COVID-19

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

A rise in coronavirus cases among Southern Indiana minority populations is prompting local health officials to take a more focused approach in combating the disease.

Lillian Rose, who serves hundreds of immigrants across the region at the Hispanic Connection of Southern Indiana, said there’s a lot about the spread of COVID-19 in the community that’s unknown — including reliable numbers about how many Hispanic residents have become infected or died from coronavirus.

About 120,000 Americans have now died from the coronavirus.

Daniel Cameron

The police-related deaths of George Floyd and Louisville resident Breonna Taylor have sparked mass protests in recent weeks.

The Minneapolis officers involved in Floyd's death are facing prosecution.

During a recent conversation, Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron gave an update on whether Louisville Metro Police Department officers involved in Taylor's death will also face charges.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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

There are at least 12,829 cases throughout Kentucky as of Tuesday. There are now 512 people who have died in the state as a result of the coronavirus.

In Indiana, there are 40,786 cases as of Tuesday. The number of deaths in the state is 2,265.

In Tennessee there are 31,830 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of Tuesday, and 493 people have died as a result of the virus.

National Corvette Museum

Museums, libraries, distilleries, aquariums, and outdoor attractions opened their doors on Monday for the first time in nearly three months. 

The venues are resuming operations under Kentucky’s phased-in reopening of the economy stemming from the coronavirus. 

New and renovated exhibit spaces await visitors at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green. President and CEO Sean Preston says the visitor experience won’t be that different compared to before the pandemic began.


Warren County Public Library

Kentucky’s ‘Healthy at Work’ timeline gives libraries across the state approval to open on June 8, with safety regulations in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Two of the four branches of the Warren County Public Library are opening on that first reopening day.  The Bob Kirby branch in Bowling Green and the Smith’s Grove branch will both be open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To comply with state guidelines allowing only 33 percent occupancy to allow social distancing, Library Director Lisa Rice said each branch will limit the number of people inside the building.

Barren River Area Safe Space

A south-central Kentucky domestic violence shelter is reporting an increased intensity of abuse as a result of the isolation, unemployment, and stress of COVID-19.

WKU Public Radio reporter Rhonda Miller talked with Tori Henninger, executive director of Barren River Area Safe Space, or BRASS. The organization provides emergency shelter and support services for victims of domestic violence in 10 southern Kentucky counties.


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

Kentucky’s senior U.S. Senator is suggesting there may be a fifth coronavirus relief bill, but it won’t happen anytime soon. 

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the Senate is in wait-and-see mode as it reviews the approximately $3 trillion already spent by Congress.  That bill, known as the CARES Act, has had an $11 billion impact on the commonwealth, including 45,000 loans under the Payroll Protection Program. The forgivable loans were designed for small businesses that committed to maintaining a certain level of employment.


Somerset-Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce

Businesses across Kentucky are reopening under state guidelines developed to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Somerset - Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Bobby Clue said many larger companies acquired masks earlier in preparation for reopening, but small businesses needed more assistance to keep their employees and customers safe.

"One of the concerns small businesses have is getting enough personal protective equipment (PPE) so they can open with the restrictions the state has placed on them," said Clue. 

The bleak milestone the U.S. is about to hit — 100,000 deaths from COVID-19 — is far above the number of deaths seen from the pandemic in any other country.

So far, the impact of the coronavirus has been felt unevenly, striking certain cities and regions and particular segments of society much harder than others.

Courtesy of Goodwill

Efforts to help individuals with criminal records are continuing in Kentucky despite the coronavirus pandemic.

Goodwill Industries of Kentucky is still offering services like expungement clinics, its soft skills academy, and its Louisville-based RISE program through virtual methods.

Normally, individuals who complete Goodwill's RISE Louisville program would gather in-person for the week-long class. It provides students information on topics like computer lieracy, banking and wellness.

Goodwill Industries of Kentucky Director of Reentry Services Dennis Ritchie said the group worked to make sure people could still access their classes once they went online.


Lisa Autry

More than 8,000 Kentuckians have been sickened so far by the coronavirus.  A vast majority are survivors, yet they can face a long road to recovery.  Among them is Morris Hogue of Scottsville.

“What are we having for supper, baby?," Hogue recently asked his wife Kim, while being visited by a reporter. 

"We’re having leftovers from last night," she replied. "Tenderloin, and you know how good it is."

"I want fried chicken," he joked.

Until just recently, Morris and Kim Hogue took for granted sitting in rocking chairs on the front porch of their home in rural Allen County. 


Lake Cumberland District Health Department/Facebook

As businesses open back up across Kentucky this week, Lake Cumberland District Health Department Executive Director Shawn Crabtree is reminding residents of the Bluegrass State to to keep taking safety precautions related to COVID-19. 

“I have had several people ask me questions this week about issues of safety. Like is it safe to go out? Is it safe to go to a restaurant? Is it safe to go back to church? Nothing is absolutely safe," said Crabree in his weekly COVID-19 update on May 20. "It’s all a matter of reducing your risk.”

State and local health officials continue to encourage Kentuckians to reduce the risk of contracting or spreading the virus by social distancing, wearing a mask and avoiding large groups, even with the easing of restrictions. Individuals who are most vulnerable, including those over 60, or with underlying health conditions, are urged to continue to remain safe at home as much as possible.

Updated at 12:10 p.m. ET

The U.S. could have prevented roughly 36,000 deaths from COVID-19 if broad social distancing measures had been put in place just one week earlier in March, according to an analysis from Columbia University.

Underlining the importance of aggressively responding to the coronavirus, the study found the U.S. could have avoided at least 700,000 fewer infections if actions that began on March 15 had actually started on March 8.

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