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News for March 19

Samantha’s Hugs to accept stuffed animals Saturday

A local family is turning their tragedy into the opportunity to put a smile on the face of children who need it most. After losing their daughter Samantha in December, parents Kevin and Betty Cox, didn’t know what to do with their daughter’s stuffed animals, until they learned about a program through Kentucky State Police. 

As part of their mission, Samantha’s Hugs will be taking new or gently used stuffed animals tomorrow in the J.C. Penny parking lot at Towne Mall from 1-3 p.m.

Vaccine appointments for the “disproportionately affected” to take place soon

Local health officials will be offering 3 vaccination sites in the coming days and weeks. Lincoln Trail Health will set up at Warm Blessings March 23rd and April 1st, Sign of the Dove Church in Radcliff March 26th, and First Baptist Church April 9th. Officials say the hope is to provide better access for those disproportionately affected, including people of color, minority groups, and those who may lack financial security. More information on signups can be found on the Lincoln Trail District Health Department website.

Beshear: Bars and restaurants can stay open later

Due to declining positivity rates, Governor Andy Beshear announced yesterday that the curfew for bars and restaurants across the state has been extended. Now, those establishments can operate until midnight, with doors closing at 1 a-m. 

785 new cases reported yesterday, along with a positivity rate of 3.23%. Locally, Hardin county added 25 new cases to its total. LaRue and Meade county announced 3 each.

ECTC offers Covid-19 relief grants to qualifying students

Over 17 hundred students at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College were offered grants this week as part of funds from Coronavirus relief efforts. Around 1,740 students were offered 600 dollar grants from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund 2, through December’s Covid-19 relief plan from the federal government. The college says students started to receive refunds this week and will continue until all funds have been provided to eligible students. Awards through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund 2 are decided based on a student’s FAFSA. This is just the latest example of Covid-19 relief for students of the college. Last year ECTC launched their Student Emergency Assistance Fund. 19 donors have given a total of 18 thousand dollars.

BHH to host Saturday appointment scheduling

Tomorrow, Baptist Health Hardin will be offering another chance to schedule appointments for a Covid-19 vaccine. The healthcare provider announced this week that residents who fall under the provider’s current vaccination timeline can call to schedule an appointment tomorrow, from 9 am to 2 pm. Officials with the hospital say the one-time opportunity makes it easier for residents to schedule an appointment outside of traditional work hours when they might not be free to call. More information can be found on the Baptist Health Hardin website.

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