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ith a national shortage of patient protective equipment causing problems at healthcare facilities across the country, on April 1, Appalachian Regional Healthcare issued a call for donations geared to keep its healthcare workers safe on Wednesday, April 1.

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In anticipation of a surge in COVID-19 cases, the Supreme Court issued new amendments on April that strengthen the social-distancing order that has been in place in courts statewide since March 16. The order restricts dockets, jury trials and jury service during the pandemic.

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Andrew Saul, Commissioner of Social Security, reminds the public that Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefit payments will continue to be paid on time during the COVID-19 pandemic. The agency also reminds everyone to be aware of scammers who try to take advantage of t…

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Community Action Kentucky is extending its enrollment period for the crisis component of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

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On March 28, President Donald J. Trump approved Kentucky's request for a declaration of a major disaster in relation to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH) announced in a statement March 27 that it is temporarily reducing staffing levels through staff furloughs in a number of departments across its 13-hospital healthcare system in Eastern Kentucky and southern West Virginia to focus on essential services an…

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Pike County Judge-Executive Ray Jones on March 27 issued two executive orders — one closing county parks and a second extending the deadline for payment of the net profits tax. Both relate to changes made as the response to the COVID-19 virus goes on

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During Monday’s special meeting of the Pike County Fiscal Court, officials discussed the recent COVID-19 pandemic and how residents within the county can help put this pandemic behind us and move forward.

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During a virtual press conference on Tuesday, Pikeville Medical Center CEO Donovan Blackburn announced a number of initiatives the hospital is undertaking to assist its patients in maintaining social distancing, while also continuing to receive health services from the hospital.

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Big Sandy Community and Technical College announced that it is launching “#FocusFood,” a college-wide initiative that provides grocery store gift cards to current students.

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As the Pike County Schools District continues to provide meals for its students while the district is closed, the district’s Food Service program just released the meal distribution plan for the week of March 30-April 2.

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As social distancing becomes even more critical during the pandemic, the Judicial Branch continues to make changes that will ensure access to the courts while protecting the health and safety of court personnel and the public, according to a statement issued March 26.

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State and local health officials are urging Kentuckians not to travel outside the state in order to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

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University of Pikeville announced changes that it is making to spring commencement this year due to concerns over the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

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The Appalachian Center for the Arts announced that it will broadcast, or live-stream, a performance of its recent children’s show this Thursday for everyone staying at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Kentucky Department of Education notified all Kentucky public school superintendents March 24 that K-PREP testing for the 2019-2020 school year has been canceled.

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While all local schools are closed to the public, local churches and non-profit organizations are continuing to provide food to school children to help them receive the meals they need.

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The Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) organization has launched a website at, https://www.thereisafuture.org/covid19, to disseminate information regarding the COVID-19 virus in the local area, but also to provide resources for those living in the area as the response to the virus goes forward.

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As formally announced today by Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear, Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH) has now confirmed there has been a patient tested at the Hazard ARH Regional Medical Center who has officially been confirmed as testing positive for COVID-19, according to a statement from ARH.

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The Kentucky Small Business Development Center reports that the U.S. Small Business Administration has designated COVID-19 as a qualifying event for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program.

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Despite not having a positive case of COVID-19 in Pike County, as of yet, county leaders met Thursday afternoon to provide an update regarding the current pandemic.

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In a teleconference call on Friday, March 20, with Kentucky’s public school superintendents, Gov. Andy Beshear recommended that all Kentucky schools continue their suspension of in-person classes through April 17 to help control the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in communit…

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All government facilities, healthcare facilities and businesses have closed and made changes in order to follow statewide health precautions to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

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The annual Hillbilly Days festival has been cancelled for this upcoming April, due to precautions concerning COVID-19.

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