COVID-19 pandemic fuels spike in public health majors Wednesday, Sep 30 2020 

The University of Louisville said it has seen a 34% increase in public health students compared to last fall.

        

64 Kentucky School Districts Returned In-Person Monday Monday, Sep 28 2020 

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On Monday, for the first time since March, students returned to the classroom in 64 of Kentucky’s 171 school districts, according to a list complied by the Kentucky School Boards Association. The districts join another 53 that chose to go back to in-person classes before the Sept. 28 start-date recommended by Gov. Andy Beshear.

During his briefing Monday, Beshear said he’s “confident” about schools moving to in-person classes, “if they follow the state guidance.”

But he pointed out that several of the school districts that went back to in-person learning Monday are listed as red, or “critical,” on the state’s coronavirus dashboard. Those districts include Henderson, Mercer and Whitley county schools.


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Most Kentucky County Election Plans Still Haven’t Been Approved Monday, Sep 28 2020 

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With early voting set to begin in two weeks, state officials still haven’t approved most Kentucky counties’ plans for in-person voting.

Many Kentucky counties plan to have fewer in-person polling locations amid a shortage of poll workers during the coronavirus pandemic.

Over the summer, Gov. Andy Beshear and Secretary of State Michael Adams issued an order allowing all voters to cast ballots by mail if they are worried about catching or transmitting coronavirus and requiring all counties to have early in-person voting starting on October 13.


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Former Chi Omega member alleges COVID-19 guidelines ignored Monday, Sep 28 2020 

By Eli Hughes–

A former Chi Omega member has left the sorority because she said the group is not operating safely during COVID-19.

Meera Sahney, a sophomore at the University of Louisville, posted a letter to Twitter on Sept. 14 detailing why she decided to leave her sorority, Chi Omega, after two weeks. She left due to claims of large gatherings and feeling as though her concerns were being dismissed by the rest of the sorority.

Sahney said she felt obligated to share her experience on Twitter because she didn’t feel her concerns were being taken seriously by the sorority.

“I believed that I wasn’t being seen and heard and I believe twitter is a catalyst for systemic change,” she said.

Sahney claims that she showed up for a social gathering that was supposed to have less than ten people present. When she got there and realized that there were more people than expected, she left after 30 minutes. She grew more concerned when pictures surfaced of large amounts of members of her sorority attending a tailgate party, many not wearing masks.

“I was confused and shocked at girls who felt no guilt or shame about partying when people were dying- drinking while essential hospital workers sacrificed themselves- partying while people were getting evicted due to late rent payments,” she said.

Sahney raised her concerns to the rest of her sorority in a group chat but was dismissed and told that it wasn’t any of her business. She said that the reaction from the other members of her new members’ group chat was overwhelmingly negative.

“The attacks continued when I pointed out the disproportional rate of POC’s being affected by the coronavirus. I was told to stop preaching and making ‘blanket statements.’ I was told I was ‘aggressive.’ That I was ‘hostile,'” Sahney said. “In a group chat of 30 women, most of them white, most of them not willing to support any of the statements I made, most of them only ready to tell me that they are capable of making their own choices.”

She concluded the letter by asking for Chi Omega to commit to the following actions:

  1. Include questions about anti-racism in next year’s recruitment.
  2. Require micro-aggression training for all new members.
  3. Write out consequences for future partying and social gatherings that endanger U of L and the greater Louisville community, that align with the university guidelines.
  4. Commit to inclusionary practices for next year’s pledge class

Maggie May, vice president of U of L’s Chi Omega chapter, told the Cardinal her sorority does not tolerate any form of discrimination.

“To be clear, Chi Omega does not tolerate discrimination, nor do we tolerate risking our members’ health or that of our campus community in any way,” May said. “Should members violate Chi Omega or university policies, they will be held accountable through the corresponding disciplinary processes. We understand that we can always do better and we will continue to educate ourselves, grow, and improve for the good of our Sisterhood as a whole and those around us.”

“Chi Omega realizes it is our responsibility to do our part to ensure the physical health of one another and to be steadfast in fostering the well-being of Black, Indigenous, and Women of Color in our Sisterhood,” she said.

U of L also responded to the incident, encouraging all students to follow COVID-19 guidelines and stating that they expect sororities to be inclusive towards students of color.

“The University of Louisville expects our sororities to be open, inclusive and accepting of students, faculty and staff from a wide variety of backgrounds and points of view. U of L is a community of care,” said John Karman, director of media relations for U of L.

“As we continue to battle the pandemic, it is imperative that all students—Greek and non-Greek—follow the university directives regarding COVID-19. These include wearing masks, physical distancing and avoiding large gatherings,” he said.

U of L’s Panhellenic Council President Gabby Vincent did not wish to make a statement about the incident. “We aren’t able to comment on this specific case as it is a member organization-specific issue,” Vincent said.

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Counties Implement A Patchwork Of Voting Plans Across Kentucky Monday, Sep 28 2020 

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Fayette County Clerk Don Blevins says he’s confident his office will be able to handle the election.

But it’s a juggling act.

“I mean if you think about it, we’re running kind of three different kinds of elections simultaneously,” Blevins said. “You’ve got a normal election day, you’ve got early voting in person and now vote by mail again.”


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Ohio Valley Election Officials Prepare For Unprecedented Pandemic Election Sunday, Sep 27 2020 

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Governors, Secretaries of State, and other state and local election officials throughout the Ohio Valley are preparing for an unprecedented election during a global pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced local governments to change practices that have been the same for decades, and to do so in a highly charged political environment. 

Some of the main changes are safety precautions suggested by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. State officials in Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia are ensuring residents feel comfortable voting in person if they choose to, while making adjustments for those who are concerned about contracting COVID-19. 

Rules have changed to keep voters safe.


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Beshear: Kentucky On Pace For Highest Week Of COVID Cases Saturday, Sep 26 2020 

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Gov. Andy Beshear on Saturday issued a stark warning to Kentuckians about coronavirus.

“Folks, right now we are on pace to have the single highest week in terms of positive cases that we’ve ever had,” Beshear said in a video message. “We simply have to do better.”

Beshear reported 973 new cases of COVID-19 Saturday, bringing the state’s total number of cases since March 6 to at least 66,036. The new cases include 132 children age 18 and younger; the youngest is a 2-month-old, according to a news release from Beshear’s office.


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Beshear Condemns Shooting Of Two LMPD Officers Thursday, Sep 24 2020 

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Gov. Andy Beshear used his daily coronavirus briefing on Wednesday to condemn the shooting of two Louisville Metro Police officers and field other questions about ongoing protests in downtown.

A grand jury’s decision to charge former LMPD Brett Hankison with three felony counts of wanton endangerment, while opting not to charge officers Jonathan Mattingly or Myles Cosgrove, led to large demonstrations in Louisville on Wednesday. The day of protests ended with more than 127 arrests and two police officers shot and wounded.

Beshear said he spoke on the phone with LMPD Maj. Aubrey Gregory and the family of officer Robinson Desroches, the two officers shot, after returning to the Capitol following the grand jury announcement. Gregory has been released from the hospital, and Desroches is stable and recovering after undergoing surgery.


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Kentucky wins quick federal approval for extra jobless aid Tuesday, Sep 22 2020 

The go-ahead came one day after Beshear announced his administration requested the supplemental $400 in weekly jobless benefits for an additional three weeks.

        

Kentucky’s Records Another 400 Cases Of Covid-19, While Positivity Rate Declines Monday, Sep 21 2020 

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Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear reported 406 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday and one new death.

Monday’s cases are ordinarily lower due to the way the data is gathered. Last week, Kentucky saw the second highest number of cases recorded since the pandemic began, Beshear said.

Monday’s numbers included 67 kids under the age of 18, representing about 15% of all of the day’s cases.


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