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Beshear reports 4,750 new cases, 13 deaths, opens new testing site in NKY, gives unemployment update

Gov. Andy Beshear announced the third-highest ever report of new COVID-19 cases, surpassed only by the Jan. 7 and Jan. 6 reports. The Governor has reported 15,403 new COVID-19 cases in just three days. He reported 4,750 new cases and 13 deaths and a positivity rate of 11.9%. Kenton County report 171 cases, Boone 111 and Campbell 94. “We are at a really tough point once again in our war against COVID-19....

Beshear reports 4,911 new COVID-19 cases, second-highest ever, and 37 deaths; in a ‘dangerous place’

Gov. Andy Beshear reported 4,911 new COVID-19 cases in the Commonwealth’s second-highest daily report – yesterday’s report was the highest-ever – and the state’s highest positivity rate since May 5. The Governor has announced 10,653 cases in just two days. There were 37 deaths. Kenton County reported 124 new cases, Boone County 163 and Campbell County 107. “We are in a dangerous place....

Gov. Beshear reports highest-ever daily cases, 5,742 cases, 34 deaths; need ‘centralized effort’

Gov. Andy Beshear announced the highest-ever daily report of COVID-19 cases in the Commonwealth and the highest positivity rate — 11.7% — since May 5. He reported 5,742 new cases and 34 deaths. Kenton County reported 216 cases and one death, an 80-year-old woman, Boone reported 199 and Campbell 101. “Today’s numbers show how critically important a centralized effort and response is...

Beshear reports 1,781 new COVID-19 cases, 25 deaths; talks vaccines and contact tracing

Gov. Andy Beshear reported 1,781 new COVID-19 cases and 23 deaths — and positivity rate of 11.4 percent. He also reported that more vaccines are on the way. “2021 is going to be the year that we defeat the coronavirus. It’s going to take months. We are still going to sustain heartbreaking losses along the way. But vaccines are here. The first two that received emergency approval are highly effective....

Beshear reports 2,319 new COVID cases, 26 deaths (8 in NKY); explains next vaccination phases

Gov. Andy Beshear reported 2,319 new COVID cases, the highest ever for a Monday, and 26 deaths — and a disturbing 11.2% positivity rate. Eight of the deaths were from NKY’s Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties. Beshear and Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health, provided an update on the COVID-19 vaccine and announced that Kentuckians will be inoculated...

Gov. Beshear reports 1,470 cases, 25 deaths, expresses concern about rising positivity rate,

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Another increase in Kentucky’s COVID-19 positivity rate, the number of new cases, and deaths, were reported by Gov. Andy Beshear on Sunday. 
The number of new cases reported to state public health officials was 2,860, nearly double Saturday’s total of 1,470, and raises the total to 276,831, since Kentucky’s first positive case was reported on March 6 in Harrison...

Beshear reports 8,739 cases over three days, 75 deaths; positivity up but some labs were closed

In the first COVID-19 update of the new year, Gov. Andy Beshear reported three days of numbers on COVID in Kentucky. Over the three days, he reported 8,739 cases and 75 deaths. He said the state’s elevated positivity rate is likely due to some labs and public testing sites being closed over the holiday, which increases the percentage of tests conducted in medical settings where patients are experiencing...

State Auditor Mike Harmon tests positive for COVID, a day after getting the vaccine; wife also tests positive

By Tom Latke Kentucky Today One of Kentucky’s Constitutional officers is in self-isolation after he and his wife both tested positive for COVID-19. 
State Auditor Mike Harmon, who was one of four state officials who received the Moderna vaccine on Monday, issued a statement Wednesday morning in which he said: Harmon receiving the vaccination. 
“On Tuesday morning, my wife went to be tested...

Omnibus relief bill includes ban on mail sales of e-cigarette products; FedEx to stop after March 1

Kentucky Health News The catch-all bill to keep the government open, provide pandemic relief and do many other things includes a ban on mail shipments of electronic-cigarette products, and apply federal laws on cigarette sales to online sellers of e-cigarette products. The bill becomes law March 27 and gives the U.S. Postal Service until April 26 to impose regulations implementing it. “With...

Gov. Beshear reports 3,784 cases, 29 deaths; stay safe over New Year’s — no large gatherings

Gov. Andy Beshear updated Kentuckians on COVID-19 case information and encouraged safe and small New Year’s celebrations, ideally with just one household. “Our report for today is higher than it has been for a number of days. The progress we have made is fragile. We have to keep working and making good decisions every day,” said Gov. Beshear. “We need everybody to be safe this New Year’s...

Beshear reports 2,990 cases, 31 deaths, extends masks, talks vaccine, urges New Year’s at home

Gov. Andy Beshear urged Kentuckians to ring in the new year safely and announced two new vaccine allocations, totaling 53,700 doses, for Kentucky the week of Jan. 4: 27,300 doses from Pfizer and 26,400 doses from Moderna. “I ask every single Kentuckian to keep any New Year’s celebration small, preferably your own household or one more,” said Beshear. “Remember, going to a big party, hosting...

Beshear says there’s ‘light at end of tunnel,’ reports 1,455 cases, 8 deaths, more vaccines coming

Gov. Andy Beshear and Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health, said the next priority group (Phase 1b) for vaccination will be Kentuckians who are at least 70 years old, as well as first responders and educators. Depending on the vaccine distribution schedule, Phase 1b could begin as early as Feb. 1, 2021, plus or minus a week. The Governor said 40 additional sites...

Smoking during pregnancy can cause long-term problems for babies; stop smoking now

By Maridith Yahl NKyTribune health reporter Smoking during pregnancy affects how the baby takes in oxygen, how the baby develops and has negative effects which can present from birth into adulthood. “When a mother smokes while pregnant, the baby is absorbing carbon monoxide, nicotine, and other cancer-causing chemicals in cigarettes,” says Cady Cornell, Tobacco Health Educator, Northern Kentucky...

Beshear reports 5,309 cases, 68 deaths over three days; vaccines continue to arrive

As vaccines continue to arrive, Gov. Andy Beshear updated Kentuckians Saturday on COVID-19 case numbers for three days and said he hoped all families had a safe and happy Christmas. Over three days, Beshear reported 5,309 cases and 68 deaths. “The number of deaths we’re announcing today is truly heartbreaking – another wake-up call. But one piece of good news is that our positivity rate continues...

Consumer Protection Alert: Beware of scams related to COVID vaccines; do not pay for promise of vaccine

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Now that COVID-19 vaccines are starting to become available, Attorney General Daniel Cameron issued a consumer protection alert to Kentuckians warning about the potential for scams related to the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines.

 As the vaccine becomes available, fraudsters may try to take advantage of consumers by impersonating distributors, medical providers, or...