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State reports 2,362 new COVID-19 cases, 34 deaths; positivity is 11.49%; all but one county red

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Gov. Andy Beshear announced 2,362 new COVID-19 cases and 34 deaths Sunday. Kenton County reported 222 new cases. The Commonwealth also had 34 more coronavirus-related deaths and has now seen 3,127 total deaths during the pandemic and 326,675 cases since the start of the pandemic. Kentucky’s positivity rate increased slightly to 11.49%. There were 1,602 Kentuckians...

Kentucky reports 3,096 new COVID-19 cases, 32 deaths; positivity rate down to less than 12%

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Kentucky reported 3,096 new COVID-19 cases – more than a thousand less than last Saturday – and 32 more deaths connected to the coronavirus. 
Some good news: The positivity rate fell below 12% for the first time in more than week with Saturday’s coming in at 11.47%. 
The 32 deaths bring the total to 3,093 since the coronavirus started last March. There were...

Beshear reports 3,954 cases and 19 deaths, says vaccinations are picking up

Gov. Andy Beshear updated Kentuckians about COVID-19 case information and vaccines, reporting 3,955 cases and 19 deaths. “These case numbers are still far too high, but there is hopeful news today, too. We are on track as we ramp up to meet our goal of administering 90% of all vaccine received within seven days of arrival,” said Gov. Beshear. The Governor said 325,625 COVID-19 vaccine doses have...

Beshear reports 4,084 cases, 51 deaths, plan to increase speed of vaccine, unemployment update

Gov. Andy Beshear, state officials and Kroger leadership announced a new partnership to significantly increase the speed of COVID-19 vaccinations across the Commonwealth. Beshear reported 4,084 new cases and 51 deaths. Fayette County reported 172 new cases, The first Kroger regional, drive-through vaccination sites will open the week of Feb. 1 for Kentuckians in Phase 1A, 1B and 1C. The Governor said...

Trump impeached by House, 232-197; McConnell says Senate trial can’t be set before inauguration

Staff report Ten Republicans in the U.S. House sided with Democrats to impeach President Donald Trump 232-197 for inciting the storming of the Capitol on January 6. The violent breach of the Capitol resulted in terrorism of its occupants, terrific damage to the historical building, and the death of five people, including Capitol police who were defending against the invasion. Mitch McConnell The rioting...

Gov. Beshear reports 4,560 cases, 47 deaths, says virus spreading more agressively

Gov. Andy Beshear announced the state’s fourth-highest report of new COVID-19 cases and third-highest report of new COVID-19 deaths. “We’re going to pass 3,000 COVID-19 deaths in the Commonwealth,” said Gov. Beshear. “That is tragic. We can stop this. We need to wear masks. We need to follow the rules and restrictions, and now is not the time to pull away the authority that keeps us safe....

Gov. Beshear reports 3,953 new COVID cases, 22 deaths and explains unemployment relief payment

Gov. Andy Beshear announced more than 3,053 new COVID cases and 22 deaths and shared more details on the state’s unemployment one-time relief payment program. Gov. Beshear “This is the fourth-highest Tuesday, it’s higher than the last couple weeks, so we’re trying to determine where these numbers are going,” said Gov. Beshear. “We are sure that this is a surge caused by gatherings through...

Beshear reports 2,085 cases, 21 deaths, 12.35% positivity; condemns vandalism at Dr. Stack’s home

Gov. Andy Beshear reported 2,085 new COVID-19 cases and 21 deaths, condemned domestic terrorism and said General Assembly actions that would significantly limit the state’s ability to fight the deadly virus are dangerous and unfeasible. “We’ve seen some bills move through the General Assembly that attempt to create new ways of addressing the coronavirus,” said Beshear. “One bill that passed...

Governor reports 3,232 new COVID cases, 25 deaths, 12.45% positivity; 119 counties in red zone

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today There was a sharp drop in new cases of COVID-19 in Kentucky on Sunday, but the number of deaths rose, as did the state’s positivity rate. 

 There were 3,232 new cases of the coronavirus reported to state officials. That is 1,008 less than the 4,240 reported on Saturday and raises the total number of cases in Kentucky since the first one was reported last March 6 to...

State reports 4,240 new COVID cases, 20 deaths, 12.3% positivity — ‘the war has taken a toll’

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today It was another big day for new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, with nearly 20,000 in the past four days, and the pandemic total topping 300,000. A total of 4,240 new cases of the coronavirus were reported to state health officials. That means, over the past four days, Kentucky has seen 19,633 positive cases, with a total of 300,398 since the first case was reported in the...

Beshear reports 4,750 new cases, 13 deaths, gives update on unemployment and vaccines

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%. Fayette County reported 302 cases. “We are at a really tough point once again in our war against COVID-19. We have successfully...

Beshear reports 4,911 new COVID-19 cases, second-highest ever, and 37 deaths; in ‘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 — 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 cases, 23 deaths, talks vaccines and contact tracing

Gov. Andy Beshear reported 1,781 new COVID cases and 23 deaths — and positivity rate of 11.4%. He also reported that more vaccines are on their 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; 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. 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 in four phases. The Governor said the state’s goal is to administer 90% of...

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...

Breonna’s Law prohibiting no-knock warrants to be introduced in legislature; other states support it

By Nadia Ramiagan Public News Service After the killing of Breonna Taylor by Louisville police, some states have moved to ban no-knock search warrants, and Kentucky could soon do the same.

 Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has signed Breonna’s Law into effect. Pennsylvania and Tennessee are considering similar moves. Florida and Oregon have already banned no-knock search warrants. 

Keturah...

U.S. House, Senate override Trump’s veto of Defense Authorization Act; McConnell cites KY benefits

Both the House and Senate have voted to override the President’s veto of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) conference report. It marks the 60th consecutive year Congress has passed the defense policy bill. Senator Mitch McConnell secured critical provisions in the legislation for Kentucky’s service members, military installations, and defense programs. “The Senate has continued...

Kentucky junior offensive tackle Darian Kinnard earns Sporting News All-America accolades

By Susan Lax University of Kentucky University of Kentucky junior offensive tackle Darian Kinnard has picked up another national honor as he was named a second team All-American by Sporting News. He also earned All-America accolades from the Associated Press (third team) and Pro Football Focus (first team), and was a first team All-Southeastern Conference selection by the AP and a second team All-SEC...

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 Beshear. “We need everybody to be safe this New Year’s Eve....