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Governor calls Tuesday’s coronavirus numbers ‘a wake-up call,’ reporting 576 new cases, six deaths

Gov. Andy Beshear on Tuesday updated Kentuckians on the state’s ongoing efforts to fight the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) as cases continue to rise in the Commonwealth. He reported 576 new cases and 6 deaths. “COVID-19 is attacking us, and we are at war with this virus. We either come together or we fall apart,” the Governor said. “This virus isn’t playing, and neither are we. And it...

Kentuckians give varied reasons regarding their decision whether or not to wear face masks

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Research clearly shows that wearing a face mask when out in public can effectively curb the transmission of the novel coronavirus, for which there is no vaccine, but Americans and Kentuckians are divided on whether it’s necessary. “Recently, I started not to wear it because I feel like I’m young and healthy, so I feel like I probably wouldn’t...

Study cites benefits of telehealth; authors say mental teleheath ‘clinically equivalent to in-person care’

As people across the nation have been asked to shelter in place because of the novel coronavirus, never before has the importance of telehealth, especially for mental-health care, become more evident, says a commentary in The Journal of Rural Health. The authors assert that mental-health therapy over video platforms “has been demonstrated as clinically equivalent to in-person care.” Before...

State Budget Director reports General Fund receipts drop precipitously (33.6 percent) in April

State Budget Director John Hicks reported Wednesday that April’s General Fund receipts dropped precipitously due to the impact of the novel coronavirus and the movement of the income tax filing deadline to July 15. Collections fell 33.6 percent, or $432.9 million, compared to April of last year. Nearly 90 percent of the decline was from individual and corporate income taxes. Total revenues for the...

Governor Andy Beshear reports 92 new cases of coronavirus in Kentucky, with three additional deaths

Governor Andy Beshear on Saturday reported 92 new cases of novel coronavirus and 3 new deaths in Kentucky. The total number of cases statewide now stands at 917, with 40 deaths related to the pandemic. The Governor said following his 10-step guidance, which includes social distancing, is the key to blunting a surge in cases and urged Kentuckians not to let their guards down during a weekend filled...

Covid-19 pandemic is causing Kentuckians to make many lifestyle changes; simple tips to get active

By Peter Gray, LAT, ATC UK Healthcare The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is causing us to make many lifestyle changes and sacrifices as we all practice responsible social distancing to protect ourselves and the ones around us. Peter Gray is an athletic trainer with UK HealthCare Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine. Even temporary change can be hard – and many of us are struggling with...

Gov. Beshear acts to limit spread of COVID-19; includes guidance for closure of government offices

Today, Gov. Andy Beshear announced additional steps to contain and limit the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). “It’s my job to protect my family and friends, but I believe it’s all of our civic duty to protect our communities,” Beshear said. “I will use every resource in this state, every dollar at my disposal, every personnel that we have, to do everything we can to protect everyone’s...

Statement from CPE President Aaron Thompson on higher education’s response to COVID-19

By Aaron Thompson Council on Postsecondary Education In light of the threat from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), now a national emergency, many of Kentucky’s colleges and universities have temporarily suspended classes, moved instruction online, or have closed or are considering closure for the remainder of the semester. Thompson The Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) is operating on a regular...

Gov. Beshear announces three additional individuals in Kentucky test positive for Novel Coronavirus

Gov. Andy Beshear has announced three additional people in Kentucky have tested positive for the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the total to four in the state. The latest cases are in Jefferson and Fayette counties with a second person diagnosed in Harrison County. All four patients are in isolation.  Governor Beshear Gives a Corona Virus Update – 03.08.2020 Gov. Beshear confirmed...

Keven Moore: How to prepare your family and your business for the novel Coronavirus; stay ready

Unless you have been living under a rock these last few days, then you probably have been hearing and reading the news about the recent Coronavirus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently warned that it expects the novel coronavirus that has sparked outbreaks around the world to begin spreading at a community level in the United States, as a top official said that disruptions to daily...

Risk of Americans getting new coronavirus remains low, but top expert cautions this is evolving situation

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Kentucky health officials have been monitoring more than 100 people for the novel coronavirus, all of whom agreed to voluntary isolation after recent travel to mainland China, but as of Sunday there had been no confirmed cases in Kentucky. The state has tested one person for the virus, and that test came back negative, Gov. Andy Beshear said at a Feb. 27 press...

Flu cases creep up for third week in a row; nine more Kentuckians have died from it; get a flu shot

Amid all the headlines about the novel coronavirus, health experts warn that there is a much more prevalent and potentially deadly virus killing people in Kentucky: influenza. Through the week ended Feb. 8, Kentucky had reported 17,203 cases of flu this season, with 50 deaths from it, four of them people under 18, according to the state Department for Public Health. In an op-ed for the Lexington Herald-Leader,...

Region’s first potential cases of coronavirus reported at Miami University: CDC says risk remains low

KyForward staff Miami University Student Health Services have notified the Butler County General Health District (BCGHD) in Ohio of two possible cases of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Both possible cases had recently traveled and returned from China. Both possible cases are not severely ill and currently in isolation to keep the illness from spreading. Samples were sent to the Centers for Disease...