Five Things to Know Today
Good morning! As our state begins to “open back up,” it feels like the flag has dropped at the Indy 500, but all the cars are still in first gear, taking it slow and watching each other.
And that’s how it should be. Anyone wanting to rush into “getting back to normal” either doesn’t understand what we are dealing with, or has an ulterior motive (usually spelled $$$).
I spoke to someone the other day and asked them if they were planning to get together with friends this weekend, since we can have gatherings of 10 or less starting Friday. “Nope,” they said. “We’re going to let everyone else be the guinea pigs, and we’ll come along later.”
I’m glad people are cautious. I’m glad our state government and our governor are cautious. Let’s see if we can do this, as Beshear says, not the fastest but the smartest.
Wash your hands. Wear your masks. Get tested. It’s how we get through this, together. #TeamKentucky
Contract tracing and testing critical to “getting back” – 5/18 update
Gov. Beshear spent much of his update talking about testing for the virus and tracing the contacts of people who have it — and then their contacts — to keep the virus in check as the state begins to re-open its economy. (Forward Kentucky)
(Related) Kentucky’s contact tracing – the video
Here’s the video shared in Monday’s coronavirus press conference about Kentucky’s new contact tracing program. (Forward Kentucky)
We’re still getting an F on our census test. C’mon folks, do better!
Back in the dark ages when I was in school, you needed a 65% or better to pass. Based on that, Kentucky is still failing at the census. (Story includes interactive map of census response by county.) (Forward Kentucky)
Louisville leads nation in Census self-response
Even though many counties in Kentucky are way behind the state and national averages for census response, in a recent analysis of response by cities, Louisville came out as best in the nation. (Lane Report)
Louisville Metro Police to toughen policies on no-knock warrants, body cameras
New policy changes will require greater use of body cameras by Louisville police and more scrutiny of no-knock warrants and in the wake of the fatal police shooting of Breonna Taylor.
Mayor Greg Fischer announced Monday afternoon that all no-knock warrants will now require the police chief or his designee to sign off on them before going to a judge for final approval. This, he said, will provide “an additional level of scrutiny.”
Additionally, Fischer said the department’s body camera policy will now require all sworn officers to wear cameras when serving warrants or in any situation in which they will identify themselves as police officers. (Courier-Journal)
What’s open in Kentucky right now, what’s not, and the rules of engagement
As Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear continues to urge Kentuckians to follow federal and state protocols for limiting the spread of COVID-19, here is a guide to which sectors of the economy and lifestyle are open, and when those that are not will be, provided that public health benchmarks are met. (Herald-Leader)
Did you miss any of these?
Featured Content on Forward Kentucky
([new] indicates new since last Forward Five; 🔥 indicates lots of reads)
— News —
[new] 🔥 “We only have one shot at this” – 5/15 update – Gov. Beshear reminded his listeners that we all now know what to do to prevent a second spike as we gradually reopen. Now, we have to do it. (read)
[new] Unity water tower gets final design approval – It looks like the big Confederate flag on Interstate 24 east of Paducah is in for a challenge. The design for a racial unity mural to be placed on a neighboring water tower has been finalized. (read)
[new] 🔥 Kentucky garbage man hadn’t seen elderly woman’s trash can out, rightly felt something was amiss. – Jake Bland noticed that an elderly single woman hadn’t put out her trash for two weeks. He felt … he KNEW … that something just wasn’t right. So instead of just moving along without a second thought, he called his dispatcher, Bernice Arthur, and voiced his concerns. (read)
KY officials want probe of price-fixing cattle prices – Two of Kentucky’s Constitutional officers are banding together in asking for the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate possible anticompetitive practices in the beef packing sector. (read)
🔥 We have a debate! – After calls from various quarters for a final debate in the Dem campaign for U.S. Senate, all three major campaigns agreed to a June 1 appearance on KET. (read)
Conservatives: “Let’s play COVID Roulette!” – I continue to be amazed at the people, primarily conservatives, who just ignore the random nature of the COVID-19 virus, and want all of us to join them in playing COVID Roulette. (read)
🔥 So, you’re willing to kill for the “economy.” – If you have a family member / friend / online troll who keeps yelling “FREEDOM! I don’t need a mask — I’m not a coward! This is government overreach! Its my life — if I want to take my chances and die that’s my right!” – then feel free to tell them “So, you’re willing to kill for the economy.” (read)
— Cartoon —
Your post office in peril – In case you hadn’t heard, Republicans in Washington are threatening to abandon the Post Office, because it isn’t making as much money as they want it to. But never fear – there’s a new Postmaster General, and he’s definitely going to make things better. (view)
— Media —
[podcast] COVID lawsuits, Breonna Taylor killed by LMPD, and interview with Will Barnett – Discussion about state efforts on COVID, incl a rundown of all the lawsuits; the killing of Breonna Taylor by LMPD; and an Interview of Will Barnett. (listen)
Posts with Most Social Media Shares in Past Fourteen Days
(🔥 indicates post with surge of recent shares)
- 🔥 Kentucky garbage man hadn’t seen elderly woman’s trash can out, rightly felt something was amiss. (1,000+ shares)
- We have a debate! (900 shares)
- Legislative leaders give Beshear high marks for handling of coronavirus (760 shares)
- So, you’re willing to kill for the “economy.” (353 shares)
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