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News for November 2

Monday marks final day for early voting

Monday is the final day for early in-person voting before election day tomorrow. Residents in surrounding counties can go to their respective polling locations to vote early:

  • Breckinridge County Courthouse
  • Meade County Board of Election
  • Grayson County Courthouse
  • LaRue County Courthouse
  • Hardin County Government Building

Residents in any of the above counties will have to bring some form if ID to the voting location.

Hardin County Clerk Debbie Donnelly

Voting runs today from 8am to 4pm.

Timeline of Glendale post office pushed back

Glendale residents hoping to receive their new post office before the big holiday season are going to have to wait a few more months.

The Postal Service says that the modular building, which was originally scheduled to be set up in mid-October, will likely now be installed in January. Dan Linker with the Glendale Lions Club says that the news isn’t quite what residents wanted to hear.

Linker says the Postal Service is still committed to the new location. The office will be located on Jaggers Road in Glendale.

ECTC adds lab exclusive to coding academy

Elizabethtown Community and Technical College’s Greater Knox Coding Academy received a grant allowing for the development of a new coding lab.

Chief Advancement Officer Megan Stith

This grant was given to the college from the Education and Workforce Development cabinet, as well as the Lincoln Trail Workforce Development Board. This is the first spot on the campus that will be dedicated exclusively to the full-time students of the coding academy.

New week brings with it instructional changes to school districts

While area schools are out today and tomorrow, this week marks a return to NTI for some districts. 3 local school systems will head to NTI on Wednesday: Hardin, LaRue, and Elizabethtown Independent. Hardin County, after announcing they would initially stick with in-person instruction, changed course late Friday morning.

District spokesperson John Wright

Meanwhile, Meade County students will return to the classroom after a week on NTI, and Breckinridge County Schools are also remaining in-person.

COVID cases stay steady for state, local officials

Cases of Covid-19 remained steady at the state and local level over the weekend. The state announced over 3,000 new cases this weekend, capping a week that officials say produced more positive cases than any other week since the beginning of the pandemic. Locally, Lincoln Trail officials confirmed 128 new cases for Friday. Hardin, Grayson, and LaRue counties are now in the red, with Meade and Breckinridge still in the orange.

News for November 2

COVID cases stay steady for state, local officials

Cases of Covid-19 remained steady at the state and local level over the weekend. The state announced over 3,000 new cases this weekend, capping a week that officials say produced more positive cases than any other week since the beginning of the pandemic. Locally, Lincoln Trail officials confirmed 128 new cases for Friday. Hardin, Grayson, and LaRue counties are now in the red, with Meade and Breckinridge still in the orange.

EPD: Catalytic converters being stolen from cars

Catalytic converters being stolen? Elizabethtown Police say they’ve seen a rise in such theft, reporting over 25 catalytic converter thefts since the Spring.

Officer Chris Denham

Any criminal activity should be reported to the Elizabethtown Police Department or other law enforcement agency.

Covid-19 case update from Monday

1,032 cases of covid-19 on a Monday, a new record for the state of Kentucky.

State officials announced the number during yesterday’s media briefing. The cases add to a growing number of positive cases for the state. Local officials confirmed over 250 new cases in the Lincoln Trail service area. As usual, Hardin contained the most cases with 86, also seeing their deaths rise to 23. Meade county reported 23 new cases, and LaRue added 15. Over 12,000 individuals are isolated and 28 patients are hospitalized.

CASA’s “90 Miles in Their Shoes” challenge is underway

CASA of the Heartland has kicked off their “90 Miles in Their Shoes” Challenge, which seeks to raise awareness and and honor children within CASA’s system.

Executive Director Norma Hatfield

Registration is open now through January 1st. Participants have 90 days to complete the event once registered.

New week brings with it instructional changes to school districts

While area schools are out today and tomorrow, this week marks a return to NTI for some districts. 3 local school systems will head to NTI on Wednesday: Hardin, LaRue, and Elizabethtown Independent. Hardin County, after announcing they would initially stick with in-person instruction, changed course late Friday morning.

District spokesperson John Wright

Meanwhile, Meade County students will return to the classroom after a week on NTI, and Breckinridge County Schools are also remaining in-person.

News for October 30th

Area schools make decision on instruction for next week

Several area school districts have made their decisions as to how students will receive instruction for next week. LaRue County Schools will head back to NTI and, for the first time since August, Elizabethtown Independent will head back online. 

Superintendent Kelli Bush

Meade County Students will return to the classroom, and Hardin County Schools will remain in session.

EPD: Two men arrested after pursuit in E’town

2 people were arrested after a pursuit through Elizabethtown yesterday afternoon. Officials say they had received word that suspects from an armed robbery and carjacking in Louisville might be in Elizabethtown. After further communication, police located the stolen vehicle on the square in downtown Elizabethtown. 

Officer Chris Denham

Police apprehended the suspects, James LeAndre and Joshua Wooley. The two were charged with a litany of offenses, including receiving stolen property as well as fleeing or evading police. Both were lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center. 

Tour of Elizabethtown’s ghost stories takes place tonight, tomorrow

Hardin County Playhouse will be putting on their annual Ghost Walk for two nights in downtown Elizabethtown, beginning tonight. 

Board President Claire Allen

Precautions taken due to covid-19 include required masks for patrons, guides, and actors, limited group sizes, and social distancing measures. A route for the walk can be found on the Hardin County Playhouse Facebook page.

Hardin totals nearly 100 new cases Thursday, state sees over 1,800 cases

For the second day in a row, the state of Kentucky reported over 1,800 new cases of covid-19 in the Commonwealth. The state, and local communities continue to be hit hard. Lincoln Trail Health officials announced 156 new cases for the district, with the vast majority of them located in Hardin County, which nearly had 100 new cases yesterday alone. Meade County had 10 and LaRue confirmed 5.

Health officials offer reminders, tips about Halloween in the age of Covid-19

Hardin County and the surrounding area is preparing for Halloween tomorrow, and the Lincoln Trail District Health Department is letting those handing out candy know what they can do to help protect trick or treaters. 

Public Information Officer Terrie Burgen also recommends trick or treating in small groups only, and with those who live in your own household, as well as continuing to wear protective face coverings. Hardin and LaRue are currently in the red zone, meaning there is a high risk of COVID transmission in those counties. 

News for October 23

E’town wreck leaves 2 dead

ELIZABETHTOWN (KY) — Two adults were killed after a wreck in Elizabethtown Thursday evening. Police were called to the intersection of Bacon Creek Road and Ring Road shortly after 4:30 pm.

EPD Officer Chris Denham

The names of those involved will be released pending family notification.The intersection was shut down for an extended period last night. No other details surrounding the incident have been released.

Clerk: Over 10,000 Hardin Co. voters have voted early

HARDIN COUNTY (KY) — With almost 2 weeks of early voting behind us, Hardin county election officials have released some data on how many voters have taken part in the early voting period. Clerk Debbie Donnelly says 11,000 voters have come in to the clerk’s officer to vote, saying the process has allowed more flexibility for voters.

Early voting continues for two more weeks. Additionally, voting also is taking place at offices and locations this saturday and next, though times vary in different counties.

E’town City Council distributes grants to local organizations

ELIZABETHTOWN (KY) — Members of city government in Elizabethtown spent part of their morning giving back. Members of the council, as well as administrative staff, met with various community organizations to pass out grants as part of money allocated to the local government through the CARES Act.

Salvation Army Captain Chris Streck

Streck says the $25,000 grant will help them to support residents in need of rent support and utility assistance, among other needs.

The group stopped at 6 different locations throughout the city, with another stop taking place at Mission Hope For Kids. Executive Director Nelle Thomas says the grant is more important than ever with the lack of donations during the pandemic.

The funds that were given out were secured by 2nd District Congressman Brett Guthrie.

DEA “Take Back” event taking place at KSP Posts

ELIZABETHTOWN (KY) — Kentucky State Police Post 4 will be participating in the National Drug Enforcement Agency’s take back program this weekend. KSP locations across the state will be taking part in the event tomorrow, which allows residents to get rid of old, expired, or potentially dangerous prescription drugs.

Trooper Scotty Sharp

The event will take place at Post 4 Saturday, October 24th from 10 am to 2 pm.

Area schools districts make decision on instruction for upcoming week

As the week comes to a close, several school districts are making their decisions for how instruction will take place next week.

LaRue County superintendent David Raleigh announced last night that students would be able to return to in-person instruction for next week, after the state’s incidence rate map showed the county back down into the orange, meaning the county’s cases aren’t as high as last week. Meade County Schools says that since last week, their incidence rate has gone up. Officials with the district say their decision on instruction next week will likely be announced later today.

News for October 21

LaRue Water District receives fund for expansion, improvements

LARUE COUNTY (KY) — The LaRue County Water District has received federal funds for a project. It was announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded the water district with a $1 million grant, as well as a $2.8 million loan. The funds are designated to assist with the construction of a new elevated water tank, a booster pump station, tank refurbishments and a new office and maintenance building. A ground breaking ceremony for construction took place this past Friday.

Christmas in the Park trolley to continue this year

ELIZABETHTOWN (KY) — While it’s not even Halloween yet, local officials are reminding that it’s never too early to prepare for Christmas. It was announced this week that tickets for the Christmas in the Park trolley would go on sale in the coming weeks. City events manager Sarah Vaughn says word is getting out early this year because of how popular the event has become.

Tickets for the event can be purchased starting November 6th on the Elizabethtown Events website. Vaughn says proper state and local health guidelines will be in place while individuals ride the trolley.

State continues to see increase in COVID-19 cases

FRANKFORT (KY) — In the highest Tuesday on record, Governor Andy Beshear announced 1,312 new cases of covid-19 in the Commonwealth. In addition, the Governor added 16 more deaths to the number of Kentuckians who have died from virus-related complications. The positivity rate for the state rose to 5.08% yesterday, and the Governor urges extra efforts to help slow the spread.

Lincoln Trail Health Officials announced 104 new cases yesterday afternoon: 42 came from Hardin, 3 from Meade, and 3 from LaRue. 19 individuals are hospitalized and 508 are isolated.

Man arrested in Nelson Co. with over 2 pounds of narcotics in vehicle

NELSON COUNTY (KY) — Nelson counties authorities arrested a man late last week after allegedly finding over two pounds of drugs in his vehicle.

Deputies with the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office office were called to the Dollar General on New Shepherdsville Road in reference to a suspicious vehicle that store personnel said had been running for two hours. Deputies found Evan Ratliff in the vehicle, who at first identified as Jordan Ratliff. A search of the vehicle resulted in the collection of 1.5 pounds of suspected crystal meth, as well as a pound of suspected heroin. A handgun and $2,000 in cash was also discovered. Ratliff was arrested on a litinay of drug related charges, including 2 counts of trafficking in a controlled substance, and 2 counts of possession of a controlled substance. He was lodged in the Nelson County Jail.

Jurors granted permission to speak regarding Taylor case

LOUISVILLE (KY) — After a brief legal battle, one member of the grand jury from the Breonna Taylor case has come forward with new information about the process.

Through a press release yesterday, the individual, identified as Juror 1, explained that the grand jury was presented no other charges other than the 3 counts of wanton endangerment against former detective Brett Hankison. The juror said that when the grand jury asked about additional charges, they were told that there were none, as the the prosecutors felt they couldn’t “make them stick”. The juror said that the grand jury didn’t agree that certain actions were justified, nor that the indictment should have been the only charge in the case. The statement was in conjunction with Juror number 2, who also came forward.

News for October 19

Historic V Corps finally activates at Fort Knox

FORT KNOX (KY) — Fort Knox is now officially home to a 3-Star Command. The historic V Corps finally activated on Friday, the culmination of months of work and standup for the over 100 year old corps.

Commanding General John Kolasheski

V Corps is now just the fourth active Army corps in the military. The corps’ forward position in Europe is located in Poland.

LaRue County students prepare for NTI this week

LARUE COUNTY (KY) — LaRue County students will head back to Non-traditional instruction starting today. The district decided last week to move back to NTI after the state’s incidence map placed the county in the red.

Superintendent David Raleigh says the district will reevaluate instructional methods each Thursday.

Skydiving instructor dies over the weekend

ELIZABETHTOWN (KY) — One person has died after a skydiving incident over the weekend in Elizabethtown.

Skydive Kentucky announced Sunday morning that one of their dive instructor’s, Mike Kelly, had died on Saturday during a jump. The company says Kelly was fatally injured after making what they called an “unrecoverable turn” too close to the ground. The company says the turn resulted in Kelly’s parachute not being able to restabilize when landing.

No other details on the incident have been released.

HCSO: Woman arrested after allegedly snorting Fentanyl before driving

HARDIN COUNTY (KY) — A Radcliff woman was arrested last week for driving while under the influence of an opioid.

According to arrest citations, deputies with the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office were called to Rineyville Elementary where they found the subject, Jessica Noggle. Deputies made contact with Noggle, who they say had trouble standing and had slurred speech. Noggle informed officers that she had snorted Fentanyl before driving. Noggle had driven to the school with a 3-year old child in the back seat of the vehicle.

Noggle was arrested and charged with wanton endangerment, as well as operating a motor vehicle under the influence of a substance. She was lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center.

Census wraps up; local response rates in

After a ruling from the Supreme Court, the 2020 Census has concluded, and response rates have been documented.

According to the official Census website, the Kentucky rate for self-response came in at a total of 68.2%. On a more local level, Nelson county led the way in total responses, with 77.4% responding. Hardin was second in the area with 73.3% responding, and LaRue came in with 73.0% responding. Meade and Breckinridge county reported 70.7% and 57.4% respectively.

According to the Census website, Kentucky was ranked #22 in the United States in number of those who self-responded.

HCS elementary school receives $15,000 grant

HARDIN COUNTY (KY) — G.C Burkhead Elementary has received a large grant for student learning. The district announced Friday that the school was the recipient of $15,000, aimed at helping to grow STEM learning for students.

District spokesperson John Wright

The program has awarded $57 million to rural schools since beginning in 2010.

News for October 12

Health officials expect rise in COVID-19 cases following fall breaks

After fall breaks across the area, several school districts returned to the classroom this morning post fall break. With some students and staff back in the classroom, health officials say a spike in covid-19 cases is likely to follow in the coming weeks.

Lincoln Trail District Health Department spokesperson Melissa Phillips

In a post Sunday evening, Hardin County Schools recommended that those who traveled to covid-19 hotspots consider quarantining for the recommended period.

Beshear, family quarantine after possible exposure to virus

A surprise announcement from the Governor’s office Sunday morning. Governor Andy Beshear announced that he and his son had come in contact with someone who had tested positive for covid-19. As a result, the Governor says the two will quarantine in a seperate part of the Governor’s mansion.

The person in question who had tested positive for covid-19 is a member of the Governor’s security detail.

EPD: Man arrested after alleged burglary

A Radcliff man was arrested after an alleged burglary took place late last week.

The homeowner of the affected residence alerted Elizabethtown Police after finding the suspect, Donivan Garcia, taking property from within. Garcia gave officers false identifying information upon being apprehended. Garcia had gained entrance in the home by prying the front door open, and a vehicle which already had items from the burglary, as well as suspected methamphetamine inside was waiting outside of the home. Garcia had previous warrants stemming from earlier incidents of car theft, and holding a man at gunpoint.

Garcia faces charges of burglary, possession of a controlled substance, and giving false identifying information. He was lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center.

Nolin RECC once again sends crews to assist with hurricane relief

Just a few weeks after helping out in the Gulf with Hurricane Sally, aftermath, Nolin RECC crews are back out on the road, headed down South once again.

The crew, which included 11 line technicians and 2 mechanics, left early Sunday morning to travel to Deridder, Louisiana, to assist the Beauregard Electric Co-op in their efforts following Hurricane Delta, which hit the region last week. Delta hit areas that had already been impacted previously by Hurricane Laura in August.

E’town City Council to approve comprehensive plan

After over a year of public input and discussion, the Elizabethtown City Council is expect to adopt the city’s new comprehensive plan. Dubbed Envision Elizabethtown 2040, the plan was created as a way to define the direction and the vision of the city going forward.

City spokesperson Amy Inman

The planning and zoning committee previously approved the plan before it was sent to the council for their approval. The plan can be viewed by going to the City of Elizabethtown’s website.

Don’t Miss the Bus raises over $2,000 for 10th anniversary

Despite the setbacks of covid-19, Bluegrass Cellular’s 10th edition of the Don’t Miss The Bus School supply drive was still able to take place this year.

While covid-19 wouldn’t allow for the traditional collection of school supplies, the organization changed to allow for online donations, creating an entirely virtual experience for participants. The annual event raised over $2,000, which will go towards helping schools with supply needs for students in Hardin county.

News for October 9

Man arrested after alleged strangulation; barricaded inside home

A domestic incident in Elizabethtown resulted in a brief standoff with police yesterday morning. The Elizabethtown Police Department was called to Walgreens on North Dixie Avenue by a female victim, who claimed her boyfriend, David Corbit, had strangled her prior to the call. She had been able to escape from him long enough to call the police.

EPD Officer John Thomas

Corbit eventually surrendered without incident. Corbit is charged with strangulation, and is lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center.

Today is the final day to request absentee ballots

Today is the last day for registered voters in Kentucky to submit a request for an absentee ballot.

Hardin County Clerk Debbie Donnelly

Any absentee ballot postmarked by November 3rd will count in the general election. There will be several other opportunities to vote, including early in-person voting, which begins next Tuesday.

Local E’town man remembers Eddie Van Halen in wake of his passing

With the death of legendary rock star Eddie Van Halen this week, one Elizabethtown man is looking back on the guitarist’s legacy. Kevin Thomas, a lifelong fan of Van Halen, has amassed quite the collection of memorabilia, from guitars and amps all the way down to magazines.

Thomas even got to meet the man himself during a pre-concert event at Freedom Hall several years back. Eddie Van Halen died this week from throat cancer at the age of 65.

Kentucky COVID update for Thursday

Governor Andy Beshear announced 884 new cases of covid-19 in the state.

In addition, 11 more deaths were announced last night, bringing the total of those who have died from the virus to 1,234. The positivity rate for the over 1.5 million tests conducted sits at 4.1% as of press time last night. However, it is reported that at least 13,113 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus, though the number is believed to be higher.

News for October 7

Voting centers now set for Hardin Co. residents

Hardin county voters will have 4 different voting center for Election day. The state finally authorized the 4 locations, located at North Hardin High School’s gym, Creekside Elementary School’s gym, Lakewood Elementary School’s gym, as well as the Hardin County Clerk’s Office.

County Clerk Debbie Donnelly says each location will have a deputy clerk and IT technician there to assist with any problems voters may experience.

Registered voters can also vote early in person if they wish to avoid potential crowds at the polls. Donnelly says that voting will take place at the Hardin County Government Building starting next week, October 13, and will take place until November 2. The times for early voting will be Monday through Friday, 8am-4pm, with voting on the three Saturdays leading up to Election day from 7am-11am.

Agritourism businesses make adjustments for operations this Fall

Covid-19 has presented challenges to all types of businesses, even agritourism, which is in the midst of their busy season. But the virus isn’t going anywhere soon, and those businesses have had to make adjustments to how they operate.

Mason Crawford, co-owner of Crawford Pumpkin Farms, says the business has had to undergo several changes in order to keep visitors safe and healthy during their busy season, which he says extends right up to Halloween.

Crawford says the changes are worthwhile, keeping the safety of customers and employees at the forefront of the business.

Crawford says the business delayed their opening just to make sure all aspects were safe for their employees as well as guests.

EPD: man arrested after walking out with shopping cart of merchandise

An Elizabethtown man was arrested this week after he allegedly attempted to take several hundred dollars worth of merchandise from a store.

Arrest citations say that Travis Cobble was attempting to walk out of Walmart with just under $650 worth of merchandise in his cart. When confronted by loss prevention, Cobble gave them the cart back. A responding EPD officer asked Cobble if he had anything illegal on him, to which Cobble replied he did, with the officer locating a needle in his pocket. A search of Cobble’s vehicle resulted in officers finding other items, such as rolling papers, a smoking pipe, as well as needle caps which officers say appeared to have residue to methamphetamines. Cobble was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance, drug paraphernalia, as well as theft by unlawful taking over $500. He was lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center.

Mask mandate extended; businesses asked to enforce the order

Kentucky residents are in for another month of required masks. Governor Andy Beshear announced another extension of the state’s mask mandate during his press conference Tuesday. And with the extension, Beshear said there will be increased enforcement steps when it comes to wearing masks in public.

Beshear announced 1,054 new cases for the state on Tuesday.

Pence, Harris, set to face off in tonight’s VP debate

Vice President Mike Pence and Senator Kamala Harris will square off at the University of Utah’s Kingsbury Hall in Salt Lake City for the Vice Presidential debate. And with recent events involving the President’s health and other government officials, plexiglass barriers will be used between the candidates and the moderator, as well as the podiums being placed 12 feet apart. The event is set to begin at 9pm.

Crennel, Ft. Knox grad, now interim head coach for Houston Texans

A former Fort Knox football player is now the interim head coach for an NFL team.

It was announced yesterday that Romeo Crennel, a coaching assistant with the Houston Texans, would serve as the team’s head coach going forward this season. Crennel, a 5 time Super Bowl champion, graduated from Fort Knox High School in 1965, going on to play for the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers.

News for October 6

Man arrested after alleged sexual abuse

The Nelson County Sheriff’s Office announced an arrest yesterday after police say a man had allegedly sexually abused a child. According to the department, a detective was contacted by Child Protective Services in reference to a possible sexual abuse case involving a 6 year old child. Through an investigation, police learned that the child had been abused by 27 year old Valjon Fejzuli of Albania. Fejzuli was located in Louisville and arrested by Louisville Metro Police. He was charged with kidnapping a minor, as well as sexual abuse 1st degree.

Officials urge caution during Fire Prevention Week

This week marks Fire Prevention week across the country, and local fire officials are using the event to offer reminders about safety measures. This year’s theme revolves around fire safety in the kitchen.

Radcliff Deputy Fire Marshall Tommy Crane notes that some of the most common causes of kitchen fires include unsupervised food, and towels being too close to open flames or burners.

EPD: Man arrested after weekend incident

Elizabethtown authorities arrested a man over the weekend after he allegedly threatened other, as well as kicked an officer.

According to arrest citations, a call came through to Elizabethtown Police, but the problem was unknown, as the caller hung up. Dispatch advised that a man could be heard yelling in the background upon callback. When officers arrived, a man pointed out that another man, later found to be Chase Nettles, was shouting in the street while allegedly holding a gun. Nettles was confronted, and he began to approach the police car in a confrontational manner. Nettles was placed in handcuffs, struggling against the arrest the entire time. When placed in the cruiser, Nettles retaliated violently, allegedly kicking an officer in the head and chest. A hobble was placed around his ankles to prevent further outbursts, however Nettles repeatedly threatened the wellbeing of officers while being transported to the detention center.

Nettles is charged with assault, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, and menacing.

Bruins back out on the field after being sidelined by quarantine

After being sidelined for two weeks, Central Hardin’s football team is back on the field. The program had undergone quarantine for a period of two weeks after a member of the team tested positive for covid-19. When the district announced the case two weeks ago, spokesperson John Wright emphasized that the situation was not any one person’s fault.

The team missed two away games during that period–at Henry Clay and Butler. The Bruins will resume their season this Friday at home against Barren County.

Governor updates state cases, calls for President to be an example for wearing a mask

President Trump’s diagnosis was a topic of discussion during Governor Andy Beshear’s briefing yesterday. The Governor wished for a full recovery for everyone in the White House, but urged the President to be a better example.

The Governor announced 543 new cases for the state on Monday.

Abound partners with HCS for 5th grade financial literacy

A local financial institution has partnered with Hardin County Schools for financial literacy.

This fall, fifth grade students across the Hardin County School system will take part in financial literacy classes through Abound Credit Union. The financial institute implemented it’s services in the spring through online activities and assignments. Officials within the district say the the program for 5th graders is helpful, considering that financial education is already required for students as they continue on with their education, as well as already being required at the high school level.

The pilot program, which took place this past spring, involved only 3 schools.

President Trump back at WH after stay in hospital

After spending the weekend in the hospital with covid-19, President Donald Trump returned to the White House yesterday.

The President left Walter Reed Medical Center after a 3 day stay to undergo treatment for the virus. In a tweet, the President thanked doctors for the treatments, saying that he felt much better. First Lady Melania Trump is also recovering from the virus at the White House. Several Trump administration officials have come forward with positive test results, including Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany.