Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

We’ll continue to update this post as we learn new information.

There are at least 9,464 cases throughout Kentucky as of Friday evening. There are now 418 people who have died in the state as a result of the coronavirus.

In Indiana, there are 33,558 cases as of Friday. The number of deaths in the state is 1,946.

In Tennessee there are 22,085 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of Friday, and 360 people have died as a result of the virus.

Erica Owen/family

The trial of a 28-year-old man charged with charged with killing his ex-girlfriend in her Owensboro home has been delayed.

A Daviess Circuit Court judge ruled at a hearing on May 28 to postpone the Oct. 1 trial, mainly because defense attorneys said COVID-19 is hampering their preparation.

Matthew Adams is charged in the strangling death of Erica Owen, 25, in her home, four weeks after she took out an emergency protective order against him. 

Owen earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Western Kentucky University and was working as a nurse for Owensboro Health Regional Hospital when she died from strangulation on July 3, 2018.

J. Tyler Franklin

Mayor Greg Fischer is appealing for calm on the streets following protests in downtown Louisville Thursday night. The protest moved through downtown for several hours and was largely peaceful, until gunfire rang out and seven people were wounded late in the evening.

The demonstration attracted hundreds of people and was in response to the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor during a drug raid conducted by LMPD officers in March.

On Friday morning, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said five of the seven wounded were treated at the scene, and two were taken into surgery. All are currently in stable condition, he said. 

7 Shot During Downtown Louisville Protest Over Breonna Taylor’s Death

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Ryan Van Velzer

Seven people were shot, leaving at least one in critical condition, during a protest Thursday evening in downtown Louisville over the death of Breonna Taylor.

Louisville Metro Police Department spokesperson Alicia Smiley said police made some arrests, but she couldn’t say how many as “the situation is ongoing.” LMPD spokesperson Jessie Halladay said in an email that no officers fired their weapons.

Shots could be heard on live streams of the protest before 11:30 p.m., and a WFPL reporter saw two men injured by gunfire at the northeast corner of Jefferson and Sixth streets. Police officers found the men in the crowd and rendered aid, according to reporter Ryan Van Velzer.

Med Center Health

A Bowling Green physician and leader with the local Coronavirus Workgroup who tested positive for COVID-19 is now in critical condition, and has been placed on a ventilator.

Dr. Rebecca Shadowen is an infectious disease specialist at Med Center Health, and had been hospitalized at The Medical Center for two weeks after her diagnosis.

A statement from Med Center Health says Dr. Shadowen was transported to UK Healthcare in Lexington Thursday afternoon.

Colin Jackson

The COVID-19 pandemic means stadiums and ballparks nationwide have been empty since mid-March.

Weeks later, the teams and fans that normally fill those venues are feeling the pain.

Everyone on the Bowling Green Hot Rods roster has been back home since the league suspended spring training. 

To make up for it, team broadcaster Shawn Murnin has been challening plyaers like Chris Betts to play him in MLB The Show live on a Twitch stream.

Lisa Autry

Western Kentucky University is revealing some details about what the fall semester will look like under the coronavirus pandemic. 

The school has released Big Red Restart, a draft plan to resume campus operations and in-person classroom instruction.  Speaking to reporters Thursday afternoon, WKU President Timothy Caboni said COVID-19 is forcing the university to be more nimble.

The leader of a Muhlenberg County town said the economic damage inflicted by the COVID-19 pandemic will force city and county governments to make “impossible” budget choices.

Greenville Mayor Jan Yonts joined her Louisville counterpart, Greg Fischer, Thursday on a conference call with reporters, asking the U.S. Senate to pass a relief bill with economic aid for state and local governments.

Yonts said her county government is now operating on a $2.3 million dollar budget shortfall due to the economic damage caused by the coronavirus. She said a recent string of local drug overdose deaths, burglaries, and fatal fires show the need to maintain essential services.

Josh Parker

Businesses across Kentucky are reopening with safety guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  

A music store in Somerset is one of the thousands of businesses across the Bluegrass State adapting to the new reality.

Josh Parker enjoys demonstrating one of the most popular guitars at the shop he owns in Somerset, Earl Brooke’s Piano and Music Center.  

“It's a Yamaha Transacoustic, just due to the fact that it’s an acoustic guitar, and it’s actually acoustic electric, so you can play acoustic or you can plug it into an amp," said Parker, who has owned the music store for about a year.

Liam Niemeyer I Ohio Valley ReSource

Debby Dulworth has a lot of conversations with her cattle each day. She swings open a gate, driving the herd with repeated calls and the Hereford cattle, respond in kind with groans and snorts.

“They talk to me,” Dulworth said with a laugh, as the cows come bounding out into a fresh field of Kentucky fescue and buttercups. She’s been corralling them from pasture to pasture on her farm for decades near Monkey’s Eyebrow, Kentucky, nestled in a bend of the Ohio River.

Most of the time, they move at her call. The more stubborn ones she herds with the threat of an electric wire she slowly drags through the field. The wire isn’t hot usually, but the cows don’t know that.


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