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Gov. Beshear anounces seven more Kentucky deaths from COVID-19; ‘It’s just us versus the virus’

Staff report Gov. Andy Behear announced Tuesday seven more Kentucky deaths from COVID-19 and urged Kentuckians to continue to take precautions and sacrifice to stop the spread. “Today, we lost seven Kentuckians, which is something I never thought I would have to announce,” said Beshear. “This is why we were working so hard to reduce our contacts and protect the people around us. This is a virus...

National pump price for regular gasoline drops to $1.99 per gallon, cheapest average in four years

The national average for a gallon of regular gasoline dropped below $2 per gallon for the first time in four years. The national gas price average is $1.99. Here in Ohio the average is $1.63 with motorists able to find gas for less than $2/gallon at 99 percent of gas stations. AAA expects gas prices to push cheaper by at least another quarter in April. The decline is due to COVID-19’s chilling effect...

Kim Moser: We will get through this crisis together — because Kentucky is better when we are united

COVID-19, or the coronavirus, has blasted its way across our world, forcing citizens to worry for the safety of their families as reports of more cases and deaths continue to mount. This pandemic has reached our shores and will likely worsen before it gets better. There are nearly 30,000 documented worldwide deaths and that number rises daily. Last week, Congress finally passed a support package to...

Think before flushing, plus other tips for protecting yourself and Kentucky’s water resources

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky The coronavirus has forced people to either retreat into their homes or get out and explore the natural world more. Either way, water is a big part of everyone’s daily lives, and it’s important to protect Kentucky’s most valuable natural resource. For many Kentuckians pushed inside by COVID-19 social distancing practices, sanitizing anything that doesn’t...

Estimates of COVID-19’s effects on health-care system, and lives, show Ky. compares favorably

By Al Cross Kentucky Health News Kentucky compares favorably to its major bordering states in the first public estimates of the impact of the coronavirus on the U.S. health-care system and the number of deaths expected from the COVID-19 disease caused by the virus. However, some estimates for Kentucky have wider possible ranges than for the other states, illustrating the shortage of data that public-health...

Senator Mitch McConnell unveils coronavirus response portal to assist Kyians during pandemic

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced Monday the creation of a Coronavirus Response Portal on his website to help Kentuckians who may have questions related to how the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act will help their families, organizations, small businesses, and communities take advantage of the provisions in the legislation. The portal can be accessed...

Constance Alexander: Despite our inability to be together, you can go home again, if you write a poem

One of the best of all four-letter words, HOME is where most of us have taken shelter for a couple of weeks, trying to stay healthy in seclusion from the COVID-19 Virus. For some, it feels like detention, a Ground Hog Day version of “The Breakfast Club.” Others have seized the opportunity for spring cleaning, bringing seasonal order to confined chaos. Parents have been busy, struggling to homeschool...

Beshear announces 45 new cases of coronavirus in Ky.; Trump extends shutdown through April 30

Staff report As of Sunday afternoon, Gov. Andy Beshear announced there are a total of 45 newly-confirmed coronavirus cases in the state. Beshear also reiterated Sunday that everyone must remain vigilant about social distancing amid reports of crowding at golf courses, basketball courts, and home improvement stores to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and reduce the risk...

UofL researchers focus on coronavirus treatment, testing cells growing quickly in host tobacco plants

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The University of Louisville’s biocontainment laboratory is being called upon in research efforts focusing on the coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19, and a Kentucky crop could be a key. 
At U of L, researchers are exploring compounds that hold promise as therapeutic agents against the disease and could be grown quickly in host tobacco plants. 
A strain...

Chrysalis House turning to community for support to continue services during coronavirus pandemic

During this time of incredible need, Chrysalis House, Kentucky’s oldest and largest licensed treatment program for women with substance use disorders, continues to provide critical services to women and their babies. With 4 residential facilities, participants in the aftercare and outpatient programs and residents in the 40 unit apartment complex, it takes a tremendous amount of resources to care...

From the Frontline: Dr. Douglas Flora says ‘solidarity is key.’ Can we make the right choices? Yes, we can.

By Douglas B. Flora, MD, LSSB Executive Medical Director, Oncology Services St. Elizabeth Healthcare By now we are all aware of the challenge ahead with the arrival of COVID-19 in our region. As I write this, the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center is reporting more than 61,000 confirmed cases in the United States. The Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati region is now appropriately bracing...

Gov. Beshear reports 54 new coronavirus cases and three deaths; urges stay Healthy at Home

Gov. Andy Beshear on Friday said his administration is continuing strong efforts to stop the spread of novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). He said the state had 54 new cases and confirmed three new deaths. Sign at Marianne Theater in Bellevue The Governor reiterated his call to Kentuckians to stay Healthy at Home and said that the state is continuing to working to prepare an initial drive-through testing...

Ron Daley: Will the coronavirus pandemic unite the country to become the next ‘Greatest Generation?’

Will we Americans meet the challenge as a united nation against the virus as the “Greatest Generation” did against Hitler’s Nazism, Italy’s Fascism, and the Japanese aggression as our patriots did on the battlefield and working in the factories in World War II. It is yet to be determined as we enter the early stages of the war against a new deadly contagion. We are the children, grandchildren...

Most Kyians with Alzheimer’s are at least 65, have chronic illness, putting them at high risk of COVID-19

People with Alzheimer’s disease are considered at high risk for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, not only because they have Alzheimer’s but also because most of the 272,000 Kentuckians with the disease are over 65 and most of them have at least one other chronic illness, Hillary Smith reports in a University of Kentucky news release. The increased risk of COVID-19 for...

Stimulus bill passes House by voice vote, goes to Pres. Trump; no second for Massie’s recorded vote

Staff Report The Washington Post reports that the House of Representatives approved the massive $2 trillion stimulus bill by voice vote. Lawmakers returned to Washington to be present for the vote, after Kentucky’s Rep. Thomas Massie threatened to object to the voice vote, which would have delayed approval. Massie tried to make a motion for a recorded vote, but failed to get a second, and it...

Attorney General issues subpoenas to Amazon third-party sellers for price gouging during pandemic

Attorney General Daniel Cameron has issued subpoenas to six third-party sellers in Kentucky who used Amazon’s online platform to engage in suspected price gouging during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The sellers allegedly engaged in the price gouging of essential emergency and medical supplies, including hand sanitizer and N95 respirator masks. Some sellers inflated the price of these...

NTI Days require new methods of teaching, learning, but Kentucky schools are embracing the challenge

By Mark Hansel KyForward managing editor One of many unknowns in the world changed by COVID-19 is how teachers, students, and parents in Kentucky would handle the implementation of Non-Traditional Instructional (NTI) Days. NTI requires students to learn from home until the restrictions put into place because of COVID-19 are lifted. Joe Cordonnier talks to his AP Psychology students via video conferencing (Photos...

UK Healthcare to offer drive-thru coronavirus testing for frontline employees by appointment

UK HealthCare is offering drive-thru testing for the COVID-19 coronavirus for its frontline employees and patient care providers.  The drive-thru testing is at UK HealthCare Turfland and by appointment only for UKHC employees who are symptomatic but do not need inpatient care. Plans to expand testing to broader groups at UK HealthCare and the public will be considered once access to...

Ashli Watts: State businesses are stepping up in the fight against COVID-19; we will get through this

I don’t think any of us could have imagined what has transpired over the last week. The coronavirus has not only plagued the world as a public health pandemic, but it has very quickly devastated our economy and upended our normal business and daily routines. Our new reality includes shocking statistics like more than 9,000 people filing for unemployment insurance benefits in Kentucky in a single...

Coronavirus measures taking toll on local Bluegrass Council of the Blind in Lexington; how you can help

Due to COVID-19, the Bluegrass Council of the Blind (BCB) is moving in-person group activities to remote access only and closing its doors temporarily to walk-in traffic. “Given that the BCB community is made up of mostly seniors and folks who are immunocompromised or suffering from additional health issues, we began seeking new ways of delivering our services, even before social distancing was recommended,”...