2020 COVID-19 News Archive

=== MONDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2020 ===

Reminder of how you can get daily data for Boyle Co.
Go to https://govstatus.egov.com/kycovid19
Scroll down, right hand side of the page under "Daily Reports".
Reminder of how you can get daily data for Boyle Co through the Dept of Corrections: https://corrections.ky.gov/facilities/pages/covid19.aspx


Planning for New Year’s? As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise, the safest choices are to stay home and celebrate with the people you live with, or virtually with loved ones elsewhere. Reach out to family, friends, and neighbors:
• Call, text, or leave a voicemail wishing others a Happy New Year.
• Call friends and family to count down to the new year together.

For more tips on ways to celebrate 2021 together while apart: https://bit.ly/37UfFuX.

Eviction Prevention Update
Gov. Beshear said the CDC has extended its moratorium on evictions through Jan. 31, 2021. The Governor renewed a previous executive order mandating that the CDC moratorium apply in Kentucky. The CDC order and the tenant declaration required by the CDC order and by the Governor’s order are available online https://governor.ky.gov/attachments/20201228_Executive-Order_2020-1055_Evictions.pdf. The new federal COVID-19 relief bill has designated $297,000,000 for Kentucky rental assistance, in addition to separate allocations for Louisville and Lexington. These funds can be used for past due rent, future rent payments, as well as to pay utility and energy bills and prevent shutoffs.

=== MONDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2020 ===

Today, Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health, introduced a new vaccine dashboard on https://govstatus.egov.com/ky-covid-vaccine where Kentuckians can learn more about the vaccine, its planned distribution stages and progress of its rollout across the state. Eighty hospitals in Kentucky will receive the Moderna vaccine this week.

“This will show the total number of doses that have been shipped to the state; it will show the total number of Kentuckians who have been vaccinated; and it will show the total number of doses remaining to be deployed,” said Dr. Stack. “These numbers do not include the numbers that go to the long-term care facility immunization, at least not currently. Those get assigned over to CVS and Walgreens and show up in a different tracking methodology.”

The COVID-19 Hotline (800) 722-5725 can answer general COVID-19 vaccine questions.

=== TUESDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2020 ===

The Healthy at Home Eviction Relief Fund reopened yesterday. It's for past due rent from March-Dec 2020 ONLY. Apply online here: https://teamkyhherf.ky.gov/://teamkyhherf.ky.gov/

Gov. Beshear, Bipartisan Coalition of Governors Urge Safety Before Holidays
Governors urge everyone to mask up, follow medical experts' advice, do their part to eradicate COVID-19
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 15, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear today joined Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers in a social media video to encourage everyone across the region to remain safe heading into the holiday season.
Click here to watch the video: https://youtu.be/gFAfma_6O6o https://youtu.be/gFAfma_6O6o
“This may be the most difficult time yet in our struggle with COVID-19, especially with the holidays approaching. Until the vaccine is available to everyone and until we eradicate this virus once and for all, we must continue working to protect one another,” the governors said. “The science is settled: The best way we can protect our front-line workers and slow the spread of this virus is to double down on mask wearing, social distancing, and washing hands frequently. If you are planning to travel or gather with other households for the holidays, we urge you to reconsider. Just one infection can cause an outbreak in your community, which could overwhelm our hospitals and put you and your loved ones at risk. We owe it to the brave men and women serving on the front lines of this pandemic to do our part and be smart this holiday season.”
This is the second time this bipartisan group of governors has joined forces in the past month to encourage people in their region to do their part to protect our families, front-line workers and small businesses. They released a similar video prior to Thanksgiving urging families to reconsider holiday travel.

Reminder of how you can get daily COVID-19 data for Boyle Co. Go to https://govstatus.egov.com/kycovid19. This site gives you daily/cumulative data for Boyle/all counties in Ky, the Governor's recommendations, Daily reports, LTC's, School/College data, Whitehouse reports for Ky, etc.

=== FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2020 ===

The Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control has revised their order extending alcohol license renewals through December 31, 2020.


=== FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2020 ===

Boyle County Health Department | Brent Blevins (September 18, 2020): 6 new cases. Posts are updated on Tuesdays and Fridays.

=== WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2020 ===

The Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control has revised their FAQ's regarding the Governor's August 10th Guidelines. This revision reflects the Governor's change for food and alcohol service to end at 11:00pm for bars and restaurants: https://abc.ky.gov/ppc/Documents/FAQ%20Regarding%20Aug.%2010th%20order%20-%20Rev.%209-16-20.pdf

=== TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2020 ===

Boyle County Health Department | Brent Blevins (September 15, 2020): 3 new cases. Posts are updated on Tuesdays and Fridays.

=== FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2020 ===

Boyle County Health Department | Brent Blevins (September 4, 2020): 6 new cases. Posts are updated on Tuesdays and Fridays.

=== TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2020 ===

Boyle County Health Department | Brent Blevins (September 1, 2020): 9 new cases. Posts are updated on Tuesdays and Fridays.

=== FRIDAY, AUGUST 28, 2020 ===

Boyle County Health Department | Brent Blevins (August 28, 2020): 6 new cases. Posts are updated on Tuesdays and Fridays.

=== WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 26, 2020 ===

Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control extends renewal deadline for alcohol licenses till 10/31/20.

=== WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 26, 2020 ===

Restaurants & Alcohol: Revised Guidance from the Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control for bars and restaurants regarding August 10th Guidelines:


=== TUESDAY, AUGUST 25, 2020 ===

Boyle County Health Department | Brent Blevins (August 18, 2020): 5 new cases. Posts are updated on Tuesdays and Fridays. boylecountyhealthdept.com

=== FRIDAY, AUGUST 21, 2020 ===

Boyle County Health Department | Brent Blevins (August 18, 2020): 10 new cases. Posts are updated on Tuesdays and Fridays. boylecountyhealthdept.com

=== TUESDAY, AUGUST 18, 2020 ===

Boyle County Health Department | Brent Blevins (August 18, 2020): 9 new cases. Posts are updated on Tuesdays and Fridays. boylecountyhealthdept.com

=== MONDAY, AUGUST 17, 2020 ===

Restaurants & Alcohol: Guidance from the Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control for bars and restaurants regarding August 10th Guidelines:


=== MONDAY, AUGUST 14, 2020 ===

Boyle County Health Department | Brent Blevins (August 14, 2020): There are 5 new cases since the last report. Posts are updated on Tuesdays and Fridays.

=== MONDAY, AUGUST 10, 2020 ===

August 10 & Healthy at Work Update: Restaurants and Bars Update

La Tasha Buckner, the Governor’s chief of staff and general counsel, offered an update on bars and restaurants operating in the commonwealth.
“Today we are issuing a new order, effective tomorrow, which will allow bars to reopen and restaurants to increase their capacity,” Buckner said. “Both bars and restaurants can operate at 50% of capacity, as long as people can remain six feet from anyone who is not in their household or group.”
She said the reopening and increase in capacity comes with new requirements to avoid another spike in COVID-19 cases. First, customers in both bars and restaurants will be required to remain in their seats, except when entering, leaving or using the restroom.
Second, bars and restaurants will be required to halt food and beverage service by 10 p.m. and close at 11 p.m. local time.
“Third, as the Governor mentioned previously, the face-covering requirement has been extended as of Sunday for another 30 days,” Buckner said. “Therefore, just like in other businesses, all customers and staff must wear a face covering while in the bar or restaurant except when actively eating or drinking.”
The full list of requirements is posted on the Healthy at Work Website.


For more information on the Healthy at Work timeline and industry requirements, visit https://govstatus.egov.com/ky-healthy-at-work

Update 2:
The City Commission tonight at their City Commission Meeting approved allowing alcohol licensees with Sidewalk Cafe Permits to leave their tables and chairs on the sidewalk when closed until 2/10/21 per attached Municipal Order.

“Section 2.5-163(b) requiring businesses with an alcohol license and sidewalk cafe permits to remove tables, chairs or any other furnishings from the sidewalk when the business is closed, shall be temporarily suspended for a period of six (6) months. To the extent that any provisions of previous municipal orders are inconsistent with this municipal order, then this municipal order shall supersede all prior, inconsistent provisions. This order shall automatically expire on February 10, 2021, unless renewed.”

=== FRIDAY, JULY 31, 2020 ===

Boyle County Health Department | Brent Blevins: As of today at 4pm, we have 7 new cases(none in the hospital) since my last post for a total of 157. 26 are active and the rest are no longer followed by us. 3 of the 7 new cases are related to previous cases meaning they were closely associated with a positive case and are now positive themselves.

Posts are updated on Tuesdays and Fridays. boylecountyhealthdept.com

=== MONDAY, JULY 27, 2020 ===

July 27 & Healthy at Work Update: Governor Andy Beshear announced today that bars will be closed for two weeks, effective tomorrow, Tuesday, July 28. Restaurants will be limited to 25% of pre-pandemic capacity indoors; outdoor accommodations remain limited only by the ability to provide social distancing. Public and private schools are being asked to avoid offering in-person instruction until the third week of August.

To view the order from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services covering the new restrictions, which goes into effect at midnight click here: https://governor.ky.gov/attachments/20200728_CHFS-Order.pdf

For more information on the Healthy at Work timeline and industry requirements, visit https://govstatus.egov.com/ky-healthy-at-work.

=== THURSDAY, MAY 21, 2020 ===

Restaurants & Alcohol: Guidance from the Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control on opening restaurants on May 22, 2020 | https://danvilleky.gov/articles/ky-faq-regarding-opening-restaurants-on-may-22-2020

Childcare Services: Beginning June 8th, in-home childcare programs can open and beginning June 15th, center-based licensed childcare programs can reopen to all families. These facilities can reopen based on the following guidelines:
-Stagger playground time among groups
-Eliminate centerwide family events
-Eliminate field trips
-Use centralized drop-off/pick-up locations to eliminate unnecessary traffic to classrooms and exposure of children
More details on these guidelines can be found at https://go.aws/36mjbMi

=== TUESDAY, MAY 19, 2020 ===

Medicaid Enrollment: Due to the current state of emergency related to COVID-19, the number of individuals enrolled in Medicaid continues to grow. In order to accommodate the increase in Medicaid enrollment, Community Action Kentucky’s local Healthcare Benefits Specialists can help navigate you through the process. Through an expanded Presumptive Eligibility (PE) enrollment process, our experts may be able to get you qualified for Medicaid services without having to wait for their application to be fully processed. A list of local Benefits Specialist is available at https://bit.ly/2To7S0L for full details of the program.

Team Kentucky Fund: Governor Andy Beshear established the Team Kentucky Fund to provide help to Kentuckians experiencing an employment-related financial hardship due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Utilizing the capabilities and infrastructure of Community Action Kentucky’s statewide network, we are working with the Team Kentucky Fund to efficiently and expeditiously distribute financial support to those impacted by COVID-19. Team Kentucky Fund applications are being accepted online at https://teamkyfund.ky.gov

If eligible and approved, Community Action of Kentucky, Inc. will provide financial vouchers of up to $1,000 for eligible persons. Vouchers will be provided for the following approved expenses.

Rent assistance: a voucher may be issued for the payment of rent. The voucher will be made directly payable to the applicant’s landlord.

Mortgage assistance: a voucher may be issued for payment of a mortgage. The voucher will be made directly payable to the mortgage holder, including, if applicable, any escrowed tax or insurance obligations pursuant to the terms of the applicant’s note and mortgage.

Food/Grocery assistance: a voucher may be issued for groceries to be purchased. The voucher will be made directly payable to a grocer.

Utility assistance: a voucher may be issued for the payment of utilities, including electricity, water, gas, sewage, bottled gas used for home heating, and waste/trash.

CARES Act Program Funding: Thanks to additional funding made available through the national CARES Act relief package, Community Action Kentucky and its agency members are able to increase the number of people served through a variety of programs and services. Enhanced service areas include food security, workforce development, transportation, home energy, early childhood education, senior support, emergency services, housing assistance, youth enrichment, and more. Each agency’s programs and services are tailored to meet the individual needs of their communities. To learn what resources are available in your area, please contact your local Community Action Agency at https://www.capky.org/network/

Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP): A spring enrollment period for LIHEAP will run from May 1 through June 30, 2020, to provide immediate relief to those struggling to pay home energy costs at this time. Applications will be accepted during the enrollment period, or until designated funds are depleted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Income eligibility requirements have been increased to 150 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. The benefit amount awarded is based on an individual’s income and primary fuel type. Benefits are paid directly to the primary fuel vendor in the form of a voucher. Individuals should acquire and submit an application through their local Community Action Agency office. All applicants will be required to supply the following documentation at the time of application:

Proof of Social Security Number or Permanent Residence card (Green Card) for each member of the household.

Proof of all household’s (all members) income from the preceding month.

Most current heating bill, a statement from your landlord if heating expenses are included in your rent, a statement from a utility company if you participate in a Pre-Pay Electric Program.

The account number and name on the account for main heating fuel sources and electric bill.

To apply, find your local office at https://www.capky.org/network/

=== FRIDAY, MAY 15, 2020 ===

Boyle County Health Department | Brent Blevins: As of 4 pm today we have no new confirmed cases for a total of 19. All 19 have finished their quarantine. Posts are updated on Tuesdays and Fridays. boylecountyhealthdept.com

=== THURSDAY, MAY 14, 2020 ===

May 22 & Healthy at Work updates: Gov. Andy Beshear announced that beginning May 22, groups of 10 people or fewer may gather and that the state’s travel ban is expiring the same day, the Friday ahead of the Memorial Day weekend. The Healthy at Work website (http://tiny.cc/0473oz) now includes retail and restaurant guidance. The state has now posted initial guidance for restaurants (https://go.aws/2Z7amnU) as they reopen, but Gov. Beshear said he is still seeking feedback from those in the industry.

=== TUESDAY, MAY 12, 2020 ===

Boyle County Health Department | Brent Blevins: As of 4 pm today we have no new cases for a total of 19. Posts are updated on Tuesdays and Fridays. -Brent Blevins | boylecountyhealthdept.com

=== SATURDAY, MAY 9, 2020 ===

Boyle County Health Department | Brent Blevins: As of 4 pm today we have no new confirmed cases for a total of 19. Two are actively recovering and 17 have finished quarantine and are no longer followed by the health department. Starting next week, I will be posting on Tuesday and Friday as opposed to daily. -Brent Blevins | boylecountyhealthdept.com

=== FRIDAY, MAY 8, 2020 ===

Re-Opening Kentucky's Economy: Today, Gov. Andy Beshear outlined the requirements to begin reopening major segments of the economy and society including houses of worship, manufacturing, construction, government offices and agencies, retail and funeral services.

Also today, the Kentucky Baptist Convention and the Kentucky Council of Churches voiced their support for the Governor’s guidelines to reopen places of worship on May 20.

The full plans for those entities to reopen are posted online at http://healthyatwork.ky.gov

Gov. Beshear also announced that government offices and agencies can open on May 18 and funeral homes can open on May 20. Danville City Hall anticipates being ready to open at 8:30 am on Tuesday, May 26, 2020, once construction is complete that includes fixed protective glass partitions paired with intercoms and thru-wall transaction drawers, new signage, and traffic patterns at public entrances to the building.

=== PHASE 1 ===

May 11, 2020
Horse Racing (No Fans)
Manufacturing & Distribution
Office-Based Businesses (50%)
Pet Grooming / Boarding
Vehicle or Vessel Dealerships

May 18, 2020
Government Offices / Agencies

May 20, 2020
Funeral Homes
Places of Worship

May 22, 2020
Restaurants: 33% Capacity + Outdoor Seating

May 25, 2020
Cosmetology Businesses
Hair Salons/Barbershops
Massage Therapy
Nail Salons
Tanning Salons
Tattoo Parlors


June 1, 2020
Fitness Centers
Movie Theaters

June 11, 2020

June 15, 2020
Some Childcare
Youth Sports (low touch and outdoors)


July 1, 2020
Groups of 50 People

Lighting Up Danville City Hall: Please join Danville Mayor Pro-Tem J.H. Atkins and Pastor Remont Mays and First Lady Yolanda Kay Mays of New Breath Church via Facebook Live (https://www.facebook.com/DanvilleKentucky/live_videos/) at 8:30 pm tonight as they light up City Hall green in honor of the four Kentuckians who died overnight from the coronavirus in the Commonwealth. Here are our statewide tallies as of 5:00 pm today as announced by Gov. Andy Beshear: 176 new cases | 6,288 total positive cases | 4 new deaths | 298 total deaths. We will get through this. We will get through this together.

Boyle County Health Department | Brent Blevins: As of 4 pm today we have no new cases for a total of 19. Two cases are active and home feeling well. The rest of the cases have finished their quarantine period and we are no longer following them. I apologize for the late post and no graph, but Facebook/computer problems persisted. The graph is the same as yesterday. Starting next week, I will be posting on Tuesday and Friday as opposed to daily. Stay warm this weekend! -Brent Blevins | boylecountyhealthdept.com

Kentucky State Board of Hairdressers & Cosmetologists: Safety guidelines and self-inspection checklist for Cosmetology, Nail, and Esthetic Salons to re-open in the Commonwealth.

=== THURSDAY, MAY 7, 2020 ===

Scammers threaten to disconnect electric service: Electric cooperatives across Kentucky are reporting a surge in scammers attempting to exploit Kentuckians amidst the COVID-19 crisis. Callers claim to work for a utility company or co-op and threaten to disconnect service without immediate payment.

“We are in the test of our lives, let’s make sure we don’t let anyone take advantage of us at this time,” said Gov. Andy Beshear.

In March, the Kentucky Public Service Commission issued an order that halts disconnections for non-payment and fees for late payments. Gov. Beshear urges Kentuckians not to arrange payment or divulge personal information on the phone unless they are sure they are speaking with their utility company.

Kentuckians who suspect a scamming attempt should contact their utility and the Kentucky Attorney General’s office: online scam reporting form, ag.ky.gov/scams and Consumer Protection Hotline, 888-432-9257.

Healthy at Work Phase 2: Today, Gov. Beshear announced the second phase of reopening the commonwealth’s economy, but urged patience and caution until we finish the fight against COVID-19. All businesses should follow the 10 rules of staying healthy at work (https://bit.ly/2WdUhes) as well as industry-specific guidance (https://bit.ly/2L93Rcf), which will be issued as soon as possible. The new tentative dates for reopening are:

May 22: Restaurants, with limited 33% capacity and outdoor seating

June 1: Movie theaters, fitness centers

June 11: Campgrounds, public and private

June 15: Child care, with reduced capacity; and potentially low-touch and outdoor youth sports

“That is when we are opening our restaurants on a limited inside capacity plus unlimited outdoor seating if they can get the spacing that is needed,” Gov. Beshear said. “This allows restaurants to be open for Memorial Day weekend, but please be careful.”

The Governor added that Phase 3 is coming July 1 with bars, with limitations, and gatherings up to 50 people allowed.

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beasher: Please join Danville Commissioner Denise Terry and students from Edna L. Toliver Intermediate School via Facebook Live (https://www.facebook.com/DanvilleKentucky/live_videos/) at 8:30 pm tonight as they light up City Hall green in honor of the 11 Kentuckians who died overnight from the coronavirus in the Commonwealth. Here are our statewide tallies as of 5:00 pm today as announced by Gov. Andy Beshear: 208 new cases | 6,128 total positive cases | 11 new deaths | 294 total deaths. We will get through this. We will get through this together.

Boyle County Health Department | Brent Blevins: As of 4 pm today we have no new confirmed cases for a total of 19. Social distancing, Social distancing, Social distancing!!! Starting next week, I will be posting on Tuesday and Friday as opposed to daily. -Brent Blevins | boylecountyhealthdept.com

=== WEDNESDAY, MAY 6, 2020 ===

Boyle County Health Department | Brent Blevins: As of 4 pm today we have no new cases for a total of 19. One person finished quarantine today, so we have 3 active cases. Starting next week, I will be posting on Tuesday and Friday as opposed to daily. I will post other times also when I need to push info out to everyone. You can always contact me anytime and I will be glad to update you outside of the Tuesday/Friday schedule. Keep up the diligence on our social distancing measures. These are the difference in our cases staying low or spiking!! It is extremely important. -Brent Blevins | http://boylecountyhealthdept.com/

=== TUESDAY, MAY 5, 2020 ===

Boyle County Health Department | Brent Blevins: As of 4 pm today we have no new cases for a total of 19. Sorry, no graph today. Thanks to Brent & Stephanie Blevins for lighting up Danville City Hall in green last night to honor those who have died from the coronavirus in the Commonwealth. https://www.facebook.com/DanvilleKentucky/videos/634637763787142/

=== MONDAY, MAY 4, 2020 ===

Guidance on Industries that can Re-Open on May 11, 2020: Gov. Andy Beshear issued regulations for Kentucky businesses that can reopen on May 11, 2020, taking another step toward a phased reopening of the state’s economy as the number of new COVID-19 cases remains steady. In addition to the Healthy at Work Minimum Requirements (https://go.aws/3dszlpV), the following industries must adhere to the following guidelines to begin opening on Monday:

Manufacturing, Distribution, and Supply Chain Businesses | https://go.aws/3fiHPBu

Construction Businesses | https://go.aws/3c6dx2K

Vehicle and Boat Dealerships | https://go.aws/2WqEyaF

Office-Based Businesses | https://go.aws/2WoGMaw
Note: Includes finance and accounting, legal, insurance, engineering, architecture, real estate, scientific/technical, property management, non-profit organizations performing administrative services, and other corporate offices and private office-based firms

Horse Racing Tracks | https://go.aws/3b4HIWI

Pet Care, Grooming, and Boarding Businesses | https://go.aws/2WkwlEM

Photography Businesses | https://go.aws/2YwWfbi

After the initial batch of businesses reopen on May 11, houses of worship and retail shops are next on the list, with Gov. Beshear planning to allow them to hold in-person activity starting May 20. He also will soon announce a plan for re-opening government facilities.

The City of Danville’s Code Enforcement Team is working under the guidance of the Boyle County Health Department to help local businesses re-open and address any concerns or issues that arise.

Boyle County Health Department | Brent Blevins: As of 4 pm today we have one new confirmed case for a total of 19. This case is related to a previous case. They are home quarantined, and all contacts have been called. Social distancing, wash hands often and wear a mask when needed -- simple formula to help all of us!

Career Edge Job Site Launches in the 17-County Bluegrass Area: Career EDGE, a web-based platform to deliver virtual career services to jobseekers is now being implemented statewide. The Bluegrass Workforce Innovation Board (BGWIB) is excited about this service and the opportunity it provides for the 17-county Bluegrass area through the Kentucky Career Center – Bluegrass.

Career EDGE consists of 18 interactive modules with built-in virtual coaching including a job interview simulator, resume and job application builder, guidance in developing a personal brand, and essential life skills curriculum to support career seekers in preparation for finding a job or advance in employment. Career TEAM Founder/CEO, Chris Kuselias states, “Remote access learning including online candidate assessment and interviews and overall career management via smart device is the new reality. We are honored to be a partner and deliver enhanced outcomes for the state."

Along with the introduction of Career EDGE in each of the state’s 10 workforce regions, is an outreach effort primarily led on the social media platforms, Facebook, Instragram, and Twitter @kycareeredge. The social media presence of Kentucky Career EDGE will enhance the service delivery of Career EDGE content, provide additional resources to career seekers, and allow for a forum to share best practices in utilizing virtual tools for the job search.

Access to the Kentucky Career Center - Bluegrass Kentucky Career EDGE platform is provided at KYCareerEdge.com/bluegrass. New users simply register for an account by entering in basic contact information, along with their zip code to verify Kentucky residency. Registration takes less than one
minute, after which the user has immediate access to all modules and services within the Kentucky Career EDGE platform.

=== SUNDAY, MAY 3, 2020 ===

Boyle County Health Department | Brent Blevins: As of 4 pm today we have no new cases for a total of 18. Fifteen have finished their quarantine and recovered. The 3 remaining cases of the 18 should finish their quarantine this week. Great information in The Advocate-Messenger article (https://bit.ly/2Wq1IxZ) this weekend about one of the couples who recovered and Dr. Rick Hemphel’s thoughts on social distancing. It is vitally important that we continue to distance ourselves as our businesses open back up. We do not want this virus to quickly spread so please social distance!

=== SATURDAY, MAY 2, 2020 ===

Boyle County Health Department | Brent Blevins: As of 4 pm today we have no new cases for a total of 18. No graph today. While it feels more normal now, please do not forget to social distance, wash hands and wear a mask when needed. Let us keep our cases low and not give the virus a chance to spread rapidly.

=== FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2020 ===

Boyle County Health Department | Brent Blevins: As of 4 pm today we have no new confirmed cases for a total of 18. Enjoy the warmer weather!

Boyle County Farmer's Market: Local markets across the state are beginning to open amid the coronavirus pandemic, including our local market that will be open Saturdays beginning May 2, 2020 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at Constitution Square in historic downtown Danville. The Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) has offered guidance that “because farmers’ markets are retail enterprises that provide agriculturally produced food products that consumers need, the Governor’s Order does not require (them) to shut down.” Markets should stay in contact with their local health departments and take steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 disease. Additional guidance is available at https://coronavirus.ca.uky.edu/covid-19-resources-local-producers-and-direct-marketers. Rules and regulations for the 2020 Boyle County Farmer’s Market season are posted at https://bit.ly/2YpLzuT

=== THURSDAY, APRIL 30, 2020 ===

Danville-Boyle County Parks & Recreation: Considering the increasing concern about the potential impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community, the Danville-Boyle County Parks and Recreation Department has made the following amendments to the features of our parks system. Staff hopes your family is safe and healthy, and we apologize for any inconvenience.
• All park trails will remain open for walking, running, biking, and exercise. Please maintain at least a 6' buffer between all individuals to promote Social Distancing.
• All Parks and Recreation Restrooms, Playgrounds, Tennis Courts, Basketball Courts, Skate Park and Dog Park will be closed. These structures cannot be sanitized in a timely manner to provide a safe element for the public and not encourage Social Distancing.
• All programs, activities, events, and rentals (regardless of size) scheduled for Millennium Park and the Bunny Davis Center are canceled through at least June 1.
• The Bunny Davis Center will remain closed until at least June 1.
• Staff will continue to evaluate and monitor the recommended state and local restrictions related to COVID-19 and will adjust our programs and facilities as needed.
• Please be assured, all the closed features and facilities listed above will be cleaned and sanitized prior to reopening.
• Baseball / Softball / T-Ball registration can still be completed through online or over the phone registration. We still plan to offer these programs, just do not know when.

=== WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29, 2020 ===

Gov. Andy Beshear on Wednesday laid out the state’s plan to gradually reopen business activities while continuing to keep Kentuckians safe from the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).

The Governor unveiled a tentative reopening schedule for a variety of businesses allowed to resume operations. However, he cautioned that in all cases, it will not be business as usual and will require adherence to the 10 rules to reopening (https://bit.ly/2W9T6vl), along with industry specific requirements.

This week, Kentucky began the phased reopening of health care services as the first step under Gov. Beshear’s Healthy at Work (https://bit.ly/2Yjw2Nq) initiative, which set out public health benchmarks (https://bit.ly/2YlfGDH) for reopening Kentucky’s economy. These benchmarks closely follow the White House’s Guidelines for Reopening America (https://bit.ly/2zIzJSu).

On Wednesday, Gov. Beshear said that if Kentucky keeps up the fight against the coronavirus with promising results, the following business sectors are in line to restart...

• May 11: Manufacturing, construction, vehicle and vessel dealerships, professional services (at 50% of pre-outbreak capacity), horse racing (without spectators), pet grooming and boarding

• May 20: Retail, houses of worship

• May 25: Social gatherings of no more than 10 people, barbers, salons, cosmetology businesses and similar services

He said that for May 20, houses of worship would be allowed in-person services at a reduced capacity and that everything is contingent on being able to do social distancing, cleaning, sanitizing and other accommodations.

Not reopening yet: The Governor said that a couple of industries and businesses are not quite ready to open, which include restaurants, gyms, movie theaters, campgrounds, youth sports, summer camps, day cares (except for essential health care workers) and public pools.

Healthy at Work reopening process: During the Healthy at Work phases, the Department for Public Health will evaluate individual businesses’ ability to safely reopen. Industry groups and trade associations are encouraged to communicate with and gather input from their membership to develop and submit reopen proposals (https://bit.ly/2yXK7Fj) on behalf of their members. Individual businesses may submit via the online reopen form (https://bit.ly/3cXFOZx). All proposals will be evaluated according to White House guidelines and other public health criteria. This step will ensure that Kentucky businesses are able to comply with public health protocols and CDC guidelines.

Boyle County Health Department | Brent Blevins: As of 4pm today we have no new confirmed cases for a total of 18. Stay diligent on social distancing, washing hands, and wearing a mask where needed. Find someone struggling today and lift them up any way you can! Makes a difference!!

=== TUESDAY, APRIL 28, 2020 ===

Boyle County Health Department | Brent Blevins: As of 4pm today we have no new confirmed cases for a total of 18. Keep in mind Boyle Co Schools/Danville Schools/Senior Citizens/Soups on Us and others who continue feeding Boyle County community members in need daily! Great leadership and employees/volunteers serving in these organizations. Certainly, remember them and all our community in your prayers!

=== MONDAY, APRIL 27, 2020 ===

Re-Opening Kentucky: If Kentucky’s COVID-19 cases begin declining, Governor Andy Beshear says he is prepared to begin slowly reopening additional segments of the economy on May 11th, 18th, 25th, and June 1. Beginning May 11th, everyone in areas that re-open and at essential businesses will need to be wearing a mask. There were 87 new COVID-19 positive cases overnight for a statewide total of 4,146. Five more Kentuckians died overnight from the coronavirus -- from Fayette, Hopkins, and Jefferson counties – for a statewide death toll of 213.

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Boyle County Health Department | Brent Blevins: As of 4 pm today we have no new confirmed cases for a total of 18. 5 cases are active with the rest having completed their quarantine period. See Dr. Eric Guerrant’s post today (https://www.facebook.com/eric.guerrant). Great reminder that as we slowly reopen business, it is vital we continue to social distance, wash hands, use technology instead of meeting in person when possible and abide by the rules businesses implement. This is vital to our community!

=== SUNDAY, APRIL 26, 2020 ===

Boyle County Health Department | Director Brent Blevins: As of 4 pm today we have no new confirmed cases for a total of 18 in Boyle County. As medical type facilities begin reopening tomorrow, please make their jobs easier and follow all instructions they provide for your protection and staff!

=== SATURDAY, APRIL 25, 2020 ===

Unemployment Insurance: Gov. Andy Beshear on Saturday said those who applied for unemployment in March should expect to hear from somebody this week. He said this is his administration and everyone is working hard to respond to the claims, which are greater than at any time in our history. “I want to see significant progress on this this week and we will be providing updates,” Gov. Beshear said. https://kcc.ky.gov/Pages/default.aspx

Healthy at Work: Gov. Andy Beshear's administration is continuing to update the state’s website, HealthyAtWork.ky.gov, to make the Phase 2 process for reopening businesses clear. Healthy at Work is based on criteria set by public health experts and advice from industry experts. Phase 1 is a state-readiness evaluation. Phase 2 is business-readiness evaluation. This phased approach will ensure the commonwealth’s citizens can safely return to work while still protecting the most vulnerable Kentuckians. https://govstatus.egov.com/ky-healthy-at-work

Boyle County Health Department | Director Brent Blevins: As of 4 pm today we have no new cases for a total of 18. Sorry, no graph today.

=== FRIDAY, APRIL 24, 2020 ===

Boyle County Health Department | Brent Blevins: As of 4 pm today we have no new confirmed cases for a total of 18 in Boyle County. It is up to all of us to keep doing what is needed so we ensure a healthy community for all!

CARES Act Provider Funding: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is releasing another round of funding from the health care provider fund in the CARES Act. The CARES Act included $100B for this fund and this week, the Senate approved an additional $75B. As a reminder, this money is a grant so the providers do not have to pay it back. Highlights:

$20 billion will go to health care providers

• These providers must be participants in the Medicare program

• Funding will be allocated to providers based on their 2018 net patient revenue

  • HHS is using 2018 data because it is the most recent complete year of information they have from the IRS

• This funding will start going out today, mostly via direct deposit like last round

• The allocation formula is the net of the provider’s proportional share of 2018 net patient revenues multiplied by $50B. Then, subtract what they received from the first distribution

  • Ex. Children’s hospitals will get a larger share of the $20B than an acute care hospital because they received very little funding from the first round

$10 billion for high impact areas (aka hot spots)

• Providers have to submit their Taxpayer Identification Number, National Provider Identifier, number of staffed ICU beds as of April 10, and number of COVID-19 admissions from January 1 to April 10 to HHS

• Deadline is April 25th (The linked document at https://tinyurl.com/y9bvo8cu has the old deadline; HHS has extended it)

$10 billion for rural hospitals and rural health clinics

• Based on total operating cost

• Will be distributed late next week

Also HHS is launching an uninsured portal:

• Providers can submit claims for treating uninsured COVID-19 patients after February 4th

• Health care providers will be reimbursed at Medicare rates

• Providers can register on the portal starting next Monday and then can start submitting claims in May

Last, please know HHS mentioned it is figuring out a distribution to providers that do not bill Medicare/primarily take Medicaid, such as pediatricians, nursing homes, dentists, behavioral health, etc.


=== THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 2020 ===

Looking to get your business back open in Danville? Governor Andy Beshear asked that businesses who hope to reopen in the coming months submit plans to his administration that detail how they can operate while abiding by guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. After the state deems it is safe to reopen -- which will require 14 days of decreasing cases and increased testing capacity, among other things -- it will then evaluate individual businesses’ ability to safely reopen.

Among other things, each business proposal is required to explain its ability to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) to employees, adequate access to hand sanitizer and disinfectant, and minimal direct contact between employees and the public.

Reopening plans can be submitted online at https://govstatus.egov.com/ky-healthy-at-work or through email at HealthyAtWork@ky.gov.

President Trump has unveiled Guidelines for Opening Up America Again, a three-phased approach (https://www.whitehouse.gov/openingamerica/) based on the advice of public health experts. These steps will help state and local officials when reopening their economies, getting people back to work, and continuing to protect American lives.

Benchmark criteria for Kentucky to move to the first stage
• 14 days where cases are decreasing
• Increased testing capacity and contact tracing
• Personal protective equipment (PPE) availability
• Ability to protect at-risk populations
• Ability to social distance and follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines on large gatherings
• Preparedness for possible future spike
• Status of vaccine and treatment

Once Kentucky meets certain first stage benchmarks, the White House provided guidance on what the first stage of reopening could like, which may include:

Guidance for the first stage of reopening

• Individuals should continue to practice good hygiene
• People who feel sick should stay home
• All vulnerable individuals should continue to shelter in place
• All individuals, when in public, should maximize physical distance from others
• All individuals should avoid gatherings of more than 10 people, unless precautionary measures can be strictly observed
• Minimize non-essential travel and adhere to CDC guidelines regarding isolation following travel

• Should continue to encourage telework
• If possible, should return to work in phases
• Close common areas
• Minimize non-essential travel and adhere to CDC guidelines regarding isolation following travel
• Strongly consider special accommodations for personnel who are members of a vulnerable population

• Schools and organized youth activities that are currently closed should remain closed
• Visits to senior living facilities and hospitals should still be prohibited
• Large venues (sit-down dining, movie theaters, sporting venues, places of worship) can operate under strict physical distancing protocols
• Elective surgeries can resume, as clinically appropriate, on an outpatient basis at facilities that adhere to CMS guidelines
• Gyms can reopen if they adhere to strict physical distancing and sanitation protocols
• Bars should remain closed

Boyle County Health Department | Brent Blevins: As of 4 pm today we have two new cases for a total of 18 in Boyle County. These are related cases and all contacts have been notified. We are glad to see that 13 of our cases are finished with quarantine and no longer being followed by us! Keep Ephraim McDowell and all our private doctors in mind as they work hard to keep all of us healthy. Big shoutout to our school systems as they continue to feed kids every day! We are blessed here in Danville/Boyle County.

=== WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22, 2020 ===

Boyle County Health Department | Brent Blevins: As of 4 pm today we have 2 new cases for a total of 16. Of the 16 cases, we have four that are active (including the 2 new ones) and 12 that have recovered and finished their quarantine. We are grateful for these recoveries, and glad when the others join them. Again, today keep the long-term care facilities including the Boyle Co Detention center and Northpoint in our thoughts. They all are working hard to protect vulnerable populations. I am sure they will appreciate your prayers today!!

=== TUESDAY, APRIL 21, 2020 ===

Boyle County Health Department | Brent Blevins: As of 4 pm today we have no new confirmed cases for a total of 14. Big thanks to our hospital, long term care, ems, fire, and police for the planning they have done! When cases are positive it is this planning that helps weather the initial concern and move into the “let’s move forward” process. It is not easy, but they are prepared and serving all of us!

=== MONDAY, APRIL 20, 2020 ===

Boyle County Health Department | Brent Blevins: As of 4 pm today we have no new confirmed cases for a total of 14. Please keep all long-term care agencies in your thoughts and prayers today. They are fighting a tough daily battle to keep the most vulnerable people and staff safe!

=== SUNDAY, APRIL 19, 2020 ===

Boyle County Health Department | Brent Blevins: As of 4pm today we have no new confirmed cases for a total of 14. Enjoy your day!

=== SATURDAY, APRIL 18, 2020 ===

Boyle County Health Department | Brent Blevins: As of 4 pm today we have no new cases for a total of 14. One more case has finished their quarantine period and is no longer being monitored by us. Great for them and keep the others still working through not feeling well in our thoughts and prayers. Be nice to someone struggling today, give a family member a call or just wave at a neighbor. It matters!

COVID-19 Case Mapper: Pitch Interactive and Big Local News, with support from the Google News Initiative, created a map to make it possible for the public to easily gain perspective on the coronavirus pandemic. Due to lags in news cycles, data on this site may differ slightly from that of local and state sources. https://bit.ly/3ewDUAx

=== FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 2020 ===

Opening Our Economy: Governor Andy Beshear today announced benchmarks needed to be met before Kentucky's economy can re-open while keeping Kentuckians safe from the novel coronavirus. The benchmarks reflect federal guidance announced Thursday by the White House. The following benchmarks will determine the phases of re-opening parts of the economy.

  • 14 days where cases are decreasing
  • Increased testing capacity and contact tracing
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE) availability
  • Ability to protect at-risk populations
  • Ability to social distance and follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines on large gatherings
  • Preparedness for possible future spike
  • Status of vaccine and treatment

Boyle County Health Department | Brent Blevins: As of 4pm today we have no new confirmed cases for a total of 14. You will see that we have 6 of our positive cases who have been released as they have finished their quarantine time period. This is great news for them, and we are glad to see cases in our community recovering. Please keep in mind the ones we are still monitoring as they continue to recover. Enjoy the weekend and warmer weather!

=== THURSDAY, APRIL 16, 2020 ===

2,000 Ways to Light Up Danville Green: As the coronavirus-related death toll continues to climb here in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, we wanted to do our part to show solidarity and sympathy for the Kentuckians who have died. VIDEO: https://www.facebook.com/DanvilleKentucky/videos/849295642227101/

I have asked my fellow Commission members to join me tonight in announcing an initiative, that if successful, should raise at least $10,000 for our local non-profits that have been on the front line of defense – providing critical resources and services as we continue to navigate our way through this unprecedented time and deal with extraordinary challenges.

Together, with your support, we want to light our town in green in a powerful movement of solidarity and sympathy.

Lighting up our homes and businesses green will bring a sense of unity during this difficult time.

So, we are giving away 2,000 green light bulbs and ask that if you can, to make at least a $5 donation per light bulb toward our local charities.

The money raised will be divided equally and each Commissioner will present a check to the charity of their choosing that has consistently been on the front lines throughout the pandemic.

Here is how you can get your lightbulbs.

You can reach out to any member of the City Commission. Cash or checks payable to the City of Danville will gladly be accepted.

You can drop by Danville City Hall at 445 West Main Street and call 859-238-1200 between 8:30 am and 5:00 pm weekdays and staff will bring the light bulbs to your vehicle.

Lastly, we will be out here in front of City Hall from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm tomorrow evening – that’s Friday – and we will provide you drive-through service to obtain your bulbs.

We are in this together, Danville!

Thank you for your patience as we navigate through these changing times.

Mayor Mike Perros
City of Danville, Ky.

Boyle County Health Department | Brent Blevins: As of today, we have one new case for a total of 14. All people involved in the case have been contacted earlier today. As this process goes on, it is important to remember that when we receive one positive case, there is the possibility that others in close contact with that case could also end up positive. This is the nature of how this virus spreads as do many other viruses. You will see on the graph that we have 4 cases who have completed their quarantine period. This is a positive for these people that they have recovered and are back to everyday life. Keep social distancing, washing hands and keep your hands off your face! These do make a difference.

Coordinated Efforts to Reopen Regional Economies: Gov. Andy Beshear announced today that Kentucky is joining with Governors Tony Evers of Wisconsin, J.B. Pritzker of Illinois, Tim Walz of Minnesota and Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan to closely coordinate plans to reopen the regional economies when the time is right.

The announcement comes less than 24 hours after the Governor announced he was working with Governors Eric Holcomb of Indiana and Mike DeWine of Ohio. The coordinated effort is aimed at looking beyond the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak now includes seven governors.

While each leader ultimately will make their own decision regarding their state’s plans, Gov. Beshear said the collaboration will lead to a more effective eventual opening of different parts of the economy.

“We owe much of our success in flattening the curve in Kentucky to the sacrifices our families are making. And while we continue to aggressively battle COVID-19, the moment we can begin to take action to reopen parts of our economy, we must do so in a way that ensures every sacrifice made is not squandered,” the Governor said. “I am proud to continue working with other governors to ensure reopening efforts are in the best interest of every Kentuckian.”

Gov. Beshear said no decision has been made on the timing for reopening Kentucky’s economy, adding that he will rely on the expertise of public health leaders to make any determination.

As part of yesterday’s announcement Gov. Holcomb said: “While Hoosiers have been hunkered down to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and save lives, we’re not going it alone. We’re in this together – as Hoosiers – and alongside our neighbors in Ohio and Kentucky, where we have strong partners in Gov. DeWine and Gov. Beshear. I know we’re each looking forward to reopening our states for business as soon as it’s safe.”

Gov. Beshear will continue regular calls and planning sessions with neighboring governors and other leaders during the coming weeks. As action is taken, the governors will continue to provide updates.

Resources for Seniors: Message from Commissioner Victoria Elridge of the Kentucky Department for Aging and Independent Living on resources for older adults. https://bit.ly/3cqP2xh

=== WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15, 2020 ===

Boyle County Health Department | Brent Blevins: As of 4pm today we have no new confirmed cases for a total of 13. Today keep in mind our long-term care facilities as they help take care of many of the most vulnerable people in our community every day 24/7. We see in Ky that we have long term care facilities that are struggling with Covid19 affecting both staff and residents. So, tonight say a prayer for them along with all our First Responders who work hard every day to keep us safe.

Presumptive Medicaid: The state is providing Presumptive Medicaid to any Kentuckian who wants to apply. This is a temporary coverage regardless of income level and is valid through June 30, 2020. This is the insurance Governor Andy Beshear talks about during his nightly 5 pm COVID-19 press briefings. If you live in Boyle or Lincoln counties and have questions, please contact Linda East with the Blue Grass Community Action Partnership at 859-339-2308.

Supreme Court extends suspension of in-person court services through May 31: With the COVID-19 state of emergency still in place in Kentucky and nationwide, the Supreme Court on Tuesday extended the effective date of the order that governs court operations during the pandemic. Administrative Order 2020-22 (see http://tiny.cc/Order2020-22), dated April 14, 2020, replaces in its entirety Administrative Order 2020-16, dated April 1, 2020. The effective date of the order has been extended from May 1 to May 31, 2020. The Supreme Court order restricts dockets, jury trials and jury service from taking place in-person at court facilities and requires court proceedings to be conducted remotely. The Supreme Court also issued a new emergency release schedule and emergency pretrial drug testing standards to help protect the health and safety of its criminal justice partners and defendants housed in county jails. Administrative Order 2020-25 (see http://tiny.cc/Order2020-25), dated April 14, 2020, will be in effect through May 31, 2020. For more information, please visit https://kycourts.gov/pages/Coronavirus.aspx

=== TUESDAY, APRIL 14, 2020 ===

AT&T is giving three months of FirstNet service to nurses and physicians for free: Nurses and physicians already on FirstNet Mobile – Responder plan will automatically receive the 3-month service credit1 on a smartphone or tablet line of service. Starting Monday, April 13, new subscribers are also eligible, connecting them to reliable critical communications with always-on priority access to the network, with fastest overall nationwide network experience. http://tiny.cc/FreeATT

Boyle County Health Department | Director Brent Blevins: As of 4 pm today we have no new confirmed cases for a total of 13. I continue to get a lot of questions about why the numbers are different from what the Governor reports daily. Here is the explanation again: The numbers I report daily are directly from our state system that includes the Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center, local doctors, and private labs reporting. The local providers also call us when they have a positive case just to verify that we are aware of. This helps us get started on the case tracking ASAP. We then report these numbers to our state Epidemiologist as well as the state system has them reported. Due to the sheer number of private labs reporting as well as 120 counties, the amount of information the state is dealing with daily is enormous. So, they may be off a number or two daily from the number I report. Let me assure you this not a conspiracy by anyone. No one is lying about the numbers and it is not a debate about who has the correct number. The Governor is doing his best to get the information together as soon as he can and present it to the public. I do apologize for not always getting this out directly at 4 pm.

=== MONDAY, APRIL 13, 2020 ===

Boyle County Health Department | Director Brent Blevins: As of 4pm today we have no new cases for a total of 13. 3 of our cases are now considered recovered and we are no longer following, 8 are at home/feeling better and 2 are at home/still recovering. Really glad to see the three cases who are feeling better and off the quarantine period. This is a positive step!!!

USDA Unveils Tool to Help Rural Communities Address the COVID-19 Pandemic: U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today unveiled a one-stop-shop of federal programs that can be used by rural communities, organizations and individuals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide (PDF, 349 KB) is a first-of-its-kind resource for rural leaders looking for federal funding and partnership opportunities to help address this pandemic. http://tiny.cc/RuralResourceGuide

Thank a Dispatcher: It’s National Public Safety Telecommunications Week! These are the special voices behind 911 in our Danville-Boyle County Dispatch Center. They are on 24/7 answering the most difficult calls in our community. Let’s show our gratitude and thank a Dispatcher this week! http://tiny.cc/DanvilleBoyleCounty911

=== SUNDAY, APRIL 12, 2020 ===

Boyle County Health Department | Director Brent Blevins: As of today at 4 pm we have no new cases for a total of 13. Each time we have someone in the "recovered/off quarantine" category, I will subtract them from the "total active cases" section. This number will show the number of cases we are still following. Please keep in mind all the Hospital, EMS, Fire, Police, Long Term Care, Dr's/Nurses and EM people who take care of the rest of us every day. Along with the preparation for this, they also help us manage our other health needs daily. From me personally, thanks to the staff of the Boyle County Health Dept. You are the best and I appreciate what you do daily to help keep our community safe! Hope everyone had a great day!

=== SATURDAY, APRIL 11, 2020 ===

Boyle County Health Department | Director Brent Blevins: As of 4 pm today we have no new confirmed cases for a total of 13 in Boyle County. Our first positive case finished their quarantine period today and is symptom free! We are so glad for them and look forward to reporting more of these case conclusions over the next weeks. Keep utilizing all the tools we have talked about over the last months to keep this from spreading-you are making a difference!

=== FRIDAY, APRIL 10, 2020 ==

Please Complete Your 2020 Census: Hopefully you’ve heard about the decennial census, which is a constitutionally required count of every resident in the U.S. that takes place every 10 years. While the census was originally created to determine how many seats each state gets in the U.S. House of Representatives, the census is now used for so much more, including how $1.5 trillion is allocated each year to state and local governments, nonprofits, businesses and households across the nation. That includes funding for public health coverage (Medicare, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program) and healthcare (through grants to hospitals and clinics) which are always important, but even more crucial during a crisis like this. It also includes funding for food assistance like WIC, SNAP and school lunch programs, which many school districts are now making available to families through pick-up sites so students don’t go hungry during school closures. https://bit.ly/39T4aBO

Boyle County Health Department | Director Brent Blevins Update: As of 4 pm we have no new cases for an ongoing total of 13. Please see the graph for additional information. Remember this weekend to count all the blessings we have, continue social-distancing and hand washing, and remember that every day we are closer to the other side of COVID-19!

(image: 2020-04-10-boyle-county-covid-19-cases.jpg )

=== THURSDAY, APRIL 9, 2020 ===

Workers Compensation: Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear today signed a new executive order on workers compensation, extending temporary total disability for people who are quarantined due to exposure to COVID-19 to childcare workers, grocery workers, postal service workers, social workers, corrections officers, people who work at domestic violence shelters and rape crisis centers and military personnel. Video: https://bit.ly/2UUjUQC

Boyle County Health Department/Director Brent Blevins Update: As of 4 pm today we have no new cases confirmed for a total of 13 in Boyle County. All the contacts for the three cases yesterday have been called and we are in the process of talking with them daily.

We are reaching the time where more of our contacts we have been following the last couple of weeks reach the end of their quarantine or daily contact process. These are the victories we celebrate each day even as we deal with ongoing positive cases.

I saw today that the Weather Channel (https://ibm.co/2xhfwlN) now has an app that supposedly tracks the number of cases in each county/state. This has led to several questions regarding why they are showing a higher number than what the I am reporting. My reports are based on confirmed cases daily that come from our state site, which includes Ephraim McDowell and local providers. This is the required posting site that all providers and labs must report to. This allows me to see the true number of confirmed positive cases which is what I report. I have no idea how the Weather Channel gets their information.

Temporary Changes to Sanitation Services: The City of Danville was notified yesterday by our sanitation and recycling hauler -- Republic Services – that it would be implementing several changes to our residential and commercial service delivery as a result of COVID-19-related governmental declarations of emergency and regulations. While the full impact of the COVID-19 pandemic remains unclear, these changes in residential volume necessitate adjustments to routes or schedules, additional labor and equipment, which may require Republic Services to pass on additional costs and expenses. To assist in mitigating these risks, and to allow Republic’s crews to focus on the priority of collecting residential solid waste from our community, the City of Danville has agreed to the following temporary adjustments to service, effective immediately:

  1. Limit residential set-out to “Cart Contents Only” meaning only the residential solid waste cart should be placed at the curb. We do not anticipate any widespread service disruptions to waste collection in Danville.

  2. Suspend temporarily bulk collection services. These are less critical services to run during the pandemic and will free up Republic’s resources and assets to focus on the priority of solid waste collection.

  3. Suspend temporarily recycling collection, effective Monday, April 13, 2020 due to excess contamination and the closure of the City of Lexington’s Material Recovery Facility. The facility is expected to be shut down for at least four weeks for critical maintenance. Any material placed in the recycling carts will be disposed of in the landfill during the suspension. The same collection vehicle will service both the waste and recycling carts at each location.

The City of Danville and Republic Services will share more information with you as the situation evolves and wanted to communicate with you as early as possible regarding the potential impacts to our contract sanitation provider during this time of crisis. We are committed to working closely with you throughout this situation and communicating with you early and often to ensure transparency about potential changes to service and the costs associated with keeping our community healthy and safe.

We’ve all borne witness to how this insidious virus is impacting our families, our community and our very way of life. What we’re facing is daunting, but I am heartened by the moments of triumph in everyday acts of courage, humanity and love. Although these are trying times for us all, I remain optimistic that our city, county and state will thrive once again. Until that day comes, stay well and continue to socially distance.

=== WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8, 2020 ===

Essential Stores: Governor Andy Beshear issued a new executive order today that states only one person per household can enter a grocery store or other retail store that remains open. Entire families shouldn’t be going to the store together, he said. Single parents or people who look after individuals with disabilities who can’t be left home alone can still go to the store together. The executive order also bans door-to-door solicitations, which Beshear said could spread the disease like a bee pollinating flowers. https://governor.ky.gov/covid19 | Video: https://bit.ly/2x5SWN7

Boyle County Health Department: As of 4:30 pm today we have three new cases to report for a total of 13. These came in as the health department was posting at 4:00 pm thus the reason for the update. As our previous cases, we contact anyone with close contact and work on quarantine as needed.

On a positive note today, we have seven contacts (not the actual positive case) that are no longer quarantined or required to report to us as they are not showing signs or symptoms. These are contacts of our positive cases that we had been monitoring daily.

Check out the Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center news story reported on WKYT today (https://bit.ly/34lnVkg). Great article about a well-prepared healthcare system that is serving Boyle County. Along with so many other healthcare and emergency services workers, we are blessed in Boyle County.

IRS Stimulus Checks: The Internal Revenue Service today urged taxpayers to be on the lookout for a surge of calls and email phishing attempts about the Coronavirus, or COVID-19. These contacts can lead to tax-related fraud and identity theft. Don't fall prey to Coronavirus tricks; retirees among potential targets. For more information, visit https://bit.ly/3aXnXBe

=== TUESDAY, APRIL 7, 2020 ==

Boyle County Health Department Update: As of 4 pm today we have no new confirmed cases for a total of 10. Of the 10 cases we have, several are doing well and getting closer every day to being off their quarantine period. Keep in our thoughts a couple of others who don't feel well including the family members who are caring for them. At this time, all are home, self-quarantining and doing what is needed to recover. It’s also important to keep in mind others that have been quarantined due to a close exposure to a positive case or waiting to see if they have signs/symptoms. Keep social distancing, washing hands and staying home if you are sick as a guide every day. So, say a prayer for all these that are recovering and be thankful every day for the blessings we have!

=== MONDAY, APRIL 6, 2020 ==

Boyle County Health Department Update: As of 5 pm today we have no new cases confirmed in Boyle County for a total of 10. Please keep all the workers in our stores who are supplying us with food/essentials in our thoughts. As they deal with the daily stress of keeping the stores clean, stocking the shelves and reminding everyone to social distance, this can be a strain. Additionally, all the restaurants and food service facilities that continue to offer us carry out, drive thru and curbside delivery, let’s keep those workers in mind also. We are blessed here in Boyle County!

Kroger Announces Proactive Changes: Earlier today, Kroger corporate announced nationwide customer capacity limits to further encourage physical distancing in stores beginning April 7. Kroger is also encouraging associates to wear protective masks and gloves; is asking associates to closely monitor their health and take their temperature at home prior to coming to work; will be piloting one-way aisles in select markets to determine its effectiveness as a measure to further support physical distancing; is temporarily waiving fees for prescription delivery via mail or courier; and is closing early on Easter Sunday (April 12, 2020) to provide its associates with more time to rest and be with their families. Please see https://bit.ly/2JLRORa for more information.

Thank You: The City of Danville wishes to extend a big thank you to Robert Wagner, General Manager of the Hometown Radio Network for their donation of nine boxes of personal protective equipment (PPE) for our first responders. The radio network operates WHIR AM 1230 (News – Talk – Sports), WHBN 99.5 FM (“The Rooster”) and Z-105 WRNZ-FM (“The Hits & The Cats!).

=== SUNDAY, APRIL 5, 2020 ===

Boyle County Health Department Update: As of 4 pm today, we have two new cases for a total of 10 confirmed in the county. Here is the deal: if you are symptomatic, have been around someone who is sick, have been told by your doctor to stay home, have been tested for COVID-19 or have been contacted by the Boyle County Health Department and told to self-quarantine, follow instructions -- do not go out! The reality of this virus is that it spreads easily! If you are not taking precautions as instructed and are going out or around other people, you are putting them at risk. Don't be that person! We are seeing groups of people now becoming infected that are linked to the same source. While you may be not be the one who becomes extremely sick, you don't want to be the one who causes the serious illness of another. Be safe!

=== SATURDAY, APRIL 4, 2020 ===

Health Insurance and Other Services: Don't have healthcare coverage? Please go to https://chfs.ky.gov/agencies/dms/Pages/cv.aspx and complete the one-page application and you can get covered at least through June 2020. Other helpful services are listed under the "services" tab at https://govstatus.egov.com/kycovid19

Boyle County Health Department (April 4, 2020): As of 4 pm today we have no new cases for an on-going total of eight. For information on wearing masks currently, go to the CDC Coronavirus website (https://bit.ly/2V31rAo). This info talks about masks when you are going into grocery stores, pharmacies, and other essential outings. On a positive note: Some of our eight Boyle County cases are a week or more in length. We are starting to see some of them improve from their symptoms. Others are still sick but remain at home. Please continue to follow all CDC guidelines and local ordinances.

Recommendation Regarding the Use of Cloth Face Coverings, Especially in Areas of Significant Community-Based Transmission: CDC continues to study the spread and effects of the novel coronavirus across the United States. We now know from recent studies that a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms (“asymptomatic”) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (“pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms. This means that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity—for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing—even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms. In light of this new evidence, CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover.html

=== FRIDAY, APRIL 3, 2020 ===

Executive Order 2020-04-01: City of Danville issues Executive Order to enforce Governor's directive requiring all life-sustaining retail businesses that remain open to practice social distancing and adhere to hygiene guidance from CDC and KY Department of Public Health, including:

• Ensuring physical separation of employees and customers by at least six feet;

• Ensuring employees practice appropriate hygiene measures, including regular, thorough handwashing;

• Regularly cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces; and

• Ordering sick individuals to leave the premises.

As our businesses in Danville strive to be in compliance with the Governor’s Executive Order, the City seeks to assist them by revising maximum occupancy capacity to 25% of the pre-pandemic level as established by the City’s fire marshal through a local executive order, effective immediately for the duration of the state of emergency. This local executive order is being issued after consultation with the Danville Mayor and Commissioners, together with your County leaders on the front line of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mayor's Statement:

Executive Order:

Video: https://bit.ly/3aKdbyq

=== THURSDAY, APRIL 2, 2020 ===

Executive Orders: Governor Andy Beshear gave new executive orders during his update on the Coronavirus pandemic in Kentucky.

  • One of which included people out of state traveling into Kentucky will quarantine for 14 days regardless of their origination.
  • Another included allowing state and local county governments to hire back retirees if needed.
  • Lastly, Beshear announced he is moving forward with plans at the Louisville fairgrounds to create a 2,000-bed field hospital. The National Guard will assist.
  • Beshear said the goal of the field hospital is to be ready if the number of those infected continues to rise.

Boyle County Health Department: As of 4 pm today we have three new positive cases (for a total of seven in Boyle County). All three cases were received late last night. Everyone associated with the cases has been contacted. While this may seem like a sudden increase, we knew this time period would be when we see more positives. The continued increase of testing in our community helps us identify these cases sooner. This allows us to contact people associated with the case faster and have people quarantine to stop the spread. Please keep utilizing Social distancing, washing your hands and keeping your hands off your face. This is making a difference in our numbers!

BGCAP Transit Shop & Deliver Service: Community Action is here to help those in need due to the COVID-19 pandemic. if you or someone you know is a Senior Citizen (age 60 or over) or is disabled, we are happy to help.

  1. Make your list
  2. Call your list into our office at (800) 456-6588
  3. We shop for you
  4. We will deliver to your home FREE of charge to you
  5. Checks are payable to BGCAP
    Courtesy of the Blue Grass Community Action Partnership @ http://www.bluegrasscommunityaction.org/

=== WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1, 2020 ===

Boyle County Health Department: As of 4 pm Wednesday, we have received no additional positive test results for Boyle County. Several have asked about the difference between the numbers reported locally and what the Governor reports. As this process has evolved over the past month, we have identified gaps that we are working to close to ensure that our numbers match what is reported daily at 5 pm by the Governor. Logistics with test result systems are being brought up to speed as fast as we can to make the numbers match. Thanks to all the great work being done in Boyle County on social distancing. It does make a difference!

Enforcement Orders: To report large gatherings or establishments not complying with Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear's orders, visit govstatus.egov.com/kysafer or call 1-833-KYSAFER.

Information courtesy of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce recently prepared a guide detailing the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act’s Paycheck Protection Program. The CARES Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Known as the Paycheck Protection Program, the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses who maintain their payroll during this emergency. These loans may be forgiven if borrowers maintain their payrolls during the crisis or restore their payrolls afterward.

Help for Small Businesses - https://www.uschamber.com/co/small-business-coronavirus

The Chamber has produced a guide explaining the new emergency loans available for small businesses and 501(c)3 non-profits. The guide is available in and . https://www.uschamber.com/report/covid-19-emergency-loans-small-business-guide

The CARES Act expands the Small Business Administration’s long-standing Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (EIDL). The EIDL program was created to assist businesses, renters, and homeowners located in regions affected by declared disasters. https://www.uschamber.com/report/guide-sbas-economic-injury-disaster-loans

The CARES Act also created a new employee retention tax credit for employers who are closed, partially closed, or experiencing significant revenue losses as a result of COVID-19. https://www.uschamber.com/report/guide-the-employee-retention-tax-credit

=== TUESDAY, MARCH 31, 2020 ===

Yard Sales Banned: Per guidance from Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear’s Orders in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, there shall be no yard sales or public gatherings.

Boyle County Health Department: As of 4:00 pm today, the Boyle County Health Department has received no additional positive test for the coronavirus.

Senate Bill 150: Updated FAQs (frequently asked questions) from Kentucky Alcoholic Beverage Control Commissioner Allyson Taylor to answer questions about the liquor section (Pages 6 and 7) in the recently-passed Kentucky Senate Bill 150 (https://bit.ly/2w6WhL6) | FAQ Document: https://bit.ly/2X1XNsZ

Danville-Boyle County COVID-19 Community Updates: Please join your City of Danville and Boyle County community leaders on Mondays and Thursdays at 3:30 pm for Livestream COVID-19 Community Updates. Go to http://boyleky.com/ and click on the "Boyle County Media Channel" link. You can also submit questions, concerns or remarks throughout the Livestream by calling 859.926.6865

=== MONDAY, MARCH 30, 2020 ===

Communication from City Manager David Milliron: In the past few weeks, our world has clearly changed. I hope that you and your loved ones are doing well and staying safe, as, together, we all confront the challenges associated with COVID-19.

As Governor Andy Beshear has stated during his daily briefings: “We're going to make it through this. We will get through this together.”

That means we all need to do our part, which includes following the advice from the Governor and health officials to socially distance.

According to the experts, remaining #HealthyAtHome is one of the most important factors in controlling the spread of COVID-19. You can always check on friends and family using text, phone calls, video chats, and social media.

What does it mean to be #HealthyAtHome?
It means to stay in your home and not leave unless necessary for one of the designated exceptions listed below:
• To get food
• To get a prescription
• To see a doctor
• To go to work if your work is essential
• To take your children to and from authorized childcare
• To help people you care for get the things they need to live and be healthy and safe
• To exercise, so long as you are maintaining a safe distance of six feet from people who aren't in your household.

If you go out, practice effective social distancing by staying at least six feet away from all others. Whether or not you go out, it’s a great idea to use good hygiene practices which can help mitigate your exposure, including:
• Washing hands often
• Utilizing hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol
• Not going out if you feel sick

If you or someone you know needs assistance, please consider using one of the resources posted on this site or at http://kycovid19.ky.gov.

Travel Ban: Governor Andy Beshear issued a new executive order that will limit travel from Kentucky to other states. The decree allows for a range of exemptions, including travel to other states for work and groceries, to care for loved ones, to obtain health care and when required by a court order. Kentuckians arriving back in the commonwealth from out of state are required to self-quarantine for 14 days. Under this order, you can leave the state for the following:

Notice from the Boyle County Health Department: As expected, we have another Boyle County resident who tested positive for COVID-19. This is our third case in Boyle County. The Boyle County Health Department’s (BCHD) Epidemiology Team continues to monitor cases as per protocol. If you have not been contacted by BCHD, you are considered as having no more risk than the general public. Continue to practice: social distancing, washing hands, no public gatherings, and keep your hands off your face! When possible, send only one person into stores instead of the whole family. Please see the KYCOVID-19 website and http://www.boylecountyhealthdept.com for more information.

Kentucky Workers
Have you recently been laid off and need to file for unemployment insurance?
• General information: https://educationcabinet.ky.gov/Pages/default.aspx
• To file an unemployment insurance claim visit https://kcc.ky.gov/Pages/default.aspx; or call one of Kentucky 12 Work Centers to file your claim https://kcc.ky.gov/Pages/Locations.aspx
• Questions about new federal paid leave requirements related to the Coronavirus?
• The U.S. Labor Department’s Fact Sheet for Employees https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-employee-paid-leave
• Questions and Answers https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-questions

Kentucky Employers and Small Businesses
Need help to make payroll or to keep the lights on?
• The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans to small businesses and private, non-profit organizations https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance | Document:
• The IRS is extending payroll tax credits to eligible small and midsize businesses https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/treasury-irs-and-labor-announce-plan-to-implement-coronavirus-related-paid-leave-for-workers-and-tax-credits-for-small-and-midsize-businesses-to-swiftly-recover-the-cost-of-providing-coronavirus

Questions about unemployment benefits?
• General information: https://educationcabinet.ky.gov/Pages/default.aspx
• Questions about new federal paid leave requirements related to the Coronavirus?
• The U.S. Labor Department’s Fact Sheet for Employers https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-employer-paid-leave
• Questions and Answers https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-questions
• Field Assistance Bulletin on the Labor Department’s 30-day non-enforcement policy. https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/field-assistance-bulletins/2020-1
• Required Poster for Employers to Fulfill Notice Requirement https://www.dol.gov/sites/dolgov/files/WHD/posters/FFCRA_Poster_WH1422_Non-Federal.pdf

Federal Taxes and Rebate Checks
Questions about how Coronavirus affects your federal incomes taxes?
• General information: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus
• The IRS delayed Tax Day until July 15 https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/tax-day-now-july-15-treasury-irs-extend-filing-deadline-and-federal-tax-payments-regardless-of-amount-owed
• Questions about the immediate cash relief Kentuckians will receive?
• The IRS will send recovery rebate checks to eligible Americans https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus

Competitive Federal Grants
How will this affect federal grant applications and awards?
• Check the awarding agency website for announcements and reach out to the agency regarding extensions and other inquires
• For example, NIH will be accepting late applications for grants due between March 9, 2020 and May 1, 2020 https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-20-091.html
• Visit Senator McConnell’s grants website to request support for your competitive federal grant application https://www.mcconnell.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/grants

Kentucky Education
What resources are available to help students, graduates and schools respond to the Coronavirus?
• General information: https://www.ed.gov/coronavirus

Kentuckians Living or Traveling Abroad
Need individual assistance?
• Contact Senator McConnell’s casework staff at (502) 582-6304
• Are you abroad and need assistance from the U.S. State Department?
• Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) https://step.state.gov/
• Contact the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate, or call 1-888-407-4747 (U.S. & Canada) or 1- 202-501-4444 (from overseas) https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-19-information.html

Thinking about international travel?
• The U.S. State Department has issued its highest level advisory, urging all U.S. citizens to avoid international travel https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/travel-advisory-alert-global-level-4-health-advisory-issue.html

Thinking about traveling in the U.S.?
• The CDC has issued guidance to consider before domestic travel https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html

Kentucky Volunteers are Part of the Solution
Looking to help your neighbors during the Coronavirus crisis?
• Kentucky Emergency Management is seeking companies to sell or produce personal protective equipment (PPE). Fill out this form if you can help https://survey123.arcgis.com/share/cdbec8a2257c47769d0eb7826d7d6b4f.
• If you would like to donate, sell, or produce medical supplies and other goods for the federal government visit www.fema.gov/coronavirus/how-to-help
• Kentuckians looking for volunteer opportunities and ideas can also visit https://www.usa.gov/volunteer

=== SUNDAY, MARCH 29, 2020 ===

Staying Home will Save Lives (Notice from the Boyle County Health Department): If you have to go out to get essentials...

  1. DO NOT take everyone not in your family inside your home.
  2. Send only 1 family member in to the store. Other family members should stay in the car or stay at home.
  3. PLEASE keep a 6' distance from others when shopping.
  4. WASH/SANITIZE your hands after leaving store.
    Boyle County Health Department - working to keep our communities safe.
    See http://boylecountyhealthdept.com/ for updated information as it becomes available or https://govstatus.egov.com/kycovid19

Social Distancing (Notice from the Boyle County Health Department): "Feel free to pass on. The Director of Public Health met with Walmart management again this morning. I am asking them to put out messaging that only have one family member come to the store as opposed to bringing the whole family. The others can stay in the car or at home. This is not an order but an ask. They have to run this by corporate and will work on this. If you saw my message yesterday to the community this was a part of what I asked the community for anywhere they go and not just Walmart. This is what my message will be everyday that I post-limit how many people go to any store."
See http://boylecountyhealthdept.com/ for updated information as it becomes available or https://govstatus.egov.com/kycovid19

Notice from the Boyle County Health Department: As many Kentucky counties are now reporting multiple cases, we have another Boyle County resident who tested positive through a commercial lab for COVID-19 via Ephraim McDowell Health.
Boyle County Health Department’s (BCHD) Epidemiology Team has begun to track individuals who have been in close contact with this new case and are at risk of infection. Those individuals will be instructed on proper quarantine measures and monitored to safeguard their own and the public’s health. Individuals not contacted by BCHD are considered as having no more risk than the general public at this time.
As the testing capabilities have increased, we expect to see multiple cases reported. Continue to practice: social distancing, wash hands, no public gatherings and keep your hands off your face! BCHD's earlier post today asked people to only have one person go into stores instead of the whole family. Please- heed this warning now!
Please see the KYCOVID-19 website (https://govstatus.egov.com/kycovid19) and http://www.boylecountyhealthdept.com for updated details.

=== SATURDAY, MARCH 28, 2020 ===

Social Distancing: The next two weeks are the critical times to determine how this will go for us here in Boyle County. Our two options are we social distance and reduce our risk of additional cases, or we ignore social distancing and our case count goes up which puts additional strain on our healthcare system. You decide!
Social Distancing is needed NOW! Please, everyone, make sure right now that you are keeping six feet between you and others. What we do now will impact how the next two weeks go with COVID-19. Practical tips:

  1. You don’t need everyone to go with you when you go to the store. Have one person go for the family. This will decrease the amount of people that are in close proximity.
  2. 6 feet- put your arm out and then back up a couple of feet- you will be close to 6 ft
  3. DO NOT go out in public if you are sick or even think you might be sick.
  4. Wipe off surfaces frequently during the day that others may be in contact with.
  5. Wash your hands with soap and water a lot!!!!!!
    Please see https://danvilleky.gov/covid19 and http://www.boylecountyhealthdept.com for updated details.

Notice from the Boyle County Health Department: The Boyle County Health Department (BCHD) has been notified that a Boyle County resident tested positive through a commercial lab for novel coronavirus (COVID-19) via Ephraim McDowell. This is Boyle County’s first reported case. This person is an Ephraim McDowell Health Associate and is currently hospitalized.

BCHD’s Epidemiology Team in conjunction with Ephraim McDowell Health has begun to track individuals who have had close contact with this new case and are at risk of infection. Those individuals will be instructed on proper quarantine measures and monitored to safeguard their own and the public’s health. Individuals not contacted by BCHD are considered as having no more risk than the general public at this time.

This notice is intended to create more caution within our community instead of additional anxiety because reports indicate 80 percent of people infected will develop only mild symptoms. However, specific populations including adults over 60 and people with serious health conditions (i.e., diabetes, lung and heart disease) are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness. Individuals of these populations plus their loved ones or caretakers, must make special efforts to adhere to the preventive measures outlined below.

-Wash your hands often with soap/water, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing.

-Avoid close contact with someone who is sick.

-Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

-Stay home when sick.

-Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Guidance on when to seek care includes:

  • Stay Home: If you are worried, but well, please stay home. Going to a hospital or doctor’s office for information could overwhelm medical staff.

  • Call for Advice: If you are ill, but wouldn’t have sought care if not for worry about COVID-19, do not seek care at an ER, hospital or doctor’s office. If you want advice on whether your symptoms require a visit to a healthcare provider, call your local healthcare provider or the Kentucky state hotline.

  • Seek Care: If you are sick and feel you have a medical emergency, please call your doctor or seek medical care. Be sure to inform medical staff of your symptoms in advance.

Please see the KYCOVID-19 website and http://www.boylecountyhealthdept.com for updated details.

=== FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 2020 ===

Attention Golfers: The City of Danville got some guidance today from Kentucky’s Alcoholic Beverage Control about golf courses after discussion with the Governor’s Office. Specifically, “Golf courses can remain open. Golf courses should ensure that golfers are social distancing and follow other means of fighting the spread of COVID-19. Golf course restaurants and bars should remain closed for onsite consumption of food or alcohol though those facilities may provide food for carryout, delivery, etc. as before. Golf courses can provide alcohol to golfers for consumption on the golf course.”

Updates from Danville-Boyle County Recreation Department: Governor Andy Beshear today asked all city governments to closely monitor their parks and other public spaces where people are failing to comply with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Kentucky Department for Public Health guidelines on social distancing and public gatherings. The governor called for city leaders to close and ban public access to those public areas where violations are occurring during the COVID-19 state of emergency. The governor has directed state parks to take the same action. Therefore, in cooperation with the Danville-Boyle County Parks & Recreation, access to the following outdoor recreation areas shall be closed effective immediately throughout the state of emergency:

  • Basketball courts;
  • Tennis courts;
  • Picnic or meeting pavilions and shelters;
  • Park restrooms;
  • Skate parks;
  • Access to playground equipment or other outdoor attractions that encourage or require physical contact by participants with one another or with stationary equipment; and
  • Any other park or public space that has resulted or is likely to result in the occurrence of any type of gatherings that make it impossible or difficult to observe social distancing guidelines.
  • The trails at Millennium Park remain open for walking, biking, running, exercise and fishing provided social distancing are followed but all facilities are closed (e.g. skate park, basketball court, dog park, restrooms, etc.).
    For current information about Parks and Recreation facilities and programs, please visit our website at www.danvilleboylecoparks.com

=== THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 2020 ===

City of Danville's Stress-Free Walk at 12:30 pm Friday: As the events surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak unfold, it’s understandable that you might begin to feel increasing stress. Walking is one way to relieve coronavirus stress. So, the City of Danville is going to take a stress-free break at 12:30 pm Friday, March 27, 2020. Staff will meet in front of City Hall -- six feet apart, of course -- and with the assistance of Danville Police, take a walk downtown. And you're invited to join us!
Route Information: https://www.plotaroute.com/route/1060888 | Printable Map:

=== WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25, 2020 ===

UNEMPLOYMENT UPDATE: Substitute teachers, independent contractors, freelance workers, childcare workers at religious organizations and those in gig-type jobs (temporary employment) can now apply for unemployment benefits in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear announced Wednesday evening. Kentuckians can apply for unemployment insurance benefits at http://kcc.ky.gov between 7:00 am and 7:00 pm EST Monday through Friday and on Sunday between 10:00 am and 9:00 pm EST. State employees will review applications and determine a benefit amount. The range is based on a person's past wages and is between $39 and $552 a week. These benefits are offered for a maximum of 26 weeks, and applicants can request benefits every two weeks. Applicants are asked to file on the day of the week tied to their last name:
Sunday: A-D
Monday: E-H
Tuesday: I-L
Wednesday: M-P
Thursday: Q-U
Friday: V-Z; anyone else who missed their assigned day

Healthy @ Home Order: Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear today released an Executive Order detailing additional steps to try and combat the spread of the coronavirus. All non-life-sustaining businesses shall close to in-person services effective 8:00 pm today, Wednesday, March 25, 2020. A copy of the order is posted at https://bit.ly/2UB5js3

Evictions Suspended: Evictions are suspended statewide, according to the latest executive order by Gov. Andy Beshear. The order states “all state, county and local law enforcement officers" are to temporarily suspend forcing people to leave homes. However, it doesn't relieve anyone of the obligation to pay rent or mortgage, it said. A copy of the order is posted at https://bit.ly/2UB5js3

=== TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 2020 ===

All non-life-sustaining business to close to in-person service: Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear on Tuesday said that all businesses that aren’t “life-sustaining” must close to in-person traffic by end-of-business Thursday. He said he will issue an order Wednesday with specific details about which businesses will be impacted, but assured Kentuckians that grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, banks, and other critical businesses will remain open. He said many businesses provide life-sustaining services and will be allowed to stay open, even though they must maintain social distancing.

“With the rise in cases and knowing that these next probably two weeks are going to be some of the most important, we are going to take the next step; so effective Thursday at 8 p.m. we are going to be asking all non-life-sustaining businesses to close to in-person traffic,” Gov. Beshear said. “Even for those who are going to be excepted under this order, we are going to mandate that type of social distance that we have to see out there to protect our people.”

The businesses that can stay open include grocery stores, drug stores, and pharmacies, banks, hardware stores, agricultural operations, gas stations, media, businesses needed for transportation, logistics, shipping, delivery and pick-up, housing, building and construction, laundry, financial services, home-based care and services, professional services, manufacturing and other businesses key to national interests or life-sustaining goods or services, and those covered under the federal critical infrastructure sector (see https://bit.ly/3agSHNv).

The governor said most professional services, including attorneys, accountants and those in real estate, can be performed at home.

As he said previously, restaurants can remain open for delivery, curbside pickup and even carry out if they follow guidelines on social distancing.

School System Update: School System Update: Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear today signed Senate Bill 177 that permits unlimited non-traditional instruction (NTI) days in the state’s public schools and waive in-person student requirements. The Kentucky Department of Education has canceled plans to administer the K-PREP assessment for the 2019-2020 school year. The move comes after a waiver was granted by the U.S. Department of Education. K-PREP testing will resume in spring 2021 and current assessments will be in effect until then. Kentucky’s interim education commissioner, Kevin Brown, has previously stated schools should be prepared to close until the end of the school year if necessary. https://bit.ly/2UixLQx

JOBS: The Kentucky Career Center – Bluegrass has updated its list of urgently hiring businesses in the Bluegrass Region as of March 24, 2020. If you are seeking employment, know there are lots of options available for you in the Bluegrass Region, whether full- or part-time, in healthcare, manufacturing, retail, etc. Some jobs even allow you to telecommute! Document:

Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (Application Assistance): The Economic Development Partnership Team – Heart of Danville, Danville-Boyle County Chamber of Commerce, Destination Danville, Ky, and Main Street Perryville -- are ready to assist small businesses to apply for COVID-19 economic injury disaster loans available from the U.S. Small Business Administration. Learn more at http://www.sba.gov/disaster-assistance/coronavirus-covid-19. Applications are encouraged to be made online. However, the Partnership Team offers to consult with any prospective applicant about their questions and to provide knowledgeable guidance or volunteers who are familiar with the applicant’s business sector (e.g. industry, retail, or restaurant). Interested businesses can contact our representatives for assistance:
• Jody Lassiter, jody@developdanville.com
• Jeff Jewel, jeff@danvilleboylechamber.com
• Dustin Duvall, director@downtowndanville.com
• Vicki Goode, vicki@downtownperryville.com
• Jennifer Kirchner, jennfer@historicdanvilleky.com

Kentucky Governor’s Restaurant Alcohol Order: Many questions have arisen related to the Governor’s Closure Order and the Cabinet’s Order related to alcohol sales with food delivery and carry-out. This document from the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control outlines those questions and provides guidance from the agency. Document: https://bit.ly/2wxirX2

COVID-19 Business Forum Conference Calls: Area Human Resources representatives are encouraged to participate in company conference calls to share information on their company’s COVID-19 response. The calls are held at Noon on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Please contact Eric Kenoyer of Kimball/National Office Furniture at Eric.Kenoyer@KimballInternational.com for call-in information. Thanks, Eric, for coordinating these calls.

=== MONDAY, MARCH 23, 2020 ===

Mass Layoff Parameters: Gov. Andy Beshear today announced changes in mass layoff parameters. Any employer with at least 50 employees, who is laying off at least 15 employees, is encouraged to file a claim on behalf of their employees through the E-Claims process. Gov. Beshear announced that they have trained 138 state workers for UI Claims Adjudication to alleviate any case backlog.

Operation Hand Sanitizer: We here at the City of Danville wanted to share with you some great volunteer efforts occurring in our community thanks to our strategic partners at The Wilderness Trail Distillery and The Still at AMBRAbev. Both are producing critical supplies of hand sanitizer for hospitals, medical facilities, and first responders, among others. Danville Police, Fire and 911 Communications benefitted from a delivery on Saturday to keep our first responders serving the community. We are sharing this behind-the-scenes video of the selfless efforts taking place here in the City of Firsts. Together, we can and will make a difference. https://youtu.be/rvLI_8SOYzw

The Team Kentucky Fund: Governor Andy Beshear invites all Kentuckians to make a tax-deductible donation to the Team Kentucky Fund. This fund provides assistance to Kentuckians who have been severely financially impacted by the COVID-19 emergency. https://bit.ly/39dnJnV

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Interim Guidance for Limited Duration Child Care Programs – Partnership with Designated Health Care Facilities: The Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Department for Public Health, in accordance with the authority granted in KRS 214.020 and Executive Order 2020-215, hereby issues this interim guidance for establishing partnerships between approved health care facilities and limited duration childcare programs.

The Cabinet gives authority to approved health care facilities to partner with:

• The YMCA and its satellite locations statewide. In addition to the YMCA, an approved health care facility may partner with one (1) additional childcare provider of the health care facility’s choosing, if the childcare provider has a license in good standing and no outstanding civil penalties.

• If a YMCA location is not available in the health care facility’s area, the facility may choose to partner with two (2) licensed childcare providers additional providers may be approved by OIG if there is deemed a need. As stated above, the licensed childcare providers must be in good standing and not have any outstanding civil penalties.

• A recommended rate of $50.00 per day.

• Notification of request for Limited Duration Centers should be made to the attention of Melissa Moore: email-Melissa.Moore@ky.gov; fax-502-564-9350; or US mail-275 East Main Street,5E-F, Frankfort, KY 40621.

Up-to-date information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Kentucky Department for Public Health may be obtained from the following links: CDC COVID-19 website: www.cdc.gov/covid19, KDPH COVID-19 website: www.KYCOVID19.ky.gov

Document: Executive Order 2020-215 Interim Guidance for Verification of Employment for Child

=== SUNDAY, MARCH 22, 2020 ==

Nonessential Retailers to Close: Gov. Beshear announced that all in-person retail businesses that are not life-sustaining will close effective Monday, March 23, 2020, at 8 p.m. The order is to protect the people of Kentucky from COVID-19 and is necessary to overcome the virus and save lives.

Life-sustaining retail businesses that will stay open include grocery stores, pharmacies, banks, hardware stores, gas stations and other businesses that provide staple goods. A full list of categories of life-sustaining, in-person retail businesses is attached to the order posted at https://bit.ly/3baTzDk.

Entertainment, sporting goods, clothing, shoe, jewelry and furniture stores, florists, bookstores and auto dealers are among the business that will close. Nonessential retail businesses, while they cannot allow Kentuckians into stores, can still fill phone and online orders through curbside services or delivery.

“This is the next step that we need to take to reduce the contacts among Kentuckians until we can defeat this virus,” Gov. Beshear said. He said there is no need to rush to grocery stores, pharmacies and gas stations that can remain open. “There is going to be enough of the essentials for everybody,” he said.

Retail businesses that remain open must follow, to the fullest extent practicable, social distancing and hygiene guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Kentucky Department for Public Health, which includes ensuring physical separation of employees and customers by at least six feet when possible; ensuring employees practice appropriate hygiene measures and ordering sick individuals to leave the premises. Failure to follow the order could subject a business to closure.

Not Life-sustaining retail businesses:
• Automobile Dealers (may provide repair, parts, and service, but showrooms must close)
• Other Motor Vehicle Dealers
• Furniture and Home Furnishing Stores
• Electronics and Appliance Stores
• Cosmetics, Beauty Supplies, and Perfume Stores
• Optical Goods Stores
• Other Health and Personal Care Stores
• Clothing and Clothing Accessories Stores (includes Clothing Stores, Shoe Stores, Jewelry, Luggage, and Leather Goods Stores)
• Sporting Goods, Hobby, Musical Instrument, and Book Stores
• Department Stores
• Florists
• Office Supplies, Stationery, and Gift Stores
• Used Merchandise Stores
• All Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers
• Nonessential retail businesses, while they cannot allow anyone into their stores, can still fill phone and online orders through curbside services or delivery.

Life-sustaining retail businesses:
• Automotive Parts, Repair, Accessories, and Tire Stores
• Auto, Truck, and Van Rental
• Building Material and Garden Equipment and Supplies Dealers
• Banks, Credit Unions, Check Cashing, Wire Transfers, and other Financial Services
• Food and Beverage Stores (includes Grocery Stores, Supermarkets, Specialty Food Stores, Meat Markets, Fish and Seafood Markets, Fruit and Vegetable Markets, and Beer, Wine and Liquor Stores)
• Pharmacies and Drug Stores
• Gasoline Stations and Convenience Stores
• General Merchandise Stores (includes Warehouse Clubs and Supercenters)
• Pet and Pet Supply Stores

A full list of categories of life-sustaining, in-person retail businesses is attached to the order posted at https://bit.ly/3baTzDk

Elective Procedures to End: Gov. Beshear said he previously recommended that all elective medical procedures cease, but said tomorrow he would mandate they stop. He said the additional action was necessary since some groups have failed to follow the order and that more restrictive actions were needed to protect Kentuckians.

=== SATURDAY, MARCH 21, 2020 ===

Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (Update): The U.S. Small Business Administration has issued Disaster Declaration #KY-00080 for Kentucky (see https://bit.ly/2Ji333T). This disaster declaration will make Economic Injury Loans available to small businesses that have experienced significant economic injury as a result of the COVID-19 incident. Substantial economic injury occurs when a business is unable to meet its obligations or pay ordinary and necessary operating expenses. See the March 20, 2020 posting for more information or go to https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/ to apply. Step-by-step instructions for the application process are available at https://bit.ly/396Jaao. | Document:

=== FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 2020 ==

PRESS RELEASE: As we all navigate the unprecedented, extraordinary and evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) national emergency, the City of Danville wants you to know that we always have been and will continue to be available for assistance within our purview. Therefore, the City of Danville has announced temporary assistance to residents and business owners who fall behind on their fee payments. Until the city's Emergency Disaster Declaration is lifted, the city will be implementing the following protocols:

• Interest or penalties will not be assessed to utility bills not paid by the deadline. Payment plans will be set up for any customer unable to pay their utility bills in full by the published due date. Please call (859) 238-1200 to speak to a customer service representative.

• Alcohol regulatory fees for the quarter ending April 30, 2020 and due May 29, 2020 shall be deferred for 30 days. Fees will be due June 30, 2020.

• All liquor licenses expiring at the end of April 2020 shall be extended until the end of May 2020. License holders need not take any additional action and can continue to operate in compliance of the law without penalty.

• All payroll license withholdings for the quarter ending March 31, 2020 shall be extended for 30 days and will be due May 31, 2020 instead of April 30, 2020.

• Danville will follow the federal guidelines on tax returns for net profits by extending the filing and payment deadline to July 15, 2020.

The City of Danville has launched a dedicated website to provide updates and information to the public concerning its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The public is encouraged to share the site – danvilleky.gov/covid19 – with their friends and family as well as connect with the city on Facebook at facebook.com/DanvilleKentucky/.

“We are determined to take immediate steps to help our residents and businesses weather the current situation,” City Manager David Milliron said. “I’m sure in the coming days and weeks there will be more measures the City of Danville can implement to help our residents and businesses as additional needs arise.”

Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program: Small business owners in Kentucky are now eligible to apply for a low-interest loan due to Coronavirus (COVID-19). Go to https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/ to apply. The official announcement is available at https://bit.ly/2Ji333T

Find more information on the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans at https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance.


The SBA will work directly with state Governors to provide targeted, low-interest loans to small businesses and non-profits that have been severely impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.

Under the program, business owners would be eligible to apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loans for up to $2 million if assistance is requested and the business qualifies. The money is meant to replace short-term lost revenue and could be used to pay debt, payroll, accounts payable and other bills.

The money would be available to small businesses and nonprofits. The interest rate would be 3.75 percent for small businesses and 2.75 percent for nonprofits. Businesses with credit available elsewhere are not eligible.

SBA has said the money will be issued through the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, which President Donald Trump recently signed. The SBA also has published guidance for small businesses navigating the fallout from the coronavirus and dedicated a section of its website to providing information about the outbreak.

Unemployment Insurance: In an effort to serve the large influx of Kentuckians who are filing for unemployment insurance (UI) benefits as efficiently as possible during the COVID-19 outbreak, the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC) is implementing new UI filing procedures and starting new local office phone lines for customers.

Beginning today, Kentuckians filing for UI benefits should follow a schedule that pertains to the first initial in their last name as to what day they can file their claim. The schedule can be found at https://bit.ly/2J5i60q

Effective immediately, Kentucky Career Centers (KCC) across the state have been closed to the public to prevent the spread of COVID-19 but KCC workers are still providing services by telephone and videoconference.

Below is the location and phone number individuals can call for KCC services including UI questions. Please use the phone number for the location nearest you so that no location is overwhelmed by customers.

Bowling Green area 270-746-7425
Elizabethtown area 270-766-5115
Covington area 859-292-6666
Hazard area 888-503-1423
Hopkinsville area 270-889-6509
Lexington area 859-233-5940
Louisville area 502-595-4003
Morehead area 606-783-8525
Owensboro area 270-686-2502
Paducah area 270-575-7000
Prestonsburg area 888-503-1423
Somerset area 606-677-4124

Claimants can also call the UI Help Line at 502-564-2900, if they have questions. Complete details at https://bit.ly/33y8Zik

Revenue flexibility for Restaurants: Kentucky Gov. Beshear on Thursday so ordered that restaurants with an active liquor license, that are also doing food delivery or carry out, may also deliver sealed alcoholic beverages, in their original containers to customers. This change allows the state to give restaurants a much-needed boost to help their bottom lines. A copy of the order is posted at https://bit.ly/2U2qlRo

Attention Danville & Boyle County Hospitals/Schools/Nursing Homes/Non-Profits: During a statewide conference call Thursday with Kentucky Emergency Management, it was stated that private, nonprofit efforts might be eligible under the current FEMA disaster declaration for possible reimbursement of expenses. For instance, one Kentucky community asked: “If a food pantry is using employees to hand out food and supplies that are needed for residents due to local shortages, will the labor be eligible cost for reimbursement?”

It was quickly noted there is a clear difference between paid and volunteer staff efforts: “Volunteers are not eligible for reimbursement, expenditures are. It’s something you should be tracking. I cannot give you a definitive ‘yes they will be eligible,’ but they are certainly ticking a lot of the boxes such as being a private non-profit and doing things that are saving lives and protecting people. So, start tracking and apply.”

So, Kentucky Emergency Management is asking that any entity in Boyle County that may incur COVID-19 costs (i.e. hospitals, schools, nursing homes, non-profits, etc.) to contact Danville-Boyle County Emergency Management (mwilder@boyleky.com) to obtain a “Request for Public Assistance” form or download it from https://bit.ly/2vyDDvl.

FEMA Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic: Eligible Emergency Protective Measures | https://bit.ly/2IZqONU

=== THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2020 ===

Rumor Control: Despite rumors, Gov. Beshear said he isn't yet considering a statewide lockdown or a "shelter-in-place" mandate for Kentuckians. "So, first of all, we're hearing this phrase 'shelter in place,' and I know that evokes fear in people. But when you look at what it is, though it is not something we are looking at at the moment, it's asking people to engage in the type of self-distancing that we're asking for. You know, people even in places that are going through this can go for a walk, as long as they're engaged in the social distance. They can go to the grocery store. They can pick up things that they need. Now the steps we have to take in Kentucky all depend on whether we all buy in to what we're doing."

Current as of March 19, 2020 at 5:15 p.m. Eastern time
Kentucky Coronavirus Monitoring
Number Tested: 639 (this number is believed to be higher due to number of outside labs now completing tests)
Positive: 47

Companies Urgently Hiring in Bluegrass Region: Here is a document from the Kentucky Career Center of companies hiring in the Bluegrass Region, as of March 2020. https://bit.ly/2Qu2is6

What You Should Know About the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and COVID-19: The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) gave employers the green light to take employees' temperatures to try and ward off the spread of the coronavirus in guidance updated March 18. https://bit.ly/2J27PlU

List of Free Software and Services During Coronavirus Outbreak: In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, many organizations are asking their employees to work remotely. This, though, brings new challenges to the workplace as users adapt to video meetings, screen sharing, and the use of remote collaboration tools. https://bit.ly/2wmPa19

50 Ways Companies Are Giving Back During The Coronavirus Pandemic: Let these 50 examples of giving back inspire you to see how you can help people in your community, or in your business. https://bit.ly/2vzrcQ5

Talking to your child about CODID-19: In case you missed Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear's kid-friendly #COVID19 update you can view it here: https://youtu.be/Qdd3FAlNQf8

=== WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18, 2020 ===

Charitable Gaming Licenses: Per Governor Andy Beshear, all Kentucky Charitable Gaming Licenses are canceled until further notice, effective immediately, in the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Commission Meetings: The City of Danville’s Commission meetings will not have an in-person public audience until the Governor’s State of Emergency is lifted in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Staff began sanitizing and rearranging Commission Chambers today and then set up and tested equipment and software necessary to facilitate our elected officials’ ability to hold online meetings. Additional equipment is expected to arrive Friday, which will need to be installed and tested. Our goal is to be able to live-stream meetings with up to 250 participants. Danville encourages the public to continue their active participation in City Commission meetings by viewing online and submitting pertinent comments online to posted agenda items. Comments submitted through the online meeting portal will follow the same guidelines as the in-person comment process. Interested parties will need to include their name, agenda item and contain no more than three minutes of commentary. All other meetings outside of City Commission are being placed on hold until further notice. For more information regarding COVID-19 efforts in our city, please visit https://danvilleky.gov/covid19 or call 859.238.1200. The Commission Meeting scheduled for Monday, March 23, 2020 is canceled until the new platform is fully tested and Commission members trained on the new technology. The City will continue to use the Facebook events utility to publish meeting notices and agendas as well as at https://danvilleky.gov/meetings. Questions? Contact the City Clerk at https://danvilleky.gov/contact-us

Kentucky Open Meetings Act: The Kentucky Office of the Attorney General today released an opinion on whether, under the current state of emergency declared by the President of the United States and the Governor of Kentucky, caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic, a public agency must identify a primary physical location for a video teleconference at which the public may attend and view a public meeting conducted through video teleconference under the Open Meetings Act. https://danvilleky.gov/content/covid19/03.18.20-oag-20-05-final.pdf

Take-Out/Food Delivery Service: Thanks to our partners at The Heart of Danville and Danville-Boyle County Chamber of Commerce for keeping us updated on what businesses are up and running! https://danvilleky.gov/content/covid19/takeout.png

=== TUESDAY, MARCH 17, 2020 ===

Press Conference: The City of Danville participated in a joint Boyle County COVID-19 Press Conference on Tuesday, March 18, 2020. An archived recording is available at https://youtu.be/Q4Y-9I9y2QE

Danville-Boyle Parks and Recreation: Based on the recent actions taken by the City of Danville, Boyle County, and the local School Districts, the Bunny Davis Center will be closed effective March 17, 2020 at Noon until at least April 1st. In an effort to provide a safe and enjoyable experience, staff will be cleaning and sanitizing the facility during this closure. be assured, we will re-open as soon as possible.
Baseball/Softball/T-ball registration can still be done online at http://www.danvilleboylecoparks.com
Please refer to our website and Facebook page for any updated information.

Public-Facing Businesses: A day after ordering the closure of dine-in services for Kentucky restaurants and bars, Gov. Andy Beshear announced Tuesday evening a new order to close all “public facing” businesses that cannot comply with social distancing guidelines, including gyms and movie theaters. The businesses should close by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Beshear said during Tuesday's press conference. While the Governor outlined specific business types that should be included in the new order, he said that any business that causes people to congregate should close. The specific businesses mentioned included hair salons, nail salons, spas, concert venues and sporting facilities. Beshear stressed during the press conferences that rather than looking for ways to exempt themselves from the order, businesses of types that are not expressly named should work to help keep people from congregating.

Sanitation: Communications from our contract Solid Waste provider in the City of Danville
Republic Services is committed to continuing the collection of household waste and has established plans for business continuity designed to continue business operations, or to resume them as soon as possible, following a natural disaster, strike, pandemic or other disruptive event. Waste collection is an essential public health function, and we are prepared to continue taking the necessary steps to ensure we have sufficient personnel to safely collect and manage residential waste. Effective today, we are implementing temporary preventative measures to ensure the health and safety of our workforce:

  1. Cart Content Only. We will only collect waste inside the recycling or waste container. Bagged waste set on top of or next to containers will not be collected.

  2. Bulk Collection Suspended. Individual and community bulk collection events are hereby suspended. We will continue to reevaluate conditions, and will honor all contractual obligations at a future date.

Our goal is to limit driver activity outside of the truck. Customer notifications will occur this afternoon, including call blasts, Republic Services app updates, website updates, and updating our Customer Resource Centers. Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly.

Thank you for your patience and understanding, and for being a valuable Republic Services' customer.

Gregory M Butler
Manager, Municipal Sales
Republic Services
451 Conway Court
Lexington, KY 40511

=== MONDAY, MARCH 16, 2020 ===

City Offices Closing: The City of Danville has taken preventive measures against the Coronavirus by closing high-risk locations throughout the city. Effective Tuesday at Noon, Danville City Hall and other city facilities will be closed to the public but will remain open for city staff until further notice. Police and fire response will still be in operation during the state of emergency, but special precautions will be taken when dealing with suspected coronavirus contact situations. Customers can reach staff by calling 859-238-1200. There is also a drop-box for utility payments in the city hall parking lot; payments can also be made online at https://bit.ly/2Wlbcfh. You can also contact the city using our online form at https://danvilleky.gov/contact-us

Water Service: City of Danville customers who have had their water service shut off due to nonpayment of bills will have it restored under a plan that aims to allow them to wash their hands at home as a way to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus. Furthermore, the city has ceased any further water disconnects due to nonpayment, which will be in effect for the duration of the global outbreak of the virus.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.

The vast majority of people recover from the new virus. According to the World Health Organization, people with mild illness recover in about two weeks, while those with more severe illness may take three to six weeks to recover.

So far, there are 22 positive cases in Kentucky of COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus. A 66-year-old man from Bourbon County is Kentucky's first coronavirus-related death, Gov. Andy Beshear announced Monday morning.

Customers who had their water turned off for nonpayment will have their fees deferred until after the COVID-19 situation is under control. Those customers then will be transitioned to an assistance program or onto a payment plan.

Unemployment Benefits: Gov. Andy Beshear said Monday that Kentucky is taking steps to waive the waiting period to receive unemployment benefits for those who are losing their jobs because of COVID-19. The state will waive any work-search requirements attached to such benefits while the state of emergency is in effect.
How to file for unemployment:
File online here: http://kcc.ky.gov
File by phone: 502-564-2900, option 1

Food and Beverage Sales: Per Executive Order 2020-215 issued by Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear and effective March 16, 2020, food and beverage sales are now restricted to carry-out, delivery and drive-thru only, with no onsite consumption permitted. Some questions that the City of Danville is receiving regarding liquor, beer and wines sales in the wake of the order are as follows:

Q: Does this order apply to liquor stores that have been issued a Quota Liquor Package and NQ Retail Malt Beverage Package License?
A: No. However, if the Liquor Store also holds a Quota Retail Drink License the restrictions would apply to alcohol sales with that license which are by the drink and limited to consumption on the licensed premise only.

Q: Can Liquor Stores who have been issued a Quota Liquor Package and NQ Retail Malt Beverage Package License deliver packaged distilled spirits, wine, and malt beverages?
A: Yes. 804 KAR 8:050 (https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/law/kar/804/008/050.pdf) specifies the requirements for vehicle identification to transport alcoholic beverages for their licensed premise. The specifics of this are also answered in the FAQ’s on the Kentucky Alcoholic Beverage Controls Website: www.abc.ky.gov (search for delivery)

Q: Can restaurants who have been issued a NQ2 Retail Drink or Limited Restaurant License sell alcohol by the drink for carryout or delivery?
A: No. Both licenses limit alcohol sales to consumption on the licensed premises only, not for carryout or delivery.

Open Records Requests: Please be advised that due to the declared State of Emergency to address the coronavirus epidemic, all staff has been consolidated and directed to address the emergency response as its top priority. Therefore, all open records responses for the City of the Danville will be suspended until the State of Emergency is lifted, at which time your request will be evaluated as soon as practical in its order of receipt. If you have any questions, please email City Clerk, Ashley Raider at araider@danvilleky.gov. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding during this time.

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