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Local charitable funds and foundations are working to generate money to provide supplemental relief to individuals and organizations as our region, like the rest of the world, responds to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Gov. Andy Beshear says there were 45 new cases of coronavirus in Kentucky, bringing the state's total to 439.

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Gov. Andy Beshear announced there are 92 new confirmed cases of coronavirus in Kentucky, the largest single-day increase to date. That brings the state’s total to 394, with more than 5,500 people tested. Of the new cases, 23 are in Jefferson County for a total of 126.

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The Northern Kentucky Health Department is reporting its first COVID-19 death. According to a news release, the patient was over 60, a resident of Kenton County and had underlying medical conditions.

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Covington commissioners voted unanimously to ban conversion therapy for LGBT+ minors this week.

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Dozens of Greater Cincinnati homeless are on lockdown at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center where they can eat, sleep and receive medical care.

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COVID-19 has put a halt on industries forcing Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky businesses to change how they operate and, in some cases, temporarily or permanently close doors. The quick shifts in state and federal mandates is causing many in the Tri-State to need unemployment benefits to get them through the pandemic.

  With Kentucky’s economy slowing to a trickle during the coronavirus pandemic, the state’s already cash-strapped coffers and services are going to take a big hit.

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear announced Tuesday 39 new coronavirus cases in the state, including one young adult who attended a "coronavirus party," apparently held to flout social distancing guidelines.

"This is one that makes me mad, and it should make you mad," Beshear said of the case that occurred after the person attended a party of people in their 20s, who health officials say are as a group less vulnerable to COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

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You really have to wonder what, for crying out loud, was Sen. Rand Paul, the Republican from Kentucky, thinking?

Governor Andy Beshear confirmed 103 cases of COVID-19 in Kentucky in today’s update. Beshear said this increase was expected as more tests are administered and more labs come online.

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The number of COVID-19 cases locally continues to increase, and that's expected to continue in the coming days.

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Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., has become the first senator to test positive for the coronavirus. His staff says he is asymptomatic.

In a statement released on Sunday, Paul's deputy chief of staff, Sergio Gor, wrote:

Kentuckians will be able to use more documents to obtain REAL ID licenses under a bill nearing final passage in the state legislature.

The measure would add property tax bills, current driver’s licenses and postmarked mail less than a year old to the list of documents Kentuckians can use to prove their identities to get the enhanced-security ID cards.

The bill comes as Kentucky is scrambling to get more citizens outfitted with REAL IDs and setting up regional offices around the state for citizens to obtain them.

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A 66-year-old Kenton County woman is Northern Kentucky's first confirmed case of COVID-19, health department officials announced Wednesday. The individual is in isolation at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Ft. Thomas. 

When local health officers issued simultaneous orders on March 16 for all residents of seven counties in the San Francisco Bay area to "shelter at their place of residence," Arnab Mukherjea thought it was "a bit draconian" for him as well as his wife and two young children.

Kentucky is delaying its May primary elections by more than a month, the latest in a series of crowd restrictions announced to try and limit the spread of coronavirus.

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Gov. Andy Beshear has announced that all bars and restaurants in Kentucky will close to in-person traffic starting 5:00 Monday evening in response to coronavirus.

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At least 20 people are confirmed to have the coronavirus in at least seven Kentucky counties, Governor Andy Beshear announced during a Sunday afternoon press conference, where he also said he, too, has taken a test for COVID-19. At least one of the confirmed patients is not expected to survive, while another patient in Nelson County refused to self-isolate and now has a sheriff’s deputy parked outside their home. 

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WVXU reporters and its network of member stations are working hard to bring you all the latest information on coronavirus in our region. We will carry presidential and gubernatorial addresses on air and online when possible. 

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