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Long-term and childcare facilities share frustrations with Health, Welfare and Family Services Committee

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Representatives for long-term and child-care facilities expressed their concern and financial frustration over the effects of the coronavirus to a legislative committee meeting on Wednesday. Betsy Johnson, president of the Kentucky Association of Health Care Facilities, reminded the Interim Joint Health, Welfare and Family Services Committee, “COVID deaths in long-term...

Kentucky Health News: A round-up of COVID-19 news — cases, trends, the surge, masks, stimulus bill and more

From Kentucky Health News, a round-up of COVID-19 news: • Counties with more than five new cases on Friday were Jefferson, 206; Fayette, 76; Warren, 41; Kenton, 27; Boone, 26; Bell, 23; Harlan, 17; Bullitt, 16; Barren, Hardin McCracken and Scott, 15 each; Laurel, 14;  Campbell, Henderson and Shelby, 12 each; Jessamine, 11; Knox, 10 1.25 Pike, 9; Ohio and Oldham, 8; Perry Pulaski and Whitley, 7...

Beshear reports 280 new COVID-19 cases, 8 deaths; visitation at assisted-living facilities to open Monday

There was another jump in new cases of the coronavirus in Kentucky on Thursday, as well as eight new deaths, but there was some good new for those who have loved ones in long-term care centers, such as nursing homes. There were 280 new cases reported to state health officials on June 25, bringing the total to at least 14,617 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, since the first positive case on March 6. A...

Coronavirus cases remain elevated over weekend; pattern attributed to heavy testing at nursing homes

Coronavirus cases remained elevated over the weekend, but Gov. Andy Beshear said the number was driven by long-term care facilities, where the state is in the process of testing all residents and employees. Anonymous cell-phone tracking gauges mobility as the economy reopens. Selected counties’ numbers are shown; all are available on an interactive map from The Washington Post, with a story;...

Coronavirus expert says more inmates will become infected, die at state prison in Central City

The most commonly seen map of coronavirus cases in Kentucky shows the number confirmed in each county, but the more instructive map is the one that shows the rate: the number of cases per 100,000 population. That map shows the top counties are Butler, which has had a major outbreak in its nursing home; Muhlenberg, site of a state prison where all inmates and employees were tested after an outbreak;...

Kentucky surpasses 5,000 coronavirus cases; five additional deaths Saturday, none reported Sunday

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Andy Beshear returned to holding his daily press briefing on the coronavirus Sunday after taking the first day off since early March on Saturday. He announced there were 173 new cases reported to state health officials on Saturday and another 80 on Sunday, bringing the pandemic total to at least 5,130. There were five deaths reported on Saturday, two each in Adair...

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...

Kentucky will begin additional reopening of economy May 11; everyone will be required to wear masks

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Andy Beshear said on Monday that additional reopening of the economy will start on May 11 and everyone will be required to wear masks. Beshear said he will give more details on Wednesday about what businesses would be allowed to open. Eighty-seven new cases of the coronavirus were reported to state health officials on Monday, along with five additional deaths. Kentucky...

With 46 percent of state’s COVID-19 deaths, Kentucky’s long-term care facilities a virus tinderbox

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News With 46 percent of Kentucky’s COVID-19 deaths occurring in long-term-care facilities, up from 32 percent just a week ago, nursing homes continue to be a tinderbox for the coronavirus. That has prompted state officials to ramp up testing and to create a Long-Term Care Task Force charged with finding ways to slow down the spread of the virus inside these...

Adair County healthcare worker one of 11 new virus deaths reported during Beshear’s Tuesday briefing

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Eleven more deaths, including the first Kentucky health-care worker, was reported during Gov. Andy Beshear’s press briefing on Tuesday. He also said there were 177 new coronavirus cases. The totals are 2,210 cases and 115 deaths, Beshear said from the Capitol. The deaths included three people in Jefferson County, two in Campbell and Kenton counties and one each in Adair,...

Kentucky forms task force to deal with coronavirus in nursing homes, other long-term care facilities

By Al Cross Kentucky Health News State officials have formed a task force to advise them about how to prevent the coronavirus from devastating the state’s nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, which have already suffered 18 deaths from it. “This is our challenge,” Gov. Andy Beshear said at his daily briefing. “This is where the coronavirus is devastating every state...

New apprenticeship program for nursing aides to further enhance care at veteran homes in Kentucky

Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC) Secretary Derrick Ramsey and Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs (KDVA) Commissioner Ben Adams today signed an agreement to create a nurse assistant state registered apprenticeship program within long-term care facilities dedicated to providing healthcare services to veterans. Nurse Assistant State Registered (NASR) are nursing aides who...