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News for September 16

Health officials try to clear confusion on quarantine

Health officials are helping to clear up misconceptions about testing and quarantine procedures. Lincoln Trail District Health Department spokesperson Terrie Burgan says only those who test negative and are considered to be a close contact with a positive case are required to quarantine.

Burgan says a person who tests negative without being identified as a close contact does not have to quarantine for the 14 day period. However, it is recommended that a person does until they have received their test results.

An important aspect to consider is the definition of a close contact. Burgan says the definition from the CDC has changed, with a close contact now being described as coming into contact with a positive case for a cumulative total of 15 or more minutes, all within a 24 hour period. The state recently announced over 1 million tests have been performed since March.

North branch of library closes permanently on Tuesday

After a decision by the library Board of Trustees, the North branch of the Hardin County Public Library closed yesterday afternoon. The decision to do away with the North Branch, located in Radcliff, is one that caught many by surprise, including Mayor J.J. Duvall

Library officials have said that one of the driving reasons behind the closure, next to usage, was the system’s financial stability, which has seen a decrease over the past several years. The question of financial stability for the Hardin County Public Library was put before the county fiscal court 2 years ago with proposal of a special taxing district to go towards the library. The idea for a special taxing district, which was voted down, is something Hardin County Judge/Executive Harry Berry says possibly could have helped.

The taxing district before the court in 2018 was 3 cents for every $100, which Berry says could’ve doubled the library’s current rate of funding.

Duvall says residents feel the removal of the location follows a pattern of removals that has plagued many services for the population in the northern end of the county.

Police continue to warn residents after additional car thefts, attempts

Police in Elizabethtown are once again warning residents about car thefts after two separate incidents this week. On Tuesday night, officer Chris Denham says a resident on Quail Run Road noticed a subject attempting to open his car. When the resident approached the subject, the situation took a frightening turn.

Denham says another car theft incident occurred Monday night at the Leitchfield Road Circle K, where the driver had left a gun in the car.

Denham says roughly 30 car thefts have been reported in the summer months alone this year.

HCS announces new rescheduled dates for 2020 graduations

Dates for Hardin County Schools’ graduation ceremonies have been rescheduled once again. October 2nd and 3rd, the original rescheduled date, will not be able to work with the current restrictions on gatherings in place.

Hardin County Schools spokesperson John Wright

Wright says that if the new dates do not work, then the class will not have a traditional graduation ceremony.

State and local COVID numbers from Tuesday

The state continues to see steady covid-19 numbers. Governor Andy Beshear announced 745 new cases in the commonwealth last night. In addition, 9 more Kentuckians have died from complications from the virus. Locally, Lincoln Trail Health officials announced 45 new cases within the district: 28 of which were in Hardin county, 7 in Meade and 2 in LaRue. The district has 10 hospitalizations as well as 322 home isolations.

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