In his evening press conference last night, Governor Andy Beshear announced that there are now 8,062 cases of COVID-19 in the Commonwealth. Of these cases, 164 were newly confirmed. It is believed that 2,826 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus, however there were 20 new deaths announced on Tuesday, the single highest in a day so far, bringing the state’s total to 366. With gatherings of ten or less being allowed beginning this Friday, Governor Beshear set out state guidelines for having a safe Memorial Day weekend while continuing to fight COVID-19. Guidelines put forth include maintaining social distancing of at least six feet, wearing a mask, washing hands frequently, and gathering outdoors instead of indoors.
The Breckinridge County Health Department has confirmed a second COVID-19 related death in their area. The Department’s announcement of an additional death from the virus comes just a day after their first death. Elsewhere around the region, the total number of COVID-19 cases in Hardin County has surpassed 80. The Lincoln Trail District Health Department confirmed four additional positive cases of the virus within the county, bringing their total to 82 total cases. The entire district has seen 164 total cases so far, of which 131 have recovered, 22 are in home isolation, and only seven are hospitalized. The Grayson County Health Department also confirmed new cases of the virus Tuesday, adding three to their total of 126.
The City of Elizabethtown’s Government officials have passed an executive order to help local restaurants as they begin to reopen to in-person traffic. The text on the order specifies that restaurants may utilize parking spaces and other outdoor areas for outdoor dining up to a capacity equal to the original indoor capacity of the restaurant. The area to be utilized must be clearly delineated with fencing, tape, or other city-approved barricades. Governor Andy Beshear authorized restaurants to reopen on May 22nd with 33% interior capacity, and unlimited outdoor dining.
A Radcliff man has been arrested after allegedly striking his wife with a handgun. According to arrest records, Radcliff Police were called to a residence off of North Street in Radcliff Monday night in reference to a possible domestic violence incident. When police arrived, they made contact with the victim, who had sustained a head injury. The victim explained that she and her husband, Timothy Carrington, had been engaged in an argument when Carrington pulled out a handgun and threatened to kill the victim. The victim turned her back to Carrington, and then he allegedly struck her in the back of the head with the handgun. Carrington was arrested and charged with wanton endangerment, terroristic threatening, and assault. He was lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center.
Graduation ceremonies featuring Hardin County Schools will begin tonight. Ceremonies featuring Hardin County High, as well as the county’s GED program, will air on HCEC-TV tonight beginning at 6 PM. The edited ceremony can also be found on HCEC’s YouTube channel. Ceremonies for the county’s other high schools will take place later this week.
According to a press release from officials, Towne Mall in Elizabethtown is readying to re-open today at 11 AM. According to the release, the center’s reopening plans include significantly enhanced cleaning and sanitizing protocols with a a focus on frequent touchpoints. Added signage and other safeguards will be in place to assure continued, appropriate social distancing and other precautionary measures.Not all stores and restaurants will be opened, and a full list of those that are open is available at TheTowneMall.com.