Archives for March 2020

KY Legislative Staff Member Tests Positive

A staff member for the Kentucky legislature has tested positive for the new coronavirus, according to an email sent to Legislative Research Commission employees.The Monday announcement by LRC director Jay Hartz came two days before lawmakers are scheduled to reconvene Wednesday to vote on a new two-year state budget.In his email, Hartz said the staff member who tested positive for the virus is “recovering and doing relatively well given the circumstances.”

COVID-19 Relief Legislation Passes

Legislation offering relief to workers and employers suffering economic damage from the coronavirus pandemic was signed by Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear on Monday.The bill was put on the fast track by lawmakers last week as the Bluegrass State deals with rising numbers of coronavirus cases and deaths linked to the illness.The Democratic governor thanked the Republican-led legislature for its quick action.

Cave-In-Rock Ferry Still Closed

The Cave-in-Rock Ferry that links Kentucky and Illinois is expected to remain closed until sometime Wednesday, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet said.The ferry closed Thursday, when floodwaters covered Kentucky 91 at the Kentucky Landing. It had been expected to reopen Monday.The Cave-In-Rock Ferry connects Kentucky 91 with Illinois Route 1 across the Ohio River between Crittenden County, Kentucky, and Hardin County, Illinois. It carries about 500 vehicles across the Ohio River during an average day.

Dollar General Helps First Responders

Dollar General wants to help those who are helping others on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.On Monday, Dollar General began to offer a 10 percent discount to all medical personnel, first responders and activated National Guardsman.“ Dollar General’s CEO says to receive the discount, customers will need to present their employment badge or ID.

Forbidding Out-Of-State Travel

Laurel County announced their second case of COVID-19 around one hour after Governor Andy Beshear’s news conference.Officials say they are working to make sure that person is quarantined properly and are tracking down people who may have been in contact with that person. Meanwhile, Governor Beshear has issued an order forbidding Kentuckians from traveling out of state unless they are going to work or traveling for the absolute necessities of life.Those who travel out-of-state will need to quarantine for 14 days.The governor indicated that the order would likely be ‘self-enforced’ by Kentuckians themselves.

Treating Food Distributors As First Responders

The Louisville-based United Food & Commercial Workers Local 227 is trying to get Kentucky and Indiana workers in the retail grocery, meat packing and food processing industries recognized as “first responders” during the coronavirus crisis.As workers in essential industries, their risks of exposure are increased, Caitlin Blair, Local 227 communications director, told the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer. Being recognized as first responders would provide the workers with greater access to masks and gloves, better access to testing and quicker results, as well as other services like child care.

KY Town Launches Kid Safari Walk

A Kentucky town launched a neighborhood “safari” for children during the coronavirus pandemic by displaying stuffed animals in the windows of their homes.The “Cumberland Hill Zoo Walk” was kicked off Sunday morning in Lexington after 60 houses in the community signed up, aaccording to reports. “I have challenged kids to have a zoologist notebook and then go around and record the animal sightings,” said Marian Guinn, the organizer of the zoo walk.

New Police Graduates

Recruits from police agencies across Kentucky have graduated from basic training.The 33 graduates of Class 510 completed 20 weeks of training last week at the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training facility in Richmond, the agency said in a statement. The program included 800 hours of instruction, including law offenses and procedures, vehicle operations, firearms, investigations and first aid.

Trump Extends Quarantine Through April 30th

Bracing the nation for a death toll that could exceed 100,000 people, President Donald Trump on Sunday extended restrictive social distancing guidelines through April 30th, bowing to public-health experts who presented him with even more dire projections for the expanding coronavirus pandemic.The initial 15-day period of social distancing urged by the federal government expires today and Trump had expressed interest in relaxing the national guidelines at least in parts of the country less afflicted by the pandemic.He instead decided to extend them through April 30.

KY Lawmakers Pass Relief Bill

Kentucky lawmakers passed a bill that they say could bring relief to everyone laid off, health care workers and small businesses.The general assembly passed what they are calling the COVID-19 Relief Bill.With so many people off work, and the governor’s numerous executive orders, Representative Bart Rowland said lawmakers knew they needed to act as well.”This bill kind of grew in response to different things we could do to help people in this time,” said Rowland.It enhances already passed executive orders allowing unemployment for just about everyone even those who lost part-time jobs. There’s also help for some restaurants to become small grocery stores.