Gov. Andy Beshear on Nov. 18 announced several new steps the state is taking to stem the rampant spread of the COVID-19 virus across the commonwealth, including the closure of schools and in-person service for bars and restaurants.

Today, Nov. 9, Perry County School District Superintendent Jonathan Jett released an online statement informing parents and the community that all schools in the Perry County school district will temporarily cancel all classes until Nov. 30 due to an increase of COVID-19 cases in the area.

Today, Nov. 4, healthcare officials with the Kentucky River District Health Department announced that individuals at two businesses in Perry County have tested positive for COVID 19.

Gov. Andy Beshear, in his first public press conference since completing quarantine after being exposed to the COVID-19 virus, announced Oct. 26 new “Red Zone Reduction Recommendations” for counties which are considered as being classified as “red.”

On Oct. 22, Hazard Independent Superintendent Sondra Combs sent out a letter announcing that the Hazard Independent School district will temporarily be returning to virtual instruction as a result of Perry County entering the red category on the CDC's map.

Today, Oct. 19, healthcare officials with the Kentucky River District Health Department announced several new confirmed positive and probable cases of COVID-19 within the district. The KRDHD, said officials, has 57 confirmed positive cases and seven probable cases reported today. Of those, 2…

Healthcare officials with the Kentucky River District Health Department announced that individuals at two businesses in Perry County have been exposed to and tested positive for COVID-19.

Kentucky released its guidance regarding Halloween activities and is recommending people avoid high-risk activities and continue to follow recommendations such as wearing masks and social distancing.

Over the weekend, the numbers of confirmed positive and probable COVID-19 cases continued to rise in Perry County, leaving Perry County at more than 100 active cases.

Today, Aug. 21, officials with the Office of Kentucky Veterans Centers confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in one employee and three veteran residents at the Paul E. Patton Eastern Kentucky Veterans Center in Hazard.

Today, Aug. 14, the Kentucky River District Health Department announced two new COVID-19 related deaths and five newly confirmed positive cases in Perry County.

Over the weekend, the numbers of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases continued to rise in Perry County and throughout the entire Kentucky River District Health Department service area. Today, several new confirmed and probable cases were announced by the KRDHD.

Gov. Andy Beshear recommended on Aug. 10 that school districts delay their return to in-person classes until Sept. 28, saying it is a “difficult but necessary step.”

The Kentucky Education Association, which represents 42,000 educators in the state, issued a statement Aug. 7 asking for school districts to decide to begin the school year virtually, as opposed to in-person.

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Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron and U.S. Attorney Rob Duncan issued a warning Aug. 5 of a potential scam related to Kentuckians receiving unsolicited packages of personal protective equipment (PPE) from foreign countries.

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Kentucky First Lady Britainy Beshear and Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman have started an initiative that calls for Kentuckians to donate face masks to local school districts in order to help school staff, teachers and students against COVID-19 in the upcoming school year.

Today, July 30, officials with ARH announced that due to a steady increase in COVID-19 cases, and in an abundance of caution to prevent the continued spread of the virus and support the safest hospital environments for all patients, ARH staff will be limiting visitors, and the following revi…

The numbers of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases have continued to spike in Perry County and throughout the entire Kentucky River District Health Department service area. Since last week, there have been several new confirmed and probable cases announced by the KRDHD.

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Like many facilities and organizations, the Kentucky River Regional Jail has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and has been implementing changes to ensure safety.

Gov. Andy Beshear announced new steps being taken in an attempt to curb what he referred to as an escalation of COVID-19 cases and a rising positivity rate of the virus.

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Last July, community members celebrated Hazard and Perry County's first North Fork Music Festival on Main Street in downtown Hazard. The event, sponsored by the City of Hazard and the Perry County Fiscal Court, drew hundreds of people from the town and surrounding counties, and featured a va…

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The Hazard Bulldogs’ football team has been sidelined due to their own battle with COVID-19.

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As numbers of COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the state and area, officials from both local school systems, Hazard Independent School District and Perry County School District, have decided to delay the start date for students. Both school systems were previously scheduled to begin on Aug…

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Over the weekend, on July 17, officials with the Black Gold Festival Committee confirmed that the plans for the 2020 Black Gold Festival have been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Healthcare officials with the Kentucky River District Health Department announced that several new positive cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in the area last week and this week, bringing Perry County's total cases to nearly 150.

Today, July 20, officials with the Kentucky River District Health Department announced that several new positive cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in the KRDHD service area since last week, bringing the KRDHD's total cases to 225. More than 20 cases were confirmed in Perry County over the weekend.

Today, July 17, the Black Gold Festival Committee confirmed that the plans for the 2020 40th anniversary festival has been cancelled this year.

After months of being closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Hillside Theater re-opened early this month on July 3. Now, after a slow return, officials with the business said they have decided to change the hours of operation.

Kentucky River District Health Department health officials announced that there are 17 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in their service area today. Of those cases, 12 are from Perry County.