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Humana provides $20,000 donation to Kentucky Primary Care Association PPE warehouse

The Kentucky Primary Care Association (KPCA) is working to help its provider members obtain and maintain an adequate supply of personal protective equipment (PPE). Today, KPCA is proud to announce a $20,000 donation from Humana t1hat will help complete a PPE warehouse. David Bolt, CEO of Kentucky Primary Care Association (pictured on left) accepts a $20,000 donation from Jeb Duke, Regional President,...

Beshear welcomes latest donation of PPE to aid Kentucky’s response to ongoing COVID-19 battle

Gov. Andy Beshear on Monday welcomed one of the state’s latest corporate donations of personal protective equipment, which will help bolster the commonwealth’s response to the novel coronavirus 2019. “Even before this global health crisis arrived in Kentucky more than six months ago, we were working to secure the personal protective equipment needed to keep our people safe,” Beshear said. “The...

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...

AARP urging Congress to address COVID-19 spread in nursing homes, provide testing, PPE, more staff

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service AARP is urging Congress to take action to slow the spread of the coronavirus and help protect the lives of nursing home residents by boosting access to personal protective equipment, testing and nursing staff. According to data from the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, more than 500 nursing home residents so far have tested positive and more than...

Healthy@school guidance issued for upcoming school year — and, yes, students should wear masks

The Kentucky Department for Public Health, in collaboration with the Kentucky Department of Education, issued the highly anticipated guidance for schools and districts on how to safely reopen for the upcoming school year amid the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic. The release of the 24-page document, “Safety Expectations and Best Practices Guidelines for Kentucky Schools (K-12),” was announced by...

Louisville baseball bat company taking swing at making PPE masks to battle COVID-19

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A Louisville company known for making sporting goods equipment hopes to “go yard” against the coronavirus. The global need for personal protective equipment created by COVID-19 has inspired Hillerich & Bradsby Co. to enter the non-medical face mask market. The historic company has introduced Maskonic antibacterial masks, which are reusable, water repellent, and...

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...

UK Extension Homemakers contribute to community safety by making personal protective equipment

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky Necessity is the mother of invention. Bourbon Community Hospital in Paris took that old saw to heart when they, like so many other hospitals and medical facilities in the state, were contemplating how to acquire extra personal protective equipment to prepare for a possible onslaught of patients with COVID-19. The solution turned out to be in their own surgical...

Lexington reaching out to local businesses for help with production of personal protective equipment

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton and Ray Daniels, chair of the Commerce Lexington Board, issued a call to action on Monday to local businesses that can help produce the supplies the city and state will desperately need to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton is asking businesses to help provide needed medical supplies for the city and state. During...

EKU donates personal protective equipment to first responders in fight against COVID-19 pandemic

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Eastern Kentucky University has stepped up to support the local community and region with personal protective equipment (PPE) to be distributed by the Madison County Emergency Management Agency. These essential tools will help ensure first responders and healthcare workers on the frontlines are working safely while they meet the demands for health services in the...