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UK Joins Governor in Mourning Loss of Kentuckians to COVID-19; Buildings Being Lit in Green

photo of W.T. Young Library lit in green
photo of Jacobs Science Building lit in green

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 25, 2020) In a symbol of compassion, empathy and renewal, Gov. Andy Beshear has ordered the Governor’s Mansion be lit green in honor of every Kentuckian who has died in relation to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). In solidarity with that action, University of Kentucky buildings will also be lit green.

Beginning Tuesday, March 24, lights on 21 of UK’s buildings will burn green from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. each night for four nights in remembrance of the four people who have died from the coronavirus in Kentucky. The special lighting will return if further fatalities are announced.

The buildings are:

Blazer Hall

Chellgren Hall

Donovan Hall

Gatton College of Business and Economics

Gatton Student Center

Haggin Hall

Holmes Hall

Jacobs Science Building

Jewell Hall

Johnson Hall

Lewis Hall

Main Building

Memorial Hall

Parking Garage #5

Rosenberg College of Law

The 90

University Flats

Woodland Glen IV

William T. Young Library

Healthy Kentucky Research Building

In announcing the green lighting for the Governor’s Mansion, Beshear said this lets “people know that we are thinking about them, that we care about them, that we love every single Kentuckian around us.”

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