Governor Andy Beshear announced in his press conference this morning that the first death from COVID-19 in Kentucky has taken place. The Bourbon county resident, who had been previously reported as being in poor condition, passed away. Beshear noted that the victim had several underlying medical issues, and that the virus was only one of the contributing factors to his passing. No further cases of the illness have been reported in Kentucky, with the number of confirmed cases remaining at 21. Also in the press conference, Governor Beshear announced that in-store traffic in restaurants and bars is being prohibited in an attempt to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Kentucky. Those such as Hardin County Chamber of Commerce CEO Brad Richardson and Vine Grove Mayor Pam Ogden have advocating for continuing to support local business in these times by shopping online, or using a drive-thru or takeout service to keep the industry alive.
Wal-Mart management have announced that their hours have changed until further notice. The hours of the big box store will now be 6 AM to 11 PM. Sam’s Club also announced that beginning Tuesday March 17th, their hours would be changing to 9 AM to 8 PM Monday thru Saturday, and their Sunday hours would remain 10 AM to 6 PM.
In a Facebook Live video posted yesterday evening, Elizabethtown Mayor Jeff Gregory, Radcliff Mayor JJ Duvall, Vine Grove Mayor Pam Ogden, and Hardin County Assistant Judge Executive Daniel London answered questions from the public, and one of those questions involved utility collection. Both Mayor Gregory and Mayor Ogden stated that they would not be doing shut-offs this month, and that while they would like for bills to be paid in a timely manner, they understand that circumstances are different. The meeting concluded with another reminder to practice proper hygiene and listen to official government agencies to stay up to date on all information.
The Radcliff Police Department reported a robbery at Apothecare in Radcliff around 9:00 Saturday morning that left one dead. According to Chief of Police Jeff Cross, the subject entered the business and attempted a robbery when an employee fired on the robber. The shot struck the subject, and he is now deceased. The name of the suspect has not been given at this time.