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News Release: 11/6/2020

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Chamber Annual Luncheon and Awards
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Collins vs. Shelby County
Tonight @ Shelby County High School
Reduced Capacity
We would like to update you about the current state of health for Shelby County and Shelby County Public Schools. Yesterday the Governor and the Commissioner of Education held a conference call with all Kentucky Superintendents to discuss the spread of the virus in communities throughout Kentucky. Currently, the spread of COVID-19 is not happening in our schools. Contact tracing informs us that small group gatherings where people feel comfortable with one another not being masked, along with large gatherings within the community, are where we are seeing the community widespread. Increased community spread puts pressure on our school district’s mitigation efforts due to the need to isolate people with COVID-19 and quarantine those with whom they have come in contact. Some school districts have had to go to NTI due to the number of staff quarantined. We do not want this to happen in Shelby County. We need your help outside of the school day to ensure that we can maintain our SCPS@School learning option.
As of 10/30/20, SCPS has 14 students/staff in isolation due to testing positive for COVID-19. Our schools have 134 quarantined students and 21 quarantined staff members. This is updated daily on the SCPS homepage. Help us to stay in school by keeping your guard up at home and out in the community. Wear a mask to keep your family safe from COVID-19 and to keep it from spreading into the schools. Without a strong community effort, we could see more cases and a return to NTI, due to illness and quarantining. Please monitor what your children are exposed to while at home and out and about in the community. Help us to keep our schools open by avoiding large gatherings, children’s parties, and following the Governor’s latest recommendations.
November 2nd and 3rd are previously scheduled non-instructional days due to staff professional development and Election Day. November 4th-6th are regular instructional days for SCPS@School and SCPS@Home students. SCPS administration, the School Board, and the School Re-opening Task Force, along with North Central Health District will continue to monitor the status of our district and our county in order to make informed decisions to keep our students and staff safe. We will continue to keep you informed of any changes.
Here is a note regarding communication regarding illness during school days: 
Communication with school personnel is of the utmost importance if your child becomes sick or is absent from school for any reason. Please communicate if your child was absent, saw a doctor, and received a diagnosis of COVID - 19 or any other illness. We must have this information to keep everyone learning and safe. If your child was exposed to COVID-19 and you know that you need to quarantine, we can help you with questions regarding quarantine and isolation. If you have questions regarding student health policies or COVID-19 policies, you can reach Traci Earley, District Health Coordinator at or call the North Central Health District at 502.633.1243. We must work together as we continue our efforts to manage COVID-19 in our community in order to keep our schools open with healthy students and staff.
Attached is the Governor's Statement of Emergency:
Here is a link to our District BY SCHOOL numbers. It is a daily count of isolated COVID-19 numbers and quarantined numbers.
Here is a link to the Kentucky School Report Card. Testing was limited for 2019 - 2020 due to COVID.
A Message from Mr. Jebsen
Martha Layne Collins High School Principal
Message About Contact Tracing and Quarantines at MLCHS
Current Case Information
Henry - 301 Cases Total (43 active)
Shelby - 1637 Cases Total (106 active)
Spencer - 375 Cases Total (48 active)
Trimble - 120 Cases Total (20 active)
Governor Update
NOVEMBER 5th, 2020
Case Details
115,277 total cases
18,853 probable
96,424 positives
2,318 new cases
20 new deaths, 1534 total (50 were removed for duplication)
2,166,568 have been tested
20,304 at least recovered cases
6.5% positive rate
1102 hospitalized
291 in ICU
129 on ventilators
Red Zone Reduction Recommendations
  • Employers should allow employees to work from home when possible
  • Government offices that do not provide critical services need to operate virtually
  • Reduce in-person shopping; order online or pickup curbside as much as possible
  • Order take-out; avoid dining in restaurants or bars
  • Prioritize businesses that follow and enforce the mask mandate and other guidelines
  • Reschedule, postpone or cancel public events
  • Do not host or attend gatherings of any size
  • Avoid non-essential activities outside your home
  • Reduce overall activity and contacts, and follow existing guidance, including the 10 Steps to Defeat COVID-19 
As of 11/5/20 80 counties were in the Red Zone
Red zone is 25+ out of every 100,000 residences with a positive test
$15 million from CARES Act for Healthy at Home Utility Relief program
  • Cover up to $500 for past due utilities, water and waste services
  • To apply either call 800-456-3452 or visit
Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control update
  • granting 12 month fee renewal waiver to current licensees
  • does not apply to producers, distributors, wholesalers or others that have continued operations during pandemic
Salato Center started offering virtual educational classes
Correctional Facilities Update
  • 1255 total inmates with positive (214 active)
  • 221 total staffers with positive (34 active)
$1.6 billion in Coronavirus Relief Fund
  • Used for public health, local governments, schools, long term care facilities, utility relief fund, unemployment and more
  • $219 million used for PPE, testing, contract tracing and public awareness
  • $102 million used to support testing and nurse strike teams
Kentucky Schools
Red and Orange counties should not be hosting gatherings outside of immediate family only
Top counties with positive cases
  • Jefferson
  • Fayette
  • Kenton
  • Hardin
  • Boone
  • Nelson

Check out our website for all the details on businesses opens and signage to use in your business
Unemployment Insurance Updates
Amy Cubbage, the Governor’s general counsel, today talked about a new way of reporting unemployment insurance (UI) claims. In order to best serve those claimants who have been waiting the longest, the cabinet is now sorting claims by date of filing.
Cubbage said that Labor Cabinet Secretary Larry Roberts, at the Governor’s direction, has requested from the U.S. Department of Labor (US DOL) the ability to waive the obligation to obtain repayment of mistakenly-paid benefits that may have occurred after the federal government changed their eligibility guidance.
“We have not heard back from U.S. DOL but remain hopeful we will be allowed some flexibility on these overpayments,” Cubbage said. “If granted, we will be able to provide significant relief to many Kentuckians.”
As a part of a project to upgrade the UI computer system to be more user-friendly, there are some upcoming dates the system will be down for claimants. Kentuckians will not be able to file a claim or claim benefits during these planned outages: Friday, Nov. 6, and Saturday, Nov. 7; Thursday, Nov. 26, through Saturday, Nov. 28; and briefly after business hours on Dec. 15.
Cubbage also warned Kentuckians to be on the lookout for email scammers using this fake account: She said scammers are trying to obtain personal information and shared tips to avoid the scam:

  • Never respond to an email unless it is from a domain and is clearly marked as coming from a Kentucky Office of Unemployment Insurance (OUI) employee.
  • Know that you will never be asked to click on a link in an email from OUI.
  • Know that unless you initiate contact with U.S. DOL you should not receive any emails from U.S. DOL about your claim.
Different testing and results
  • probable case or death is defined as:
  • A person meeting clinical criteria AND epidemiologic evidence with no confirmatory laboratory testing performed for COVID-19;
  • A person meeting presumptive laboratory evidence AND either clinical criteria OR epidemiologic evidence;
  • A person meeting vital records criteria with no confirmatory laboratory testing performed for COVID-19. (Click here for frequently asked questions by CDC)
  • Rapid Antigen Test
  • Rapid antigen tests are commonly used in the diagnosis of respiratory pathogens, including influenza viruses and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). 
  • Antigen tests are immunoassays that detect the presence of a specific viral antigen, which implies current viral infection.
  • PCR Testing
  • also known as a molecular test
  • This COVID-19 test detects genetic material of the virus using a lab technique called polymerase chain reaction (PCR). Also called a molecular test, a health care worker collects fluid from a nasal or throat swab or from saliva. Results may be available in minutes if analyzed onsite or a few days — or longer in locations with test processing delays — if sent to an outside lab. PCR tests are very accurate when properly performed by a health care professional, but the rapid test can miss some cases.
  • Nose or throat swab. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a nasal swab, though a throat swab is acceptable. Your doctor or other health care professional inserts a thin, flexible stick with cotton at the tip into your nose or brushes the swab along the back of your throat to collect a sample of mucus. This may be somewhat uncomfortable. For the nasal sample, swabbing may occur in both nostrils to collect enough mucus for the test. The swab remains in place briefly before being gently rotated as it's pulled out. The sample gets sealed in a tube and sent to a lab for analysis.
  • Saliva sample. Though not considered the best way to get a good sample, a saliva test may be done if discomfort is an issue with a nose or throat swab. You spit into a tube several times to provide a sample of your saliva to test. The tube is sealed before being sent to a lab for analysis.
Welcome to the Shelby County
Chamber of Commerce
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 16, 2020) - The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will conduct a public hearing in November on a request by the Shelby County Industrial and Development Foundation to allow the sale of alcohol by the drink at the Guist Creek Lake Marina restaurant, 11990 Boat Dock Road, Shelbyville.
The Foundation plans to renovate portions of the marina and seeks a new restaurant vendor to operate an upscale grill-style restaurant. Kentucky Fish and Wildlife owns the lake. The Foundation, which operates the marina under a contract with the department, seeks departmental approval to allow the sale of wine and beer to dine-in patrons during normal restaurant hours.
The public comment period for this request is Oct. 20-Nov. 18, 2020. Comments can be emailed to the department at Comments also can be mailed to: Kentucky Fish and Wildlife, Public Comments, 1 Sportsman’s Lane, Frankfort, Ky. 40601. Comments must be received at the department by Nov. 18.
Adjacent property owners are being notified in writing about this request.
Kentucky Fish and Wildlife will conduct a public hearing on the request at 6 p.m., Nov. 16, at the Shelby County UK Cooperative Extension Office, 1117 Frankfort Road.
A drive-in meeting format will be used due to current public health guidelines. Attendees will remain in their vehicles, but will be provided with printed materials and may listen to an on-site AM radio broadcast of information and instructions on how to submit a comment or question. For those unable to attend in person, comments or questions may be emailed to
The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission will act upon the Foundation’s request at its Dec. 4 virtual meeting. The public may view the virtual Commission meeting online via livestream on Kentucky Fish and Wildlife’s YouTube channel at
A link to the livestream also will be posted on the department’s homepage at at the start of the meeting
The 30th Annual Kentucky Workers' Compensation Seminar will be here before we know it! We are now offering both in-person and virtual registration options.
Are you available Monday, November 16? We'd love to have you.
Why attend?
Workers' compensation has been and continues to be greatly impacted by COVID-19, much like everything else. Staying up to date is absolutely critical.
Remain committed. Invest in professional training.
Attendees will receive pertinent and practical tips as well as answers to their most burning workers’ compensation questions. Take a look at the agenda!
Who Should Attend:
  • Workers' compensation consultants
  • HR and personnel professionals
  • Safety coordinators
  • Risk managers
  • Benefits administrators
  • Safety and health care providers
  • Nurse case managers
  • Claims handlers
  • Anyone responsible for controlling workers' compensation costs
Don't forget, we are offering FREE radio spotlights to our members!
All you have to do is email Beth to get the ball rolling!
Presidential Sponsors
Shelby County Chamber of Commerce
316 Main Street
Shelbyville, KY 40065

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