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States ends February on positive note — seventh consecutive week of declining COVID cases

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky is ending the month of February on a positive note regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Andy Beshear said on Sunday.

 In a video posted to Facebook, the governor said, “We have had our seventh consecutive week of declining cases. This is good news, it’s the direction we want to go in.”

 Gov. Beshear On Sunday there were 675 new cases reported to...

Gov. Beshear reports 1,623 cases, 35 deaths, lower positivity; getting vaccinated; wear masks

Gov. Andy Beshear and other state officials updated Kentuckians on the state’s vaccine rollout and announced the state’s third straight week of declining cases and its fourth day in a row with a positivity rate below 9%. He reported 1,623 cases, 35 deaths. Fayette County reported 113 new cases. “Remember, we are vaccinating people faster than we get doses from the federal government, and if you’re...

Kentucky a pandemic hot spot in mid-January; deaths spiked, but COVID-19 hospital admissions fell

Kentucky was a pandemic hot spot in the week covered by the first White House Coronavirus Task Force report from the new Biden administration, issued Thursday for a reporting week that had ended nearly a week earlier. Perhaps the most striking figure in the report was that deaths from COVID-19 were up 35 percent from Jan. 16 to Jan. 22, compared to the previous week. That reflected the increasingly...

Frontier Nursing University, Woodford County Health Department partner to offer COVID-19 vaccinations

Frontier Nursing University (FNU) and the Woodford County Health Department are partnering to offer COVID-19 vaccinations at FNU’s recently completed campus in Versailles. The County administered second doses of the vaccines to Woodford County first responders and first doses to school personnel this week. The vaccination process starts with a primary dose, followed by a booster dose 28 days later....

Beshear reports 2,250 COVID cases, 27 deaths; major funding for hospitals, faster vaccinations

Gov. Andy Beshear updated Kentuckians on increased funding for Kentucky hospitals and reported 2,250 new COVID cases and 27 deaths. Campbell reported 218 new cases, Kenton 82 and Boone 47. “I come to you today as our country passes a grim milestone of losing 400,000 Americans to the coronavirus. That is a staggering loss. It’s so large it’s hard to actually see it in your mind, to process how...

In a year filled with uncertainties, getting the flu vaccination is more important than ever

By Grace Colville University of Kentucky Flu season, like everything else this year, is looking a whole lot different. The same preparation is involved, with pharmacies and doctor’s offices preparing to give vaccinations for the flu season that generally runs from October to March, but with COVID-19 added to the mix, 2020’s flu season should be taken more seriously than ever. According to the Centers...

Kentucky’s COVID cases top 50,000 — adding 906 new cases, 10 deaths; Beshear says ‘take it seriously’

Gov. Andy Beshear on Thursday reported that Kentucky’s coronavirus cases have surpassed 50,000 with 906 cases bringing the total to 50,885. Children under 18 accounted for 124 cases. The youngest was a two-month-old baby from Henderson County. There were 68 cases reported in Fayette County. “COVID is a once-in-100-year pandemic and we’ve got to take it seriously. We’re seeing a rough week...

Tom James: Don’t let COVID-19 pandemic create an epidemic of measles or other preventable diseases

Delayed haircuts, “drive-by” birthday parties, staycations – these will be common 2020 family memories. Don’t let measles, chickenpox, whooping cough, or other preventable diseases become part of the memory. I’m a practicing pediatrician who is old enough to remember treating children for bacterial meningitis and rotovirus before a vaccine was readily available. Several patients had mild...

Don Kupper: In Kentucky, pharmacists will play a key role when COVID-19 vaccinations are available

Over the years, the health care field has encountered its fair share of significant challenges. Perhaps most notable have been the major outbreaks of infectious diseases, much like we are facing now. While these terrible events are deadly and disruptive to our society, they also force us to rethink how we deliver care and often lead to significant medical breakthroughs. Through it all, pharmacists...

Commentary: Public health is where science, politics meet but that doesn’t change need for vaccinations

By F. Douglas Scutchfield and Al Cross Special to KyForward Public health is the nexus of science and politics. Unfortunately, the two frequently do not mix well. A recent example involving childhood immunizations prompts real concern for the erosion of science in the name of politics.  State Sen. Ralph Alvarado, physician and lieutenant governor candidate with Gov. Matt Bevin, recently declared: “I...

Al Cross: Gov. Bevin is reckless to disregard the science on chickenpox; public health matters

When Gov. Matt Bevin volunteered to a Southern Kentucky radio audience March 19 that he had exposed his nine children to chickenpox, and questioned the need for vaccinations and laws requiring them, it was more than the latest example of him being reckless with his mouth. It was a new low in public officials’ willful ignorance or disregard of science, an alarming trend that is taking us to new highs...

Bevin says he exposed his kids to chickenpox, rejecting vaccinations; health officials say that’s risky

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Gov. Matt Bevin said in a radio interview that he exposed his nine children to chickenpox instead of vaccinating them, a practice that is strongly opposed by health officials as risky. Bevin also cast doubt on longstanding government policy of requiring vaccinations and incorrectly attributed the requirement to the federal government rather than the state. His...

Dept. for Public Health warns of contaminated vaccinations supplied by KY’s Location Vaccination

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky Department for Public Health is investigating infections from contaminated vaccinations from a Kentucky supplier, which have been reported in three states. 
According to the DPH, the infections are associated with vaccinations given by Location Vaccination at various businesses in Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana since Sept. 1, 2018.  The Mt. Sterling-based vaccine...

KY drops three spots in America’s Health Rankings; big drops in vaccinations follow state rule change

By Melissa Patrick and Al Cross Kentucky Health News Kentucky dropped three spots in the latest America’s Health Rankings, to 45th from 42nd last year. It marked the third straight year that the state showed a significant increase in the number of years of potential life lost, a broad measure of overall health and life expectancy. Many figures in the report are based on the Behavioral Risk Factor...

Preparing for back-to-school means school supplies — and wellness exams to be sure kids are ready

As a new school year approaches, KentuckyOne Health reminds parents with students of all ages to prepare early to help children ease back into a routine. A new school year can be overwhelming for the whole family. From purchasing school supplies and scheduling wellness exams to reducing a child’s anxiety and making sure they are getting adequate sleep, parents have a lot to juggle. Immunization Protects...