Gov. Andy Beshear signed an executive order mandating that all Kentuckians must wear facial coverings in certain public situations starting 5 p.m. July 10, following days of continuous COVID-19 case spikes throughout the state.
As COVID-19 cases continue to surge in Pike County, local health, city and county officials held a press conference on June 30 to urge the public against traveling and to urge them to take necessary health precautions.
Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division Eric Dreiband reiterated in a statement issued June 30 that cards and other documents bearing the Department of Justice seal and claiming that individuals are exempt from face mask requirements are fraudulent.
The Kentucky Department for Public Health has now issued a public health advisory for Kentucky residents who have traveled to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, over the past two weeks, after an initial warning to Kentuckians only one day earlier.
State health officials urge Kentuckians to be careful if they plan to travel to or have traveled to Myrtle Beach, a popular South Carolina beach, amid several recent clusters of COVID-19 cases in Kentucky, West Virginia and Virginia that have been directly tied to the area.
Pike County Public Libraries announced that it has reduced its services to only provide curbside services, following a recent spike of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pike County.
The Pike County Schools Board of Education discussed reopening the district’s schools in the fall and how there are still obstacles for the district to overcome when planning for a potential reopening.
Questions about COVID-19 dominated the Kentucky Department of Education’s (KDE) Special Superintendents’ Webcast on June 16.
Gov. Andy Beshear directed his administration to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) to keep voters and poll workers safe during Kentucky’s primaries next Tuesday.
Researchers from the University of Kentucky said they are asking for everyone’s help in learning how to prevent spreading the COVID-19 virus. The community, said UK representatives, is invited to complete a survey as part of the COVID-19 Prevention Project from Wellness, Health and You (WHY)…
The United Mine Workers of America International Union announced June 16 that it has taken legal action intended to force the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration to issue an Emergency Temporary Standard to protect miners from COVID-19.
The Pike County Health Department reported that Pike County has reached 50 cases of COVID-19 so far, after 12 new cases of the virus were confirmed over the weekend.
The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) released guidance on June 15 on considerations for schools in the case of intermittent closures during the 2020-2021 school year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This year, officials with the Kentucky State Police had planned to host the 55th year of their Trooper Island Kid’s Camp. However, due to safety concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer said he has made the tough decision to cancel camp, but with a twist. Brew…
The Pike County Health Department reported nine new confirmed COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) cases in Pike County on June 12, making the county’s total at 47 cases so far.
Local officials said during a COVID-19 update aired on Pike TV June 9 that the county’s activity level with the virus remains relatively low but, they cautioned, people’s activities and choices in the coming days will have a great deal of impact on the disease’s activity in coming weeks.
Two University of Pikeville–Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (KYCOM) graduates have been working on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic during their residencies. Soon after COVID-19 cases began spiking in the U.S., Rachel Willimann, D.O., a third-year pediatric resident working a…
Kentucky Blood Center announced on June 7 there is a critical need for blood donors as the nationwide blood shortage which has been plaguing many areas of our country for weeks has impacted the commonwealth. KBC, which supplies blood to more than 70 Kentucky hospitals, has an urgent need for…
Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr. gave the legislature an update June 4 on how the Judicial Branch has responded to the COVID-19 public health crisis.
Appalachian Regional Healthcare announced in a statement June 5 that Dr. Chuck Johnson, a pediatrician at Tug Valley ARH Medical Center, has tested positive for COVID-19
As in many communities across the state, Pike County's government has incurred a great deal of costs directly related to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
After closing to the public on March 17, Pike County Judge-Executive Ray Jones’ office announced on June 4 that the Pike County Courthouse will reopen to the public on Monday, June 8.
The Pike County Health Department announced three more confirmed cases of COVID-19 on June 4, totaling 34 cases for the county so far, with 27 recoveries, two deaths and five active cases in total.
The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) joined Kentucky’s 172 superintendents and leadership from the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) during a June 2 webcast to provide additional guidance on reopening school buildings in the fall.
Pikeville officials remain hopeful about their upcoming fiscal year’s budget in the face of the economic impacts of the COVID-19 response, but are also preparing for the worst.
Gov. Andy Beshear announced that circuit court clerk offices will be temporarily allowed to process expired driving credential renewals and replacement requests remotely through July 31, 2020.
The Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet announced May 29 that four parks previously designated as part of the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic will also soon reopen.
As schools look into potentially reopening this fall, superintendents are unsure of exactly when schools will reopen and what a fall reopening will look like.
Barbershops, hair salons, cosmetology, nail salons, massage therapy, tanning salons and tattoo parlors were the latest to reopen to the public in Kentucky this past Memorial Day, May 25, after being closed for more than two months.
The Pike County Health Department announced May 28 that a 5-week-old infant has been confirmed to have the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), making the county’s 29th case.
The Pike County Health Department has announced a total of 28 COVID-19 cases in the county so far, as of presstime May 26. The public is encouraged to continue taking important health precautions to prevent the spread of the virus.
As the world navigates a new "norm" in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people are being forced to change up their routines — including at work.
Small child-care centers in Kentucky will be allowed to reopen June 8, and larger ones with limited capacities June 15, removing much of a major obstacle to getting unemployed Kentuckians back to work in the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services Department for Community Based Services and the Kentucky Department of Education are partnering to provide food assistance to families who have lost access to free or reduced-price school meals during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency.
On Monday, the Pikeville Community Kitchen handed out goodie bags full of food items such as soup, rice, crackers, oatmeal, pudding and other such items at the Pikeville United Methodist Church downtown to individuals who stopped by. The group made up of individuals from around the county, a…
The City of Pikeville plans to reopen its parks, playgrounds and tennis courts starting June 8, after keeping them closed to the public for about two months.
Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH) announced May 19 that it has lifted its no-visitor policy for its hospitals in Kentucky and West Virginia, but some restrictions will remain as the system continues to closely monitor the evolving COVID-19 pandemic.
PRESTONSBURG — The Big Sandy Community and Technical College Board of Directors approved its upcoming budget and discussed impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic last week.
The state of Kentucky is in the process of reopening from statewide closure orders, with more public-facing businesses and agencies being allowed to reopen under specific health guidelines.
The Pike County Health Department has announced a total of 25 COVID-19 cases in the county so far, as of presstime May 18, and it encourages the public to continue taking important health precautions to prevent the spread of the virus.
AAA reported in a statement that the agency has seen an increase in battery service calls in the Blue Grass, as Kentuckians stayed healthy at home and vehicles remained parked.
Attorney General Daniel Cameron has joined a coalition of 14 states in calling for a federal-state partnership to develop a comprehensive plan to hold the Chinese communist government responsible for its role in the spread of COVID-19, according to a statement from Cameron's office.
Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles has announced Feeding Kentucky has purchased 10,080 pounds of Kentucky Proud pork sausage from the iconic Purnell’s “Old Folks” headquartered in Simpsonville. The purchase is funded by a historic donation from Kentucky Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Co…
Gov. Andy Beshear opened his daily briefing May 15 by reminding Kentuckians that by now they all know the things they need to do and the behaviors we need to model to keep our cases down, to protect those who are the most vulnerable, and to make sure that we open the economy safely. Then he …
Two weeks after announcing that the Kentucky Judicial Branch had formed three task forces to determine how to gradually resume in-person court services, the Supreme Court has released its reopening plan.