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News- April 27, 2020

In his evening press conference last night, Governor Andy Beshear announced that there are now 4,074 cases of COVID-19 in the Commonwealth. Of these cases, 202 were newly confirmed. It is believed that 1,511 people have recovered from the virus, however there were three new deaths announced on Sunday, bringing the state’s total to 208. Today marks the first easing of restrictions since the pandemic hit the state, with several healthcare practitioners being allowed to resume service. Governor Beshear says this step is important because people have not been able to go in to some types of visits and important appointments to keep themselves healthy aside from COVID-19. Also, the healthcare industry will need to be operating at a greater level in order to increase the testing capacity in the state. Non-urgent or emergent healthcare services and diagnostic radiology and lab services can be resumed in hospital outpatient settings, healthcare clinics and medical offices, physical therapy settings, chiropractic offices and optometrists, and dental offices. Each of these services will be required to use personal protective equipment, and to take extra precautions in order to remain in operation.

The number of cases in the region also increased over the weekend. According to the Lincoln Trail District Health Department, 85 positive cases of COVID-19 were reported on Saturday, increasing to 92 yesterday afternoon. Hardin still leads counties in the district with 36 cases. Additionally, the Breckinridge County Health Department confirmed an additional case on Saturday, bringing the county’s total to eight positive cases.

Bardstown Police are investigating after a man was killed over the weekend. According to officials, police were dispatched to a residence on Camptown Road early Sunday morning. When they arrived, police found the victim with multiple stab wounds. The victim was transported to Flaget Hospital where he died as a result of his injuries. Anyone with information is asked to contact Bardstown Police.

Members of the Elizabethtown City Council spent part of the day Friday handing out stimulus checks to various small businesses. The deliveries were part of the city’s economic stimulus recovery fund. Over 170 businesses were awarded the funds after qualifying for the program. The city granted up to $3,000 per small business that qualified.