Archives for April 2020

Latest Unemployment Numbers

Nearly 91,000 Kentucky residents applied for unemployment benefits last week, down from the prior week but a grim reminder that the coronavirus continues to inflict economic damage even as the governor rolls out plans to gradually kick start commerce.The ranks of laid-off Kentucky workers seeking jobless assistance in the past six weeks swelled to nearly 600,000 – about 30% of the state’s civilian workforce.

KY Air National Guard Flyover

The Kentucky Air National Guard plans to honor healthcare workers and first responders by performing a flyover across much of the state.Pilots will present a two-ship C-130 flyover on Friday that begins in Louisville and travels to Frankfort, Lexington, Pikeville, Bowling Green and Owensboro before heading back to Louisville, according to a statement from the guard.The aerial demonstration is part of Operation American Resolve.

Household Poisonings

Officials say people are getting poisoned by household disinfectants as they try to fight COVID-19.In March, the Kentucky Poison Control Center of Norton Children’s Hospital saw a 30 percent increase in overall exposure calls related to disinfectants. That spike includes a 56 percent increase in poisonings from household cleaners and a 30 percent increase in poisonings from hand sanitizers.“So we’re seeing a lot more cases of the mop bucket was left for a second and somebody had to see what it tasted like,” poison prevention coordinator Maria Chapman said.

Fatal Amish Crash

Authorities in Kentucky said four children died and one is missing after a buggy carrying an Amish family was swept away in a current while attempting to cross a low water bridge.Six people were in the horse and buggy that overturned on Wednesday in Bath County, Kentucky State Police said in a statement. The adult that was in the buggy called for help after they were able to get to a bank, police said.The four children, who were siblings, were pronounced dead by a coroner’s office on Wednesday.

KY Re-Opening Plan

Governor Andy Beshear unveiled his plan for the first phase of reopening some businesses in Kentucky.The first phase begins on May 11, with manufacturing, construction, vehicle or vessel dealerships, professional services (50 percent), horse racing (no fans) and dog grooming/boarding businesses.That phase continues to May 20, which allows retail businesses to reopen. Houses of worship may also resume in-person services on that same day, though they will have to limit capacity.The first phase concludes on May 25 by allowing 10-person social gatherings, barbers, salons, cosmetology businesses and similar services to reopen.

Justice Assistance Grant Money

Applications are now available for the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant, says Kentucky officials. The federal grant program provides seed money to the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet, which then awards funding to state and local law enforcement to aid efforts to reduce crime and violence, officials said.Grant money can be used in multiple ways by state and local government agencies and nonprofit entities, including to hire staff, purchase equipment and supplies, and conduct training, officials said.

KY AG Push Back

Kentucky’s attorney general has pushed back against some of the governor’s coronavirus-related orders, taking aim at restrictions on travel and gatherings that include church services.Republican Attorney General Daniel Cameron threatened a lawsuit against Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear’s ban on mass gatherings, unless in-person church services are allowed to resume.

Whitley County Farmer’s Market Opens

On Tuesday, the Whitley County Farmer’s Market had its opening day but had to follow CDC guidelines.”We’ve got masks and gloves. We set up water points, water stations so costumers can wash their hands,” said market manager Andrew Modica.”For the vendors, one person will bag the produce and one person will handle the cash,” said Modica.”People want fresh produce and it’s less people touching your produce cause it comes straight from the farmer to you,” said Modica.They even started a pre-order and curbside pickup option so people will have less contact.

Lee County Motel Blaze

A motel in Lee County is heavily damaged after a late night fire.Volunteer firefighters from multiple crews responded to a fire at the Bobcat Motel just outside of Beattyville late Tuesday night. Sheriff Wendell Childers and various EMS personnel were also at the scene.No injuries were reported and a cause has not been determined yet.

KY COVID-19 Update

The governor announced 230 new cases and 12 new deaths in Kentucky from COVID-19.At least 4,375 Kentuckians have contracted the virus. The death toll is now at 224. One additional ‘probable’ death was also reported.1,617 people have recovered from the virus.Before the conference began, health officials announced the seventh nursing home death in Jackson County.