Governor Beshear Wednesday reported the highest one day count for coronavirus cases since the pandemic struck in March. 

Even with 1,163 cases announced at the daily briefing, the governor still believes mask wearing and limiting social gatherings are helping to prevent a stair step trajectory. “While I believe the facial coverings and other steps are working, again it doesn’t mean it’s makes things safe overnight, it doesn’t.  Right now we have so much of this virus out there and spreading,” said Beshear.

Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton says the reduction of the inmate population over time at the Fayette County jail may help reduce the spread of a current outbreak there.  The mayor gave a COVID-19 update this Wednesday afternoon. 

Gorton said 60 inmates had tested positive as of Wednesday. “We have the space to medically isolate the positives and we have the space to spread out those in quarantine who were exposed or potentially exposed,” said Gorton.

1,163 Coronavirus Cases Reported in Kentucky Wednesday

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During Wednesday's coronavirus update Governor Andy Beshear announced the highest number of positive cases since the pandemic began. The governor announced 1,163 positive cases, bringing the total number to 36,945.

Gov. Beshear says Wednesday's case number includes positive cases that were not reported previously due to a software glitch.

Gov. Beshear also announced 7 new deaths on Wednesday, bringing that total to 790.

You can watch the full update from Governor Beshear below.

The Lexington city council is working to determine how best to spend federal coronavirus relief funding.  The city is eligible for up to $25 million in CARES ACT money. 

Stu Johnson

The Lexington city council’s discussion Tuesday about efforts to re-name Cheapside Park included racist remarks from callers during a public comment period. 

This is the second time this summer where offensive remarks were made during a virtual meeting.  After a second such call yesterday, Council Member James Brown asked Mayor Linda Gorton to stop taking public comments for that specific meeting. “If we don’t have a way of screening folks and making sure that they’re legitimate comments and concerns, I don’t think we should hear any more comments,” said Brown.

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Joe Biden announced on Tuesday that California Senator Kamala Harris would be his vice presidential running mate. They are giving remarks together on Wednesday afternoon. Watch live here, today at 4:30.

Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton announced Tuesday the city’s police department is working toward equipping all sworn personnel and some civilian employees with body cameras. The move comes after summertime police protests in downtown Lexington.

The Urban County Council has given preliminary approval to a federal grant application that would assist the police department in purchasing more equipment.  The mayor said, quote, “Body-worn cameras are essential. They are a tool every police officer needs.  It’s expensive, but it’s money well spent.” 

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The Lexington city council has taken the first step toward re-naming Cheapside Park the Henry Tandy Centennial Park. The buying and selling of slaves occurred prior to the Civil War in the area adjacent to the Historic Lexington Courthouse.

Governor Beshear and First Lady Britainy Beshear experienced a health scare early Tuesday when both were feeling poorly.  Out of an abundance of caution the two were tested for coronavirus and the tests came back negative.

The governor said the relatively short wait for test results gave him newfound empathy for those who may wait days to find out if they have COVID-19.  Beshear reported 562 new cases of coronavirus Tuesday and eight deaths.

562 Coronavirus Cases Reported in Kentucky Tuesday

Aug 11, 2020

In a brief pre-recorded update Tuesday afternoon Governor Andy Beshear announced 562 new coronavirus cases in Kentucky. That brings the total number of cases in the state to 35,793.

Gov. Beshear also announced that eight more deaths. Since the start of the pandemic, 783 Kentuckians have died from the virus.

The positivity rate in Kentucky as of Tuesday afternoon is 5.87%.

Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton has named Lisa Higgins-Hord to serve the council’s sixth district.  The University of Kentucky administrator will fill out the term of Angela Evans, who resigned last month to pursue a graduate degree at Princeton University. 

Gorton said Higgins-Hord is a, quote, “strong leader who has considerable experience working with the community as Assistant Vice President for Community Engagement at UK.” 

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The Presidential Search Committee at Eastern Kentucky University is recommending the permanent job as president go to David McFaddin.  The former EKU Vice President has been serving as interim president at the Richmond school, since Michael Benson stepped down in January.

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On a recent sticky July afternoon, Diana Green stands on the muddy bank of lower Davis Creek in South Charleston, West Virginia. 

275* Coronavirus Cases reported in Kentucky Monday

Aug 10, 2020

Citing a technical glitch with the reporting software that Kentucky uses, Governor Andy Beshear announced an "artificially low" number of coronavirus cases in the state. During Monday afternoon's coronavirus update Gov. Beshear announced 275 new cases of the virus. However, Beshear said the actual number of cases could be north of 300. Calling the error inexcusable, Beshear said that accurate case numbers will be announced in the coming days.

Kentucky Gas Prices Fall

Aug 10, 2020

Kentucky motorists are benefitting from a drop in gas prices.  A virtual start to instruction in many school districts is anticipated to affect the price at the pump.

Triple A reports Kentucky’s gas price fell four cents on average over the past week.  Triple A Bluegrass Spokeswoman Lori Weaver Hawkins says August is pricing out to be the second cheapest start to a month in more than a decade.  She noted prices could drop even further with many students not in school, which could drive down demand in the weeks ahead.

Lexington Officials participated in a ribbon cutting Monday for a new affordable housing complex for seniors.

Mayor Linda Gorton along with Council Member Josh McCurn visited Meadowthorpe Landing on Antique Drive.  The facility is a 71 unit complex for independent senior citizens. 

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Reported coronavirus cases across Kentucky fell Sunday compared to Saturday’s numbers.   Governor Beshear remains concerned about the rate of infection.

Governor Beshear says the Commonwealth is still in what he terms “a very dangerous place” where the coronavirus “could easily get out of control.” 

The governor reported 573 new COVID-19 cases Friday, as well as four additional deaths.  Beshear said 21 of the new cases were found in children under 5.  The positivity rate currently stands at 5.57 %.  The number of new cases of coronavirus has been in the 500’s the last three days. 

573 Coronavirus Cases Reported in Kentucky Friday

Aug 7, 2020

Governor Andy Beshear announced 573 new coronavirus cases in Kentucky on Friday. That brings the state's total number of cases to 33,796.

Governor Beshear also announced four new deaths, bringing that total to 764.

The positivity rate as of Friday afternoon is at 5.57%.

Fayette County health officials say the Lexington area continues to see an increasing trend when it comes to coronavirus cases. 

Fayette County Health Department Spokesman Kevin Hall says the central Kentucky community has experienced about 470 cases in the first six days of August. “That’s about 80 cases a day and you’re comparing that to about 70 new cases a day on average through July, so this is, by far, not over.  It’s growing, it’s spreading and we need people to follow the guidelines,” said Hall.

The state has announced a new online mapping tool to help local officials and first responders develop emergency response plans for high hazard dams.

The interactive map on the Kentucky Water Maps Portal website identifies the approximate area, or inundation zone which could be effected if a dam failed. 

The online program uses satellite imagery to identify properties, roads, and geographic areas that could potentially be impacted.  It recognized nearly 3000 business structures and almost 14,000 residences within the state’s high hazard dam inundation zones.

Lexington Police Chief Lawrence Weathers calls this a unique time when police officers can be challenged as being public servants.  

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Governor Beshear gave a preview Thursday at his coronavirus briefing about plans next week to lessen restrictions on bars and restaurants.  The governor says the formal announcement should come Monday.

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The installation of Lexington’s new Breaking the Bronze Ceiling statue took place Thursday morning.

It’s the culmination of an idea brought forth by longtime city council member Jennifer Mossotti.

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An animal rights advocacy group published a report Thursday that says Kentucky is “a center” for illegal cockfighting breeding that ships tens of thousands birds across the world to the Philippines, Mexico, and other countries.

The Animal Wellness Action report details video interviews and social media posts of seven suspected breeders, ranging from Bowling Green in west Kentucky to Manchester in east Kentucky, as evidence of these operations.

516 Coronavirus Cases Reported in Kentucky Thursday

Aug 6, 2020

During Thursday's coronavirus update Governor Andy Beshear announced 516 new cases of the illness. The total number of cases in Kentucky since the pandemic began is now at 33,254.

Governor Beshear also annouced 8 additional deaths, bringing that total to 760.

Thursday afternoon the governor announced that the facial covering mandate in Kentucky has been extended another 30 days.

You can watch Thursday's full update from Governor Andy Beshear below.

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Aug 6, 2020

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The performing arts community has taken a hard hit during the pandemic and must restructure their normal schedules to accomodate health guidelines. Allison Kaiser, Director of the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra, shares the changes they are making for the upcoming 2020-2021 season.

Governor Beshear admits questions remain about how the return of thousands of college students to campuses across Kentucky will affect coronavirus activity.  The University of Kentucky this week began testing returning students.