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On Thanksgiving, Kentucky again reported its highest daily number of COVID-19 cases, with 3,870 more people testing positive for the virus.

Yuko Watanabe had to learn a lot of plant names. She lists them with as much confidence as she does her extensive soup menu. Calathea, pothos, Swedish ivy, song of India.

For over a decade, her Yuko Kitchen has fed Los Angeles Japanese comfort food — something like your friend's mom might cook for you after the school, Watanabe says. But this pandemic spring, when streets emptied and her phones grew quiet, a mini-jungle took over the chairs and tables, her cafes pivoting to sell nourishment both for the body and the soul.


Kentucky has a website and hotline where anyone can report complaints about businesses, organizations or community gatherings that are not in compliance with state guidelines to limit the spread of COVID-19.

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A federal judge has blocked Gov. Andy Beshear’s executive order halting in-person classes at private religious schools. Beshear issued the executive order last week, closing both public and private K-12 schools to in-person classes as a way to curb a surge of the coronavirus.

One private school, Danville Christian Academy, sued, backed by Attorney General Daniel Cameron, saying the governor infringed on the community’s First Amendment right to freedom of religion. In a Wednesday ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove agreed Beshear had overstepped.


Kentucky’s surge in coronavirus cases has caused some hospitals to reduce other health care services to accommodate the growing number of COVID-19 patients.

Officials in Illinois have ordered an independent investigation into a coronavirus outbreak that killed 27 people at a state-operated veterans' home. The state's Department of Veterans' Affairs announced the decision in a statement Tuesday, pledging to "immediately address any findings from that investigation."

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An executive order signed last week by Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear closing in-person dining at restaurants and bars will be enforced by local health departments. This follows the Marshall County Health Department seeking clarity on which agencies are in charge of enforcing the order.

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear in Tuesday’s media briefing on the coronavirus said the commonwealth is experiencing continued “exponential” growth in COVID-19 cases. Beshear reported 2,690 cases of coronavirus, the second highest daily number reported on a Tuesday. He hopes Kentuckians will be cautious during the Thanksgiving holiday to slow down the growth. 

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Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear in a Frankfort media briefing Monday said some restaurants using tents to provide outdoor, in-person dining services may be trying to skirt around the provisions of his executive order mandating the closure of dining rooms.