The Johnson County Health Department has released updated information on COVID-19 for the community.
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.
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.
Johnson County Public Health Director Julie Bush has released a statement June 17 about a newly-confirmed case of COVID-19 in a patient of Venture Home Again in Paintsville.
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 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 Kentucky Department of Education released guidance on June 8 on ways to safely structure instruction and learning when schools reopen in the fall.
A recent study found that food insecurity still heavily impacts Eastern Kentucky counties more than the rest of the state, and the problem could worsen due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
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.
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 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.
Paintsville High School students, faculty and families celebrated the Class of 2020 with a nontraditional graduation ceremony on Friday, May 15. The drive-in style ceremony was held on the football field, followed by a parade through downtown Paintsville. Many members of the community lined …
The Paintsville Tourism Commission met at The Country Music Highway Museum in Paintsville on May 18, practicing social distancing guidelines and livestreaming the meeting on social media, in order to discuss several agenda items, including the impacts the response to the COVID-19 pandemic ha…
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.
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.
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 …
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…
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.
Gov. Andy Beshear has made May 22, the Friday before Memorial Day, the date that groups of 10 or fewer people can legally gather, instead of May 25, the holiday. He also said Kentucky's ban on travel to and from other states would expire the same day.
Representatives from Paul B Hall Medical Center in Paintsville traveled around the city on Monday, May 11 to donate banners to local emergency management and law enforcement agencies and thank them for their efforts during the COVID-19 crisis. According to a statement released on their Faceb…
Julie Bush, director of Public Health at the Johnson County Health Department, along with Johnson County Judge-Executive Mark McKenzie and Paintsville Mayor Bill Mike Runyon announced May 8 the confirmation of the county’s fourth positive case of COVID-19. According to a statement released b…
Big Sandy Community and Technical College received nearly $2 million in federal funding, with some of it set to help students this week, and in one day after launch, students had already requested about one-third of the funds available to help them.
PIKEVILLE — When the Kentucky Department of Public Health requested volunteers from across Kentucky to aid in COVID-19 relief efforts, three students from Pikeville’s Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine were among the first to answer the call.
Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center said in a statement May 11 that the hospital will soon resume services that had previously been restricted due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Paintsville Mayor Bill Mike Runyon said this week that the unfortunate closure of the Paintsville Pool due to the COVID-19 pandemic may present an opportunity for the city to improve the facility.
Kentucky Blood Center is reminding Kentuckians of the importance of donating blood, especially as elective surgeries resume this week at the 70 hospitals KBC serves across the state.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Huntington District, is extending the closure of Corps managed campgrounds and group shelters within the states of Kentucky, Ohio and Virginia in the interest of public safety due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a statement from the Corps of Engineers.
On May 7, the U.S. Secretary of Commerce's office announced that the department’s Economic Development Administration is accepting applications from eligible grantees for Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) supplemental funds (EDA CARES Act Recovery Assistance).
Under legislation passed by the Kentucky General Assembly earlier this year, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture will begin implementing new produce safety rules across the Commonwealth.
Community Action Agencies Across Kentucky, including those serving Eastern Kentucky, announce that the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) has been extended again.
Gov. Andy Beshear unveiled a tentative reopening schedule for many businesses who will be allowed to resume their operations in May, though warning that it will not be “business as usual.”
Johnson County Judge-Executive Mark McKenzie, Paintsville Mayor Bill Mike Runyon and the Johnson County Health Department’s Public Health Director, Julie Bush announced April 30 a third positive case of COVID-19 in Johnson County.
On April 24 first responders in Johnson County gathered outside of Paul B Hall Medical Center in Paintsville for a parade honoring the hospital’s staff and their ongoing efforts throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
Appalachian Hospice Care received a donation of hand sanitizer and personal protective equipment this week from fellow Johnson County non-profit Good Neighbors Appalachia.
Local officials held a press conference at the Johnson County Fiscal Courthouse on April 25 to announce the county’s second confirmed case of COVID-19.