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KY reporting fewer than 200 coronavirus cases per day; number of positive tests below two percent

(State Dept. for Public Health map, adapted by Ky. Health News; click on it to enlarge) By Al Cross Kentucky Health News Leading indicators of the pandemic in Kentucky have passed more milestones on a steady downward trend, but new daily vaccinations against the coronavirus are also declining, after a two-week rise. The seven-day rolling average of new coronavirus cases dropped below 200 Saturday for...

Ticks, ticks and more ticks: Kentucky is home perfect home for the critters — protect yourself from them

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Some Kentuckians are saying ticks are more plentiful than ever this year. Some states are having one of their worst tick seasons ever, but it’s too soon to declare that definitively for Kentucky, largely because the state has only been doing tick surveillance for about three years. 

 “In a couple more years, [we’ll] have a clear understanding...

Healthy Headlines: What is stress doing to your body, and what can you do about it? 5 ways to reduce it

St. Elizabeth Healthcare We all face stress — it’s a normal and natural part of life. However, when stress becomes chronic, it can affect your physical and mental health. There are different types of stress: ▪ Regular stress: family, work and daily responsibilities. ▪ Negative stress: dramatic life changes, illness, death, divorce, loss of job. ▪ Traumatic stress: major...

2.1 million Kentuckians have been vaccinated; sign up for ‘Shot at a Million’ if you are one of them

The number of Kentuckians who have had at least one shot of the COVID-19 vaccine continues to rise, topping 2.1 million, with over 400,000 people registered to win one of three $1 million prizes offered by the state to those who are vaccinated. Click image to register to win. Gov. Andy Beshear talked about some of the incentives this week for those who are vaccinated, including the “Shot at a Million”...

St. Elizabeth Healthcare announces promotions, addition to its nursing leadership team

St. Elizabeth has announced multiple promotions and additions to its nursing leadership team. Susan McDonald has been named Chief Nursing Quality Officer. Laurie Conkright has been appointed the Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer of St. Elizabeth Edgewood, Covington and Grant. Sara Briggs has been promoted to Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer of Florence and Ft. Thomas. Angela Roberts...

U.S. Supreme Court upholds Affordable Care Act, coverage for 1.8m Kyians with preconditions

Gov. Andy Beshear and a coalition of states won a U.S. Supreme Court case, California v. Texas, that upholds the Affordable Care Act (ACA), protecting health care coverage for 1.8 million Kentuckians and millions more Americans with pre-existing medical conditions. Beshear, who believes health care is a basic human right and who has prioritized access to quality care, first intervened to join the case...

University of Kentucky chosen for international clinical trial to develop vaccine for children 6mos.-11

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The University of Kentucky has been chosen as one of the sites for an international clinical trial to help develop a COVID-19 vaccine for children from six months through 11 years of age. 
The KidCOVE trial will involve the Moderna vaccine, which is already available for those 12 and older, and UK has joined the second phase of a three-phase trial to determine the safety...

State leaders take part in global recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, placed purple flags

Gov. Andy Beshear, Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman and Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Eric Friedlander joined other state leaders, organizations statewide and national and global organizations on Tuesday to recognize the 16th annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Kentucky leaders placed purple flags in the English Gardens on the State Capitol grounds as a public reminder to immediately...

Kenneth Horsey, UK football player, came back from his heart condition to advocate for heart health

By Julie Lay American Heart Association The game of football is as much a mental game as it is physical. Remain calm under pressure, stay focused, adapt, be resilient. These are lessons athletes must learn along the way to remain sharp and competitive. Looking at the University of Kentucky’s Football team roster, you’ll find an example of resilience in number 68. The 6’3”, 300-pound junior...

Kentucky Children’s Hospital healthcare workers talk about why their children have been vaccinated

By Hilary Brown University of Kentucky There’s finally a light at the end of the long, dark pandemic tunnel. The vaccine rolled out across the country, starting with frontline healthcare workers, then the higher-risk populations, then to all adults. People everywhere lined up for the “shot of hope,” bringing the country closer to herd immunity.    But as more and more adults got vaccinated,...

Virus suppressed by pandemic making a resurgence in the South, CDC advises residents to be vigilant

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is advising people in Kentucky and states to the south to look out for a respiratory illness that is spreading in the region. The disease is inter-seasonal respiratory syncytial virus. RSV cases have been reported in Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and the Carolinas. “Infants,...

Governor gives final regularly scheduled COVID briefing, lifts restrictions for most settings

Gov. Andy Beshear marked his final regularly scheduled COVID-19 briefing by thanking Kentuckians for their hard work and sacrifices that saved countless lives in the Commonwealth. The Governor also lifted the statewide mask mandate for most settings and ended capacity limits for restaurants, bars and other pubic venues. The mask mandate for vaccinated Kentuckians has been lifted since May 13. A new...

Northern Kentucky University named among best schools in state for nursing eduction by RN to MSN

Northern Kentucky University is one of the best schools for nursing education in the Commonwealth, according to new rankings from RN to MSN. NKU ranks second on the best universities for transitioning registered nurses (RN) to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degrees. NKU also ranked as the fastest RN to BSN online program in the online resource’s 2021 list. RN to MSN, one of the most popular...

Study finds rural seniors less likely than those in urban areas to follow COVID guidelines

Rural adults 65 and older were less compliant than their urban peers when it came to following some of the suggested strategies to slow the spread of the coronavirus, especially social distancing. So says a recent study published in The Journal of Rural Health, which looked at whether “community dwelling” seniors (those not living in assisted living, nursing homes or other congregate settings)...

Knochelmann appoints Deputy Coroner Amber Constantino to coroner’s post as Suetholz is retiring

Judge/Executive Kris Knochelmann appointed Deputy Coroner Amber Constantino, RN, BSN, FNE as Coroner, succeeding retiring Kenton County Coroner Dr. David Suetholz. Amber Constantino “Amber Constantino has over twenty years of health care experience, most recently serving as Deputy Coroner,” said Judge/Executive Kris Knochelmann. “She demonstrates clear knowledge of the responsibilities of the...