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White House report shows big increase in ‘red zone’ counties, death rate in Ky.; state ranks 19th in nation

By Mary Meehan Kentucky Health News More than half of Kentucky’s counties are in COVID-19 danger zones defined by the White House Coronavirus Task Force, and there were big increases last week in the state’s COVID-19 death rate and the number of counties in the task force’s “red zone.” The task force’s weekly report showed that the high-risk areas span both urban and rural communities....

Tobacco’s Toll: New push aims to curb the other addiction problem in country’s sickest states

By Mary Meehan Special to KyForward Hundreds of kids scurrying to buses are oblivious to a sign above them declaring Bourbon County High School “100 percent Tobacco Free.” But upstairs in the library, sophomore and anti-smoking advocate Jacob Steward unfurls a six-foot scroll with earth-toned papers trapped between clear sheets of laminate. He begins reading the anti-smoking slogans he’ll post...

CDC identifies 10 counties at highest risk of HIV infection — all are in eastern Kentucky, W.Va.

By Mary Meehan Ohio Valley Resource Sitting on top of the Bible on Pastor Brad Epperson’s desk at the Clay City First Church of God is a list of goals for his small congregation written in a looping cursive hand. “Our community ought to see the love of God in us, not just by our understanding of a compassionate Gospel, but our public acts of love,” is near the top. Epperson was born and raised...