Daily COVID-19 Update: April 9, 2020

Dear Bereans,

This is the update for Thursday, April 9, 2020.

The latest concerning COVID-19 in Kentucky

Kentucky stands as one of the states that are affected less severely than others, including its immediate neighbors, Ohio and Tennessee.  KY has recorded about 30 cases per 100,000 residents with 73 fatalities, to date.  For Ohio, those numbers are 44 and 193; and for Tennessee: 63 and 80.  Kentucky’s death rate on a per case basis remains among the highest in the nation reflecting both the relative health challenges of our citizens and the insufficiency of testing to date.

An interesting note from Governor Beshear’s daily press conference

Many of us are noting with sadness the passing of singer, guitarist, and songwriter John Prine on Tuesday.  Mr. Prine, 73, was living in Nashville and succumbed to COVID-19.  He is perhaps best known for his gravelly voice and his lyrics which are as clever as they are socially conscious.  Mr. Prine was born in Illinois, but his parents were Kentuckians from Muhlenberg County, so Governor Beshear ended his press conference yesterday with Prine’s rendition of “My Old Kentucky Home.”  It is very much worth a listen.


Students interested in doing Yoga can join, Dr. Sue Reimondo, Director of Counseling Services, as she leads a daily virtual Yoga session. Students will need to register every Wednesday through BConnect to get the updated password. The time is from 5:30-6:30 pm.

It seems that the Easter bunny has visited the Monarch Way Station.  (We’re not expecting the monarchs for a while yet.)

At this point, I am not planning to send updates for tomorrow or over the weekend, but if something urgent comes up, I will do so.

Concluding with a message I sent earlier today to alumni and friends of the College…

This April we celebrate Holy holidays—Christians mark Easter this weekend, Jews commemorate Passover for a whole week, and Muslims celebrate Ramadan beginning in two weeks. Due to the public health emergency, none of us will be celebrating these holidays as we are accustomed to inspiring gatherings and collective worship. That’s very different for many of us, but perhaps it is also a chance to seek another sort of fellowship.

At the core of the observances of each of the great faiths is a profound consciousness of God’s redeeming work in our lives. As Bereans, we believe that God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth. So, in these next two weeks, inspired by that inclusive commitment despite the separation of social distancing, let us love and support one another and commemorate profound spiritual unity in all our diversity.

Blessings for the holiday weekend to all,

Lyle Roelofs, President