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Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky ‘Vaccines in Kentucky Poll’ shows progress in lowering hesitancy

A new Vaccines in Kentucky Poll, commissioned by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, shows efforts to encourage COVID-19 vaccines have persuaded two-thirds of those who said earlier this year they were open to changing their minds. The poll, conducted August 4 to September 4, showed overall lower hesitancy by about one-third, compared to a similar poll conducted six months ago. The new poll shows...

Governor implores Kentuckians to ‘do better’ as he reports 5,133 new COVID cases and 45 deaths;

Gov. Andy Beshear implored Kentuckians “to do better” as he cited 5,133 new COVID cases on Friday — and 45 deaths. There were 1,469 new cases in those 18 and under, and 45 kids are hospitalized. There are currently 2,426 people with COVID who are in the hospital, 647 of them in the ICU and 463 on a ventilator. There are only 100 ICU beds available in the whole state. Kenton County...

Gov. Beshear reports 4,891 new COVID cases, 62 deaths, staff shortages at hospitals; get vaccinated

Gov. Andy Beshear reported 4,891 new COVID cases in Kentucky on Thursday — and 62 deaths — as 69% of eligible Kentuckians have received at least one dose of the vaccine. Only 93 ICU beds are available statewide, and 66 of the state’s 96 hospitals are experiencing critical staff shortages. Only one Kentucky county is now out of the Red Zone. Here’s the COVID-19 Update 2,631,420...

Monoclonal antibody treatment, ‘alternative to vaccine’ for the unvaccinated, is in short supply

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today People who are hoping to use monoclonal antibody treatment instead of getting the COVID-19 vaccine may soon find it more difficult to obtain that alternative to vaccination due to action by the federal government. Photos from CDC 
Gov. Andy Beshear said the federal government announced a change in the way COVID-19 monoclonal antibody treatments will be distributed among...

Flu season looms, creating a ‘Twindemic’ — and, yes, you can get a flu shot too; masks do help

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Flu season is rapidly approaching, and although in 2020-2021 flu season Kentucky saw a 99% drop in cases from a year earlier, it is expected to make a comeback this year, although health officials cannot say how much it will be. Dr. Steven Stack 
According to figures from the Kentucky Department for Public Health, part of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, the...

Kentucky is third in nation for new COVID cases, has 13.7% positivity rate; Governor urges vaccinations

Gov. Andy Beshear said Kentucky currently ranks third in the nation for the highest number of new daily COVID-19 cases per capita, with a seven-day average of approximately 90 new cases reported per 100,000 people. “I am asking you to break the Thanksgiving dinner rule and have a tough conversation with those you love and care about who are hesitant to get the vaccine,” said Gov. Beshear. “It...

Ky. infection rate still third in nation, has 12 of top 25 counties; better in shots than most adjoining states

(National Geographic map, adapted by Kentucky Health News; Click for larger graphic) Kentucky’s coronavirus infection rate over the last seven days is still the nation’s third-highest, and its rate has remained stable for the last two weeks while Tennessee and West Virginia moved ahead of it in rankings by The New York Times. The Times, using Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data,...

Natalie Deering: How psychological flexibility can invite less suffering during uncertain times

The pandemic is not the first time we have encountered uncertainty in our daily lives. Every moment of every day is uncertain, but before the pandemic, we had a greater sense of normalcy within the structure and predictability of our daily living. We knew our work schedule, our work location, and where our kids would be that day for school or daycare. Today those things can change very quickly in...

More National Guard on way to help hospitals (including St. E-Cov) so staff can focus on patients

Gov. Andy Beshear reported this week that more teams from the Kentucky National Guard will arrive over the next week at strained Kentucky hospitals. Assisting with nonclinical functions within the hospitals to allow hospital staff to focus on patient care, 310 additional Guard members will support 21 hospitals around the Commonwealth, including St. Elizabeth-Covington. “This shows that every hospital...

Interact survey: 19% in region don’t want vaccine; others can be persuaded by health care providers

Vaccination status has become critical lately to get or stay employed, attend an event or determine if you should quarantine after exposure to COVID-19. To help inform regional efforts, Interact for Health recently conducted a survey to understand attitudes around vaccination. Results from the web-based survey, part of the Greater Cincinnati COVID-19 Health Issues Survey, were released Thursday. When...

Health professionals fear misinformation may lead some pregnant woman to avoid COVID vaccine

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service Health professionals are concerned misinformation may be leading some people who are pregnant to choose not to get the COVID vaccine, despite universal recommendations that they do so. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization, American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and other medical...

Beshear reports record week for new COVID-19 cases — 30,680; 13,000 in just last four days

Gov. Andy Beshear said Kentucky has recorded more than 13,000 new COVID-19 cases in just four days. The Governor also reported a record number of new COVID-19 cases in one week, from Aug. 30 to Sept. 5, with 30,680 cases, topping the previous record-high week reported the week before. “We continue to see more cases than is safe by any means,” said Gov. Beshear. “The bad news is we had the worst...

More of region’s kids are getting sick with COVID-19, and pediatricians are worried what lies ahead

By Liam Niemeyer Ohio Valley ReSource For nearly a year and a half, Kaja Lowe didn’t feel comfortable letting her kids out into the world. She took all the precautions. Early on in the pandemic, she would get groceries delivered to her car before spraying them down with disinfectant. Later, she made sure her family wore masks and sanitized their hands after going out in public. And as essential workers,...

Federal medical team arrives in KY, increases hospital capacity as system battles deadly surge

As part of the unprecedented effort by his administration to expand health care capacity and protect Kentuckians during this deadly spike in COVID-19 cases, Gov. Andy Beshear announced a federal medical team arrived in Kentucky this weekend to support health care heroes and residents, increasing staffing and the ability to open more hospital beds. A National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) Team requested...

Joint health committee establishes list for what to expect during Tuesday’s special legislative session

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News As the Kentucky General Assembly prepares to use its new powers in a special session to deal with the pandemic, its joint health committee meeting held a special meeting last week, at which hospitals and nursing homes sought help to deal with staffing shortage and a patient surge that is overwhelming hospitals. The three-hour meeting concluded with a list of...