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Bowling Green Independent School District leaders will weigh going mask optional during a school board meeting Monday evening where Superintendent Gary Fields is expected to recommend that route, effective Tuesday.

Warren County Public Schools will return to a mask-optional policy effective Nov. 1, Superintendent Rob Clayton announced Thursday.

Bowling Green Independent School District Superintendent Gary Fields said he might recommend revisiting the district’s universal masking policy next month – provided declines in cases and contacts continue their downward trend.

Warren County Public Schools’ bus drivers gathered Thursday at South Warren High School to honor one of their own – James “Monty” Monroe Austin – who recently lost his battle with COVID-19 after contracting the disease only three weeks ago.

Michele Kors and Kevin Yates, who were hired last July to staff the Southcentral Small Business Development Center after it was resurrected by local government and economic development groups, still haven’t set foot in their offices in the Western Kentucky University Center for Research and …

A research project from Med Center Health, Western Kentucky University and the UK College of Medicine’s Bowling Green campus found COVID-19 vaccines were safe and closely mirrored results found in clinical trials.

Citing a steady decline in COVID-19 cases and quarantines in its schools since implementing universal masking, Bowling Green Independent School District Superintendent Gary Fields asked the district’s school board to continue the requirement, a recommendation the body unanimously approved Monday.

For the fifth consecutive week, The Medical Center at Bowling Green and Glasgow’s T.J. Samson Community Hospital reported increases in COVID-19 patients while battling capacity restraints.

In a Warren Fiscal Court meeting during which premium pay was approved for county employees whose work has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, Warren County Judge-Executive Mike Buchanon announced he has tested positive for the virus as he joined the meeting via video conference.

Responding to a parent’s question at a school board meeting Monday, Bowling Green Independent School District Superintendent Gary Fields said the BGISD plans to start the school year without requiring masks and social distancing.

More than 1,700 Warren County Public Schools students were quarantined at home as of Monday after being exposed to COVID-19, WCPS Superintendent Rob Clayton told the Daily News.

After Gov. Andy Beshear issued an executive order Friday that all but ended pandemic restrictions – except in a few high-risk settings – Kentucky’s Department of Education pulled its Healthy At School guidance, meaning that masks and social distancing will no longer be mandated in schools.

Pointing to significant numbers of Kentuckians who remain unvaccinated against COVID-19 and a highly contagious coronavirus strain he called “the most dangerous variant we’ve seen,” Gov. Andy Beshear on Monday issued a slate of “strong recommendations” for schools.

In an email to faculty and staff, Western Kentucky University President Timothy Caboni announced Wednesday that everyone on the university’s campuses will be expected to wear a mask indoors, effective Monday.

Hours before Gov. Andy Beshear announced a statewide mask mandate for all Kentucky schools, Warren County Public Schools said it was preparing to implement universal masking for all students and staff inside its facilities beginning Wednesday – regardless of their vaccination status.

Bowling Green police responded Wednesday to the Warren County Board of Education at 303 Lovers Lane after a driver reportedly drove repeatedly around a group of protesters responding to the school district’s recent pivot to universal masking for students and staff.

CAVE CITY – In the first stop on its “Shots Across the Bluegrass” tour, the Kentucky Association of Health Plans held a free COVID-19 vaccine clinic Monday as Kentucky Sports Radio delivered a live broadcast from the site.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Hickory & Oak was open seven days a week. However, the restaurant is now only open Tuesdays through Saturdays due to a lack of available workers.

Med Center Health decided to require all medical staff, students, residents, fellows and vendors to receive the COVID-19 vaccine after the hospital saw a “sharp increase” in COVID-19 patients, Med Center Health Executive Vice President Wade Stone told the Daily News.