Today Governor Andy Beshear called on Kentuckians to donate or manufacture Personal Protection Equipment (PPE). PPE donations are now being accepted at 16 Kentucky State Police posts and at Transportation Cabinet offices in Lexington and Louisville. Speaking to CBS yesterday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, admitted that at the moment, the crisis is beyond the government’s control. In an interview yesterday, the Surgeon General, Jerome Adams, tried to prepare Americans for the staggering numbers of infections and deaths ahead of us, saying: “The next week is going to be our Pearl Harbor moment. It’s going to be our 9/11 moment.” Some noted that framing the COVID-19 pandemic as a war against a racialized enemy—instead of as the public health crisis it is—is an effort to cover massive failures of governance. In Kentucky, folks continued to make masks for first respondents, medical personnel, and neighbors. Some planted extra vegetables in their back yards. As one person put it, “This is how we carry each other through.”

Lexington in the Time of COVID-19 is an artwork about people practicing social distancing at a time of a deadly virus. And also offering kindness.

Kurt Gohde and Kremena Todorova capture photographs at the periphery of American culture, where drag queens, discarded couches, and abandoned motel signs exist.