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Gov. Andy Beshear has issued an executive order expanding disability benefits for essential workers like grocery store employees, postal workers and child care providers who are still working during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Like most states, Kentucky's unemployment system is seeing a surge in applications as the state extends benefits to those workers whose jobs have been impacted by the COVID-19 global pandemic. 

Gov. Andy Beshear has vetoed the voter ID bill that passed out of the legislature last month.

The bill would have required Kentucky voters to show an ID before casting a ballot, or else show a social security card or credit card and sign an affidavit promising they are who they claim to be.

It would have also created a way for people to get an ID for free at their local county clerk’s office.

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Gravity Diagnostics, a Covington lab located in the SIDIS building, got the go-ahead from the U.S. government to process COVID-19 tests a couple of weeks ago. The company says it will be able to do 15,000-20,000 per week if necessary.

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Kentucky's Republican-led legislature has passed a one-year state budget that keeps spending largely at current levels with plans to pass a new budget in next year's annual session.

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear is commanding nationwide attention for his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in the commonwealth. That praise recently transitioned into a new medium: internet memes. The Facebook group “andy beshear memes for social distancing teens” was founded March 20 and has amassed, as of March 31, more than 188,000 members. 

Governor Orders Residents To Remain In Kentucky

Mar 31, 2020

A new order by Gov. Andy Beshear forbids Kentuckians from leaving the state, in order to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

At the governor’s daily press briefing on Monday, Chief of Staff La Tasha Buckner said the new rule would permit residents to leave Kentucky only for work, necessary supplies, to see a doctor or take care of a family member, or if travel is required by a court. Beshear said law enforcement or county judges could enforce the order, but its effectiveness relies on Kentuckians.

“The reality is, the only way that we’re going to get people doing the right thing is because they agree to — is because they see it as their duty, and they know that their actions can harm other people,” Beshear said. “The moment that you go across the border […] and you have that extra contact, you can bring it back to a person in your family that’s working in a nursing home.”

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The population of the Kenton County Detention Center in Covington was reduced over the past two weeks from 715 to 483.

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Like many states, Kentucky is joining the federal government in adopting legislation designed to provide relief during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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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.

Covington Bans Conversion Therapy For LGBTQ+ Minors

Mar 27, 2020
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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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Along with many local universities, Boone County Schools on Wednesday announced that starting next week, there will be no in-person classes and instead, students will be working form home up to April 20.

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