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New coronavirus cases continue to spike in Kentucky with 295 reported Thursday; eight new deaths

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Another big spike in cases of the coronavirus in Kentucky was reported Thursday at Gov. Andy Beshear’s daily press briefing. A total of 295 new cases were reported to state health officials, making the pandemic total 10,705. Cases have now been reported in 119 of Kentucky’s 120 counties, Robertson County being the only one without a confirmed case. Gov. Andy Beshear...

Kentucky records uptick in new coronavirus cases with 283 reported Friday; Nine new deaths

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The was a large jump in new cases of the coronavirus on Friday, Gov. Andy Beshear said during his daily press briefing. A total of 283 new cases were reported to state health officials, bringing the total cases to 9,464, and ending the streak of less than 130 cases per day that began on Monday. “We’ll have to wait for the next few days, to see if it is just labs getting...

Beshear announces new coronavirus cases in Kentucky are ‘in a decline’ during Friday briefing

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today “We now think we have not just plateaued, but we are in a decline,” Gov. Andy Beshear said on Friday during his daily press briefing on the coronavirus pandemic. “It doesn’t mean we are out of the woods, because we are changing our level of contacts, but it is really good news,” he said. “No one has actually seen what the decline looks like with this virus or...

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...

Beshear announces restrictions in travel, small gatherings to be lifted in time for Memorial Day

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Andy Beshear announced during his daily press briefing Thursday that restrictions on travel and group gatherings of 10 or less are being lifted just in time for Memorial Day weekend. The new date is Friday, May 22, the governor said. “We originally had it on May 25 but realized that people are making plans for Memorial Day. I trust we can do this right, that we...

Bowling Green becomes Kentucky’s new hotspot in coronavirus fight as state surpasses 7,000 cases

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The number of positive cases of the coronavirus in Kentucky has now topped 7,000, Gov. Andy Beshear said Wednesday during his daily press briefing at the state Capitol. A total of 227 new cases were reported to state public health officials, making the total at least 7,080. The Bowling Green area has become the new hot spot in Kentucky as Warren County had 72 of Wednesday’s...

Second Kentucky youth hospitalized with inflammatory illness related to coronavirus

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A second Kentucky youth has been hospitalized due to an inflammatory illness related to the coronavirus that overstresses their immune system. During Gov. Andy Beshear’s daily press briefing on Tuesday, Public Health Commissioner Dr. Steven Stack said, “We are now aware of two patients in Kentucky. One is the 10-year-old reported Monday who is critically ill in the...

Beshear addresses primary election, travel ban as state sees drop in virus cases, deaths Wednesday

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today There was a significant drop Wednesday in both new cases and deaths due to the coronavirus, Gov. Andy Beshear said during his daily press briefing at the Capitol. A total of 159 new cases were reported, a significant decrease from the record 625 announced on Tuesday, although 309 came from tests of inmates and workers at Green River Correctional Facility, the only state...

Kentucky’s nursing homes continue to be COVID-19 hotspots; 174 new cases, five deaths reported

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Long-term care facilities continue to be one of the hotspots for the coronavirus in Kentucky. Twenty-four new cases were reported among residents, five staff members and two residents died. This brings the totals to 727 residents, 307 staff and 122 deaths, 121 of which were residents. Seventy-four facilities have now reported cases and account for just over half of the...

Governor Andy Beshear outlines road ahead for gradual reopening of Kentucky’s economy

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Andy Beshear on Wednesday unveiled the first parts of his plan to re-open Kentucky’s economy, in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, including dates and types of entities. The Governor moved his daily press briefing from the Capitol to the Emergency Operations Center at the Boone National Guard Center. Before they can re-open, he said there are 10 prerequisites...

Beshear announces increase in new COVID-19 cases, deaths; more details on reopening set for Wednesday

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Andy Beshear announced an increase in new cases of the coronavirus and deaths, and also gave a look ahead at the phased-in reopening of businesses during his daily press briefing on Tuesday. A total of 230 new cases were reported to state health officials, bringing the state’s total to at least 4,375. In addition, 12 Kentuckians lost their lives making it 224 since...

Kentucky records 202 new COVID-19 cases Sunday as total surpasses 4,000; three more deaths reported

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky has now had more than 4,000 cases of the coronavirus, Gov. Andy Beshear said on Sunday during his daily press briefing at the Capitol. He announced 202 new cases, making the pandemic total at least 4,074 reported to state health officials. The deaths of three more Kentuckians, the lowest number in several days, brings to 208 the number who have died due to the coronavirus. The...

Kentucky reports highest number of new COVID-19 cases in single day with 293, four additional deaths

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky had its highest single-day number of cases of the coronavirus reported on Sunday, with 293, bringing the total to at least 2,960. There were also four deaths reported Sunday, one each in Graves, Hopkins, Jackson and Jefferson counties. There have now been 148 Kentuckians who have lost their lives due to the pandemic. Nationwide, there have been over 762,000 confirmed...

State records second-highest number of new cases in one day, additional drive-thru testing sites planned

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Saturday saw the second-highest number of new cases of the coronavirus since the pandemic began, 206, along with seven more deaths. That brings the totals to 2,707 cases, with 144 Kentuckians losing their lives, according to Gov. Andy Beshear. During his daily press briefing, Gov. Andy Beshear stated, “We had a big number of cases today, but on the three-day average, it’s...