In his evening press conference last night, Governor Andy Beshear announced that there are now 2,048 cases of COVID-19 in the Commonwealth. Of these cases, 84 were newly confirmed. In addition, an unfortunate mark was met, as Governor Beshear announced seven new deaths, bringing the state’s total to 104. The Governor ordered flags at all state office buildings to be lowered to half mast in honor of those lost to the disease. The Governor said that the first day of drive-thru testing in Franklin County was a success, and announced a second planned location set to open on Wednesday. This location will be in Kenton County, and will shoot for 250 tests per day. Registration for this site is open to those who qualify, and can be completed at thelittleclinic.com/drivethru-testing. In addition, the Governor gave an update on the field hospital being set up at the Kentucky State Fairgrounds, noting that there are now more than 250 beds on site. The plan is to have 2,000 beds, and the Governor says the work is ahead of schedule and thanked the National Guard for their continued efforts.
As the Commonwealth continues to see increases in positive cases, so does the Lincoln Trail District Health Department. In their daily press release yesterday afternoon, the department confirmed a total of 57 cases so far in the region, with one new case being reported in Hardin, Larue, and Marion counties. In total, 19 individuals have been released from their home isolations, with 30 cases still partaking in self-quarantine at home.
The Elizabethtown Police Department arrested two men Saturday morning after an armed robbery. According to reports, the incident took place on Friday night. Allegedly, Bradley Felkins, the driver, and Evan Miller, the passenger, picked up an individual whom had requested a ride from the two. In the area of French Street and Metts Court, Felkins turned in his seat and pointed a firearm at the victim, telling him to give up his money and phone and get out of the car. The victim complied, and Felkins and Miller fled the scene. Luckily, the victim was uninjured. The two were apprehended and charged with robbery. They are lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center.
Elizabethtown Community and Technical College has established a donor-based program to help remove financial obstacles that may prevent students from continuing or successfully completing their college education during the COVID-19 pandemic. This fund is called the Student Emergency Fund, and relies on donations in order to disperse assistance. Those interested in donating to the fund should visit elizabethtown.kctcs.edu/studentemergencyfund. The application link will be shared with students when it becomes available.
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Red Cross is dealing with a shortage of blood. To help combat this problem, the City of Elizabethtown will be hosting a blood drive to help boost supplies. The drive, which will occur on April 27th, will take place at the Historic State Theater in Downtown Elizabethtown. However, donations will be by appointment only to ensure the safety of donors and staff alike. More information can be found at redcrossblood.org.