In his evening press conference last night, Governor Andy Beshear informed the public that there are now 124 cases of COVID-19 in the Commonwealth. With this news came the announcement of the fourth death in Kentucky, an 82-year-old woman from Lexington who had underlying health conditions. The governor, however, has continued to try and make bold steps towards flattening the curve, including establishing a hotline to report guideline non-compliance. In addition, Governor Beshear announced the Team Kentucky Fund in order to try and help those who have lost their jobs. The fund will help provide financial assistance to those people, and every dollar that comes in or out will be able to be monitored so it can be ensured to be used properly. The fund will be collected online, and donations are tax deductible. There are no limits to donations, and every penny helps.
A regional distillery is doing their part in the fight against COVID-19. Boundary Oak Distillery has ceased regular production and has started producing sanitizers for local business. Owner Brent Goodin says that they knew they had the materials to produce, but did not have a license. Working with state offices, things came together and sanitizers have been provided to healthcare facilities, nursing homes, police and fire departments, and others. Supplies such as glycerin and peroxide are still needed. Anyone wishing to help can contact Boundary Oak.
The American Red Cross will be holding blood drives in Elizabethtown this week in the old Red Cross building at 405 West Dixie. The drives take place from 10:30 AM to 6 PM on Wednesday and Friday. Those wishing to donate are encouraged to make an appointment ahead of time. The organization is doing their best to screen for potential illness as patrons enter the facility.
The Elizabethtown Police Department has located the suspects in a burglary. According to the Police Department, the crime took place at Neighborhood Market at around 2 AM Monday morning. An unidentified male had broken into the business and took a large amount of merchandise while being accompanied by at least one other person. However, thanks to an anonymous tip, the offenders are now in custody. However, due to the fact that both offenders were juveniles, their identities can not be released. The investigation into the case is closed.
Real estate office TW Shortt has decided to help businesses by reducing rent for businesses in the Radcliff Plaza by 50% for the month of April. President of the Radcliff Small Business Alliance TW Shortt says the goal is to make sure no businesses are totally lost in the shutdowns of COVID-19. There are around fourteen small businesses situated in the Radcliff Plaza.