Daily COVID-19 Update: June 24, 2020

Dear Bereans,

This is the update for Wednesday, June 24, 2020.

Kentucky and Madison County update

Kentucky is reporting 229 new cases today and only 1 additional death.  The 7-day average of new cases is creeping up and the average for deaths/per day is staying around 3 or 4.   Madison County’s uptick continues with reported 3 new cases again today and 21 over the last week for an overall total of 110.  None are hospitalized right now, 24 are covering at home,  85 have recovered and we had just the one death earlier in the pandemic.

Madison County Schools

In our weekly county-wide call this afternoon, Superintendent of Berea Independent School Diane Hackett reported that the Commonwealth will be releasing its “Healthy at School” guidance later today and that she will be sharing it with parents as soon as possible.

Just a heads up for everyone.  My friend and I were just over at Brushy Fork,  on the trail, and we saw a HUGE black bear in the water  maybe five or six feet upstream of the  footbridge.  Ya’ll be careful if you are in that area.

Naturalist John Abrams of the Forestry Outreach Center replied with some useful advice concerning bear encounters…

… this is probably the same bear we have been getting reports of for the last week or so.  I’d suspect it’s a young bear looking for a territory or possibly a male looking for a mate.  Either way it should move on before too long.  As far as I’ve heard it hasn’t started rummaging through trash yet so it’s not depending on people for food, if you live anywhere near where it has been sighted I would avoid throwing out food right now if possible.

As always everyone should be careful when in the woods but black bears are typically not too dangerous as long as they don’t feel cornered or threatened.

If you happen to see it, don’t approach it and back away slowly.  In the unlikely event that it approaches you…make a lot of noise and make yourself as big as possible.  They can outrun and outclimb you so that’s not an option.

Prayer (in honor of the bear)

Hear our humble prayer, O God,
for our friends the animals,
especially for animals who are suffering;
for animals that are overworked,
underfed and cruelly treated;
for all wistful creatures in captivity
that beat their wings against bars;
for any that are hunted or lost or deserted
or frightened or hungry;
for all that must be put death.
We entreat for them all Thy mercy and pity,
and for those who deal with them
we ask a heart of compassion
and gentle hands and kindly words.
Make us, ourselves, to be true friends to animals,
and so to share the blessings of the merciful.

Author – Albert Schweitzer

Stay safe, Bereans,
Lyle Roelofs, President