In his evening press conference last night, Governor Andy Beshear announced that there are now 6,128 cases of COVID-19 in the Commonwealth. Of these cases, 208 were newly confirmed. It is believed that 2,177 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus, however there were eleven new deaths announced on Thursday, bringing the state’s total to 294. As phase one of reopening prepares to begin, Governor Beshear laid out a plan for the second phase of reopening, which the state hopes to begin on May 22nd. This phase will see restaurants reopen at a 33% capacity. On June 1st, movie theaters and fitness centers will reopen at a limited capacity. On June 11th, public and private campgrounds will reopen, though they will still have to follow social distancing guidelines. Then, on June 15th, the state is hoping to reopen childcare at a reduced capacity, and with many guidelines in place. The Governor noted that phase three will hopefully be coming by July 1st.
Just days after announcing their first death, Hardin County has seen another death due to COVID-19. Officials with the Lincoln Trail District Health Department announced yesterday that, in addition to five new cases, Hardin County had registered their second death. In total, the district announced eight new cases, including the five in Hardin as well as cases in Nelson and Meade. The department says that of the 132 total cases, 88 individuals have recovered.
Hardin County Schools have announced that they will host a virtual field day for students on May 11th and 12th. On the flipgrid app using the code HCS2020, or on the Hardin County Schools website, students will video themselves performing the tasks in the activities list and upload the videos. Videos of other students performing the same tasks can also be viewed.
A Hardin County middle school has selected a new principal. Bluegrass Middle School Assistant Principal Tanya Jury was chosen as the next principal of the middle school by the school’s site-based decision making council. Jury had previously worked at Bluegrass Middle before from 2013 to 2015, at which time she left for Nelson County High School in the same capacity. Jury takes over for outgoing Principal Michael Elmore, who is retiring in June.
Friends of Hardin County Animal Shelter are reminding the public of a voucher service for pet food that is available at this time. To apply for a voucher, email the organization at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The location for Saturday’s Hardin County High School and GED graduation has been changed. The event for was previously scheduled to take place at Central Hardin High School in an outside ceremony, but due to inclement weather that is expected, the location has been changed to College View Education Center. This is the former GC Burkhead Elementary School building, located at 521 Charlemagne Boulevard in Elizabethtown. The time and date of the graduation will remain the same, taking place tomorrow at 9 AM.