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Commentary: Managing an invisible enemy, UK crosses halfway point of an unprecedented semester

By Eli Capilouto and Robert DiPaola University of Kentucky We reached an important milestone recently at the University of Kentucky. With about 50 days left until Thanksgiving, we crossed the halfway point of this unprecedented semester. We know we confront an invisible virus that attacks indiscriminately. What seems to be manageable today can escalate tomorrow, particularly when we let our guard down...

Beshear reports 775 new COVID-19 cases, 8 death, 130 kids; announces economic development projects

Gov. Andy Beshear on Thursday reported 775 new COVID cases and eight deaths, bringing the state’s totals to 45,978 cases and 910 deaths. One-hundred-thirty of the new cases were children 18 and younger, including 14 children 5 and under. The youngest was a 2-month-old from Jefferson County. “We’re tracking again about what we’ve seen the last several weeks,” said Beshear. “Did you ever...

Beshear reports 696 COVID-19 cases, 7 deaths; Fast 4 at 4 – Team Kentucky, vote, online learning

Gov. Andy Beshear on Wednesday reported 696 new COVID cases and seven deaths, bringing the state’s totals to 45,230 cases and 902 deaths. One hundred and fourteen of the new cases were children 18 and under of which 22 were 5 and under. The youngest was a month-old baby in Fayette County. “We hope people out there are making good decisions, especially those that are in charge of our youth....

Governor reports 522 new COVID cases, 9 deaths; announces two-week bar closure, restaurant limits

Gov. Andy Beshear reported 522 new COVID-19 cases and nine deaths, and he instituted new rules Monday that will close bars for two weeks, limit restaurant capacity to 25 percent and delay in-person school until the third week of August. Gov. Andy Beshear “At a time when Kentucky is dealing with a surge in the coronavirus, knowing where other states have gone and knowing what it takes to stop it from...

Jan Hillard: We are all in this together, except for our partisan differences

It is expected that our political parties differ on many issues such as the economy, foreign affairs, and the role of government. These differences are reflected in public opinion and across political leaders. However, it would be reasonable to expect that partisan differences would significantly lessen during the current pandemic. Instead, the opposite is true. During the pandemic, partisan differences...

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...

COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Kentucky; Beshear talks testing, politics, schools, health

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News The number of new, daily coronavirus cases in Kentucky continues to creep up, hitting a seven-day high of 295 on Thursday. Gov. Andy Beshear called the number “pretty high… elevated from where we were going for more than a week,” but said it is “a little too early” to say the trend has reversed and is on an upward trajectory. “Again,...

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...

Testing, contact tracing planned to thwart spread of virus as economy reopens in Kentucky

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News As Kentucky begins to reopen its economy, increased testing and contact tracing are the primary lines of defense to suppress a resurgence of the coronavirus and its covid-19 disease. Gov. Andy Beshear says the state is more than able to do the recommended 2 percent of testing that is called for in White House guidance to reopen the economy, which amounts to almost...

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...

Rural Blog: Stimulus package bars doctors and hospitals from engaging in surprise billing

Stimulus package bars hospitals and doctors from engaging in surprise billing The recently signed stimulus package bars hospitals and doctors from sending “surprise billing” to covid-19 patients, Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar reports for The Associated Press. The government has also pledged that all covid-19 testing and treatment will be free. (KyForward file photo) The measure, which was not...

Gov. Beshear, health officials continue state response efforts for Coronavirus Disease 2020; warn of scams

Governor Andy Beshear, joined by officials from the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), discussed the state’s response efforts to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Gov. Beshear and other officials emphasized that there are no COVID-19 cases in the state and provided updates on the state’s testing, prevention, coordination, monitoring...