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As a new strain of coronavirus (COVID-19) swept through the world in 2020, preparedness plans, masking policies and more public policy changed just as quickly. WVXU has covered the pandemic's impact on the Tri-State from the very beginning, when on March 3, 2020, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine barred spectators from attending the Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus over concerns about the virus, even though Ohio had yet to confirm a single case of COVID-19.

Beshear Recommends No In-Person Instruction Until September 28

Governor Andy Beshear
Credit Governor Andy Beshear

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear is calling for Kentucky schools to remain closed to in-person instruction until September 28. 

Beshear previously called for no in-person instruction until the third week of August, but he cited concerns over the commonwealth’s COVID-19 positivity rate and case count in moving that recommendation back to next month. The announcement comes after the Kentucky Education Association last week called for no face-to-face classes until the positivity rate falls below 4%.

The recommendation does not apply to Kentucky’s colleges and universities, the governor clarified. He said higher education institutions operate under different metrics due to their residential component.

Beshear said he expects some pushback over the announcement, but said canceling in-person classes is the right call.

“I believe it’s the right recommendation. Everybody won’t agree with it, but my job here is to make the tough calls and it’s to move any type of politics out of it and just try to make the right call both as governor and a dad,” Beshear explained. 

Beshear’s COVID-19 briefing included an update on Kentucky’s budget situation, with revenues far outpacing expectations from state leaders. Beshear said the general fund is up 7% compared to last year, with road fund receipts increased 7.2% compared to 2019 totals.

The state reported 275 new COVID-19 cases Monday, bringing the statewide total to 35,252. The numbers are “artificially low” due to a technical error on the part of the state’s computer service provider. Beshear said numbers this week will likely be lower than reality, and he will update totals once all new case data has been received.

Two Kentuckians died as a result of the coronavirus Monday, including a 60-year-old woman from Graves County.

Find more information concerning Kentucky’s response to COVID-19 here.

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Dalton York is an undergraduate student at Murray State University, majoring in History and secondary education. A native of Marshall County, Dalton is a proud product of his tight-knit community. He has competed nationally in speech and debate, winning numerous accolades in extemporaneous speaking and radio broadcast. Dalton is also very active in community theatre, appearing on stage and backstage at Playhouse in the Park. Dalton considers himself a "public radio nerd" and is proud to serve his community through WKMS.