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Beshear reports 117 new COVID-19 cases, two deaths; urges getting tested, wearing masks

Gov. Andy Beshear on Sunday updated Kentuckians on the Commonwealth’s ongoing efforts to defeat the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). “Team Kentucky, we can do this,” the Governor said. “Keep getting tested, keep wearing masks, keep answering the call if our contact tracers reach out to you. We have the tools we need to slow the spread of COVID-19 significantly until we get a vaccine.” He...

Kentucky Health News: COVID-19 roundup — stay cautious, going to the beach?, voting, and more…

Gov. Andy Beshear reported Saturday that there were 183 new cases of COVID-19 in Kentucky and 2 new deaths, bringing Kentucky’s totals to 13,630 cases and 524 deaths. Kentucky Health News provides a round-up of other COVID-19 news: ▪ WYMT-TV of Hazard reports on cases in Eastern Kentucky, following up on reports early in the week about increases in some counties. ▪ Health officials...

Study cites benefits of telehealth; authors say mental teleheath ‘clinically equivalent to in-person care’

Kentucky Health News As people across the nation have been asked to shelter in place because of the novel coronavirus, never before has the importance of telehealth, especially for mental-health care, become more evident, says a commentary in The Journal of Rural Health. The authors assert that mental-health therapy over video platforms “has been demonstrated as clinically equivalent to in-person...

Beshear reports 234 new COVID-19 cases, 3 deaths; talks Juneteenth (today), FAFSA, and more

Gov. Andy Beshear on Thursday updated Kentuckians on the state’s continued fight against the novel coronavirus 2019 and announced 234 new COVID-19 cases and three new deaths. “We’re going to address all the challenges that are in front of us and we’re going to come out on the other side stronger, better, more compassionate people, better prepared for the future,” said Beshear. “We’re...

Beshear reports 170 new COVID-19 cases, 6 deaths; plans return to Kynect health care exchange

Gov. Andy Beshear on Wednesday updated Kentuckians on steps the state is taking to address the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). “COVID-19 has been tough. It has changed so much about our daily lives. It has upended our economy, it has required us to sacrifice. It has taken the lives of so many of our loved ones, and it has tested our mental and emotional health. It has also taught us critical lessons:...

Beshear reports 203 new COVID-19 cases, 7 deaths; talks public pool openings, 50-person gatherings

Gov. Andy Beshear on Tuesday updated Kentuckians on steps the state is taking to address the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). “Everybody needs to remember that COVID-19 is still out there, it spreads aggressively and it can be deadly. As part of Team Kentucky we all have to do our part and remember there are three things you can do to help stop the spread of COVID,” the Governor said. “No....

Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky program focuses on health equity — disparities exist, should be addressed

By Maridith Yahl NKyTribune reporter The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky advocates for health equity in Kentucky. One way they do this is by education, including webinars. Covid-19 and Health Equity in Kentucky: Beyond this Pandemic is one that provided information about our status on health inequity and the questions to ask to transform healthcare. Dr. Anita Fernander, associate professor of Behavioral...

Diabetics are a high-risk population, vulnerable to complications for COVID-19; take extra precautions

By Maridith Yahl NKyTribune reporter Worldwide, an estimated 463 million adults are living with diabetes according to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and Beyond Type 1. The Kentucky Health Department estimates over 630,000 Kentuckians live with diabetes, labeling it a Public Health Epidemic. With the onset of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the lives of those living with the disease got more complicated...

Louisville COVID-19 antibody initiative receives $1.5 million to expand testing, launch ‘virus radar’

By Betty Coffman University of Louisville The Co-Immunity Project, a groundbreaking collaboration to track and curb COVID-19 in Kentucky, has received $1.5 million from the James Graham Brown Foundation, as well as additional gifts, to expand community coronavirus testing and launch a public ”virus radar” for understanding its spread. “We are deeply grateful for this timely philanthropic support...

Pandemic has thwarted vaccinations; many vaccine-preventable illnesses are more deadly to kids

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Some Kentucky children have likely fallen behind in their routine immunizations because of the disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic, putting them at risk for measles, whooping cough and other life-threatening illnesses. Health experts say now is the time to get them caught up. “The risk of vaccine-preventable illnesses has not gone away due to...

NKY has 28 COVID cases, 5 deaths; KY 69 cases, 9 deaths; Beshear says churches increasing capacity

As of Thursday afternoon, the NKY Health Department reported 28 additional cases of COVID-19 in Northern Kentucky, for 1,388 total cases. Due to a lag in reporting, 15 of the 28 new cases from previous days are being reported today. There have been 637 cases in Kenton County, 193 cases in Campbell County, 509 cases in Boone County and 49 cases in Grant County. This includes five new COVID-19 related...

Bluegrass Care Navigators marks anniversary of Bright Path; specialized medical care for children

Bluegrass Care Navigators is celebrating the one-year anniversary of its pediatric palliative care program, Bright Path. Since its launch in June 2019, more than 30 families have benefitted from this program dedicated to children. Bright Path offers specialized medical care for infants, children, adolescents, and young adults who are living with a serious illness. The goal of Bright Path is to provide...

NKY has 9 cases; KY 245 cases, 5 deaths; Beshear talks racial disparities, business restrictions, McAtee

As of Tuesday afternoon, the NKY Health Department reported 9 additional cases of COVID-19 in Northern Kentucky, for 1,349 total cases. There have been 616 cases in Kenton County, 187 cases in Campbell County, 495 cases in Boone County and 49 cases in Grant County. There have been 69 total deaths related to COVID-19. Eight hundred sixty-six (866) individuals have recovered. Gov. Andy Beshear reported...

COVID update: NKY has 3 new cases, state 190 cases, 2 deaths; Gov. talks disparities, criminal justice

As of Monday afternoon, the NKY Health Department reported three additional cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Northern Kentucky, for 1,340 total cases. There have been 615 cases in Kenton County, 184 cases in Campbell County, 492 cases in Boone County and 49 cases in Grant County. There have been 69 total deaths related to COVID-19. Eight hundred sixty-six (866) individuals have recovered....

Foundation for Healthy Kentucky to offer webinar to discuss impact of COVID on vulnerable populations

A free Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky webinar on June 12 will highlight actions that several organizations are taking to address inequities and disparities and to minimize the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on marginalized and vulnerable populations. Speakers include Heather Howard, program director at State Health and Value Strategies, Fran Feltner of the Center of Excellence in Rural Health...