Graves County’s judge-executive is pushing for a federal waiver that would make it easier for seniors to gain access to food amid coronavirus concerns.
Judge-Executive Jesse Perry is working with Gov. Andy Beshear’s office to ease restrictions on income guidelines for getting into Meals on Wheels.
“Right now, we are making some progress,” Perry said Wednesday.
He expressed concerns that a shortage of money and food would lead to an influx of needs, especially with food. At present, he said, the local food pantry and Need Line shelves are full and he wants to make sure people can get the food they need as needed.
“All I’m asking is if there’s food available, they do not need to have restrictions at this point,” he said.
At Tuesday’s Emergency Operating Center meeting, Graves County Health Department Director Noel Coplen said via teleconference that one local business is temporarily shut down after receiving a complaint of the business not practicing social distancing or sanitizing. He did not divulge the business’s name.
He said personnel were not practicing social distancing and were not taking precautions to sanitize items and areas in the store. There was also no hot water.
Coplen said if the business takes care of all the issues found by the department, then it can reopen.