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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....

No sugar-coating here: Beshear reports worst ever numbers — 4,151 cases, 35 deaths

Gov. Andy Beshear announced the state’s worst ever COVID-19 report by virtually every measure. He reported 4,151 new cases and 35 new deaths. Nearly 250 Kentuckians are fighting for their lives on ventilators. Fayette County reported 238 cases. “There’s no way to sugarcoat it. Today is the very worst day we have had for reporting on the spread of the coronavirus and it is the deadliest day that...

Beshear says new COVID actions coming after 2,931 cases, 33 deaths; ‘must lower community spread’

Gov. Andy Beshear again warned Kentuckians that they must take action to stop COVID-19, as cases are increasing rapidly in the Commonwealth. Families, schools, businesses and community leaders should all come together and do their part. He reported 2,931 cases and 33 deaths. “When we talk about our health care workers, we call them our front line of defense,” said Gov. Beshear. “But really, they’re...

Beshear reports 776 new COVID-19 cases and 8 deaths; says continue to wear masks to stay safe

Gov. Andy Beshear on Wednesday reported 776 new COVID cases and eight deaths, bringing the state’s total cases to 58,764 cases and 1,082 deaths. Ninety-one of the cases were children 18 and under, of which 12 were ages 5 and under. Fayette County reported 28 cases. “In general, what we are seeing is we still have higher case numbers than we would like to see, but we don’t at the moment see...

Virus has spread too much for contact tracing to contain, but tracing can help if people cooperate

By Lisa Gillespie Kentucky Health News In wide swaths of Kentucky, tracing the contacts of people with the coronavirus is no longer preventing its spread, because the spread has become too wide. Instead, it is, at best, slowing the disease rate. And many people don’t cooperate with the contact-tracing process. That’s according to several local health department officials, including Roanya...

Beshear reports 659 COVID-19 cases, 7 deaths; Stack reports on known long-term side effects

Gov. Andy Beshear reported 659 new COVID cases and seven deaths as of Thursday afternoon — and provided updated information on the known long-term side effects of the virus, emphasizing that there’s a lot still unknown. Gov. Andy Beshear Kentucky’s totals stand at 29,386 coronavirus cases and 731 deaths. “Remember, we as a Commonwealth, as a country, and as planet Earth are in this...

Education Commissioner Kevin Brown: Letter to Public School Families on school reopenings

Dear Kentucky Public School Families: As discussions continue about reopening schools in the fall, I am sharing with you Kentucky’s Healthy at School guidance released Wednesday. The Department for Public Health guidelines state that all students will be expected to wear a mask on buses and at school except for kindergartners and students with medical conditions that prevent them from wearing masks....

Healthy@school guidance issued for upcoming school year — and, yes, students should wear masks

The Kentucky Department for Public Health, in collaboration with the Kentucky Department of Education, issued the highly anticipated guidance for schools and districts on how to safely reopen for the upcoming school year amid the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic. The release of the 24-page document, “Safety Expectations and Best Practices Guidelines for Kentucky Schools (K-12),” was announced by...

Gov. Andy Beshear outlines seven-month contact tracing program as Kentucky reopens economy

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Contact tracing, as well as increased testing, will be a large part of reopening the state’s economy, Gov. Andy Beshear said Monday during his daily press briefing on the coronavirus pandemic. “Contact tracing which is funded by the federal CARES Act is expanding to meet both the White House and my benchmarks for reopening. Remember this is something that, under the...

Testing, contact tracing planned to thwart spread of virus as economy reopens in Kentucky

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News As Kentucky begins to reopen its economy, increased testing and contact tracing are the primary lines of defense to suppress a resurgence of the coronavirus and its covid-19 disease. Gov. Andy Beshear says the state is more than able to do the recommended 2 percent of testing that is called for in White House guidance to reopen the economy, which amounts to almost...