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COVID claims 21 Kentuckians as 1,509 cases are reported Sunday; some counties out of red

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today There were 21 more COVID-19 related deaths reported in Kentucky on Sunday, along with 1,509 new cases. 

 However, both numbers are lower than a week ago, when there were 26 deaths and 1,765 new cases, which could be an indication of flattening the curve, or even the start of a decline. Kentucky has now seen 257,063 positive cases since the start of the pandemic, while...

Trump signs ‘bipartisan rescue package,’ provides relief payments, averts government shutdown

Staff report National news outlets are reporting that President Donald Trump has signed the $900 billion ‘pandemic relief’ bill, ending his refusal to accept it and delivering relief to businesses and individuals who are suffering during the pandemic. The bill was delivered to him at Mar-a-Lago where he is vacationing. The bill also includes $1.4 trillion to fund government agencies through...

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...

White Christmas leads to 8,000 without power across Eastern KY, road conditions slowed response teams

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Many residents of eastern Kentucky not only had a White Christmas but one without power. Photo by Mark Maynard/Kentucky Today 
Snow and gusty winds swept through the state Thursday and left about 8,000 without power in areas of eastern Kentucky. The storm brought anywhere from four to eight inches of blowing snow and took out utility lines, causing nearly 160 outages,...

Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch investigations lead to 114 arrests of child predators

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch says 2020 was a busy year for them, as they responded to over 3,000 cybercrime tips, leading to 707 completed investigations resulting in 114 arrests of child internet predators. 

 While the investigative unit handles a variety of cybercrimes, they partner with the Kentucky Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force...

Gov. Beshear urges’ holding onto the progress we’ve made’ over holiday, reported 2,950 cases, 26 deaths

Gov. Andy Beshear reported 2,953 new COVID cases and 26 deaths on Wednesday — and urged Kentuckians to play it safe over the Christmas holiday. “Team Kentucky, from the bottom of my heart – thank you. This war is far from over, but we’ve won another battle, beating back exponential growth of this virus in our state before Christmas,” said Gov. Beshear. “I hope you all enjoy a wonderful...

Governor says ‘stay safe’ for the holidays; officials get vaccine; reports 3,057 cases, 28 deaths

Gov. Andy Beshear said he hoped all Kentuckians will have a wonderful Christmas, encouraging them to keep gatherings small and safe so they may enjoy many future holidays with their loved ones. “I want to make sure I start by asking everybody to make that additional sacrifice and do their part to keep their Christmas celebrations small,” said Gov. Beshear. “With the rest of the country on fire,...

COVID roundup: Vaccines in long-term care facilities; Moderna coming this week; 1,988 cases, 15 deaths

Gov. Andy Beshear announced that several long-term care facilities in the Commonwealth began administering the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. “Again, our goal is to get everyone in long-term care facilities vaccinated by March 1,” said Beshear. “If we do that, we cut off 66 percent of the deaths that we have been experiencing. We also reduce hospitalizations and we free up more health care...

Moderna vaccine on its way, says Beshear, as he reports 1,765 cases, 26 deaths; fewer cases this week

Gov. Andy Beshear hailed the authorization of the Moderna vaccine against the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), saying this second vaccine will be administered soon in the Commonwealth. “There’s good news today: We got the final authorization necessary for the Moderna vaccine,” the Governor said. “That is being shipped all around the United States. We hope on Monday or Tuesday at the latest...

Hoping to beat the virus for good, Beshear reports stable positivity, 3,388 cases, 27 deaths

Gov. Andy Beshear Saturday said mitigation efforts have stopped the growth of COVID-19 cases in the Commonwealth, noting that case numbers are continuing to decline and Kentucky’s positivity rate is stable. “What we are seeing is that the measures we have taken are working,” said Gov. Beshear. “We have stopped the increase in cases, which we knew we had to do before we can start to decrease...

Beshear reminds Kentuckians to follow new holiday guidance, reports 3,179 cases, 28 deaths

Gov. Andy Beshear reminded Kentuckians to follow new holiday guidance. “Christmas is probably my favorite day of the year, and I know we all want to celebrate the way we usually do, but this year we need to do things differently,” said Beshear. “With vaccines arriving this week, we can see the bright light at the end of the tunnel. Now we just need everyone to keep doing their part to protect...

U.S. Customs in Erlanger intercepts millions of dollars in fake jewelry shipped from China

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today It’s back to the drawing board for some people wanting to sell fake jewelry and watches for Christmas as U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of Cincinnati seized over $9.5 million of counterfeit products in two shipments. Fake jewelry (U.S. Customs photo) 
One, which originated from Shenzen, China, was being sent to a home in Norcross, Georgia. Although...

11 hospitals get vaccines, including UK, Baptist Health; Beshear reports 2,898 new cases, 23 deaths

Gov. Andy Beshear announced all 11 health facilities identified to receive initial shipments of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines have confirmed receipt. Vaccines at UK Healthcare “This is a very exciting time. With these life-saving vaccines being administered right now to our front-line workers, the beginning of the end of the coronavirus crisis is in sight,” the Governor said. “We are also continuing...

Study finds more Kentucky kids are facing housing, health coverage and mental health challenges

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service The coronavirus has surpassed heart disease as the number-one killer of Americans, and a new report finds children are especially vulnerable to the personal and economic consequences of the pandemic. Based on census household survey data taken last spring, the Annie E. Casey Foundation study found nearly 1 in 5 Kentucky households with children said they had slight...

UK Healthcare, 6 others get vaccine for front-line staff; Beshear reports 2,946 cases, 15 deaths

Gov. Andy Beshear announced that seven more Kentucky hospitals — including UK Healthcare — received shipments of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines and that the administration of thousands of vaccines have started. “The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are absolute gamechangers with 94-95% effectiveness and, it appears, minimal side effects,” Gov. Beshear said. “It gives us a view and a vision...

Victory in sight over ‘evil virus’ as vaccinations begin; Beshear reports 1,802 cases, 17 deaths

Gov. Andy Beshear celebrated that COVID-19 vaccinations have begun in the Commonwealth, as three hospitals started vaccinating front-line workers Monday. “This was the most exciting day that I’ve had, I think that we as a Commonwealth have had, since March 6, when we had our first diagnosed COVID case,” said Gov. Beshear. “It marks the beginning of the end of COVID-19. We are going to defeat...

Beshear reports 2,454 cases and 15 deaths; urges vigilance, patience as first vaccine arrives in state

Gov. Andy Beshear asked Kentuckians to remain vigilant in the fight against the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) even as the Commonwealth welcomed the first shipment of vaccine against the deadly virus. “We are seeing good trends and getting great news in our battle against COVID-19. We saw 1,235 fewer positive cases and our positivity rate declined 1.23% Sunday to Sunday this week, and now we are...

Gov. Beshear expects vaccines to arrive early this coming week; reports 3,558 cases, 24 deaths

Gov. Andy Beshear announced that, with the FDA’s approval of the Pfizer vaccine on Friday, Kentucky’s first shipment is expected to arrive early in the coming week. He urged Kentuckians to continue wearing masks, washing their hands, social distancing and keeping gatherings small to keep each other safe while the vaccine begins to be distributed. “Late yesterday, the FDA approved Pfizer’s vaccine...

Beshear reports 3,691 new virus cases, 22 deaths and positivity rate falls 8.86 percent

Gov. Andy Beshear announced the state’s positivity rate has decreased for the eighth straight day, now dropping under 9%. He reported 3,691 new cases and 2 deaths Friday. Kenton COunty reported 161, Boone County 144, and Campbell Bounty 84. “These numbers are still high and we are still watching for any increases related to the Thanksgiving holiday, but we are making progress in our fight against...

Public health restrictions change Monday; positivity rate falling as 4,324 cases, 28 deaths are reported

Gov. Andy Beshear announced that public health restrictions will change Monday, Dec. 14, but said the state’s virus fight depends on all Kentuckians continuing to do the right things, in particular, wearing masks, social distancing and keeping gatherings small. He reported the state’s highest-ever number of new COVID-19 cases; however, the state’s positivity rate declined for the seventh straight...