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Kentucky will allow any voter concerned about contracting or spreading COVID-19 to vote absentee in the November general election. The state will also be expanding early voting and election day voting in a bid to keep any one option from overloading the system.

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Kentucky hit an unwelcome milestone Wednesday with an all-time record high of new COVID-19 cases. Gov. Andy Beshear pointed to the total as further evidence that schools should roll back their planned start dates.

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Lexington police are working to equip all sworn personnel, including some civilian employees, with body cameras. The initiative comes as a Louisville lawmaker is backing legislation that would mandate bodycams in all police agencies.

Just after Governor Andy Beshear requested that K-12 schools wait until September 28th to return to the classroom, Bishops from the four Catholic Dioceses in Kentucky held a zoom meeting and decided their schools were prepared and ready to start by the original request made by the Governor, which was the third week of August.

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Kentucky's top election official is weighing in against expanded mail-in voting in November. But the plan only represents a first step toward negotiations with the governor.

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Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton has named Lisa Higgins-Hord the new Councilmember for the 6th District. The oath of office was administered Tuesday afternoon by Higgins-Hord’s aunt, Judge Pamela Goodwine. The city’s newest council member will fill the remaining four and a half months of Angela Evans term. Evans resigned last month after getting accepted to Princeton’s graduate program.   More from WUKY's Karyn Czar.

While Monday’s number of positive Coronavirus cases seemed to drop, Governor Andy Beshear said we need to put an asterisk by them because they will change.
Governor Andy Beshear said the reported 275 cases of COVID-19 were off, explaining that Deloitte, the IT provider which tracks the state’s Coronavirus numbers had been updating their operating system over the weekend and some cases hadn’t been counted.

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Kentucky schools, restaurants, and bars received new guidance Monday as the state adapts its strategy in the ongoing fight against COVID-19.

On Sunday Governor Andy Beshear announced that Kentucky was nearing 35,000 positive cases of the Coronavirus with 425 new cases reported. Beshear said via video that there was “Some good news and some bad news in today’s COVID-19 report. In good news, we’re ending the week with about 330 fewer cases than we had last week. That’s directly attributable to people wearing their facial coverings or masks. Please keep it up, wear them even more, especially when you’re inside. On the bad side, our positivity rate, which won’t be official until tomorrow for this week, will be higher meaning that the virus continues to spread aggressively.”

On Saturday, Kentucky’s number of positive Coronavirus cases was up from Friday. Governor Andy Beshear posted a video update that there were 801 new cases and 8 new COVID-19 related deaths. Twenty-nine of the newly reported cases were from children age 5 and younger. Beshear said “Today is a tough day in our fight against COVID-19. I know we are slowing the growth of this virus in Kentucky, but it’s still aggressive. We simply need to do better.” The state’s positivity rate went from 5.51% on Friday to 6.02% on Saturday. “Our positivity rate is the highest we’ve had since we tested the entire Green River Correctional Facility back in May," said Beshear.