9 New cases, 225 Total Cases in Madison County. 72 Recovering, 4 in Hospital. 148 have Recovered,  and 1 Deceased

COVID-19 Testing

Testing through White House Clinic will be this Thursday from 10-3pm at the Folk Center.

Drive-Thru Testing

COVID-19 Testing

Community Support

The Madison County Community Fund Board

The Madison County Community Fund Board of Advisors announced the creation of the Madison County COVID-19 Response Fund to provide critical support to vulnerable populations in Madison County who are adversely affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. This charitable fund will provide grants to nonprofit organizations in Madison County with strong experience delivering services related to food, healthcare, childcare, transportation and the elderly.

To make an online donation to the Madison County COVID-19 Response Fund, visit https://bgcf.givingfuel.com/madison-covid19. To donate by check, make checks payable to Blue Grass Community Foundation and indicate that your gift should be directed to the Madison County COVID-19 Response Fund. Mail checks to:

Blue Grass Community Foundation
Attn: Madison County COVID-19 Response Fund
499 E. High Street #112
Lexington, KY 40507

Madison County Community Fund Press Release

Kentucky River Foothills

Kentucky River Foothills is conducting a COVID-19 Community Survey for Madison, Estill, Powell, and Clark County. The information provided will help guide our response to the COVID-19 Crisis. This will help us see how individuals in the community have been impacted and what resources are needed to ensure that are communities can recover. Please respond to the survey by Friday, May 15th!

Take the survey here

 

Food Assistance

Berea Food Bank information:
https://www.bereaoutreach.org , https://www.facebook.com/BereaFoodBank/

Berea’s Intergenerational Center are delivering meals to those 60 years and older through Kentucky River Foothills

Local grocery store information

Local restaurant information

Berea Baptist Food Closet

310 Chestnut Street behind the church. The food closet is open on a drive-thru basis, Monday and Friday from 1:00-3:30pm.

Unemployment Support

If you are experiencing unemployment due to the effects of COVID-19, you may be able to apply for an Unemployment Insurance Claim. The Kentucky Education & Workforce Development Cabinet and Kentucky Career Center are offering resources for those seeking unemployment assistance. To file a claim and find out more details, first try utilizing the website application.

Healthcare

Home Health Services for Madison County is limited to “emergency only for the elderly”

Dr. Schloemer’s office is taking patients, 8:30-4:00. Appointment only.

Urgent Care Berea:  234 Brenwood Dr Berea Hours 8:00am -9:00pm

Berea Walk-In Clinic 245 Prince Royal Dr. Berea Hours: 8:00am – 7:00pm

There is emergency counseling through Intrust Counseling. Their number is: 270-405-0687

Veterans in our area that is in need for any kind of services call Foothills Veteran Services – 859-408-7017 Ext1

AA Meetings information

Kentucky River Foothills message:

The COVID-19 pandemic is a truly unprecedented public health emergency. In the coming weeks and months it is anticipated that there will be an increased need for Health Coverage from Medicaid and Qualified Health Plans through Healthcare.gov. To help alleviate this burden, we have certified individuals available via phone who can help with Health Coverage applications.

In Clark, Madison and Rockcastle counties contact Ken Ledford at 606-813-1619 or kledford@foothillscap.org

The Ridge Telehealth flyer

 

Pharmacies

The governor has issued an executive order that allows pharmacists to fill prescriptions for 30 days, including an emergency refill if they aren’t able to make contact with a patient’s physician. There are restrictions on what medicine can be filled for those 30-day orders, it’s mainly maintenance medication such as blood pressure pills. That means things like narcotics can’t be stocked up on or abused with this order.

Berea Drug, 402 Richmond Rd, 859-986-4521; continuing their home delivery service, and have added a curbside delivery service, which means customers can park in the Berea Drug parking lot and they will bring out their medications to the car. At this time, they are not allowing anyone inside the store. They are currently open M-F 9a-6p, Sat 9a-1p and closed on Sun.

Berea Whitehouse Clinic Pharmacy, 104 Legacy Dr, 859-986-2323, continuing their home delivery service within the Berea zip code. They are screening patients at the door for any respiratory symptoms before letting them enter. Their current hours of operation are M-F 8a-6p, closed Sat-Sun.

Knight’s Pharmacy, 191 Glades Rd, 859-986-0500; continuing their home delivery service, and their drive-thru service. They are currently open M-F 9a-6p, Sat 9a-12p and closed on Sun.

Walgreens, 220 Richmond Rd, 859-986-1494, continuing their drive-thru window service, and a home delivery service that will deliver a 90 day supply of most medications through the mail. Customers must sign up for this service ahead of time. Their current hours of service are M-F 9a-9p, Sat 9a-6p, Sun 10a-6p.

Med Save Berea Medicine Shoppe,102 Prince Royal Dr, 859-986-7283, continuing their home delivery service, and their drive-thru service. Customers can also walk up on the porch, but no one is being allowed inside the store. Their current hours of operation are M-F 9a-6p, Sat 9a-1p, Sun closed.

All of the pharmacies advised that in order for someone to pick up medication for another person, they must know the person’s name and date of birth.

 

Utilities

Electric:

Berea Municipal Utilities
212 Chestnut St
Berea, KY 40403
Mail Payments to:
PO Box 926
Berea, KY 40403
Hours of Operation: 7:30am – 4:00pm for payments Drive-Thru & Drop Box
Online Payments at bereautilities.com
859-986-4391
Disconnects & penalties are suspended at this time
Blue Grass Energy
2099 Berea Rd
Richmond, KY 40403
Hours of Operation: 7:30am – 4:30pm for payments Drive-Thru & Drop Box
Online Payments at bgenergy.com
859-623-1582
Disconnects & penalties are suspended at this time


Water:

Berea Municipal Utilities
212 Chestnut St
Berea, KY 40403
Mail Payments to:
PO Box 926
Berea, KY 40403
Hours of Operation: 7:30am – 4:00pm for payments Drive-Thru & Drop Box
Online Payments at bereautilities.com
859-986-4391
Disconnects & penalties are suspended at this time
Southern Madison Water
207 N Dogwood Dr
Berea, KY 40403
Hours of Operation: 8:00am – 4:00pm for payments Drive-Thru & Drop Box
No Online Payments
859-986-9031
Disconnects & penalties are suspended at this time


Sewer:

Berea Municipal Utilities
212 Chestnut St
Berea, KY 40403
Mail Payments to:
PO Box 926
Berea, KY 40403
Hours of Operation: 7:30am – 4:00pm for payments Drive-Thru & Drop Box
Online Payments at bereautilities.com
859-986-4391
Disconnects & penalties are suspended at this time


Gas:

Delta Natural Gas
129 Glades Rd
Berea, KY 40403
Hours of Operation: 8:00am – 4:00pm for payments Drive-Thru & Drop Box
Online Payments at deltagas.com
859-986-9031
Disconnects & penalties are suspended at this time

*For Phone/Cable/Internet information, contact your provider

 

Transportation

P-Cab:
Phone number: 859-986-1111
Hours of operation 7am-5pm, 7 days/week

Pricing:
Within Berea city limits $5 one way (per ride, not per person) Wheelchair accessible $20 one way
To Richmond $25 one way. Accessible vehicle $40 one way
To Lexington $75 one way. Accessible $90 one way

If possible, please call ahead 24 hours for wheelchair accessible vehicle.

At this time, the cab service will not allow separate fares in same vehicle.

KY River Foothills:

Foothills Express is operating the EKU Yellow Route and limited service only (dialysis/critical needs and non-emergency medical transportation including pharmacy trips). Limited service now operates on a one-to-one ratio (1 driver; 1 passenger as a result of new Medicaid guidelines). If someone needs medical-related transportation, please call us. If Foothills Express is not able to provide transportation, we may be able to provide other resources. Call 859-624.3236 or 1-800-819-7083 or email kmarcum@foothillscap.org
www.facebook.com/FoothillsExpress

 

City Services

Administration

Our department has limited staff currently, which could change depending on different circumstances. We are currently processing documents, having meetings by teleconferencing, and trying our best to provide the most effective and efficient services to our community.

 

Business Development

The Business Development department is committed to serving our community, citizens and small business throughout any challenging situation that may occur. All emails and phone calls continued to be answered. All State, Federal and government updates are posted as quickly as possible on our Berea Business Development Facebook Page to assist you. Our best interest is our community.

Small Business Administration

The Small Business Administration resuming acceptance of PPP loan applications on Monday, April 27 at 10:30AM EDT from approved lenders on behalf of any eligible borrower.

We encourage all approved lenders to process loan applications previously submitted by eligible borrowers and disburse funds expeditiously. All eligible borrowers who need these funds should work with an approved lender to apply. Borrowers should carefully review PPP regulations and guidance and the certifications required to obtain a loan.

For more information on the Paycheck Protection Program, visit: sba.gov/paycheckprotection.

Kentucky Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

The Kentucky SBDC is hoping for the best, but proactively preparing for the worst with regard to the developing Coronavirus situation.
The Kentucky SBDC stands ready to engage in contingency planning with our small business clients. Regardless of the causes, small businesses need to take action when the going gets tough.
While there is no single cure-all, there are many steps a business owner can take to manage through the difficult times and position the business for future growth.
If you don’t want to meet in person, our business coaches are available to meet via Zoom web conference or phone to develop a plan of action for your business.
Download a copy of our checklist for Managing in Times of Financial Difficulty.
The Kentucky SBDC is here to support small business, especially during times of crisis.
The Kentucky SBDC is open for business and ready to assist business owners with contingency planning and financial management tools. The Kentucky SBDC is here to help businesses navigate this public health crisis.
Contact the Kentucky SBDC at:
https://www.ksbdc.org/contact

Commonwealth of Kentucky

Gov. Andy Beshear on Tuesday, March 17 issued guidance on public-facing business closures. Details here:
https://kentucky.gov/Pages/Activity-stream.aspx?n=GovernorBeshear&prId=95
The Governor is holding daily news conferences to provide the latest COVID-19-related announcements. These are live streamed to his Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/GovAndyBeshear/.
Each briefing is available on the Governor’s YouTube channel and is followed by a news release, available at www.kentucky.gov.
Employers and residents can stay up to date on the latest Kentucky COVID-19 information at:
www.KyCOVID19.ky.gov

Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet

Gov. Beshear is waiving the waiting period for unemployment for those who are losing their jobs because of COVID-19 and will waive any work-search requirements while Kentucky’s state of emergency is in effect.
“We know the steps we are taking are going to cause people to lose their jobs,” Gov. Beshear said. “We want you to be able to qualify for unemployment and we don’t want to create impediments that keep you from being able to get through this. We are going to make sure we get through this together.”
The Kentucky Career Center provides unemployment services when employees become unemployed at no fault of their own. Those workers can receive a small amount of money to help them make ends meet during unemployment. That money comes from unemployment insurance. Unemployment insurance is funded by payroll taxes. To file a claim for unemployment insurance benefits, the job seeker must be separated from your employer or experience a reduction in your work hours.
Resources:
• Rapid Response unemployment insurance Fact Sheet for Job Seekers
• Kentucky Career Center unemployment insurance assistance locations
• 10 Tips for a better unemployment insurance experience

Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development

The Cabinet’s business development project managers will be making calls to existing Kentucky manufacturers, service and tech companies. Our project managers will offer insight, assistance and guidance during this time. As well, Kristina Slattery, executive director of the Office of Business and Community Services, will take point on handling and directing the Cabinet’s COVID-19-related business inquiries to our project managers, KY Innovation staff, the communications team and others within the Cabinet.
Contact the Cabinet for Economic Development at:
(502) 564-7670

Small Business ELA Loan Guide

 

Codes & Planning

The Codes & Planning office is currently staffing 2 people at City Hall for customer assistance. We are accepting building, mechanical, and electrical permits and plan reviews via email or by drop off at City Hall. Payments can be taken over the phone or a check mailed in. We request 24 hour notice for inspections.
This GIS / MS4 / Floodplain staff is on-call to answer any questions or concerns. Their office phones have been transferred to the department manager’s cell phone.

 

Finance

The finance department remains steadfast in providing quality service to our utility customers and ensuring financial obligations to our vendors and employees do not waiver. We strive to provide the healthiest possible work environment for our team by limiting the number of staff by rotating schedules and teleworking whenever possible. Our primary goal remains serving our customers and taxpayers while maintaining the financial operation of the city.

 

Fire

During this time of uncertainty, know that the Berea Fire Department continues to operating with a full staff ready and able to meet the needs of our citizen. Our response is restricted to the type of call for service given by our dispatch center. Do not hesitate to call 911 in the event you find yourself in need of fire/rescue. We are here for you. If you need a burn permit during this time call Station 1 at 986-2898 or Station 2 at 986-3375.

 

Police

The Berea Police Department is remaining vigilant in the fight against Covid-19 and are committed to serving the citizens of Berea and our Commonwealth as a whole. With that said, our operating procedures have adjusted a bit to ensure our team is healthy and able to continue our mission of #Berea1st and ensuring the safety and security of our city. These changes include, but are not limited to,

Reduction in 1st person police reporting – Our team will use multiple options in handling some report calls i.e. Phone reports, Online Reporting, etc.
Some In-House services are suspended – Ride- a-Long program, public finger printing, building tours etc.
Some Non-Injury collision reports will be directed to the state collision reporting site.

Please know our department is still managing all police related matters, we are just being creative in how we facilitate these needs. Our agency will remain vigilant and are here to assist those in need.

Online Reporting Site – https://kspportal.ky.gov/CivilianReporting/pages/public/home.aspx
Online Collision Site – https://kentuckystatepolice.org/civilian-collision-reports/
Facebook.com/Bereapolice – for all police related information.

 

Parks

Park trails and greenspace are open to the public. We ask that you please comply with the following:

Do not use parks or trails if you are exhibiting symptoms
Follow CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene prior to visiting parks and trails
Observe CDC’s minimum recommended social distancing of 6’ from other persons at all times

The Following are closed to the public:
Playgrounds
Ballfields
Basketball Courts
Skate Pad
Public Restrooms
Picnic Shelters
Volleyball Court

We are operating with limited staff. We can be reached for any questions or issues at 986-9402 M-F 8:30am- 5:00pm, or any time on our FB page https://www.facebook.com/BereaParksRecreation/

 

Public Works

Public Works is operating with a smaller crew but still providing services. They are following social distancing and you can call the office if there are any questions 859-986-8792

 

Tourism

Dear Tourism Partners,

As COVID-19 continues to impact our community and the world, I want to take a moment to share the changes we are making to protect our staff and visitors. In this challenging and uncertain time, our strength comes from acting in a caring and responsible way.

The well-being and safety of our staff and visitors remain our top priority. We are working closely with our state and local officials and are adhering to their sound advice. Our office has closed temporarily to the public until further notice. We are monitoring this situation by the hour and have canceled Jammin’ on the Porch and the Berea Wood Carver Wednesdays until further notice. As situations change, we will post cancellations or resuming events on our social media platforms and website. As members of a larger global community, we are committed to doing our part to help slow the spread of this virus and help keep everyone safe and healthy.

As our plans change, we will keep you informed. Please watch for updates on our website and social media. We are always ready to respond via contact from our website, social media platforms, or email at info@visitberea.com for questions or information.

Thank you always for your continued support. We are in this together. Stay safe.

#BereaKY # TogetherKY

 

Utilities

We are limited to essential staff in operations and each of our treatment plants are in full operation. CSR’s are available to answer any customer calls and we are calling in staff to perform any customer requests. At this time our only reduction in day-to-day service offerings are street light and private light repairs are postponed unless the light is a major safety concern and all utility locates are only being performed on Fridays unless an emergency locate is needed.

 

COVID-19 Prevention

Tips to help prevent and reduce the spread of COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands often
  • If washing your hands isn’t possible, utilize alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid contact with sick people
  • Stay home while you are sick and avoid others
  • When sneezing or coughing, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or do so into your elbow
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using regular household cleaning sprays or wipes