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Beshear reports 3,954 cases and 19 deaths, says vaccinations are picking up

Gov. Andy Beshear updated Kentuckians about COVID-19 case information and vaccines, reporting 3,955 cases and 19 deaths. “These case numbers are still far too high, but there is hopeful news today, too. We are on track as we ramp up to meet our goal of administering 90% of all vaccine received within seven days of arrival,” said Gov. Beshear. The Governor said 325,625 COVID-19 vaccine doses have...

Don Saelinger: Take the effective COVID-19 shot and help end the pandemic; believe in the science

As a physician, I was fortunate to receive the initial Pfizer COVID vaccine and the three-week booster. After receiving the initial injection, I had an unexpected emotional sense of gratitude to physicians and scientists who laid the groundwork for the Pfizer and Modena vaccines to protect us from the personal and economic ravages of the COVID 19 infection. The United States government (CDC, FDA, NIH,...

Beshear reports 4,750 new cases, 13 deaths, gives update on unemployment and vaccines

Gov. Andy Beshear announced the third-highest ever report of new COVID-19 cases, surpassed only by the Jan. 7 and Jan. 6 reports. The Governor has reported 15,403 new COVID-19 cases in just three days. He reported 4,750 new cases and 13 deaths and a positivity rate of 11.9%. Fayette County reported 302 cases. “We are at a really tough point once again in our war against COVID-19. We have successfully...

Beshear reports 1,781 new cases, 23 deaths, talks vaccines and contact tracing

Gov. Andy Beshear reported 1,781 new COVID cases and 23 deaths — and positivity rate of 11.4%. He also reported that more vaccines are on their way. “2021 is going to be the year that we defeat the coronavirus. It’s going to take months. We are still going to sustain heartbreaking losses along the way. But vaccines are here. The first two that received emergency approval are highly effective....

11 hospitals get vaccines, including UK, Baptist Health; Beshear reports 2,898 new cases, 23 deaths

Gov. Andy Beshear announced all 11 health facilities identified to receive initial shipments of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines have confirmed receipt. Vaccines at UK Healthcare “This is a very exciting time. With these life-saving vaccines being administered right now to our front-line workers, the beginning of the end of the coronavirus crisis is in sight,” the Governor said. “We are also continuing...

UK Healthcare, 6 others get vaccine for front-line staff; Beshear reports 2,946 cases, 15 deaths

Gov. Andy Beshear announced that seven more Kentucky hospitals — including UK Healthcare — received shipments of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines and that the administration of thousands of vaccines have started. “The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are absolute gamechangers with 94-95% effectiveness and, it appears, minimal side effects,” Gov. Beshear said. “It gives us a view and a vision...

Gov. Beshear expects vaccines to arrive early this coming week; reports 3,558 cases, 24 deaths

Gov. Andy Beshear announced that, with the FDA’s approval of the Pfizer vaccine on Friday, Kentucky’s first shipment is expected to arrive early in the coming week. He urged Kentuckians to continue wearing masks, washing their hands, social distancing and keeping gatherings small to keep each other safe while the vaccine begins to be distributed. “Late yesterday, the FDA approved Pfizer’s vaccine...

Understanding the creation of vaccines, and how they will change the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic

By Mallory Olson University of Kentucky It has been nearly one year since SARS-COV-2 (COVID-19) changed the world. With millions of people infected and over a quarter-million dead in the United States (U.S.), the novel coronavirus continues its pervasive hold on our health and well-being. After months of stress, frustration and uncertainty, people are itching to travel and visit loved ones during the...

Beshear reports 1,972 cases, 10 deaths, says state expects 38K Pfizer, 109K Moderna doses in December

Gov. Andy Beshear announced the state is expecting two additional COVID-19 vaccine shipments before the end of the year. In total, the state expects at least 38,000 Pfizer doses and 109,000 Moderna doses in December. The Governor expects more Pfizer allocations to be announced at a later date, possibly before the end of the month. “The end of this virus is out there. We can see it, and we can feel...

Beshear reports 3,614 cases, 25 deaths, says state is just days away from starting the first vaccines

Gov. Andy Beshear encouraged Kentuckians to stay strong in the fight against COVID-19, as he reported 3,614 new cases and 25 deaths on Friday. He said the Commonwealth is just days away from beginning to administer life-saving vaccines. “These vaccines are right around the corner. Within the next 10 days or so we might be giving out the first vaccines,” said Beshear. “That means every loss of...

Jan Hillard: COVID-19, the flu, smallpox, more and the curious case of anti-vaccination from beginning

Suspicion about vaccines is not new. Opposition to vaccinations dates back to the 1800s when some resisted taking the smallpox vaccine. People have refused to take vaccines, claiming ineffectiveness, violation of religious practice. Today some embrace conspiratorial claims such as the COVID vaccine is really secret DNA gathering to control the population (as in the “documentary” Plandemic). Fears...

Beshear reports 1,514 cases, 3 deaths, says vaccine is coming but new targeted steps may be needed

Gov. Andy Beshear warned Kentuckians that COVID-19 continues to spread at a frightening pace within the Commonwealth and across the United States. Two companies, Moderna and Pfizer, have announced their vaccines appear to be more than 90% effective as clinical trials continue. The Governor said he hopes this great news will inspire all Kentuckians to keep fighting the virus in the months before those...

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...

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...

August is Immunization Awareness Month; Kentucky CHFS urges parents to get children vaccinated

August not only marks the beginning of school in Kentucky, but also National Immunization Awareness Month, highlighting the importance and benefits of immunizations. “Vaccines are a requirement for school entry and help protect the health of children and that of their classmates and their community,” said Dr. Hiram Polk, commissioner, Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH). “When children...

UofL experts offer advice to parents as the back-to-school countdown begins

The University of Louisville is offering free dental screening for kindergarten students starting school. (Photo provided)   As parents complete their back-to-school lists, they need to remember health checks for their children.   These exams are required for new and returning students.   Dental exams: Kentucky law requires that all children entering kindergarten receive a dental screening.   Physicals:...