Daily COVID-19 Update: May 23, 2020

Dear Bereans,

This is the update for Saturday, May 23, 2020, 10 weeks since we closed the campus!

Kentucky update

There were only 5 reported deaths in Kentucky, yesterday.

Berea Food Bank

A reader wants everyone to know that the Berea Food Bank also has plenty of food available for those who have a need. The Berea Food Bank is located at 108 Parkway St. (behind the Berea City Hall Complex). The hours of the Berea Food Bank are Mondays from noon to 2 p.m., Wednesdays from noon to 2 p.m., and Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon. The phone number is (859) 985-1903. Food is provided to clients using socially distant procedures.

Update from Berea’s VEPAC (Voter Empowerment and Political Awareness Coalition):

VEPAC is a cross-campus collaboration, including Student Life, CELTS, and any interested students, faculty, or staff; the goals of VEPAC include non-partisan support and encouragement of voter engagement among members of the Berea College community.

The 2020 Primary election is June 23, 2020. The deadline to register to vote in the 2020 Primary Election is May 26, 2020 no later than 4:00 p.m. local time.  To help you prepare for Kentucky’s upcoming primary election, VEPAC has compiled information from the webpages of the Kentucky Secretary of State and the Office of the Madison County Clerk.

You can find key information about the upcoming Kentucky primary election from the Kentucky Secretary of State’s Kentucky Voter Information Portal. From this page, you can request an absentee ballot, and find links to register to vote in Kentucky or update your Kentucky voter registration.  (I just requested an absentee ballot and it took less than a minute.)

For those registered to vote in Madison County, the Office of the Madison County Clerk has posted information about the upcoming primary election on their website, including a sample ballot, and summarized in the attached press release, including directions about how to request an absentee ballot by phone and deadlines related to absentee voting.

One week at a time,

Lyle Roelofs, President