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Lincoln County family desperate for unemployment benefits

Posted at 10:14 PM, May 14, 2020

LINCOLN COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — As the pandemic continues, Kentucky is slowly re-opening and unemployment figures continue to climb.

For one Lincoln County family, they are running out of options financially as they still await their first unemployment check.

Heather Adams was laid off of her nurse practitioner job of 10 years. Her husband's small business was forced to close as it wasn't considered essential. The couple filed for unemployment on March 29. Since then, they've been checking every day for an update.

"That is something that has been very confusing from the beginning. One day, I'll log online to the program they tell you to check," Heather Adams explained. "One day, it'll say it is in process and another day it will say my claim is not complete."

Receiving unemployment is the lifeline she and her husband are counting on to feed their 14-year-old son.

"I can't give up on it. But if it had not been for the stimulus check that we received from the government, we would be sunk," Heather said. "That is what has been keeping us fed and keeping a little bit of gas in the car to go to the grocery store."

Heather feels that her family has been patient and now have run out of options.

"I understand that these are unprecedented times, I really do. I've totally been a supporter of the governor," Heather said. "I think he has handled this situation wonderfully and with a lot of empathy and grace. But it is very frustrating and it is scary because we work so hard to have homes and to have the things we need and want. Now, everything is in danger."