Hopkinsville YMCA receives temporary emergency child care exemption

The Hopkinsville Christian County Family YMCA has been designated as a Limited Duration Center by the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

This will allow the YMCA to offer child care to children of the employees of healthcare entities, first responders, corrections officers and DCBS workers.

The YMCA will begin offering this service at 6:30 Friday morning.

The YMCA will provide care Monday through Friday, from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. for children 6 weeks old to age 12. The rate for the childcare is $30/day or $150/week.

Registration is available tonight at hopkinsvilleymca.org/registration/registration.

Interested parents can email shanna@hopkinsvilleymca.org for more information.

Specific documentation should be noted on the employer’s letterhead and include:

• Identifying information for the employee

• Employee’s position within the healthcare entity

• Location(s) of place of employment

• Name of children who will be enrolled and dates of birth

• Contact information of Human Resources personnel to verify employment if necessary

Elkton closes government offices due to COVID-19

All Elkton city buildings providing city government services are closed to the public effective immediately until further notice to reduce the community spread of COVID-19.

All city employees will be working normal business hours and will be available to assist you by email or phone at the following:

Elkton City Hall and Elkton Utilities: cityhall@elktonky.com, 270-265-9877

Elkton Police Department: mwillenborg@elktonky.com, 270-265-9879

Wastewater Treatment Plant: 270-265-5703

Welcome Center: welcomecenter@elktonky.com, 270-265-7070

City employees are prohibited from providing nonessential in-person city government services outside of government buildings.

The Elkton Police Department will continue to provide 24-hour law enforcement services and security checks.

While City Hall is closed to the public, the community may still make service order requests by calling City Hall.

City Hall and Elkton Utilities customers can continue to make payments by mailing check and money order payments and other correspondence to: Elkton City Hall and Utilities, PO Box 578, Elkton, KY 42220; dropping off check and money order payments in the City Hall foyer located in the lobby area of City Hall at 71 Public Square or making credit and debit card payments online at www.elktonky.com/utilities.

The city is working on a new payment site that will temporarily waive the convenience fee to use online payments and will be available as soon as possible. Credit and debit card payments may also be made over the phone.

Elkton police implement operations guidelines

Effective immediately, the Elkton Police Department will be implementing the following until further notice:

• Officers will not be doing fingerprinting for civilian background checks at this time.

• To get a copy of a police crime or collision report, go to buycrash.com or buycrime.com as copies will not be given out from the front office.

In the event of an emergency dial 911. In cases of non-life threatening and civil issues your call may be handled over the phone to limit the exposure risk to the employees.

Citizens will still be provided 24-hour law enforcement coverage and security checks.

BACH adjusts schedules for COVID-19 preparations

Blanchfield Army Community Hospital remains open for scheduled services and has implemented a brief health screening for anyone entering the hospital or outlying clinics.

BACH established a by-appointment, drive-up screening station, which will expand capabilities in the coming days. A temporary tent was setup and more tents are expected to be in place this week to support the appointment-only COVID-19 drive-up screening process.

BACH personnel are reviewing appointments scheduled from Monday on and will reschedule non-urgent outpatient appointments. Additionally, hospital personnel are reviewing TRICARE Online appointments.

In order to limit exposure for patients, staff and for the community, the hospital has adjusted its visitor policy to two visitors, age 18 and older for inpatients, and one escort if required to accompany patients to appointments.

BACH’s pharmacies at Fort Campbell are converting all pharmacies to Drop Off and Pick-Up services only.

Legislature adopts Tobacco 21 Bill

Kentucky’s House of Representatives Thursday adopted “tobacco 21” legislation. Senate Bill 56 would conform Kentucky statutes to the new federal law raising the legal age to purchase all tobacco products to 21.

The bill also would remove status offense and other penalties on youth who purchase, use or possess tobacco products.

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