Mr. Croote was not injured.

 

The accident occurred in the "River Hill" section of Hwy 55 and was investigated by Taylor County Deputy Stephen Dobson.
 

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 22, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Tuesday updated Kentuckians on the state’s continuing efforts to fight the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).

 

“The tough news is tough news for us as a country: We’ve now lost 200,000 Americans to the coronavirus – 200,000. It’s difficult to comprehend that this virus that pretty much didn’t exist at the beginning of the year, in about six months would take 200,000 Americans,” the Governor said. “I certainly don’t have a challenge in my lifetime where we have lost so many Americans.

 

“And I can’t think of one in the past that’s occurred that some people denied. This virus is deadly, it’s real and it’s harming and killing us. And on a day when we’ve lost 200,000, and some numbers are going up, we have to understand our fight is still going on.

 

“It’s going to take as long as it takes, it’s going to be difficult. The fact that we’ve already lost 200,000 ought to tell you how powerful this virus is and make us commit to doing the right things to defeat it. Two hundred thousand. We’ve only got a couple Kentucky cities that are larger than 200,000.”

 

‘The Fast 4 at 4’
Gov. Beshear on Tuesday highlighted a variety of issues of importance to Kentuckians and the commonwealth.

 

  1. National Voter Registration Day
    Today is National Voter Registration Day, a nonpartisan civic holiday celebrating our democracy, observed on the fourth Tuesday of September since 2012. Gov. Beshear recognized the holiday and encouraged all Kentuckians to register on time and make their voices heard in November.

    “This ought to remind everyone to register to vote and then make sure to vote,” said Gov. Beshear. “You have more opportunities to vote than ever, so we should be able to set a turnout record this year.”

     
  2. Flu Shots
    Gov. Beshear again emphasized that all Kentuckians who are able should receive a seasonal flu shot. Because we are still engaged in a very active fight against the coronavirus, health experts are warning that a bad seasonal flu outbreak might spark a “twindemic” that could overwhelm health care systems.

    “I got mine the other day, it really doesn’t hurt and it protects you,” said Gov. Beshear. “It’s perfectly safe to do it.”

     
  3. Higher Education Financial Aid Options
    Today, the Governor highlighted financial assistance available for Kentucky students pursuing higher education.

    “We want Kentucky students to be preparing for their futures now – whether that’s college or advanced training – so when we emerge from this pandemic, they’ll be ready to take advantage of the opportunities awaiting them,” said Gov. Beshear. “And we want every Kentucky student to access the federal and state assistance available to the greatest extent possible.”

    The Governor also encouraged, “If you are in school and experiencing financial difficulty, contact your school’s financial aid office. They can help reassess your financial need, which could result in your aid being increased.”

    Students can contact the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) at KHEAA.com or 800-928-8926 for questions about student financial assistance and how to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

    The FAFSA for the 2021-22 school year will become available here on Oct. 1, 2020.

    KHEAA administers the state’s scholarship and grant programs. In fiscal year 2020, thanks to proceeds from the Kentucky Lottery, more than $272 million in state scholarships and grants were awarded to Kentucky college students.

    Students can also turn to KHEAA’s sister agency, The Kentucky Higher Education Student Loan Corporation (KHESLC), Kentucky’s only source for state-based, fixed interest rate, competitive private education loans.

    Loans administered by KHESLC help Kentucky students afford college when an unmet need still exists after all scholarships and grants have been exhausted.

    KHESLC has also assisted thousands of borrowers with financial hardships during the COVID-19 by offering forbearances, which allow loans to be put on hold for specific amounts of time.

    For more information on KHESLC and the resources offered to help education borrowers, visit KHESLC.com.

     
  4. National Recovery Month
    Today, Gov. Beshear recognized National Recovery Month, which is held every September to promote and support new evidence-based treatment and recovery practices, the emergence of a strong and proud recovery community and the dedication of service providers and community members across the nation who make recovery in all its forms possible.

    “You meet some of the hard-working folks helping others through recovery, many of whom have gone through this themselves, dedicating their lives to help other people,” said Gov. Beshear. “You see a little bit of God’s grace right there.”

    The Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy reports that roughly 22 million people in the United States are in recovery as of today. 

    The Kentucky Chamber started the Opioid Response Program for Business, which launched in June 2019, in response to Kentucky employers struggling to navigate the issue of workforce participation and overdose deaths.

    “One special story: Rob Perez owns DV8 Kitchen in Lexington where all of his employees are in recovery,” said Gov. Beshear. “He shared his business has seen huge successes including a turnover rate that is 1/3 better than the national average and a longer tenure of employees. And, DV8 was named the 40th best restaurant in America.”

 

Case Information
As of 3:00pmCT on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020 Gov. Beshear said there were at least 62,731 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 824 of which were newly reported Tuesday. 134 of the newly reported cases were from children ages 18 and younger, 22 of which were children ages 5 and under. The youngest was 6 days old.

 

“Not only do we have more cases than I’d like today – 824, and 134 are kids under 18 – but our positivity rate is back up over 4%, at 4.52%,” said Gov. Beshear.

 

Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear reported 7 new deaths Tuesday, raising the total to 1,119 Kentuckians lost to the virus.

 

The deaths reported Tuesday include an 87-year-old man from Hardin County; a 79-year-old man from Jefferson County; a 56-year-old woman from Marion County; a 69-year-old woman and two men, ages 79 and 90, from McCracken County; and a 92-year-old man from Taylor County.

 

“Let’s light our homes up green for these seven families. Let’s ring our bells every morning at 10 a.m. To the families it doesn’t matter when during this pandemic their family members passed away, it hurts just the same,” said Gov. Beshear. “Let’s make sure we show them the respect we have for everybody else.”

 

As of Tuesday, there have been at least 1,142,031 coronavirus tests performed in Kentucky. The positivity rate was 4.52%, and at least 11,361 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. To see all recent daily reports, click here.

 

Information about COVID-19 and schools is also being made available. To view the reports, click here for K-12 and here for colleges and universities.

 

Lost Wages Assistance (LWA)
As of today, Gov. Beshear announced that Kentucky has been approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for an additional three weeks of LWA payments. Eligible Kentuckians will receive $400 for the weeks of Aug. 22, Aug. 29, and Sept. 5 for each week a claimant meets the criteria.

 

Eligibility criteria:

  • Individuals who qualify for a weekly benefit of at least $100 per week in unemployment compensation for each week covered by FEMA’s LWA
  • Individuals who have self-certified that their employment has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic

 

Payments will be automatically processed for claimants who meet the weekly benefit criteria and have already provided a self-certification. Claimants meeting the weekly benefit requirement who have not yet self-certified will be given an opportunity to provide the required self-certification, and those claimants will receive the benefit so long as FEMA funding remains.

 

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 summaries of the Governor’s news conferences at teamkentuckytranslations.com.

 

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A Russell County Grand Jury has returned the following indictments:
 
  • 29-year-old Nicolette Hare and 40-year-old Jason Hare, both of Russell Springs -  Custodial Interference for knowingly keeping two children from another person. Nicolette Hare also indicted for Assault, 2nd Degree and Criminal Mischief. Jason Hare also indicted for being a Persistent Felony Offender.
  • William Sinclair, 33, of Clarksville, Tennessee - Possession of Methamphetamine, Marijuana, and Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Jeremy Thomas, 42, of Jamestown, KY - Burglary 3rd Degree for unlawfully entering Mini Indy with the intent to commit a crime; Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Methamphetamine); and Possession of a Controlled Substance 2nd degree (Buprenorphine).
  • Tobi Grider, 29, of Jamestown, KY - Flagrant Nonsupport.
  • Christopher Bannon, 34, of Indianapolis, Indiana - Flagrant Nonsupport.
  • Brian Lynch, 47, of Jamestown, KY - Bail Jumping.
  • Anthony Corrado, 27, of Nancy, KY - Bail Jumping.
 
Indictments are legal accusations and do not determine guilt or innocence.
 

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On Saturday night, September 19, 2020 just after 11:00pmCT, Adair County Deputy Sheriff Chandler Staten was dispatched to Weed-Sparksville Road in the Sparksville community of Adair County to a reported ATV collision. Upon arrival, it was found that 22-year-old Austin Patterson of Greensburg, KY was operating a Polaris Razor on the roadway, along with 2 passengers, Amanda Rigsby & Page Patterson. The preliminary investigation shows Patterson lost control of the Razor in a curve, left the roadway and overturned multiple times, ejecting the operator & passengers. 
 
Amanda Rigsby was transported by Adair EMS to TJ Health Columbia then airlifted by Air Evac to Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville, TN.  Austin Patterson & Page Patterson refused medical treatment.
 
Austin Patterson was then placed into custody on charges of Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol (Aggravating circumstances) and 2 counts of Wanton Endangerment. Additional charges are pending as the Adair County Sheriffs Office continues the investigation.  
 

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Russell County 1 new case Monday, a 67 year old female who is hospitalized at TJ Sampson in Glasgow. We had 3 cases released from isolation. We now have 22 active cases which 20 cases are on self-isolation and 2 are hospitalized 1 at UK and 1 at Glasgow.

 

Adair County 4 new COVID19 cases to report yesterday. We released 2 cases. We have 15 active cases, all in home isolation. We have 0 in the hospital at this time.

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The new Dairy Queen to be located on Jamestown Street in Columbia, KY will be having a Hiring Event on Wednesday, Sept. 30th from 9:00am-3:00pmCT AND Thursday, Oct. 1st from 8:00am-11:00amCT at the City Park pavilion on Fairground Street.
 
They will be hiring the following positions: Crew Member, Cake Decorator, Manager, Order, and Maintenance.
 

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 21, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Monday updated Kentuckians on the state’s continuing efforts to fight the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).

 

“We need two things as we go forward fighting COVID,” the Governor said. “We need that strength and endurance knowing that it is going to end and we’ve got to be strong enough to do the right thing until it ends. We also need to have flexibility, knowing that this virus can pop up in an area and absolutely take off.”

 

‘The Fast 4 at 4’

Gov. Beshear on Monday highlighted a variety of issues of importance to Kentuckians and the commonwealth.
 

  1. Flu shots
    Gov. Beshear began Monday’s news conference by stressing the importance of all Kentuckians who are able receiving a seasonal flu shot do so. Because we are still engaged in a very active fight against the coronavirus, health experts are warning that a bad seasonal flu outbreak might spark a “twindemic” that could overwhelm health care systems.

    “This season, more than ever, we need to ensure that every Kentuckian who can gets that flu shot,” the Governor said. “We don’t want to be dealing with COVID-19 and a widespread flu outbreak this season.”

     
  2. Voting and Census
    Gov. Beshear again encouraged all Kentuckians to make a plan to vote, either by mail, in person during early voting or in person on Election Day and to fill out a U.S. Census form.

    “Remember, you have to register to vote by Oct. 5 at 4 p.m. local time,” the Governor said. “Democrats and Republicans have stepped up this year to come up with a plan to let you vote safely.”

    He reminded Kentuckians that if they have concerns about COVID-19, they can go online right now to request an absentee ballot at GoVoteKy.com.

    He spoke of the importance of every Kentuckian taking time to fill out a U.S. Census form, stressing the once-per-decade count’s link to funding for schools and child welfare.

    “We only have a limited number of days left to fill out the 2020 census. If we don’t fill this out, our dollars go to another state,” said Gov. Beshear.

     
  3. Delta Regional Authority Grants
    Today, Gov. Beshear announced $4,755,270 in grants from the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) to update infrastructure, expand broadband and health care access, improve economic development opportunities and more in communities across Western Kentucky.

    The investments will fund 11 projects that will create or retain 80 jobs, provide workforce training for 433 Kentuckians and will improve the lives of 32,400 families.

    “These 11 projects will make a great difference for infrastructure, economic development, health care and education, which are all priorities as we build a brighter, better Kentucky,” the Governor said. “We are grateful to the local leaders who made these projects possible and for DRA’s continued investment in Kentucky.”

    The grants will fund projects in Fulton, Henderson, Hopkins, Logan and Todd, Trigg and Webster counties, as well as in Elkton, Greenville, Henderson, Madisonville and Paducah.

    For more information and to view the full news release, click here.

     
  4. Mask Up Kentucky
    Gov. Beshear also stressed the continued importance of everyone wearing face coverings, calling it the single most important thing all of us can do to fight COVID-19.

    “This is our greatest and most important tool for getting back to everything we want to do,” the Governor said. “Do the right thing: Mask up.”

    He also encouraged Kentuckians to spread the word on social media using #MaskUpKY and #MaskUpKentucky hashtags.

 

Case Information – Monday, Sept. 21
As of 3:00pmCT on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020 Gov. Beshear said there were at least 61,917 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 406 of which were newly reported Monday. 67 of the newly reported cases were from children ages 18 and younger, of which nine were children ages 5 and under. The youngest was only 5 months old.

 

 “Last week, we had our second-highest number of cases by week,” the Governor said. “We really want to see this overall number of cases come down. Our positivity rate is going down, which is great news. But those overall numbers are too high. We’ve got to do what it takes to have fewer new weekly cases.”

 

Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear reported 1 new death Monday, raising the total to 1,112 Kentuckians lost to the virus.

The death reported Monday was a 77-year-old woman from Scott County.

 

“Thankfully, today we only have one new death to announce,” the Governor said. “But her family is going to be missing her. Let’s light our homes up green and ring those bells just as much when we lose one individual.”

 

As of Monday, there have been at least 1,131,075 coronavirus tests performed in Kentucky. The positivity rate was 3.77%, and at least 11,283 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. To see all recent daily reports, click here.

 

Information about COVID-19 and schools is also being made available. To view the reports, click here for K-12 and here for colleges and universities.

 

Case Information – Sunday, Sept. 20
Due to limited reporting on the weekends, some updated information is now available from Sunday, Sept. 20.

 

As of Sunday, there were 1,126,235 coronavirus tests performed in Kentucky. The positivity rate was at 3.62% and at least 11,259 Kentuckians had recovered from the virus.

 

For a detailed look at coronavirus case information from Sunday, Sept. 20, click here.

 

Lost Wages Assistance
Gov. Beshear announced Monday that Kentucky has applied for three more weeks of Lost Wages Assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Each week will be paid separately.

 

“Today, we have applied for three additional weeks of unemployment insurance coverage of the extra $400 a week for those that qualify,” said Gov. Beshear. “If accepted by the federal government, those that qualify for those additional dollars will receive their $400 extra for the weeks of Aug. 22, Aug. 29 and Sept. 5.”

 

Eligibility criteria for the program:

  • Individuals who receive at least $100 per week in unemployment insurance compensation for each week covered by FEMA’s Lost Wages Assistance program; and
  • Individuals who have self-certified that they are unemployed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Testing Guidance
Today, Gov. Beshear spoke about changes in the testing guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that has caused some confusion.

 

“If you’ve been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, you ought to get tested. The CDC has changed their website to stress this again,” the Governor said. “We’ve been providing this guidance the whole time. If you have been exposed, make sure that you get tested.”

 

To view the CDC’s testing guidance, click here.

 

Gov. Beshear also continued to encourage Kentuckians to take advantage of the nearly 260 testing locations throughout the commonwealth.

 

“There are testing locations everywhere,” he said. “Make sure you are getting tested regularly.”

 

For more information or to find a testing site, click here.

 

Long-term Care Facilities
Eric Friedlander, secretary of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, provided an update Monday on the state’s long-term care facilities following new guidance from the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

 

“To save lives, Gov. Beshear took decisive, swift action in March, issuing an executive order, stopping most visitation in long-term care facilities,” Secretary Friedlander said. “Actions were also taken from the Office of the Inspector General to curb residents’ exposure to the coronavirus. This included limiting providers’, volunteers’, suppliers’ and vendors’ presence in the facilities and aligning residents with a limited number of caregivers.”

 

He noted that months of fighting the coronavirus have been difficult for residents, employees and friends and families of people residing in our long-term care facilities.

 

“New guidance is allowing the use of the same COVID-19 county positivity rate information that school districts are using to determine whether in-person learning is recommended,” Secretary Friedlander said. “Long-term care facilities are also using this data to determine the degree to which indoor visitation can take place. As long as no new cases have been confirmed in the previous two weeks, visitation can be expanded to more than end-of-life visits.”

 

He said restrictions on physical touching and communal dining will be eased, while robust testing of staffers, providers and vendors will continue.

 

Secretary Friedlander said CMS also has approved use of Civil Monetary Penalty funds to purchase tents for outdoor visitation and/or clear dividers to create physical barriers to reduce the risk of transmission of the coronavirus.

 

“We will continue to monitor this situation closely, as the national case count for COVID-19 is increasing,” Secretary Friedlander said. “With schools reopening and more people mixing, Kentucky may also see an increase.”

 

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 summaries of the Governor’s news conferences at teamkentuckytranslations.com.

 

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (September 21, 2020): 16 state legislators begin year-long project to provide a framework for state education systems to achieve at the highest level.

 

Senator Max Wise (R-Campbellsville) has been appointed to the 2020-2021 Cohort of the Legislative International Education Study Group. This select, bipartisan group of legislators and staff will embark on a year-long study of the highest performing countries, provinces, and states in the ways they organize their education systems for successful outcomes for all students.

 

Through 2021, the study will be focused on policies and practices of world-class education systems, including:

 

  • Rigorous and Adaptive Learning Systems
  • Effective Teachers and Principals
  • Equitable Foundation of Supports
  • Coherent and Aligned Governance


Study Group members will also spend over six months thoroughly examining how other systems have implemented equitable and efficient changes to produce world-class performance. Upon conclusion of the study, they will publish their findings to share with their state legislative colleagues and education policy experts here and abroad.

 

“I appreciate the opportunity to join this vital study of education policies and best practices across the globe,” said Senator Wise. “During these unprecedented times, education policy remains a top priority in Frankfort and throughout the world. I am eager to begin working with this talented group to examine global education standards and practices, which produce world-class performances. I look forward to providing Kentucky with new policy insights and recommendations for the future of our education system.”  

 

The Legislative International Education Study Group of 16 state legislators and eight legislative staff members responsible for education in their states who were invited and convened by the National Center on Education and the Economy, the National Conference of State Legislatures and Southern Regional Education Board. This is the second such study group, after the first produced the 2016 report No Time to Lose, the most widely read report ever released by NCSL.

 

Especially relevant in the time of a global pandemic, the legislators will look through the lens of our current distance learning reality to hear how high-performing systems in other jurisdictions have been positioned to innovate to provide a strong and equitable education to all students. The group will also learn how states in the U.S. have begun implementing systemic education redesign based on the recommendations of No Time to Lose.

 

During their first (virtual) meeting, the study group:

 

  • Learned how the U.S. compares to top-performing education systems and understand the potential impact on our state economies if we fail to improve.
  • Explored and discuss NCEE’s policy framework, which distills 35 years of research into the common policies and practices of top-performing education systems to?achieve equity, excellence and efficiency.
  • Discussed challenges with benchmarking other countries and why it is a useful approach. 
  • Selected a jurisdiction to further study in a small group through December.

 

Resources

NCSL Forms International Study Group Aimed at Improving Education

NCSL International Education Study Group Report Released

 

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According to Adair Co. Sheriff Josh Brockman, on Sunday at 12:15amCT, Chief Deputy Justin Cross initiated a traffic stop on Guardian Street of a red 2002 Toyota for a traffic violation. Upon further investigation it was found that the vehicle was entered as stolen from Jefferson County. The vehicle was seized.
 
Arrested were 22-year-old Mathew Vaughan and 18-year-old Dawn Robertson, both of Louisville, KY. They were charged with Theft By Unlawful Taking over $500 but less then $10,000 (motor vehicle) and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 
Chief Deputy Justin Cross was assisted by CPD Officer Trevor Foster. The Adair County Sheriff's Office is continuing the investigation.
 
 

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On Sunday at approximately 3:15pmCT, KSP Post 15 responded to a residence on White Oak Ridge Rd in the Fountain Run community in reference to two deceased males being located inside the residence with apparent gunshot wounds to the head. The victims are 20-year-old Trevor Cleary of Tompkinsville, KY and 19-year-old Austin Copas of Fountain Run, KY.
 
Autopsies are scheduled to be performed. The incident remains under investigation by KSP Detective B.J. Burton. State Police were assisted at the scene by the Fountain Run Police Dept., Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, Monroe County EMS, and the Monroe County Coroner’s Office. If anyone has any information regarding this incident, please contact KSP Post 15 at (800) 222-5555.
 

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Russell County had 1 new case Sunday. We had 2 cases released from isolation. We now have 24 active cases which 23 are on self-isolation and 1 is hospitalized at UK. The new case is a 36 year old male who is self-isolated.

 

Adair County also with 1 new case yesterday. We had 2 cases released from isolation. We now have 24 active cases which 23 are on self-isolation and 1 is hospitalized at UK. The new case is a 36 year old male who is self-isolated.

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The Adair County Volunteer Fire Department responded to a residential house fire on Friday, September 18, 2020 at 2878 Fairplay Road. The home was owned by Tony and Veronica Ayala. Upon arrival, the house was totally engulfed in flames. The fire was contained; the origin and cause is undetermined at this time. There were 19 firemen responding and were on the scene for approximately 1.5 hours.  
 

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 20, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Sunday updated Kentuckians on the state’s continuing efforts to fight the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).

 

“I hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful weather as we enter fall, but with this pandemic as deadly as ever and flu season beginning please take the essential steps to protect you, your loved ones and your community,” said Gov. Beshear. “As we saw Saturday with more than 1,000 cases, COVID-19 remains highly infectious, and we must be vigilant to prevent a spike that will claim even more Kentuckians.”

 

Case Information
As of 2:00pmCT on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020 Gov. Beshear announced at least 61,542 cases in the commonwealth, 439 of which were newly reported Sunday. 68 of the newly reported cases were from children ages 18 and younger, of which 12 were ages 5 and under. The youngest was just 2 months old.

 

The Governor announced 3 more deaths on Sunday, bringing the death total to 1,111.

 

“That’s three more Kentucky families who are grieving during this already difficult time,” the Governor said.

 

The deaths reported Sunday included two Fayette Countians, including a 66-year-old man and a 92-year-old woman; and a 91-year-old man from Boyd County.

 

Due to limited reporting on Sundays, some information will be delayed until Monday.

 

“We’re not just preventing the spread of COVID-19. We’re also preventing the spread of the common cold, the flu and other viruses which is very important since they can easily be confused with COVID-19,” said Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Department for Public Health. “Kentucky, let’s keep up the good work.”

 

Dr. Stack encouraged people to get outside and enjoy the great weather. He offered some tips for those who host a gathering urging hosts to limit gatherings to 10 or fewer people, insist invitees stay home if they aren’t feeling well, require facial coverings, try to spend as much time as possible outdoors and seat guests at least 6 feet apart.

 

“Remember, you’re the host, and you set the rules,” the commissioner 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.

 

Kentuckians can also access translated COVID-19 information and daily summaries of the Governor’s news conference at teamkentuckytranslations.com.

 

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The Russell County Fiscal Court will have a Special Called Meeting on Monday, September 21, 2020 at 8:00amCT.
 
AGENDA
  • AGREEMENT WITH RCIDA ON PURCHASE OF PROPERTY ON AIRPORT ROAD
  • PROPOSED SALE OF AIRPORT PROPERTY TO RCIDA
  • ADJOURN

 

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  • Cindy Fox, 45, of Columbia was arrested late Friday night by Columbia Police for Public Intoxication (excludes alcohol) and was served a warrant for another police agency.
  • Ricardo Alan Medena, 24, of Mexico was arrested overnight by the ACSO for Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place.
  • Austin Joe Patterson, 22, of Greensburg was arrested overnight by the ACSO for DUI (Aggravating Circumstance) and 2nd degree Wanton Endangerment.
  • Joseph Hall, 25, of Cincinnati, Ohio was arrested on Saturday night by Columbia Police Dept. Officer Foster on a Fugitive from another State Warrant.
     
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 
  • Tammy Humphrey, 62, of Russell Springs was arrested Friday night by RSPD for Harassing Communications and Terroristic Threatening 3rd degree.
  • Kenneth Schackow, 57, of Russell Springs was arrested on Friday night by RCSO Deputy Kenny Perkins for DUI, Failure to Produce Insurance Card, and No Registration Plates.
  • Justin Woodall, 35, of Jamestown, KY was arrested by Jamestown Police on Friday afternoon for Criminal Trespassing 1st & 2nd degree.
  • Melissa Young, 37, of Crab Orchard, KY was arrested on Saturday night by RSPD Officer Pritchard for DUI, Operating on a Suspended or Revoked Operators License, and Failure to Appear.

  • Johnny Ray Williams, 41, of Cocoa, Florida was arrested Saturday night by RSPD for Public Intoxication (Excludes Alcohol), Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia.

  • Baldomero Domingo-Mendez, 31, of Russell Springs, KY was arrested Saturday afternoon by the RCSO for DUI, Possession of an Open Alcoholic Beverage in Motor Vehicle, and No Operators License.


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Gov. Andy Beshear on Saturday updated Kentuckians on the state’s continuing efforts to fight the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).

 

“Today's report shows that when we let our guard down, this virus truly spreads. This is everywhere and we must keep our guard up,” said Gov. Beshear. “The only positive news in today's report is our positivity rate is still under 4% at 3.82%.”

 

Case Information
As of 3:00pmCT on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020 Gov. Beshear said there were at least 61,106 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 1,002 of which were newly reported Saturday. Of the newly reported cases, 145 were from children age 18 and younger, with 29 age 5 and younger. The youngest is just 5 months old.

 

“Remember, high number of cases lead to a higher number of deaths several weeks down the line,” said the Governor. “Now that our kids are going to be going back to school in many places in some form or fashion, now that we have more sports, let’s make sure that we cut our contacts, wear our masks and socially distance. Let’s do better – everyone around us is depending on it.”

 

Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear reported 7 new deaths Saturday. The total number of Kentuckians now lost to the virus is 1,108.

 

"That’s 7 additional families who are suffering during this time," said Gov. Beshear.

 

The deaths reported Saturday include an 82-year-old woman from Lincoln County; a 78-year-old woman from Warren County; an 89-year-old woman from Boyd County; a 76-year-old woman from Martin County; two Jefferson Countians, including a 71-year-old woman and a 91-year-old man; and a 66-year-old woman from Mercer County.

 

As of Saturday, at least 1,118,855 tests had been administered. The COVID-19 testing positive rate, based on a seven-day rolling average, taking into account total positive tests reported by laboratories divided by total tests reported by labs, stood at 3.82%.
 

The number of Kentuckians who are known to have recovered was at least 11,237.

 

Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Department for Public Health, said, “The first official day of fall is fast approaching, and the weather that has descended this weekend over Kentucky will cause a lot of us to want to spend time outdoors. If you get outside, please keep following the same advice we’ve given since the pandemic began. Stay at least six feet from others, wear a mask and wash your hands often. As we prepare to begin a new season, let’s recommit to our efforts to prevent further spread of COVID-19. Let’s start the fall season off right, Team Kentucky.”

 

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.

 

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 teamkentuckytranslations.com.

 

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