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State reports 1,990 COVID cases, 40 deaths, positivity 11.64%; state capitol grounds still closed

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Just 1,998 coronavirus cases and 40 deaths were reported by health officials in Kentucky on Monday. Kentucky’s death toll from the virus to 3,167 since the pandemic began in March. 
A release from Gov. Andy Beshear’s office showed 1,998 COVID-19 cases were confirmed. Kentucky’s positivity rate, which has been around 12% for much of the past week, was...

State adds 2,362 new COVID-19 cases, 34 deaths; positivity is 11.49%; all but one county is red

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Gov. Andy Beshear announced 2,362 new COVID-19 cases and 34 deaths Sunday. Boone County reported 131 cases, Kenton County 119 and Campbell 54. The Commonwealth also had 34 more coronavirus-related deaths and has now seen 3,127 total deaths during the pandemic and 326,675 cases since the start of the pandemic. Kentucky’s positivity rate increased slightly to 11.49%. There...

Kentucky reports 3,096 new COVID-19 cases, 32 deaths; positivity is below 12%

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Kentucky reported 3,096 new COVID-19 cases – more than a thousand less than last Saturday – and 32 more deaths connected to the coronavirus. 
Some good news: The positivity rate fell below 12% for the first time in more than week with Saturday’s coming in at 11.47%. 
The 32 deaths bring the total to 3,093 since the coronavirus started last March. There were...

Beshear reports 3,955 cases and 19 deaths, says vaccinations are picking up

Gov. Andy Beshear updated Kentuckians about COVID-19 case information and vaccines, reporting 3,955 cases and 19 deaths. “These case numbers are still far too high, but there is hopeful news today, too. We are on track as we ramp up to meet our goal of administering 90% of all vaccine received within seven days of arrival,” said Gov. Beshear. The Governor said 325,625 COVID-19 vaccine doses have...

Beshear reports 4,084 cases, 51 deaths, plan to increase speed of vaccines, unemployment update

Gov. Andy Beshear, state officials and Kroger leadership announced a new partnership to significantly increase the speed of COVID-19 vaccinations across the Commonwealth. Beshear reported 4,084 new cases and 51 deaths. The first Kroger regional, drive-through vaccination sites will open the week of Feb. 1 for Kentuckians in Phase 1A, 1B and 1C. The Governor said more details would be announced on site...

Gov. Beshear reports 4,560 cases, 47 deaths, says virus spreading more aggressively

Gov. Andy Beshear announced the state’s fourth-highest report of new COVID-19 cases and third-highest report of new COVID-19 deaths. “We’re going to pass 3,000 COVID-19 deaths in the Commonwealth,” said Gov. Beshear. “That is tragic. We can stop this. We need to wear masks. We need to follow the rules and restrictions, and now is not the time to pull away the authority that keeps us safe....

Stuck at home? Here are some effective exercise options for you; move more, sit less

By Maridith Yahl NKyTribune reporter Now that the cold weather is here, there is no need to stop fitness routines. Continuing and creating exercises, with or without gym equipment, is easy to do at home. Joe Stotlar, personal trainer, and owner of Iron Rig Fitness Center in Florence says there is always a way to get a good workout in at home for every fitness level. After Stotlar left the Marines,...

Beshear reports 2,085 cases, 21 deaths, 12.35% positivity; condemns vandalism at Dr. Stack’s home

Gov. Andy Beshear reported 2,085 new COVID-19 cases and 21 deaths, condemned domestic terrorism and said General Assembly actions that would significantly limit the state’s ability to fight the deadly virus are dangerous and unfeasible. “We’ve seen some bills move through the General Assembly that attempt to create new ways of addressing the coronavirus,” said Beshear. “One bill that passed...

Don Saelinger: Take the effective COVID-19 shot and help end the pandemic; believe in the science

As a physician, I was fortunate to receive the initial Pfizer COVID vaccine and the three-week booster. After receiving the initial injection, I had an unexpected emotional sense of gratitude to physicians and scientists who laid the groundwork for the Pfizer and Modena vaccines to protect us from the personal and economic ravages of the COVID 19 infection. The United States government (CDC, FDA, NIH,...

State reports 4,240 new COVID cases, 20 deaths, 12.3% positivity — ‘the war has taken a toll’

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today It was another big day for new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, with nearly 20,000 in the past four days, and the pandemic total topping 300,000. A total of 4,240 new cases of the coronavirus were reported to state health officials. That means, over the past four days, Kentucky has seen 19,633 positive cases, with a total of 300,398 since the first case was reported in the...

Beshear reports 4,750 new cases, 13 deaths, opens new testing site in NKY, gives unemployment update

Gov. Andy Beshear announced the third-highest ever report of new COVID-19 cases, surpassed only by the Jan. 7 and Jan. 6 reports. The Governor has reported 15,403 new COVID-19 cases in just three days. He reported 4,750 new cases and 13 deaths and a positivity rate of 11.9%. Kenton County report 171 cases, Boone 111 and Campbell 94. “We are at a really tough point once again in our war against COVID-19....

Beshear reports 4,911 new COVID-19 cases, second-highest ever, and 37 deaths; in a ‘dangerous place’

Gov. Andy Beshear reported 4,911 new COVID-19 cases in the Commonwealth’s second-highest daily report – yesterday’s report was the highest-ever – and the state’s highest positivity rate since May 5. The Governor has announced 10,653 cases in just two days. There were 37 deaths. Kenton County reported 124 new cases, Boone County 163 and Campbell County 107. “We are in a dangerous place....

Gov. Beshear reports highest-ever daily cases, 5,742 cases, 34 deaths; need ‘centralized effort’

Gov. Andy Beshear announced the highest-ever daily report of COVID-19 cases in the Commonwealth and the highest positivity rate — 11.7% — since May 5. He reported 5,742 new cases and 34 deaths. Kenton County reported 216 cases and one death, an 80-year-old woman, Boone reported 199 and Campbell 101. “Today’s numbers show how critically important a centralized effort and response is...

Beshear reports 1,781 new COVID-19 cases, 25 deaths; talks vaccines and contact tracing

Gov. Andy Beshear reported 1,781 new COVID-19 cases and 23 deaths — and positivity rate of 11.4 percent. He also reported that more vaccines are on the way. “2021 is going to be the year that we defeat the coronavirus. It’s going to take months. We are still going to sustain heartbreaking losses along the way. But vaccines are here. The first two that received emergency approval are highly effective....

Beshear reports 2,319 new COVID cases, 26 deaths (8 in NKY); explains next vaccination phases

Gov. Andy Beshear reported 2,319 new COVID cases, the highest ever for a Monday, and 26 deaths — and a disturbing 11.2% positivity rate. Eight of the deaths were from NKY’s Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties. Beshear and Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health, provided an update on the COVID-19 vaccine and announced that Kentuckians will be inoculated...