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News- May 29, 2020

In his evening press conference last night, Governor Andy Beshear announced that there are 9,184 cases of COVID-19 in the Commonwealth. Of these cases, 113 were newly confirmed. It is believed that 3,181 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus, however there were nine new deaths reported Thursday, raising the state’s total to 409. More than 15,000 March and April unemployment claims were processed this week, and Deputy Secretary of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet Josh Benton says that the department is putting their most seasoned staff on getting more of those unprocessed claims done. In addition, Benton discussed a security breach that took place in April. According to Benton, on April 23 at 9:17 AM, it was reported that some unemployment insurance claimants could have been able to view the identity verification documents uploaded by other claimants. The portal was taken down two hours later, and a security fix was implemented that night. To date, no reports of financial harm or identity theft have been received. In other news. Governor Beshear announced that Kentucky Kingdom and public pools can reopen on June 29th with a list of extensive precautions. The Governor said that local leaders may choose to keep pools closed based on their assessments of whether or not safety requirements can be met.

Nelson County reported its first COVID-19 related death yesterday afternoon. The Lincoln Trail District Health Department confirmed the death in their daily press release. Additionally, the department confirmed 9 new nine new cases of the virus in their service area, now totaling 197 cases. Of those cases, 163 have recovered, 23 are in home isolation, and only six are hospitalized. Elsewhere, the Grayson County Health Department confirmed one case, bringing their total to 133 positive cases. Breckinridge County currently has 19 total confirmed cases of the virus.

Thousands of residents in the northern part of Hardin County were without power for a time yesterday after a small airplane flew into a transmission line. Officials with the Vine Grove Police Department say that the plane, which had two occupants inside, took off from the Vine Grove airfield just before 2:40 yesterday afternoon. For unknown reasons, the plane descended rapidly and hit a Nolin RECC transmission line, then hit the ground. The two occupants of the plane received minor injuries and refused medical treatment on the scene. Mattingly says the investigation is still ongoing by the FAA.

The Historic State Theater in Elizabethtown will be reopening this coming Monday, and will be offering $1 movies. The sponsor for these movies, Paul Davis, will be fogging and sanitizing the theater after each showing. Concessions will be available during the show, and social distancing will be marked inside the theater, as well as the capacity only being allowed at 33%, allowing for 214 patrons within the facility. The movies will start this Monday with Abominable at 11 AM and 7 PM. For more information, visit thestate270.com.