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COVID cases drop to 505, but deaths (10), positivity (2.99) rise; Beshear to talk goals to lift restrictions

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The number of new COVID-19 cases in Kentucky dropped substantially on Saturday, while the number of deaths and the state’s positivity rate both rose.

 There were 505 new cases reported to state public health officials on Saturday, compared to 704 on Friday. That increases the overall number of positive cases of the coronavirus to 432,720, since the first one was reported...

State reports 744 cases, 4 deaths, 2.79% positivity; NKY lights orange, aims for 80% vaccines by July 4th

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today While the number of new COVID-19 cases rose in Kentucky on Friday, the number of deaths and the state’s positivity rate both declined. 
A total of 744 positive cases were reported to state public health officials, bringing Kentucky’s pandemic total to 432,220. 
There were 11 counties with a dozen cases or more. Jefferson had 168, Fayette 54, Christian 25, Kenton...

Governor reports 645 new cases, 16 deaths; UI system temporarily shut down due to hacks

Governor Andy Beshear said Thursday more than 1.5 million Kentuckians have received at least their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. To see a list of vaccination sites that have openings this week, visit vaccinemap.ky.gov. Beshear reported the following COVID-19 numbers: New cases today: 645 New deaths today: 16 New audit deaths: 0 Positivity rate: 2.81% Total deaths: 6,214 Currently hospitalized:...

Governor reports 1,028 new cases, some from earlier, 10 deaths, 2.87% positivity; #GETOUTTHEVAX

Gov. Andy Beshear announced 1,028 new COVID-19 cases. Of those, 300 are from Monday and Tuesday, but could not be confirmed and announced until today due to a technical issue on the reporting platform. “Today’s case report reminds us that even though we’ve come so far in the fight against COVID-19, this isn’t over yet,” said Gov. Beshear. “Please, if you’re 16 or older, get vaccinated....

Governor reports 344 new COVID cases, 7 deaths, 2.89% positivity; get vaccine now — racing variants

Gov. Andy Beshear announced 344 new COVID-19 cases, 7 deaths, and a 2.89% positivity rate on Monday. “If you haven’t gotten your COVID-19 vaccine yet, look at our list of where you can get your shot of hope this week, at vaccinemap.ky.gov,” said Gov. Beshear. “If you’ve already been vaccinated, reach out to one friend or family member who is still trying to get signed up and see if you can...

Gov. Beshear says Kentucky ‘no longer on decline’ in COVID cases — we’ve hit a plateau; get vaccinated

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky ended a 12-week streak period of steady declines in new cases of COVID-19 last week and the eligibility list for the vaccines has expanded, Gov. Andy Beshear announced on Monday. 
“We had 4,377 new cases in this last week,” he said during a Capitol press briefing. “The week before, it was 4,196. It means Kentucky, at least as of this week, is no longer...

Experts discuss the importance of touch as more get vaccinated and opportunities to reconnect increase

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News After a year of pandemic-forced isolation, when the simple act of touching became dangerous almost overnight, the arrival of highly effective vaccines means it’s OK for fully vaccinated people to touch again — and experts say it’s important we do. That’s because touching is how we show each other compassion and love, and because it is necessary...

Kentucky’s COVID positive-test and new-case numbers hear in right direction on Saturday

By Al Cross Kentucky Health News Kentucky’s pandemic numbers continued their relatively flat roller-coaster ride Saturday, as the positive-test and new-case averages both declined — after a week in which they increased most days. The share of Kentuckians testing positive for the novel coronavirus in the last seven days was exactly 3 percent, after rising to 3.08% on Friday. The state reported...

COVID cases decline on Friday: 690 cases, 3 deaths, positivity rising to 3.08%, vaccines opening to more

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Following an increase in new cases of COVID-19 every day this week, Friday finally saw a decline, as well as a drop in new deaths.

 690 cases were reported to state public health officials. That is the lowest number since the 310 on Monday, and down from Thursday’s 972. This raises Kentucky’s total to 428,527 positive cases since the first one was reported in...

Dispose of unwanted, unused prescriptions drugs during Prescription Drug Take Back Day April 24

The Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy is urging Kentuckians to rid medicine cabinets of unwanted and unused prescriptions during the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day scheduled nationwide on April 24. “In 2019, we lost 1,316 Kentucky residents to overdose deaths, with a significant number of those overdose deaths caused by opioids,” said Gov. Andy...

Beshear announces COVID vaccines open Monday for ages 16-up; reports 815 new cases, 22 deaths

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky will be expanding the age groups of those who can sign up for the COVID-19 vaccine next week, Gov. Andy Beshear announced on Wednesday. 
“This coming Monday,” he said during a press briefing at the Capitol, “we are opening vaccinations to everyone over 16 for Pfizer, or 18 for Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. That will be a complete opening...

Beshear says Kentucky is on positive trajectory, leading our border states; 751 cases, 13 deaths

Gov. Andy Beshear announced 751 new COVID-19 cases and a 2.9% positivity rate Tuesday. “We are on a positive trajectory – we are leading all of our seven border states in administering at least one dose of the vaccine and our positivity rate continues to decline – but we need to keep working hard and not give up,” said Gov. Beshear. “We need every eligible Kentuckian to join the team and...

Beshear reports 40% of KY adults are vaccinated; 310 new cases, 11 deaths, mask mandate extended

Gov. Andy Beshear announced more than 1.3 million Kentuckians have received at least their first dose of one of three highly effective COVID-19 vaccines. “We’ve now vaccinated about 40% of Kentucky adults – a really exciting milestone. We also believe we’ve vaccinated about 70% of Kentuckians who are age 70 and up,” said Gov. Beshear. Case Information Beshear reported the following COVID-19...

Special open enrollment period for health insurance extended to Aug. 15; new rules expand who qualifies

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News The special open enrollment period for people to buy government-subsidized health insurance on the federal marketplace has been extended by three months to Aug. 15. President Joe Biden made the announcement to extend the special enrollment period on March 23, the 11th anniversary of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act becoming law. It was originally...

State reports 637 new COVID casts, 15 deaths, 2.8% positivity; vaccines open tomorrow for age 40-up

The state reported 637 new COVID cases, 15 deaths and a 2.8% positivity rate on Saturday. Of the new cases, 100 were in those 18 and younger This brings Kentucky’s total COVID cases to 424,666 and 6,023 deaths. Hospitalized patients total 400 and there are 92 in ICU and 46 on ventilators. The top counties for cases are Jefferson (86), Fayette (53), Adair (32), Warren (24) and Scott (22). Boone...