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News- May 13, 2020

In his evening press conference last night, Governor Andy Beshear announced that there are now 6,853 cases of COVID-19 in the Commonwealth. Of these cases, 191 were newly confirmed. It is believed that 2,546 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus, however there were ten new deaths announced on Tuesday, bringing the state’s total to 321. Doctor Steven Stack talked a bit about two children who had been diagnosed with COVID-19, as one had a rare complication related to the disease. A ten-year-old patient was announced as being on a ventilator after becoming ill. On Tuesday, it was announced the child was improving. The child was diagnosed with a rare syndrome causing an inflammatory response in the body due to their immune systems becoming overactive. The second child, a 16-year-old has been hospitalized, but is not relying on a ventilator to breathe. Dr. Stack also noted that summer activities should not be expected to run as usual this year, stating that early reports suggest warm weather will not help with the virus.

An annual Fort Knox event will not take place this summer. Yesterday, Major General John Evans Jr. announced that Cadet Summer Training has been cancelled. General Evans noted that, while he believed the decision was the correct one, a summer without cadets on post will be strange. Training for cadets will instead take place at their colleges or military installations near them during the fall and spring. Fort Knox sees over 10,000 cadets pass through each summer.

A Breckinridge County Pharmacy is now offering COVID-19 testing. Save-Rite drugs will be conducting drive-thru tests of certain patients in Irvington. Only patients who meet the criteria of an online application will receive testing. A voucher for a test kit must be present at the location. More information on testing can be found at doineedacovid19test.com.

The virtual field day put on by Hardin County Schools is being called a success by officials in the district. There were more than 1,000 videos submitted to the flipgrid app, and over 20,000 views of those videos. The district notes that the turnout for the event was much higher than expected, and that the excitement from the parents and students was encouraging to see.