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Covington ambulance dedicated to COVID-19 response, new procedures reduce risk of exposure

Covington is activating an ambulance it had in reserve and is assigning it to respond to all runs involving patients whose symptoms suggest they might have COVID-19, the highly contagious respiratory disease that’s been deemed a global crisis. Covington firefighters assigned to the City’s new COVID-19 response ambulance got refresher training in using personal protection equipment (provided...

Covington business tax deadline pushed back 90 days; goal is to relieve financial pressure

Businesses who must file occupational license and net profits tax forms with the City of Covington will automatically have an extra 90 days to both file the forms and make any tax payments. The extension is one of three executive orders signed by Covington Mayor Joe Meyer late Wednesday to help local businesses stay solvent and protect jobs during the global health crisis. The other orders waive permit...

Kenton County Fiscal Court meetings now virtual, with live broadcast, chance to submit questions

Due to the growing public health impacts of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Kenton County Fiscal Court meetings will no longer be held in person and will instead be held virtually. Meetings will be broadcasted live here, during the scheduled meeting time.  The next Fiscal Court Meeting is being held on March 31, at 5:30 p.m. To view the agenda, click here. Fiscal Court Meetings are held the second and...

Governor Beshear vetoes two bills, signed more than 35 new bills into law; here’s the list

In the midst of leading Kentucky’s response to a worldwide pandemic that has infected more than 300 Kentuckians, Gov. Andy Beshear signed more than 35 bills this week. Gov. Beshear signed legislation prohibiting selling tobacco, alternative nicotine and vaping products to people under 21, making the transportation cabinet the sole issuer of driving licenses including REAL IDs, and a bill automatically...

City of Newport extending payment due date for certain license filings until July 15

During this time of urgency for companies and individuals conducting business in the City of Newport, be advised that the City is extending the payment due date for certain license filings. Providing that the businesses file the appropriate forms by the customary due dates, the payment due date will be extended until July 15, 2020, for the following: -Occupational License Renewal 2020-2021 -Commercial...

Gov. Beshear: 50 new cases; urges staying healthy at home; asks local officials to monitor people in public

Gov. Andy Beshear on Thursday repeated his call for Kentuckians to stay Healthy at Home, said that the state is working quickly to prepare an initial drive-through testing center and announced 248 positive cases of novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). “This is a test of our humanity – about how much we care about each other. I am doing everything I can to make sure we pass the test and I know you...

Gov. Beshear unveils video for young kids; cites growing cases, says drive-through testing is coming

Gov. Andy Beshear on Wednesday tightened restrictions on businesses and banned residential evictions under a state of emergency declaration aimed at addressing the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic. The Governor offered details about the new executive order as he warned against complacency in Kentucky’s fight against the COVID-19 outbreak. “The next two to three weeks are going to be absolutely...

Covington Commission meets in nearly-empty City Hall; City passes ‘Conversion Therapy’ ordinance

By Ryan Clark NKyTribune reporter Concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic created a different scene at the Covington Board of Commissioners meeting Tuesday night, as evidenced by the digital screen that streamed the meeting online.  City commissioners met in a near-empty City Hall for their regularly-scheduled legislative meeting, as the Mayor instructed only a handful of city workers to appear...

Much of Covington City Hall operating from home, public safety employees still on the job

NKyTribune staff Covington City Hall at 20 West Pike St. resembled a “ghost town” Monday as the City ordered all “non-essential” employees to work from home – but any resulting delays in service would not affect public safety responses, leaders said. City Hall resembled a ghost town Monday as most employees were told to work from home for the time being because of the...

Covington City Commission meetings closed to public, but citizens can watch live, submit comments

To help limit the spread of the acute respiratory virus COVID-19, the public will not be able to physically attend weekly meetings of the Covington Board of Commissioners starting Tuesday. However, residents will still be able to watch live from home and submit comments ahead of time. A day after declaring a formal State of Emergency related to the pandemic, Mayor Joe Meyer used his emergency powers...

City of Covington creates designated 15-minute, park-for free-spots to help restaurants with carryouts

Want added incentive to order carryout food from a Covington restaurant while dining rooms are closed by state order due to the coronavirus pandemic? On-street parking meters are free for 15-minute increments to give you time to run in and get your food and pay the bill (hopefully with a generous tip). Signs outside Commonwealth Bistro on Main Street and Herb & Thelma’s Tavern on West Pike...

Covington mayor declares State of Emergency; local order speeds City response to COVID-19 pandemic

Covington Mayor Joe Meyer declared a formal State of Emergency in Northern Kentucky’s largest city. The move is a legal maneuver that speeds the City’s ability to take actions to protect the public and mitigate the impact of the spreading coronavirus pandemic. Meyer “Extraordinary times call for extraordinary steps,” the Mayor said. “This is not a normal disaster situation....

Gov. Beshear announces more actions aimed at protecting Kentucky families in COVID-19 pandemic

Gov. Andy Beshear Wednesday announced more actions he is taking to help combat the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and protect Kentuckians. “This is our duty. This is the challenge that we face in our lifetimes,” Gov. Beshear said of people doing their part to stop the coronavirus. “None of us have seen anything like this before, but I believe we are up to it. I believe we can do this,...

Covington works to help staff, residents through COVID-19 pandemic; $23.4M in investment moves forward

By Ryan Clark NKyTribune staff In 2016, the Internal Revenue Service announced it was leaving the city, taking with it anywhere from 1,200 to 1,800 jobs.   At the regularly-scheduled caucus meeting of the Covington Board of Commissioners Tuesday night, economic development officials confirmed that more than 1,900 jobs have come to the city in the past four years — including nine projects, with more...

Cities of Florence, Dayton among those taking precautions in response to COVID-19 concerns

NKyTribune staff Florence Mayor Diane E. Whalen urges residents to be equipped with the facts associated with COVID-19 and to plan to take actions in a rapidly changing situation. Whalen “Panic and fear are the wrong responses, but out of compassion for others and to limit the spread of COVID-19, we must heed the advice of the public health experts to take greater precautions,” Whalen said. Whalen...