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COVID numbers in state bounce up and down but nearly half of counties are at low level

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today There was a big improvement in the weekly COVID Community Levels map released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and issued by the Kentucky Department for Public Health Friday. The CDC breaks the state down by county based on whether they have a high, medium or low level of COVID, which are shown on their maps as either red, yellow or green, respectively. While...

Work is underway on the COVID-19 Memorial on State Capitol grounds, funded entirely by private donations

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Work is now underway at the grounds of the State Capitol on the COVID-19 Memorial that will honor those Kentuckians who have lost their lives to the disease during the pandemic. During his weekly press conference, Gov. Andy Beshear said it’s important that we have such a memorial, as nearly 18,000 Kentuckians have died from COVID, and it will be a place where people can...

U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals rejects, returns to District Court federal contractors’ vaccine mandate

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A three-judge panel of the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals based in Cincinnati has upheld a lower court injunction against the Biden Administration’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for federal contractors. The ruling supports a legal challenge that was brought by Kentucky Attorney General Cameron, along with his counterparts from Ohio and Tennessee, as well as two sheriffs...

Health report: COVID cases rebound in latest report; flu declines but hits children worst; get vaccines

COVID After seeing a drop in data categories last week, likely due to the holidays, Kentucky’s latest COVID-19 report has seen a rebound in the latest report, which was issued earlier this week. State public health officials say there were 6,208 new cases over the past seven days in the report dated Jan. 9. That is a significant jump from 3,532 last week, but well below the 8,920 from two weeks ago....

Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates eclipses record in 2022 with 23 percent increase in donation

For the fifth consecutive year, Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA) has broken its record of saving lives. In 2022, 239 organ donors and 539 tissue donors resulted in nearly 600 lives saved across the Commonwealth – a 23% increase in organ donation compared to 2021 and the most lives saved in any year. “Registering as an organ donor is a selfless act, yet our communities repeatedly prove that...

Make those New Year’s resolutions stick with some simple changes to your nutrition plan

By Shorus M. Minella University of Kentucky New year, new you, right? It’s the time of year when we all make promises to ourselves to improve our health. It’s easy to say you’re going to swear off sugar, but you might find yourself giving into temptation after a week or two. Making big, sweeping changes can be hard to keep up. It might sound counterintuitive, but small changes can have the biggest...

UK sports psychologist talks about the mental impact on fans, athletes of witnessing Damar Hamlin injury

By Amanda Nelson University of Kentucky Shocked teammates and fans watched as Damar Hamlin, a football player for the Buffalo Bills, collapsed on the field and needed resuscitation. How do athletes and fans process what they witnessed? For insight, UKNow spoke with Marc Cormier, Ph.D., associate professor of sport psychology. Cormier’s primary areas of research include the psychological aspects...

State Veterinarian Katie Flynn to step down; KY Ag Board seeking applications for replacement

The Kentucky State Board of Agriculture (SBA) has launched a national search for the position of Kentucky State Veterinarian following the announcement of Dr. Katie Flynn that she will step down at the end of February. Dr. Flynn joined the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) in 2020 as Deputy State Veterinarian and was promoted later that year to State Veterinarian. Prior to joining KDA, Dr. Flynn...

St. Elizabeth’s Jacob Bast named to board of directors for American Medical Group Association

Jacob Bast, senior vice president of operations at St. Elizabeth Healthcare and chief operating officer of St. Elizabeth Physicians (SEP) has joined the American Medical Group Association (AMGA) board of directors. Jacob Bast The AMGA is a trade association representing multi-specialty medical groups and integrated systems focusing on the advocacy, education and empowerment of its members to deliver...

Sponsors sought for KDE/USDA’s summer meal program to ensure kids get healthy meals

Many Kentucky families depend on free or reduced-price meals during the school year. When school is out for the summer, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Kentucky Department of Education’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) helps to ensure that children continue to receive nutritious meals to bridge the nutrition gap during these months. The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE)...

Newly dominant COVID variant may evade antibodies, but not seen as likely to cause more serious disease

With a new subvariant of the novel coronavirus now dominant in the U.S., vaccinated people may be more likely to develop COVID-19 but still be well protected from serious disease, according to preliminary reports. Antibodies at work on the coronavirus (Illustration by Russell Keightley, Science Photo Library Art, via KHN) The XBB.1.5 subvariant “has raised concerns about another potential wave...

Kentucky NORML, an advocacy group for legalizing, regulating medical cannabis, to visit Capitol Tuesday

On January 3rd, Kentucky NORML, will be joined by multiple organizations, coming together at the start of the 2023 Kentucky General Assembly to show legislators the importance and need for cannabis policy reform in the Commonwealth. Organizations from across the political spectrum will join together to stand in solidarity to persuade legislators to make the right decision on cannabis policy reform...

Attorney General adds to others: $197m settlement with CVS, Walgreen’s for role in opioid epidemic

The Kentucky Attorney General announced this week settlements with CVS Pharmacy, Inc. and Walgreens for the companies’ role in the opioid epidemic. Kentucky will receive over $197 million. “Our office is vigorously working to end the opioid crisis, and this $197 settlement with CVS and Walgreens is the latest example of our efforts,” said Kentucky Attorney General Cameron. “This is the third...

Kentucky flu levels listed as ‘widespread’ for 10th consecutive week; 8th pediatric flu death confirmed

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky is currently reporting the state influenza activity level as “widespread” for the 10th consecutive week, with most laboratory confirmed cases occurring in children, leading to a record number of pediatric deaths for one flu season. A total of 5,046 new cases were reported between Dec. 11 and 17, the latest period for which data is available, bringing the 2022-2023...

St. E’s Healthy Headlines: How to stay out of the hospital while hitting the slopes

By Corrine Holmes St. Elizabeth Healthcare Snow is back and so is one of the season’s most popular activities: hitting the slopes. Whether you’re a lover of downhill skiing or more of a snowboarding enthusiast, the snowy and chilly weather means that winter sports are in full swing. But, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 200,000 Americans are injured participating...