Hopkinsville City Council will move its council and committee of the whole meetings back to online only beginning in October. The move was made based on recommendations of the Christian County Health Department after the Kentucky incident rating system marked Christian County as a “critical” zone for COVID-19.

The county has an incident rate of 31 average cases per 100,000 population. The county itself has a population of around 70,000.

“This decision is substantially due to our community’s current upward trend in COVID-19 positive cases and our responsibility to limit exposure through close contact as much as possible,” Hopkinsville Administrative Coordinator Nikki Durham said in an email. “City officials will reevaluate this decision on a monthly basis to decide if virtual meetings should continue or in-person meetings should resume.”

The October meetings can be viewed at hoptown.org/tv.

The city also closed some parks and recreation facilities, park events and public restrooms until further notice to adhere to the health department’s guidelines. Facilities that allow for walking remain open.

The Hopkinsville Dog Park and Hopkinsville Greenway Rail Trail, and the correlating restroom facilities, will remain open, according to a City of Hopkinsville news release.

“As we continuously stress throughout the planning and execution of all community events and facilities, the health and safety of our visitors and local residents is paramount,” Hopkinsville Parks and Recreation Superintendent Tab Brockman said in the release. “We continue to be good stewards during the pandemic, especially when it comes to heeding the advice and guidance of Kayla Bebout and her entire team at the health department, and we want to respect their wishes and recommendations.”

The Planters Bank-Jennie Stuart Health Sportsplex will remain open for free walking from 8 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. The sportsplex is suspending all rentals, open gym sessions, batting cage usage and birthday parties until Oct. 2.

The new season of the sportsplex Indoor Turf Soccer League originally scheduled to begin on Sunday has been postponed until after Oct. 2.

The Museums of Historic Hopkinsville postponed the History on Tap event for Thursday to adhere to the health department’s guidelines to suspend social and community events through Oct. 2.

“We plan to be back with a fresh History on Tap program on October 22, and we hope to see you there,” Alissa Keller, Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County executive director, said in an email. “We appreciate your understanding and look forward to seeing you when we can.”

Christian County Public Schools will remain open for in-person instruction. Elementary schools are fully in person whereas middle and high schools are working on a hybrid model. Those students are in classrooms two days per week and learning from home three days per week.

According to the district’s COVID-19 dashboard, 22 in-person students currently have an active case of the virus. Five Virtual Learning Academy students have an active case. Only two faculty or staff members have an active case.

The dashboard data also shows that 92 students are in in school-acquired close contact quarantine. Three members of the faculty or staff are in school-acquired close contact quarantine.

“We feel strongly our in-person instruction is conducted in a safe and healthy manner,” John Rittenhouse, CCPS communications director, said.

Reach Jon Russelburg at 270-887-3241 or jrusselburg@kentuckynewera.com.

Reach Jon Russelburg at 270-887-3241 or jrusselburg@kentuckynewera.com.

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