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News for August 3rd

Even with online instruction, teachers can look for signs of child abuse or neglect

Teachers are the number one reporters of child abuse and neglect. That might be one of the reasons reports of such activity have decreased significantly since March, when students left the classroom and headed home for NTI.

“We see that coinciding with teachers not being able to see their kids face to face everyday,” CASA of the Heartland interim executive director Natalie Cubbage said. “Calls to the state child protection hotline are down 19%, and that’s from February to June of this year.”

Cubbage says that even with students out of the classroom, there are still some signs teachers can watch out for, especially during online instruction this upcoming year.

Cubbage says that while not every indication may be abuse or neglect, she advises that if you see something, say something.

Beshear: ‘Facial covering work”; virus cases become steady as July ends

Governor Andy Beshear continued to report steady numbers of covid-19 cases this weekend, with 572 on Saturday and 463 on Sunday. On Saturday, Beshear said that, in comparison to other states, the Commonwealth was doing well.

The state’s positivity rate is expected to be updated later today. Beshear announced 2 additional covid-related deaths on Sunday.

While state numbers steady, local levels see increase

State-wide numbers might have become steady following July’s rise in covid-19 cases, but local health officials say that’s not the case within the region.

Lincoln Trail Health spokesperson Terrie Burgan says the rise in cases locally likely indicates a pocket, which is normal with an easily transmittable virus. Burgan says that the state as a whole has done well against the virus when compared to other states. While cluster data is not yet available, Burgan says it is being compiled, and should be available in the near future.

Breckinridge County changes Return to School date

After Governor Andy Beshear recommended schools not begin in person instruction until the third week of August, Breckinridge County Schools has made a change to their school calendar. The district announced Friday that students would now be returning on August 25th.

Superintendent Nick Carter says that the district will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation as the beginning of the school year approaches, and will make adjustments if necessary.

Space X astronauts return from ISS

Yesterday, it was history in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida. For the first time in 45 years, a U.S. Space capsule landed in a splash down, this time returning home Space X astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Benhken. This was the completion of Space X’s first full test flight to space. The two astronauts spent the last two months in space aboard the International Space Station. More missions to the space station are planned for the near future.

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