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U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, of Bowling Green, tests positive for COVID-19, third Congressman with positive test

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-KY, announced on Sunday that he has tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). He is the first U.S. senator and third member of Congress known to have contracted the virus. Sen. Paul’s office released the following statement regarding his test result:  Sen. Paul “Senator Rand Paul has tested positive for COVID-19. He is...

Kenton County Parks remain open with restrictions; ‘Big Blue Recycle Bin’ program suspended

Kenton County Parks are currently open to the public for passive recreation, but, due to COVID-19 (coronavirus), shelter houses, and playground equipment are closed until further notice. All park restrooms remain closed from the winter season (port-o-lets are available), but please plan accordingly with hand sanitizer. Passive recreation includes hiking, fishing, biking, wildlife observation and walking....

Gov. Beshear’s message: Third KY coronavirus death; ring church bells; step up as a good neighbor

Gov. Andy Beshear announced Saturday that the state has confirmed the third death related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), a 67-year-old male from Anderson County.  To show a small, yet significant message of compassion, empathy and renewal, Gov. Beshear said the Governor’s Mansion would be lit green in honor of every Kentuckian who passes related to the virus. Beshear continued by telling Kentuckians...

This Week at State Capitol: Senate passes version of budget which goes back to House; dealing with virus

By LRC Public Information Thirteen days passed between the time that the Kentucky House of Representatives approved a proposed state budget on March 6 and the day the state Senate passed its preferred version of the spending plan this week. No one knew how much our lives would change in such a small span of time. The number of positive COVID-19 cases in the state grew from 1 to 47 and claimed the lives...

Governor’s daily message about coronavirus, cites new cases (including a child); upset with budget plan

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky now has 47 positive coronavirus cases, a second death and a second child tested positive for COVID-19, said Gov. Andy Beshear on Thursday. 
Announcing the death during a Capitol press conference, the governor struck a somber tone. “This is an event that family never wants to face. A 64-year-old male from Jefferson County actually passed away on March 13, but...

Additional information on first reported case of COVID-19 in NKY; 66-year-old Kenton County woman

Note: This story has been updated By Mark Hansel NKyTribune staff As first reported Wednesday, Northern Kentucky has its first case of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The individual is a 66 year-old female, who resides in Kenton County. She remains in isolation at St. Elizabeth Hospital at Ft. Thomas. COVID-19 ranges from a mild to severe upper respiratory illness. Symptoms include fever, cough...

Kentucky Derby to be postponed until Sept. 5 in response to Covid-19 pandemic; Preakness may follow

Even Kentucky’s most famous rite of spring is not immune to the spread of COVID 19. Churchill Downs has announced that the 2020 Kentucky Derby, originally scheduled for May 2 (the first Saturday in May) will be postponed until September 5. Churchill Downs Incorporated CEO, Bill Carstanjen released the following statement: “Throughout the rapid development of the COVID-19 pandemic, our first priority...

No spring racing meet at Keeneland; decision ‘agonizing’ but ‘we all need to take care of each other’

Keeneland officials announced the cancellation of the track’s upcoming Spring Meet, which was scheduled for April 2-24, due to health and safety concerns surrounding the outbreak of COVID-19. The decision was made following a guidance announcement issued by the Center for Disease Control, which warned against holding large events and mass gatherings that include “conferences, festivals, parades,...

CVG Career Center to relocate services to KY Career Center in Florence in response to COVID-19

As new information has become available and as precautionary efforts continue to be made, locally and nationally, in response to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Kentucky Career Center has elected to relocate the CVG Airport (CVG Career Center) operations to the Kentucky Career Center in Florence (8020 Veterans Memorial Drive), effective Monday, March 16. The decision to relocate services was made in...

U.S. Census forms coming to mailbox; fill it out — every person counts, our state needs accurate count

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Andy Beshear is encouraging Kentuckians to participate in the U.S. Census, which takes place every 10 years, with everyone getting a notification to participate coming in the mail over the next week or so. 
Beshear told reporters why it’s so important to get counted. 


“The U.S. government distributes more than $675 billion in federal funding, based on...

Boone, Campbell, Grant, Kenton counties declare states of emergency in response to COVID-19 threat

NKyTribune staff Boone, Kenton, Campbell and Grant counties declared states of emergency Friday, to further prepare and respond to COVID-19. The four judges/executive declared the States of Emergency in order to activate the individual County Emergency Operations Plans and to encourage cooperation between all levels of government and public health officials to ensure a proactive and coordinated response...

Covington buying IRS site; goal is to reshape its ‘identity and economics’ long into the future  

The City of Covington will soon own 23 acres of land once described by an East Coast commercial developer as one of “the most exciting land redevelopment opportunities between Baltimore and New Orleans.” In an emergency meeting held Thursday and called on Wednesday, the Covington Board of Commissioners authorized Mayor Joe Meyer to sign papers formalizing the agreed-to-purchase price of...

March sadness: NCAA Div I basketball tournaments to be played without fans due to COVID-19 concerns

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor The NCAA has made the decision to seriously limit attendance at events, including the upcoming men’s and women’s basketball tournaments. The restriction means almost no fans will be able to attend the games. Emmert “The NCAA continues to assess the impact of COVID-19 in consultation with public health officials and our COVID-19 advisory panel,”...

NBA suspends league play after Utah Jazz player tests positive for COVID-19, no resumption date set

NKyTribune staff The NBA suspended game play following the conclusion of Wednesday’s schedule of games, until further notice.  The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic. The NBA announced Wednesday that a player on the Utah Jazz has preliminarily tested positive for COVID-19.  The test result was reported shortly before the...

Breaking: Saturday’s Inaugural NKY International Festival postponed to help ensure public safety

The NKY International Festival planning committee has been closely following and monitoring COVID-19 updates to ensure the safety of all festival-goers. Under the recommendation of Gov. Andy Beshear for all Kentuckians to avoid crowds and large gatherings, the committee has made the difficult decision to postpone the NKY International Festival at this time. “The health and safety of the region is...