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Kentucky sign language interpreter Virginia Moore back on job after bout with cancer

Louisville Courier-Journal logo Louisville Courier-Journal 11/30/2020 Sarah Ladd, Louisville Courier Journal
a person standing in front of a group of people posing for the camera: Sign interpreter Virginia Moore gives an elbow wave -- now a common way to say hello or thank people instead of shaking hands -- to a smiling Gov. Andy Beshear after a March 23, 2020 briefing to the commonwealth of Kentucky about the coronavirus outbreak that has swept the state. March 23, 2020 © Matt Stone/Courier Journal Sign interpreter Virginia Moore gives an elbow wave -- now a common way to say hello or thank people instead of shaking hands -- to a smiling Gov. Andy Beshear after a March 23, 2020 briefing to the commonwealth of Kentucky about the coronavirus outbreak that has swept the state. March 23, 2020

Kentucky sign language interpreter Virginia Moore was back on the job Monday after an absence to fight uterine cancer. 

Gov. Andy Beshear tweeted a photo of Moore around noon with the caption, "Looking forward to seeing a familiar face back at 4 p.m. today." 

Moore interpreted Beshear's evening press conference via video call. 

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"We're gonna get through this together, and one reason I know we're gonna get through this is we have Virginia Moore back," said Beshear, a smiling Moore interpreting his words. "Virginia, we missed you. We are so glad you are back, very happy to see you, even if it's even if it's just on the screen." 

Previously: Kentucky sign language interpreter Virginia Moore says of cancer, 'we think we got it all'

On Oct. 8, Moore announced her stage 1 cancer diagnosis and said she would undergo a hysterectomy. On Oct. 28, she said in a video statement doctors thought they had removed all the cancer and she was doing "very well." 

Moore, a Louisville native, has been a steady face throughout the pandemic as she's interpreted Beshear's regular press conferences and earned celebrity status around the state. 

Moore is the executive director for Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing and is a Kentucky Colonel. Her likeness was made into a bobblehead in May and an ewe at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill was named after her in April. 

She used her cancer diagnosis to encourage Kentuckians to follow best practices during the pandemic and urged women to get mammograms and pap smears without delay. 

Reach news reporter Sarah Ladd at sladd@courier-journal.com. Follow her on Twitter at @ladd_sarah. 

This article originally appeared on Louisville Courier Journal: Kentucky sign language interpreter Virginia Moore back on job after bout with cancer

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