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As coronavirus pandemic drags on, it’s taking a significant toll of the mental health of children, teens

By Brandon Porter Kentucky Today As COVID infection rates begin to slowly decline, a recent study reveals the number of mental health-related medical visits for children is rising. A CDC report released in late November shows that emergency department visits for children aged 5-11 were up by 24%, and for children 12-17 were up by 31% from the previous year. “I am not surprised at all by these...

Governor reports decreased positivity, 1,913 cases, 49 deaths; says ‘hang on for the finish line’

Gov. Andy Beshear announced the state’s positivity rate has decreased again to 7.5% while reporting 1,914 cases and 49 deaths. Fayette County reported 145 cases. “We are still seeing far too many deaths, but this decreased positivity rate is a really hopeful leading indicator,” said Gov. Beshear. “We have come so far in our fight against this virus – now, we need to hang on until we reach...

Kentucky hits pause, Cats’ showdown against Texas in Challenge canceled because of COVID

Kentucky’s Brandon Boston Jr. is fouled going to the basket against Alabama on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021 in Lexington (Photo by Tammie Brown, Kentucky Today) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky won’t be playing in the Big 12-SEC Challenge this season. The team’s contest against Texas set for Saturday has been canceled because of COVID. Protocols and activities within the team camp have been...

State reports 3,795 new cases, 49 deaths — and say 56,000 vaccines coming next week; 1C to open

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Friday’s big drop in new cases and deaths in Kentucky due to COVID-19 reversed course on Saturday, with big increases in both categories. There were 3,795 new cases reported to state public health officials on Saturday, almost the same number as on Thursday, bringing the pandemic total to 344,568. Five counties reported over 100 cases. Jefferson had 603, Bullitt 529, Fayette...

Billy Reed: Happy New Year (truly!); we remember weird stuff as we leave 2020, some good too

Happy new year to everyone, and I mean that with more sincerity than ever. Last year was such a disaster, due to all the worldwide havoc caused by the Coronavirus pandemic that even to mention 2020 is the same as using a curse. The world of sports was hardly immune to the crisis. At both the college and pro levels, so many games were canceled or postponed, and so many teams decimated by players who...

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...

Senate Republican leadership begins to set agenda for upcoming session, expects two pro-life measures

Kentucky Senate Republicans began formulating their agenda for the upcoming General Assembly last week that included introducing at least two pro-life measures. Majority Leader Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, said one of the pro-life measures will be similar to a bill Gov. Andy Beshear vetoed earlier this year and aimed at protecting “born-alive infants after a botched abortion.” “Because of the...

Rand Paul: Making clear my positions on the Trump recounts, COVID, lockdowns, schools, and masks

Sometimes it’s hard to know where to begin when someone throws a ton of crap against a wall to see what sticks, as was the case in a recent KyForward column by Bill Straub. I’ll give it a shot though, because your readers deserve some modicum of truth and fairness, as well as words from my own mouth rather than those distorted and misunderstood by the ill-informed. The screed began by attacking...

Beshear reports 439 new COVID cases, 3 deaths; Stack says to get outdoors as much as possible

Gov. Andy Beshear on Sunday reported 439 new COVID-19 cases and three deaths, bringing the state’s totals to 61,542 cases and 1,111 deaths. Of the new cases, 68 were children 18 and under. The youngest was just 2 months old. “I hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful weather as we enter fall, but with this pandemic as deadly as ever and flu season beginning please take the essential steps...

Beshear reports on ‘single largest week ever’ for COVID — with ‘trifecta of holidays’ coming up

Gov. Andy Beshear on Sunday reported 462 new COVID cases and nine deaths, but advised that there is limited reporting on Sunday so all information was not available. Among the reported cases were 79 children 18 and under, which includes 13 children five and under. The youngest is two months old. There were 77 cases reported in Fayette County. The numbers bring Kentucky’s totals to 48,032 cases...

Governor reports 785 new COVID cases and 6 deaths; Dr. Stack says get your flu shot — wear your masks

Gov. Andy Beshear reported 785 new COVID cases and six deaths as of Thursday afternoon, bringing the state’s totals to 37,686 cases and 796 deaths. Twenty-five of the new cases were from children ages 5 and under. Fayette County had 61 new cases. “Wearing a facial covering is absolutely critical to what we want to be able to do in the Commonwealth moving forward,” said Gov. Beshear. “Protect...

Toyota helped Bullard, a family-owned manufacturer in Cynthia, step up PPE production to save lives

Producing high-quality personal protective equipment (PPE) is a point of pride and passion to the team at Bullard – a fifth-generation, family-owned safety equipment manufacturer located in Cynthiana. Now, in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic – it’s downright personal. From team leader and cancer survivor Danny Barnett whose daughter has lung issues to 33-year employee Brenda Hall whose daughter...

Beshear reports 700 new COVID cases, 7 deaths; ‘Coverings for Kids’; Lex mayor cites testing places

Gov. Andy Beshear reported 700 new COVID cases and seven deaths as of Tuesday afternoon, bringing the state’s totals to 32,197 cases and 751 deaths. Eighteen of the newly reported cases were from children 5 and younger, including a 2-month-old and a 6-month-old in Jefferson and a 1-year-old in Metcalfe County who was exposed at church and recently traveled to Tennessee. There were . “This...

Billy Reed: Can’t wait for ‘Play Ball!’ even for half a season and dreaming of Reds fulfilling their potential

When last we heard from the Cincinnati Reds – you remember them, right? – they were playing spring-training games, working to put together what promised to be the most exciting Reds team in a decade or so. But then they had to pack up their bats and gloves and go home because of the Coronavirus pandemic, which forced the opening of the baseball season to be canceled, the same fate as suffered by...