2021 COVID-19 News Archive

===FRIDAY, JUNE 04, 2021===

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 4, 2021) – On Friday, Gov. Andy Beshear invited Kentuckians to get a COVID-19 vaccine and enter for a Shot at a Million – the state’s new vaccine incentive drawing.

“This is a lifesaving and now possibly life-changing opportunity,” said Gov. Beshear. “You can get your shot of hope and then enter for a shot at $1 million or a shot at one of 15 full scholarships – both protecting you from this deadly virus and possibly transforming your future.”

The Governor announced two types of drawings that permanent residents of Kentucky can enter to win, at shotatamillion.ky.gov, if they have received at least the first dose of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines or the one-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.

$1 million: Kentuckians 18 years old and older who have received at least their first dose of a Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, or the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, may enter to win one of three $1 million drawings.

Full Scholarship: Kentuckians 12 to 17 years old who have received at least their first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine may enter to win one of 15 full scholarships to a Kentucky public college, university, technical or trade school, which includes tuition, room-and-board and books.
“This initiative underscores two critical points in our state’s recovery: higher education matters and so does health and safety,” said Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education President Aaron Thompson, who joined Gov. Beshear in the Capitol Rotunda for the announcement. “If we want to take advantage of the pent up demand in our economy, now is the time to get vaccinated and trained up for the next generation of jobs. I want to thank Gov. Beshear for advancing both of these priorities.”

Prizes and Important Drawing Information 
Entry begins Friday, June 4, 2021. The last day to enter each drawing is listed below along with drawing and announcement dates.

Entry End Date

Drawing Date

Announcement Date

Wed. June 30, 2021 at 11:59:59 p.m. EDT

Thursday, July 1, 2021

Friday, July 2, 2021

Wed. July 28, 2021 at 11:59:59 p.m. EDT

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Friday, July 30, 2021

Wed. August 25, 2021 at 11:59:59 p.m. EDT

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Friday, August 27, 2021

Only one entry per person will be accepted, and each entry is eligible for all future drawings. However, winners will be removed from eligibility for future drawings.

Entering Shot at a Million Drawing
Visit shotatamillion.ky.gov. Entry requires Kentuckians to provide personal and contact information, including: name, birth date, email address, phone number, home address and the name and location of the place that provided you with the vaccine. Entry also requires agreement to the official rules of the drawing and agreement to allow the Kentucky Department for Public Health to verify your vaccination information. The website also offers information about eligibility, how to find a vaccine appointment, frequently asked questions and official rules.

Make a Vaccine Appointment 
To see all vaccination sites and free transportation options to and from vaccination appointments, visit vaccine.ky.gov. To see a list of vaccination sites that have openings, visit vaccinemap.ky.gov. If Kentuckians have questions, they should call the state’s COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline, 855-598-2246 or TTY 855-326-4654 (for deaf or hard-of-hearing Kentuckians). Kentuckians can text their zip code to GETVAX (438829) to receive three vaccine locations near them. Text VACUNA (822862) for Spanish. For detailed information on COVID-19 vaccinations and more, visit kycovid19.ky.gov.

===THURSDAY, MAY 27, 2021===

Governor Andy Beshear has released new guidance for easing restrictions on bars and restaurants.
Download Governor's Guidance Letter

===WEDNESDAY, MARCH 31, 2021===

FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 31, 2021) – On Wednesday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced all Kentuckians 16 and older will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine April 5. Only the Pfizer vaccine is approved for 16 and 17-year-olds.
“This is a good day. This news means that we will beat the president’s goal by a month to have COVID-19 vaccinations opened up to everyone,” said Gov. Beshear. “We are seeing in a number of states an increase in cases and hospitalizations, and it’s happening among younger people. We want to get ahead of the more aggressive COVID-19 variants and make sure that we fill every available appointment. Make a plan to get your shot of hope.”

===THURSDAY, MARCH 18, 2021===

FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 18, 2021) – On Thursday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced all Kentuckian 50 and older can sign up for COVID-19 vaccination appointments on or after March 22.

He said all Kentuckians ages 16 and older will be able to sign up for appointments by April 12.

“Kentuckians deemed most vulnerable should still get priority, and they will, but we can’t have these vaccines sitting in a freezer. We are in a race against the COVID-19 variants and we’ve got to get it out fast,” said Gov. Beshear.

March 18, 2021

Bar and Restaurant Curfew Extension

Today, Gov. Beshear said he is extending the curfew on bars and restaurants by one hour. Businesses can now serve food and drinks until 12 a.m. local time and can stay open until 1 a.m. local time.

===FRIDAY, MARCH 5, 2021===

Free or reduced-cost transportation to and from vaccine appointments is offered by public transit agencies across the commonwealth. These services are already operating in over 90 counties, covering 75% of all counties across Kentucky. Kentuckians can find transportation services near them by heading to kycovid19.ky.gov for a full list of participating public transit agencies and their phone numbers, or by calling the Kentucky COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline.

===MONDAY, MARCH 1, 2021===

FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 1, 2021) – On Monday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced 18 industries can increase capacity to 60% on March 5th as the state completes its seventh straight week of declining COVID-19 cases.

“This capacity increase is an initial step where we will watch and see to ensure we don’t see a corresponding increase in cases.”

The following businesses can now increase capacity to 60%:

Indoor auctions
Barbershops/cosmetology/hair salons
Bars and restaurants
Bowling alleys
Indoor educational and cultural activities
Fitness centers
Funeral and memorial services
Government offices/agencies
Massage therapy
Movie theaters
Nail salons
Office-based businesses
Places of worship (recommendation)
Tanning salons
Tattoo parlors
Vehicle and vessel dealerships
Venues and event spaces

===TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2021===

Gov. Beshear Launches $264 Million Healthy at Home Eviction Relief Fund
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 11, 2021) – In partnership with the Kentucky Housing Corporation (KHC), Gov. Andy Beshear relaunched the Healthy at Home Eviction Relief Fund today with an additional $264 million to keep Kentuckians safe and housed throughout the pandemic. “The Healthy at Home Eviction Relief Fund follows earlier, similar efforts to help our people stay in their homes, while also providing relief to landlords and utility companies,” said Gov. Beshear. Starting Feb. 15, tenants who qualify can apply for rent and utility assistance to cover their past-due and future bills. If approved, lump sum, direct payments will be made to landlords and utility providers. Finally, he announced that a third party can help tenants apply if a tenant does not have access to a smart phone or computer, or if they are elderly or disabled. This could be family, a friend, fellow church member, caseworker, community organization staff member and so on. The helper will be able identify themselves as someone helping the applicant and can provide contact information in case we need to gather more information.


=== THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2021 ===

The Healthy at Home Eviction Relief Fund application system will reopen February 15, 2021 at 8:00 a.m.
The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, allocated Coronavirus Relief Fund dollars from the U.S. Treasury for emergency rental assistance. Team Kentucky’s program is described as follows. You may apply by reading through program information and creating an account.


=== MONDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2021 ===

To minimize the spread of COVID-19, Gov. Andy Beshear today announced an extension of a special program that grants Kentuckians access to renew or replace a driving or identity credential through their Circuit Court Clerk’s preferred mail-in or drop method. The order applies to Kentucky driver’s licenses, permits and state-issued identification cards that expired or will expire by June 30, 2021. Applicants who require driver testing performed by Kentucky State Police must successfully complete that step before renewing a credential. To learn more, see the full release here: https://transportation.ky.gov/NewsRoom/Burlington%20Regional%20DL%20Office.pdf

Governor Andy Beshear renewed his executive order requiring face coverings in many situations for another 30 days.

=== FRIDAY, JANUARY 29, 2021 ===


Available for Individuals in Tiers 1A and 1B Beginning February 2, 2021

Vaccine supplies are limited.

As a Vaccine Center, we are guaranteed 300 doses per week until supplies increase. Vaccines are available by appointment only.


On February 1, 2021, the COVID-19 vaccination priority will be Phase 1B, persons age 70 years or older.

=== THURSDAY, JANUARY 28, 2021 ===

Gov. Beshear Announces Four New Regional Vaccine Sites, Website to Help Eligible Kentuckians ‘Find a Vaccine’

=== MONDAY, JANUARY 11, 2021 ===

Vaccines: As of 4pm today, we have given 580 covid vaccinations in Boyle Co. over the last 4 weeks. We will continue these tomorrow and begin the second doses next week as Moderna requires a two shot series 28 days apart. At this time I have not been given a date when the mass vaccination clinics the Governor talked about will be opening. Hopefully this is soon. My ability to give shots to the general public are dependent on how many doses I receive from the state and how far along we are in the phases. Once I have an idea when this will begin I will put out on social media/radio/paper how to sign up. Please keep in mind that things with this pandemic change rapidly and often so I'll keep you updated as I know more. Big thanks to Ephraim for helping out with vaccinations. Partnerships like this in our community make us strong.
Cases/Deaths: Our current numbers continue to show that small groups without ppe/social distancing are a driver of cases. This has been consistent most of this year. I also realize the state website is not updated for the number of deaths in Boyle. We are currently at 37 probable covid related deaths(average age 75). Please keep each of these families in your prayers. Each of these numbers represents people who are grieving the loss of another.
Mask/Social Distancing- while this message has been talked about for many months now, it is still the number one tool we have at this time to slow down the spread. Vaccines work but they need time to build immunity and have enough people vaccinated. Hopefully we are nearing the time where both of these together trigger a reduction in cases/spread.
Reminder of how you can get daily data for Boyle Co/Northpoint and surrounding communities: https://govstatus.egov.com/kycovid19 and https://corrections.ky.gov/Pages/index.aspx.
Community patience as we continue through this pandemic is vital and appreciated!

=== WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 6, 2021 ===

Boyle and Kentucky Daily COVID-19 Statistics published by the Advocate Messenger are available on their website at amnews.com and complete downloadable data is included.  Their website will be updated daily, or as updated numbers are provided from the state. 

For today’s post:  https://www.amnews.com/2021/01/06/boyle-and-kentucky-daily-covid-19-statistics/?fbclid=IwAR2Gd38Ayu0LdeE2t69uDU4K2zR-yTjWbRh-SzO9DPyxDNayaBVx2bC-wT0

=== MONDAY, JANUARY 4, 2021 ===

Stay on top of COVID-19 data from your community and around the world using CDC’s COVID Data Tracker. The new global data tabs offer the latest on COVID-19 counts and rates, percent change over the last 7 days, and trends to see where cases are growing. Learn more: http://bit.ly/CDTglobal.

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