At the City of Danville, nothing is more important than the health and well-being of our employees, residents, businesses, and the communities we serve. As always, we remain available to assist you. Given the extraordinary circumstances as the U.S. and many other countries continue to battle the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), we here at the City of Danville set up this dedicated webpage to communicate timely and useful information to those we serve. Our dedicated staff is here taking your calls, responding to emails, and are working to answer your questions as quickly as possible. We take the trust you've placed in us very seriously. Please stay safe — and know that, as we tackle this challenge together, we're as dedicated as ever to serving you and maintaining acceptable service delivery standards. Please share this link with your friends, neighbors and social media sites — https://danvilleky.gov/covid19
Got Questions? We've Got Answers? Simply visit https://danvilleky.gov/contact-us or call us at 859.238.1200 weekdays during normal business hours.
Coronavirus Hotline: Kentucky residents can call the state coronavirus hotline — 1.800.722.5725 — for advice about when to seek medical treatment. Those with symptoms of coronavirus — cough, fever and difficulty breathing — are strongly urged to call the hotline or their physician before visiting a doctor.
Coronavirus Website: Visit Kentucky’s coronavirus website, http://kycovid19.ky.gov, for more guidance about the disease.
Kentucky Coronavirus Price Gouging Hotline: On March 7, Gov. Beshear issued an executive order (https://bit.ly/2QCDmyJ) to prohibit price gouging and asked Attorney General Daniel Cameron to enforce the price-gouging laws. On Saturday, Gov. Beshear said he has now extended (https://bit.ly/2WzFcnT) the prohibitions on price gouging 15 more days, in accordance with state laws. The order can continue to be renewed as needed. If anyone has information regarding possible price gouging, they should contact the Office of the Attorney General Consumer Protection hotline at 888-432-9257 or fill out the complaint form online (https://bit.ly/39dkixI).
Health Insurance and Other Services: Don't have healthcare coverage? Please go to https://chfs.ky.gov/agencies/dms/Pages/cv.aspx and complete the one-page application and you can get covered at least through June 2020. Other helpful services are listed under the "services" tab at https://govstatus.egov.com/kycovid19
Boyle County Health Department (April 4, 2020): As of 4 pm today we have no new cases for an on-going total of eight. For information on wearing masks currently, go to the CDC Coronavirus website (https://bit.ly/2V31rAo). This info talks about masks when you are going into grocery stores, pharmacies, and other essential outings. On a positive note: Some of our eight Boyle County cases are a week or more in length. We are starting to see some of them improve from their symptoms. Others are still sick but remain at home. Please continue to follow all CDC guidelines and local ordinances.
Recommendation Regarding the Use of Cloth Face Coverings, Especially in Areas of Significant Community-Based Transmission: CDC continues to study the spread and effects of the novel coronavirus across the United States. We now know from recent studies that a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms (“asymptomatic”) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (“pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms. This means that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity—for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing—even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms. In light of this new evidence, CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover.html
Executive Order 2020-04-01: City of Danville issues Executive Order to enforce Governor's directive requiring all life-sustaining retail businesses that remain open to practice social distancing and adhere to hygiene guidance from CDC and KY Department of Public Health, including:
• Ensuring physical separation of employees and customers by at least six feet;
• Ensuring employees practice appropriate hygiene measures, including regular, thorough handwashing;
• Regularly cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces; and
• Ordering sick individuals to leave the premises.
As our businesses in Danville strive to be in compliance with the Governor’s Executive Order, the City seeks to assist them by revising maximum occupancy capacity to 25% of the pre-pandemic level as established by the City’s fire marshal through a local executive order, effective immediately for the duration of the state of emergency. This local executive order is being issued after consultation with the Danville Mayor and Commissioners, together with your County leaders on the front line of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mayor's Statement: danville-city-executive-order-2020-04-01-mayor-statement
Executive Order: danville-city-executive-order-2020-04-01
Executive Orders: Governor Andy Beshear gave new executive orders during his update on the Coronavirus pandemic in Kentucky.
Boyle County Health Department: As of 4 pm today we have three new positive cases (for a total of seven in Boyle County). All three cases were received late last night. Everyone associated with the cases has been contacted. While this may seem like a sudden increase, we knew this time period would be when we see more positives. The continued increase of testing in our community helps us identify these cases sooner. This allows us to contact people associated with the case faster and have people quarantine to stop the spread. Please keep utilizing Social distancing, washing your hands and keeping your hands off your face. This is making a difference in our numbers!
BGCAP Transit Shop & Deliver Service: Community Action is here to help those in need due to the COVID-19 pandemic. if you or someone you know is a Senior Citizen (age 60 or over) or is disabled, we are happy to help.
Boyle County Health Department: As of 4 pm Wednesday, we have received no additional positive test results for Boyle County. Several have asked about the difference between the numbers reported locally and what the Governor reports. As this process has evolved over the past month, we have identified gaps that we are working to close to ensure that our numbers match what is reported daily at 5 pm by the Governor. Logistics with test result systems are being brought up to speed as fast as we can to make the numbers match. Thanks to all the great work being done in Boyle County on social distancing. It does make a difference!
Enforcement Orders: To report large gatherings or establishments not complying with Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear's orders, visit govstatus.egov.com/kysafer or call 1-833-KYSAFER.
Information courtesy of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce recently prepared a guide detailing the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act’s Paycheck Protection Program. The CARES Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Known as the Paycheck Protection Program, the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses who maintain their payroll during this emergency. These loans may be forgiven if borrowers maintain their payrolls during the crisis or restore their payrolls afterward.
Help for Small Businesses - https://www.uschamber.com/co/small-business-coronavirus
The Chamber has produced a guide explaining the new emergency loans available for small businesses and 501(c)3 non-profits. The guide is available in sba_english and sba_spanish. https://www.uschamber.com/report/covid-19-emergency-loans-small-business-guide
The CARES Act expands the Small Business Administration’s long-standing Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (EIDL). The EIDL program was created to assist businesses, renters, and homeowners located in regions affected by declared disasters. https://www.uschamber.com/report/guide-sbas-economic-injury-disaster-loans
The CARES Act also created a new employee retention tax credit for employers who are closed, partially closed, or experiencing significant revenue losses as a result of COVID-19. https://www.uschamber.com/report/guide-the-employee-retention-tax-credit
Yard Sales Banned: Per guidance from Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear’s Orders in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, there shall be no yard sales or public gatherings.
Boyle County Health Department: As of 4:00 pm today, the Boyle County Health Department has received no additional positive test for the coronavirus.
Senate Bill 150: Updated FAQs (frequently asked questions) from Kentucky Alcoholic Beverage Control Commissioner Allyson Taylor to answer questions about the liquor section (Pages 6 and 7) in the recently-passed Kentucky Senate Bill 150 (https://bit.ly/2w6WhL6) | FAQ Document: https://bit.ly/2X1XNsZ
Danville-Boyle County COVID-19 Community Updates: Please join your City of Danville and Boyle County community leaders on Mondays and Thursdays at 3:30 pm for Livestream COVID-19 Community Updates. Go to http://boyleky.com/ and click on the "Boyle County Media Channel" link. You can also submit questions, concerns or remarks throughout the Livestream by calling 859.926.6865
Communication from City Manager David Milliron: In the past few weeks, our world has clearly changed. I hope that you and your loved ones are doing well and staying safe, as, together, we all confront the challenges associated with COVID-19.
As Governor Andy Beshear has stated during his daily briefings: “We're going to make it through this. We will get through this together.”
That means we all need to do our part, which includes following the advice from the Governor and health officials to socially distance.
According to the experts, remaining #HealthyAtHome is one of the most important factors in controlling the spread of COVID-19. You can always check on friends and family using text, phone calls, video chats, and social media.
What does it mean to be #HealthyAtHome?
It means to stay in your home and not leave unless necessary for one of the designated exceptions listed below:
• To get food
• To get a prescription
• To see a doctor
• To go to work if your work is essential
• To take your children to and from authorized childcare
• To help people you care for get the things they need to live and be healthy and safe
• To exercise, so long as you are maintaining a safe distance of six feet from people who aren't in your household.
If you go out, practice effective social distancing by staying at least six feet away from all others. Whether or not you go out, it’s a great idea to use good hygiene practices which can help mitigate your exposure, including:
• Washing hands often
• Utilizing hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol
• Not going out if you feel sick
If you or someone you know needs assistance, please consider using one of the resources posted on this site or at http://kycovid19.ky.gov.
Travel Ban: Governor Andy Beshear issued a new executive order that will limit travel from Kentucky to other states. The decree allows for a range of exemptions, including travel to other states for work and groceries, to care for loved ones, to obtain health care and when required by a court order. Kentuckians arriving back in the commonwealth from out of state are required to self-quarantine for 14 days. Under this order, you can leave the state for the following:
Notice from the Boyle County Health Department: As expected, we have another Boyle County resident who tested positive for COVID-19. This is our third case in Boyle County. The Boyle County Health Department’s (BCHD) Epidemiology Team continues to monitor cases as per protocol. If you have not been contacted by BCHD, you are considered as having no more risk than the general public. Continue to practice: social distancing, washing hands, no public gatherings, and keep your hands off your face! When possible, send only one person into stores instead of the whole family. Please see the KYCOVID-19 website and http://www.boylecountyhealthdept.com for more information.
Have you recently been laid off and need to file for unemployment insurance?
• General information: https://educationcabinet.ky.gov/Pages/default.aspx
• To file an unemployment insurance claim visit https://kcc.ky.gov/Pages/default.aspx; or call one of Kentucky 12 Work Centers to file your claim https://kcc.ky.gov/Pages/Locations.aspx
• Questions about new federal paid leave requirements related to the Coronavirus?
• The U.S. Labor Department’s Fact Sheet for Employees https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-employee-paid-leave
• Questions and Answers https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-questions
Kentucky Employers and Small Businesses
Need help to make payroll or to keep the lights on?
• The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans to small businesses and private, non-profit organizations https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance | Document: guide-to-sba-s-economic-injury-disaster-loans
• The IRS is extending payroll tax credits to eligible small and midsize businesses https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/treasury-irs-and-labor-announce-plan-to-implement-coronavirus-related-paid-leave-for-workers-and-tax-credits-for-small-and-midsize-businesses-to-swiftly-recover-the-cost-of-providing-coronavirus
Questions about unemployment benefits?
• General information: https://educationcabinet.ky.gov/Pages/default.aspx
• Questions about new federal paid leave requirements related to the Coronavirus?
• The U.S. Labor Department’s Fact Sheet for Employers https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-employer-paid-leave
• Questions and Answers https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-questions
• Field Assistance Bulletin on the Labor Department’s 30-day non-enforcement policy. https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/field-assistance-bulletins/2020-1
• Required Poster for Employers to Fulfill Notice Requirement https://www.dol.gov/sites/dolgov/files/WHD/posters/FFCRA_Poster_WH1422_Non-Federal.pdf
Federal Taxes and Rebate Checks
Questions about how Coronavirus affects your federal incomes taxes?
• General information: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus
• The IRS delayed Tax Day until July 15 https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/tax-day-now-july-15-treasury-irs-extend-filing-deadline-and-federal-tax-payments-regardless-of-amount-owed
• Questions about the immediate cash relief Kentuckians will receive?
• The IRS will send recovery rebate checks to eligible Americans https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus
Competitive Federal Grants
How will this affect federal grant applications and awards?
• Check the awarding agency website for announcements and reach out to the agency regarding extensions and other inquires
• For example, NIH will be accepting late applications for grants due between March 9, 2020 and May 1, 2020 https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-20-091.html
• Visit Senator McConnell’s grants website to request support for your competitive federal grant application https://www.mcconnell.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/grants
What resources are available to help students, graduates and schools respond to the Coronavirus?
• General information: https://www.ed.gov/coronavirus
Kentuckians Living or Traveling Abroad
Need individual assistance?
• Contact Senator McConnell’s casework staff at (502) 582-6304
• Are you abroad and need assistance from the U.S. State Department?
• Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) https://step.state.gov/
• Contact the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate, or call 1-888-407-4747 (U.S. & Canada) or 1- 202-501-4444 (from overseas) https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-19-information.html
Thinking about international travel?
• The U.S. State Department has issued its highest level advisory, urging all U.S. citizens to avoid international travel https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/travel-advisory-alert-global-level-4-health-advisory-issue.html
Thinking about traveling in the U.S.?
• The CDC has issued guidance to consider before domestic travel https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html
Kentucky Volunteers are Part of the Solution
Looking to help your neighbors during the Coronavirus crisis?
• Kentucky Emergency Management is seeking companies to sell or produce personal protective equipment (PPE). Fill out this form if you can help https://survey123.arcgis.com/share/cdbec8a2257c47769d0eb7826d7d6b4f.
• If you would like to donate, sell, or produce medical supplies and other goods for the federal government visit www.fema.gov/coronavirus/how-to-help
• Kentuckians looking for volunteer opportunities and ideas can also visit https://www.usa.gov/volunteer
Staying Home will Save Lives (Notice from the Boyle County Health Department): If you have to go out to get essentials...
Social Distancing (Notice from the Boyle County Health Department): "Feel free to pass on. The Director of Public Health met with Walmart management again this morning. I am asking them to put out messaging that only have one family member come to the store as opposed to bringing the whole family. The others can stay in the car or at home. This is not an order but an ask. They have to run this by corporate and will work on this. If you saw my message yesterday to the community this was a part of what I asked the community for anywhere they go and not just Walmart. This is what my message will be everyday that I post-limit how many people go to any store."
See http://boylecountyhealthdept.com/ for updated information as it becomes available or https://govstatus.egov.com/kycovid19
Notice from the Boyle County Health Department: As many Kentucky counties are now reporting multiple cases, we have another Boyle County resident who tested positive through a commercial lab for COVID-19 via Ephraim McDowell Health.
Boyle County Health Department’s (BCHD) Epidemiology Team has begun to track individuals who have been in close contact with this new case and are at risk of infection. Those individuals will be instructed on proper quarantine measures and monitored to safeguard their own and the public’s health. Individuals not contacted by BCHD are considered as having no more risk than the general public at this time.
As the testing capabilities have increased, we expect to see multiple cases reported. Continue to practice: social distancing, wash hands, no public gatherings and keep your hands off your face! BCHD's earlier post today asked people to only have one person go into stores instead of the whole family. Please- heed this warning now!
Please see the KYCOVID-19 website (https://govstatus.egov.com/kycovid19) and http://www.boylecountyhealthdept.com for updated details.
Social Distancing: The next two weeks are the critical times to determine how this will go for us here in Boyle County. Our two options are we social distance and reduce our risk of additional cases, or we ignore social distancing and our case count goes up which puts additional strain on our healthcare system. You decide!
Social Distancing is needed NOW! Please, everyone, make sure right now that you are keeping six feet between you and others. What we do now will impact how the next two weeks go with COVID-19. Practical tips:
Notice from the Boyle County Health Department: The Boyle County Health Department (BCHD) has been notified that a Boyle County resident tested positive through a commercial lab for novel coronavirus (COVID-19) via Ephraim McDowell. This is Boyle County’s first reported case. This person is an Ephraim McDowell Health Associate and is currently hospitalized.
BCHD’s Epidemiology Team in conjunction with Ephraim McDowell Health has begun to track individuals who have had close contact with this new case and are at risk of infection. Those individuals will be instructed on proper quarantine measures and monitored to safeguard their own and the public’s health. Individuals not contacted by BCHD are considered as having no more risk than the general public at this time.
This notice is intended to create more caution within our community instead of additional anxiety because reports indicate 80 percent of people infected will develop only mild symptoms. However, specific populations including adults over 60 and people with serious health conditions (i.e., diabetes, lung and heart disease) are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness. Individuals of these populations plus their loved ones or caretakers, must make special efforts to adhere to the preventive measures outlined below.
-Wash your hands often with soap/water, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing.
-Avoid close contact with someone who is sick.
-Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
-Stay home when sick.
-Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
Guidance on when to seek care includes:
Stay Home: If you are worried, but well, please stay home. Going to a hospital or doctor’s office for information could overwhelm medical staff.
Call for Advice: If you are ill, but wouldn’t have sought care if not for worry about COVID-19, do not seek care at an ER, hospital or doctor’s office. If you want advice on whether your symptoms require a visit to a healthcare provider, call your local healthcare provider or the Kentucky state hotline.
Seek Care: If you are sick and feel you have a medical emergency, please call your doctor or seek medical care. Be sure to inform medical staff of your symptoms in advance.
Please see the KYCOVID-19 website and http://www.boylecountyhealthdept.com for updated details.
Attention Golfers: The City of Danville got some guidance today from Kentucky’s Alcoholic Beverage Control about golf courses after discussion with the Governor’s Office. Specifically, “Golf courses can remain open. Golf courses should ensure that golfers are social distancing and follow other means of fighting the spread of COVID-19. Golf course restaurants and bars should remain closed for onsite consumption of food or alcohol though those facilities may provide food for carryout, delivery, etc. as before. Golf courses can provide alcohol to golfers for consumption on the golf course.”
Updates from Danville-Boyle County Recreation Department: Governor Andy Beshear today asked all city governments to closely monitor their parks and other public spaces where people are failing to comply with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Kentucky Department for Public Health guidelines on social distancing and public gatherings. The governor called for city leaders to close and ban public access to those public areas where violations are occurring during the COVID-19 state of emergency. The governor has directed state parks to take the same action. Therefore, in cooperation with the Danville-Boyle County Parks & Recreation, access to the following outdoor recreation areas shall be closed effective immediately throughout the state of emergency:
City of Danville's Stress-Free Walk at 12:30 pm Friday: As the events surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak unfold, it’s understandable that you might begin to feel increasing stress. Walking is one way to relieve coronavirus stress. So, the City of Danville is going to take a stress-free break at 12:30 pm Friday, March 27, 2020. Staff will meet in front of City Hall -- six feet apart, of course -- and with the assistance of Danville Police, take a walk downtown. And you're invited to join us!
Route Information: https://www.plotaroute.com/route/1060888 | Printable Map: danville_stress-freewalk-_march_27_2020__noon-1
UNEMPLOYMENT UPDATE: Substitute teachers, independent contractors, freelance workers, childcare workers at religious organizations and those in gig-type jobs (temporary employment) can now apply for unemployment benefits in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear announced Wednesday evening. Kentuckians can apply for unemployment insurance benefits at http://kcc.ky.gov between 7:00 am and 7:00 pm EST Monday through Friday and on Sunday between 10:00 am and 9:00 pm EST. State employees will review applications and determine a benefit amount. The range is based on a person's past wages and is between $39 and $552 a week. These benefits are offered for a maximum of 26 weeks, and applicants can request benefits every two weeks. Applicants are asked to file on the day of the week tied to their last name:
Friday: V-Z; anyone else who missed their assigned day
Healthy @ Home Order: Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear today released an Executive Order detailing additional steps to try and combat the spread of the coronavirus. All non-life-sustaining businesses shall close to in-person services effective 8:00 pm today, Wednesday, March 25, 2020. A copy of the order is posted at https://bit.ly/2UB5js3
Evictions Suspended: Evictions are suspended statewide, according to the latest executive order by Gov. Andy Beshear. The order states “all state, county and local law enforcement officers" are to temporarily suspend forcing people to leave homes. However, it doesn't relieve anyone of the obligation to pay rent or mortgage, it said. A copy of the order is posted at https://bit.ly/2UB5js3
All non-life-sustaining business to close to in-person service: Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear on Tuesday said that all businesses that aren’t “life-sustaining” must close to in-person traffic by end-of-business Thursday. He said he will issue an order Wednesday with specific details about which businesses will be impacted, but assured Kentuckians that grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, banks, and other critical businesses will remain open. He said many businesses provide life-sustaining services and will be allowed to stay open, even though they must maintain social distancing.
“With the rise in cases and knowing that these next probably two weeks are going to be some of the most important, we are going to take the next step; so effective Thursday at 8 p.m. we are going to be asking all non-life-sustaining businesses to close to in-person traffic,” Gov. Beshear said. “Even for those who are going to be excepted under this order, we are going to mandate that type of social distance that we have to see out there to protect our people.”
The businesses that can stay open include grocery stores, drug stores, and pharmacies, banks, hardware stores, agricultural operations, gas stations, media, businesses needed for transportation, logistics, shipping, delivery and pick-up, housing, building and construction, laundry, financial services, home-based care and services, professional services, manufacturing and other businesses key to national interests or life-sustaining goods or services, and those covered under the federal critical infrastructure sector (see https://bit.ly/3agSHNv).
The governor said most professional services, including attorneys, accountants and those in real estate, can be performed at home.
As he said previously, restaurants can remain open for delivery, curbside pickup and even carry out if they follow guidelines on social distancing.
School System Update: School System Update: Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear today signed Senate Bill 177 that permits unlimited non-traditional instruction (NTI) days in the state’s public schools and waive in-person student requirements. The Kentucky Department of Education has canceled plans to administer the K-PREP assessment for the 2019-2020 school year. The move comes after a waiver was granted by the U.S. Department of Education. K-PREP testing will resume in spring 2021 and current assessments will be in effect until then. Kentucky’s interim education commissioner, Kevin Brown, has previously stated schools should be prepared to close until the end of the school year if necessary. https://bit.ly/2UixLQx
JOBS: The Kentucky Career Center – Bluegrass has updated its list of urgently hiring businesses in the Bluegrass Region as of March 24, 2020. If you are seeking employment, know there are lots of options available for you in the Bluegrass Region, whether full- or part-time, in healthcare, manufacturing, retail, etc. Some jobs even allow you to telecommute! Document: 2020-03-24-urgently-hiring-businesses-bg-region
Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (Application Assistance): The Economic Development Partnership Team – Heart of Danville, Danville-Boyle County Chamber of Commerce, Destination Danville, Ky, and Main Street Perryville -- are ready to assist small businesses to apply for COVID-19 economic injury disaster loans available from the U.S. Small Business Administration. Learn more at http://www.sba.gov/disaster-assistance/coronavirus-covid-19. Applications are encouraged to be made online. However, the Partnership Team offers to consult with any prospective applicant about their questions and to provide knowledgeable guidance or volunteers who are familiar with the applicant’s business sector (e.g. industry, retail, or restaurant). Interested businesses can contact our representatives for assistance:
• Jody Lassiter, email@example.com
• Jeff Jewel, firstname.lastname@example.org
• Dustin Duvall, email@example.com
• Vicki Goode, firstname.lastname@example.org
• Jennifer Kirchner, email@example.com
Kentucky Governor’s Restaurant Alcohol Order: Many questions have arisen related to the Governor’s Closure Order and the Cabinet’s Order related to alcohol sales with food delivery and carry-out. This document from the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control outlines those questions and provides guidance from the agency. Document: https://bit.ly/2wxirX2
COVID-19 Business Forum Conference Calls: Area Human Resources representatives are encouraged to participate in company conference calls to share information on their company’s COVID-19 response. The calls are held at Noon on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Please contact Eric Kenoyer of Kimball/National Office Furniture at Eric.Kenoyer@KimballInternational.com for call-in information. Thanks, Eric, for coordinating these calls.
Mass Layoff Parameters: Gov. Andy Beshear today announced changes in mass layoff parameters. Any employer with at least 50 employees, who is laying off at least 15 employees, is encouraged to file a claim on behalf of their employees through the E-Claims process. Gov. Beshear announced that they have trained 138 state workers for UI Claims Adjudication to alleviate any case backlog.
Operation Hand Sanitizer: We here at the City of Danville wanted to share with you some great volunteer efforts occurring in our community thanks to our strategic partners at The Wilderness Trail Distillery and The Still at AMBRAbev. Both are producing critical supplies of hand sanitizer for hospitals, medical facilities, and first responders, among others. Danville Police, Fire and 911 Communications benefitted from a delivery on Saturday to keep our first responders serving the community. We are sharing this behind-the-scenes video of the selfless efforts taking place here in the City of Firsts. Together, we can and will make a difference. https://youtu.be/rvLI_8SOYzw
The Team Kentucky Fund: Governor Andy Beshear invites all Kentuckians to make a tax-deductible donation to the Team Kentucky Fund. This fund provides assistance to Kentuckians who have been severely financially impacted by the COVID-19 emergency. https://bit.ly/39dnJnV
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Interim Guidance for Limited Duration Child Care Programs – Partnership with Designated Health Care Facilities: The Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Department for Public Health, in accordance with the authority granted in KRS 214.020 and Executive Order 2020-215, hereby issues this interim guidance for establishing partnerships between approved health care facilities and limited duration childcare programs.
The Cabinet gives authority to approved health care facilities to partner with:
• The YMCA and its satellite locations statewide. In addition to the YMCA, an approved health care facility may partner with one (1) additional childcare provider of the health care facility’s choosing, if the childcare provider has a license in good standing and no outstanding civil penalties.
• If a YMCA location is not available in the health care facility’s area, the facility may choose to partner with two (2) licensed childcare providers additional providers may be approved by OIG if there is deemed a need. As stated above, the licensed childcare providers must be in good standing and not have any outstanding civil penalties.
• A recommended rate of $50.00 per day.
• Notification of request for Limited Duration Centers should be made to the attention of Melissa Moore: email-Melissa.Moore@ky.gov; fax-502-564-9350; or US mail-275 East Main Street,5E-F, Frankfort, KY 40621.
Up-to-date information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Kentucky Department for Public Health may be obtained from the following links: CDC COVID-19 website: www.cdc.gov/covid19, KDPH COVID-19 website: www.KYCOVID19.ky.gov
Nonessential Retailers to Close: Gov. Beshear announced that all in-person retail businesses that are not life-sustaining will close effective Monday, March 23, 2020, at 8 p.m. The order is to protect the people of Kentucky from COVID-19 and is necessary to overcome the virus and save lives.
Life-sustaining retail businesses that will stay open include grocery stores, pharmacies, banks, hardware stores, gas stations and other businesses that provide staple goods. A full list of categories of life-sustaining, in-person retail businesses is attached to the order posted at https://bit.ly/3baTzDk.
Entertainment, sporting goods, clothing, shoe, jewelry and furniture stores, florists, bookstores and auto dealers are among the business that will close. Nonessential retail businesses, while they cannot allow Kentuckians into stores, can still fill phone and online orders through curbside services or delivery.
“This is the next step that we need to take to reduce the contacts among Kentuckians until we can defeat this virus,” Gov. Beshear said. He said there is no need to rush to grocery stores, pharmacies and gas stations that can remain open. “There is going to be enough of the essentials for everybody,” he said.
Retail businesses that remain open must follow, to the fullest extent practicable, social distancing and hygiene guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Kentucky Department for Public Health, which includes ensuring physical separation of employees and customers by at least six feet when possible; ensuring employees practice appropriate hygiene measures and ordering sick individuals to leave the premises. Failure to follow the order could subject a business to closure.
Not Life-sustaining retail businesses:
• Automobile Dealers (may provide repair, parts, and service, but showrooms must close)
• Other Motor Vehicle Dealers
• Furniture and Home Furnishing Stores
• Electronics and Appliance Stores
• Cosmetics, Beauty Supplies, and Perfume Stores
• Optical Goods Stores
• Other Health and Personal Care Stores
• Clothing and Clothing Accessories Stores (includes Clothing Stores, Shoe Stores, Jewelry, Luggage, and Leather Goods Stores)
• Sporting Goods, Hobby, Musical Instrument, and Book Stores
• Department Stores
• Office Supplies, Stationery, and Gift Stores
• Used Merchandise Stores
• All Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers
• Nonessential retail businesses, while they cannot allow anyone into their stores, can still fill phone and online orders through curbside services or delivery.
Life-sustaining retail businesses:
• Automotive Parts, Repair, Accessories, and Tire Stores
• Auto, Truck, and Van Rental
• Building Material and Garden Equipment and Supplies Dealers
• Banks, Credit Unions, Check Cashing, Wire Transfers, and other Financial Services
• Food and Beverage Stores (includes Grocery Stores, Supermarkets, Specialty Food Stores, Meat Markets, Fish and Seafood Markets, Fruit and Vegetable Markets, and Beer, Wine and Liquor Stores)
• Pharmacies and Drug Stores
• Gasoline Stations and Convenience Stores
• General Merchandise Stores (includes Warehouse Clubs and Supercenters)
• Pet and Pet Supply Stores
A full list of categories of life-sustaining, in-person retail businesses is attached to the order posted at https://bit.ly/3baTzDk
Elective Procedures to End: Gov. Beshear said he previously recommended that all elective medical procedures cease, but said tomorrow he would mandate they stop. He said the additional action was necessary since some groups have failed to follow the order and that more restrictive actions were needed to protect Kentuckians.
Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (Update): The U.S. Small Business Administration has issued Disaster Declaration #KY-00080 for Kentucky (see https://bit.ly/2Ji333T). This disaster declaration will make Economic Injury Loans available to small businesses that have experienced significant economic injury as a result of the COVID-19 incident. Substantial economic injury occurs when a business is unable to meet its obligations or pay ordinary and necessary operating expenses. See the March 20, 2020 posting for more information or go to https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/ to apply. Step-by-step instructions for the application process are available at https://bit.ly/396Jaao. | Document: guide-to-sba-s-economic-injury-disaster-loans
PRESS RELEASE: As we all navigate the unprecedented, extraordinary and evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) national emergency, the City of Danville wants you to know that we always have been and will continue to be available for assistance within our purview. Therefore, the City of Danville has announced temporary assistance to residents and business owners who fall behind on their fee payments. Until the city's Emergency Disaster Declaration is lifted, the city will be implementing the following protocols:
• Interest or penalties will not be assessed to utility bills not paid by the deadline. Payment plans will be set up for any customer unable to pay their utility bills in full by the published due date. Please call (859) 238-1200 to speak to a customer service representative.
• Alcohol regulatory fees for the quarter ending April 30, 2020 and due May 29, 2020 shall be deferred for 30 days. Fees will be due June 30, 2020.
• All liquor licenses expiring at the end of April 2020 shall be extended until the end of May 2020. License holders need not take any additional action and can continue to operate in compliance of the law without penalty.
• All payroll license withholdings for the quarter ending March 31, 2020 shall be extended for 30 days and will be due May 31, 2020 instead of April 30, 2020.
• Danville will follow the federal guidelines on tax returns for net profits by extending the filing and payment deadline to July 15, 2020.
The City of Danville has launched a dedicated website to provide updates and information to the public concerning its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The public is encouraged to share the site – danvilleky.gov/covid19 – with their friends and family as well as connect with the city on Facebook at facebook.com/DanvilleKentucky/.
“We are determined to take immediate steps to help our residents and businesses weather the current situation,” City Manager David Milliron said. “I’m sure in the coming days and weeks there will be more measures the City of Danville can implement to help our residents and businesses as additional needs arise.”
Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program: Small business owners in Kentucky are now eligible to apply for a low-interest loan due to Coronavirus (COVID-19). Go to https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/ to apply. The official announcement is available at https://bit.ly/2Ji333T
Find more information on the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans at https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance.
The SBA will work directly with state Governors to provide targeted, low-interest loans to small businesses and non-profits that have been severely impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.
Under the program, business owners would be eligible to apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loans for up to $2 million if assistance is requested and the business qualifies. The money is meant to replace short-term lost revenue and could be used to pay debt, payroll, accounts payable and other bills.
The money would be available to small businesses and nonprofits. The interest rate would be 3.75 percent for small businesses and 2.75 percent for nonprofits. Businesses with credit available elsewhere are not eligible.
SBA has said the money will be issued through the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, which President Donald Trump recently signed. The SBA also has published guidance for small businesses navigating the fallout from the coronavirus and dedicated a section of its website to providing information about the outbreak.
Unemployment Insurance: In an effort to serve the large influx of Kentuckians who are filing for unemployment insurance (UI) benefits as efficiently as possible during the COVID-19 outbreak, the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC) is implementing new UI filing procedures and starting new local office phone lines for customers.
Beginning today, Kentuckians filing for UI benefits should follow a schedule that pertains to the first initial in their last name as to what day they can file their claim. The schedule can be found at https://bit.ly/2J5i60q
Effective immediately, Kentucky Career Centers (KCC) across the state have been closed to the public to prevent the spread of COVID-19 but KCC workers are still providing services by telephone and videoconference.
Below is the location and phone number individuals can call for KCC services including UI questions. Please use the phone number for the location nearest you so that no location is overwhelmed by customers.
Bowling Green area 270-746-7425
Elizabethtown area 270-766-5115
Covington area 859-292-6666
Hazard area 888-503-1423
Hopkinsville area 270-889-6509
Lexington area 859-233-5940
Louisville area 502-595-4003
Morehead area 606-783-8525
Owensboro area 270-686-2502
Paducah area 270-575-7000
Prestonsburg area 888-503-1423
Somerset area 606-677-4124
Claimants can also call the UI Help Line at 502-564-2900, if they have questions. Complete details at https://bit.ly/33y8Zik
Revenue flexibility for Restaurants: Kentucky Gov. Beshear on Thursday so ordered that restaurants with an active liquor license, that are also doing food delivery or carry out, may also deliver sealed alcoholic beverages, in their original containers to customers. This change allows the state to give restaurants a much-needed boost to help their bottom lines. A copy of the order is posted at https://bit.ly/2U2qlRo
Attention Danville & Boyle County Hospitals/Schools/Nursing Homes/Non-Profits: During a statewide conference call Thursday with Kentucky Emergency Management, it was stated that private, nonprofit efforts might be eligible under the current FEMA disaster declaration for possible reimbursement of expenses. For instance, one Kentucky community asked: “If a food pantry is using employees to hand out food and supplies that are needed for residents due to local shortages, will the labor be eligible cost for reimbursement?”
It was quickly noted there is a clear difference between paid and volunteer staff efforts: “Volunteers are not eligible for reimbursement, expenditures are. It’s something you should be tracking. I cannot give you a definitive ‘yes they will be eligible,’ but they are certainly ticking a lot of the boxes such as being a private non-profit and doing things that are saving lives and protecting people. So, start tracking and apply.”
So, Kentucky Emergency Management is asking that any entity in Boyle County that may incur COVID-19 costs (i.e. hospitals, schools, nursing homes, non-profits, etc.) to contact Danville-Boyle County Emergency Management (firstname.lastname@example.org) to obtain a “Request for Public Assistance” form or download it from https://bit.ly/2vyDDvl.
FEMA Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic: Eligible Emergency Protective Measures | https://bit.ly/2IZqONU
Rumor Control: Despite rumors, Gov. Beshear said he isn't yet considering a statewide lockdown or a "shelter-in-place" mandate for Kentuckians. "So, first of all, we're hearing this phrase 'shelter in place,' and I know that evokes fear in people. But when you look at what it is, though it is not something we are looking at at the moment, it's asking people to engage in the type of self-distancing that we're asking for. You know, people even in places that are going through this can go for a walk, as long as they're engaged in the social distance. They can go to the grocery store. They can pick up things that they need. Now the steps we have to take in Kentucky all depend on whether we all buy in to what we're doing."
Current as of March 19, 2020 at 5:15 p.m. Eastern time
Kentucky Coronavirus Monitoring
Number Tested: 639 (this number is believed to be higher due to number of outside labs now completing tests)
Companies Urgently Hiring in Bluegrass Region: Here is a document from the Kentucky Career Center of companies hiring in the Bluegrass Region, as of March 2020. https://bit.ly/2Qu2is6
What You Should Know About the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and COVID-19: The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) gave employers the green light to take employees' temperatures to try and ward off the spread of the coronavirus in guidance updated March 18. https://bit.ly/2J27PlU
List of Free Software and Services During Coronavirus Outbreak: In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, many organizations are asking their employees to work remotely. This, though, brings new challenges to the workplace as users adapt to video meetings, screen sharing, and the use of remote collaboration tools. https://bit.ly/2wmPa19
50 Ways Companies Are Giving Back During The Coronavirus Pandemic: Let these 50 examples of giving back inspire you to see how you can help people in your community, or in your business. https://bit.ly/2vzrcQ5
Talking to your child about CODID-19: In case you missed Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear's kid-friendly #COVID19 update you can view it here: https://youtu.be/Qdd3FAlNQf8
Charitable Gaming Licenses: Per Governor Andy Beshear, all Kentucky Charitable Gaming Licenses are canceled until further notice, effective immediately, in the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Commission Meetings: The City of Danville’s Commission meetings will not have an in-person public audience until the Governor’s State of Emergency is lifted in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Staff began sanitizing and rearranging Commission Chambers today and then set up and tested equipment and software necessary to facilitate our elected officials’ ability to hold online meetings. Additional equipment is expected to arrive Friday, which will need to be installed and tested. Our goal is to be able to live-stream meetings with up to 250 participants. Danville encourages the public to continue their active participation in City Commission meetings by viewing online and submitting pertinent comments online to posted agenda items. Comments submitted through the online meeting portal will follow the same guidelines as the in-person comment process. Interested parties will need to include their name, agenda item and contain no more than three minutes of commentary. All other meetings outside of City Commission are being placed on hold until further notice. For more information regarding COVID-19 efforts in our city, please visit https://danvilleky.gov/covid19 or call 859.238.1200. The Commission Meeting scheduled for Monday, March 23, 2020 is canceled until the new platform is fully tested and Commission members trained on the new technology. The City will continue to use the Facebook events utility to publish meeting notices and agendas as well as at https://danvilleky.gov/meetings. Questions? Contact the City Clerk at https://danvilleky.gov/contact-us
Kentucky Open Meetings Act: The Kentucky Office of the Attorney General today released an opinion on whether, under the current state of emergency declared by the President of the United States and the Governor of Kentucky, caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic, a public agency must identify a primary physical location for a video teleconference at which the public may attend and view a public meeting conducted through video teleconference under the Open Meetings Act. https://danvilleky.gov/content/covid19/03.18.20-oag-20-05-final.pdf
Take-Out/Food Delivery Service: Thanks to our partners at The Heart of Danville and Danville-Boyle County Chamber of Commerce for keeping us updated on what businesses are up and running! https://danvilleky.gov/content/covid19/takeout.png
Press Conference: The City of Danville participated in a joint Boyle County COVID-19 Press Conference on Tuesday, March 18, 2020. An archived recording is available at https://youtu.be/Q4Y-9I9y2QE
Danville-Boyle Parks and Recreation: Based on the recent actions taken by the City of Danville, Boyle County, and the local School Districts, the Bunny Davis Center will be closed effective March 17, 2020 at Noon until at least April 1st. In an effort to provide a safe and enjoyable experience, staff will be cleaning and sanitizing the facility during this closure. be assured, we will re-open as soon as possible.
Baseball/Softball/T-ball registration can still be done online at http://www.danvilleboylecoparks.com
Please refer to our website and Facebook page for any updated information.
Public-Facing Businesses: A day after ordering the closure of dine-in services for Kentucky restaurants and bars, Gov. Andy Beshear announced Tuesday evening a new order to close all “public facing” businesses that cannot comply with social distancing guidelines, including gyms and movie theaters. The businesses should close by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Beshear said during Tuesday's press conference. While the Governor outlined specific business types that should be included in the new order, he said that any business that causes people to congregate should close. The specific businesses mentioned included hair salons, nail salons, spas, concert venues and sporting facilities. Beshear stressed during the press conferences that rather than looking for ways to exempt themselves from the order, businesses of types that are not expressly named should work to help keep people from congregating.
Sanitation: Communications from our contract Solid Waste provider in the City of Danville
Republic Services is committed to continuing the collection of household waste and has established plans for business continuity designed to continue business operations, or to resume them as soon as possible, following a natural disaster, strike, pandemic or other disruptive event. Waste collection is an essential public health function, and we are prepared to continue taking the necessary steps to ensure we have sufficient personnel to safely collect and manage residential waste. Effective today, we are implementing temporary preventative measures to ensure the health and safety of our workforce:
Cart Content Only. We will only collect waste inside the recycling or waste container. Bagged waste set on top of or next to containers will not be collected.
Bulk Collection Suspended. Individual and community bulk collection events are hereby suspended. We will continue to reevaluate conditions, and will honor all contractual obligations at a future date.
Our goal is to limit driver activity outside of the truck. Customer notifications will occur this afternoon, including call blasts, Republic Services app updates, website updates, and updating our Customer Resource Centers. Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly.
Thank you for your patience and understanding, and for being a valuable Republic Services' customer.
Gregory M Butler
Manager, Municipal Sales
451 Conway Court
Lexington, KY 40511
City Offices Closing: The City of Danville has taken preventive measures against the Coronavirus by closing high-risk locations throughout the city. Effective Tuesday at Noon, Danville City Hall and other city facilities will be closed to the public but will remain open for city staff until further notice. Police and fire response will still be in operation during the state of emergency, but special precautions will be taken when dealing with suspected coronavirus contact situations. Customers can reach staff by calling 859-238-1200. There is also a drop-box for utility payments in the city hall parking lot; payments can also be made online at https://bit.ly/2Wlbcfh. You can also contact the city using our online form at https://danvilleky.gov/contact-us
Water Service: City of Danville customers who have had their water service shut off due to nonpayment of bills will have it restored under a plan that aims to allow them to wash their hands at home as a way to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus. Furthermore, the city has ceased any further water disconnects due to nonpayment, which will be in effect for the duration of the global outbreak of the virus.
For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.
The vast majority of people recover from the new virus. According to the World Health Organization, people with mild illness recover in about two weeks, while those with more severe illness may take three to six weeks to recover.
So far, there are 22 positive cases in Kentucky of COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus. A 66-year-old man from Bourbon County is Kentucky's first coronavirus-related death, Gov. Andy Beshear announced Monday morning.
Customers who had their water turned off for nonpayment will have their fees deferred until after the COVID-19 situation is under control. Those customers then will be transitioned to an assistance program or onto a payment plan.
Unemployment Benefits: Gov. Andy Beshear said Monday that Kentucky is taking steps to waive the waiting period to receive unemployment benefits for those who are losing their jobs because of COVID-19. The state will waive any work-search requirements attached to such benefits while the state of emergency is in effect.
How to file for unemployment:
File online here: http://kcc.ky.gov
File by phone: 502-564-2900, option 1
Food and Beverage Sales: Per Executive Order 2020-215 issued by Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear and effective March 16, 2020, food and beverage sales are now restricted to carry-out, delivery and drive-thru only, with no onsite consumption permitted. Some questions that the City of Danville is receiving regarding liquor, beer and wines sales in the wake of the order are as follows:
Q: Does this order apply to liquor stores that have been issued a Quota Liquor Package and NQ Retail Malt Beverage Package License?
A: No. However, if the Liquor Store also holds a Quota Retail Drink License the restrictions would apply to alcohol sales with that license which are by the drink and limited to consumption on the licensed premise only.
Q: Can Liquor Stores who have been issued a Quota Liquor Package and NQ Retail Malt Beverage Package License deliver packaged distilled spirits, wine, and malt beverages?
A: Yes. 804 KAR 8:050 (https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/law/kar/804/008/050.pdf) specifies the requirements for vehicle identification to transport alcoholic beverages for their licensed premise. The specifics of this are also answered in the FAQ’s on the Kentucky Alcoholic Beverage Controls Website: www.abc.ky.gov (search for delivery)
Q: Can restaurants who have been issued a NQ2 Retail Drink or Limited Restaurant License sell alcohol by the drink for carryout or delivery?
A: No. Both licenses limit alcohol sales to consumption on the licensed premises only, not for carryout or delivery.
Open Records Requests: Please be advised that due to the declared State of Emergency to address the coronavirus epidemic, all staff has been consolidated and directed to address the emergency response as its top priority. Therefore, all open records responses for the City of the Danville will be suspended until the State of Emergency is lifted, at which time your request will be evaluated as soon as practical in its order of receipt. If you have any questions, please email City Clerk, Ashley Raider at email@example.com. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding during this time.