Kentucky's Mask Mandate Extended

Aug 7, 2020

On Thursday Governor Andy Beshear extended his mask-wearing requirement for another 30 days and announced that the state fair would be limited to participants only. The actions came as the state tries  to continue to slow the spread of Coronavirus and halt a spike seen a little over a week ago. When it comes to facial coverings Beshear said “It’s working and since we made it mandatory more people are wearing them…We have fewer cases this week through Thursday than we did last week.” Beshear said compliance would be a crucial step to saving lives, allowing the economy to rebound and getting children back into the classroom.

Enforced Seat Rule Possible When KY Bars Reopen

Aug 6, 2020

If the state’s Coronavirus numbers continue into a plateau, Governor Andy Beshear may reopen bars next week but they won’t look the same as they did before the virus hit Kentucky. The statewide cases from Monday to Wednesday this week were down by about a hundred from the same time period last week. That could be good news for some businesses. Last week Beshear issued a mandate closing bars and had restaurants drop back down from 50% indoor capacity to 25% because of escalating cases of COVID-19.  While the positivity rate went up slightly Wednesday, 5.51% compared to 5.24% on Tuesday, there was hope from public health officials that the number of positive cases were holding steady.

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On Thursday, at the corner of Vine and Mill Streets in Lexington, The Breaking the Bronze Ceiling statue is being installed. The 20 foot statue by Arizona artist Barbara Grygutis features five figures of suffragists and commemorates the day women obtained the right to vote.

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Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is pushing legislation that would allow federal K-12 funds to go directly to families to pay for educational needs whether students are in public, private, or homeschool environments.

On Tuesday First Lady Britainy Beshear announced that she and Lt. Governor Jaqueline Coleman were kicking off the ‘Coverings for Kids’ initiative to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and reopen schools safely. At Tuesday’s Coronavirus press briefing, The First Lady said that as a parent, the rising number of positive cases among children was “frightening” and wants to ensure safety precautions are in place at schools across the state. “I ask for your help as we seek to support Kentucky students, educators and staff.”  

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We all know coping with the coronavirus pandemic is a marathon, not a sprint and some of us are growing weary of the months and months of masking and social distancing.  Dr. Greg talks again with Dr. Teresa Gevedon, medical director of the University of Kentucky HealthCare Outpatient Child and Adult Psychiatry Clinic, about ways we can cope with ongoing COVID stress.

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Gov. Andy Beshear says Kentuckians should expect an extension of his administration's mask mandate as the state works to stabilize coronavirus trends.

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With rising COVID-19 cases comes an escalating demand for tests. Here's a look at what's available and coming online in Lexington.

WUKY's DeBraun Thomas got to speak with Ewa Zadryznska about Poetry Unites Kentucky!