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Julie Kirkpatrick: Why I took the vax and ask that you please take the vax too (we need to get back to hugs)

This has been a long and hard haul with COVID for everyone, I know. With the arrival of the vaccines, I see light at the end of this long tunnel. I was very excited to get an appointment and a follow up to receive the vaccine and without a doubt would have taken any vaccine they offered. I know there is still skepticism and resistance to getting the vax and wanted to take a minute to let you know why...

Beshear says vaccines open to 50-and-older, opens more sites; reports 785 cases, catch-up death count

Gov. Andy Beshear announced all Kentuckian 50 and older can sign up for COVID-19 vaccination appointments on or after March 22. He said all Kentuckians ages 16 and older will be able to sign up for appointments by April 12. “Kentuckians deemed most vulnerable should still get priority, and they will, but we can’t have these vaccines sitting in a freezer. We are in a race against the COVID-19 variants...

Governor reports 963 cases, 27 deaths and 3.73% positivity; says ‘We can’t let up yet’

Gov. Andy Beshear announced the state’s positivity rate has declined to 3.73%. He reported 963 cases and 27 deaths. “While our new cases have decreased dramatically since their peak in the Commonwealth, these numbers are still too high,” said Gov. Beshear. “We are close to the finish line but we can’t let up yet. Keep masking up, keep social distancing and get vaccinated when it’s your...

Beshear reports 819 cases, 24 deaths, positivity 3.87%; long-term care update, get vaccine, mask up

Gov. Andy Beshear reported 819 new COVID-19 cases, 24 COVID-19 deaths and a positivity rate of 3.87%. “This week, while we are so hopeful, this virus is still out there and it is still dangerous. Please continue to wear your mask and social distance – even if you’ve been vaccinated, you have a duty to everybody else who is still waiting for their vaccine,” said Gov. Beshear. “Remember, by...

Beshear reports 1,211 cases, 36 deaths; 1-C open to 16-and-older with medical issues

Gov. Andy Beshear said cases and deaths from COVID-19 continue to moderate as more Kentuckians receive the safe and effective vaccines. “The positivity rate ticked up a little bit, to 3.95%,” the Governor said. “We like to see that below 5%.” The Governor reported 1,211 new cases Thursday and 36 deaths. Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health, said the eligibility...

Beshear reports 1,010 cases, 34 deaths, with 3.93% positivity; get vaccinated, wear masks

Gov. Andy Beshear announced the state’s positivity rate decreased again, to 3.93%, as more Kentuckians receive one of three highly effective COVID-19 vaccines and continue to follow guidance from public health officials. “We still have far too many deaths reported today – 34 – but I’m happy to see our positivity rate continue to decrease,” said Gov. Beshear. “This shows we’re stepping...

New COVID cases drop dramatically — 723 cases, 9 deaths; Governor welcomes ‘best news’

Gov. Andy Beshear updated Kentuckians on COVID-19 vaccine progress and announced child care workers now will be included in phase 1B. They can sign up anywhere in the commonwealth currently offering vaccinations. The Governor said the state has had five weeks of declining cases for the first time since the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Kentucky, on March 6, 2020. Gov. Beshear “We are seeing...

Beshear reports 2,592 cases, 51 deaths; first to vaccinate teachers; more regional centers coming

Gov. Andy Beshear announced Kentucky is on track to become the first state to vaccinate educators. Fayette County reported 152 cases. The Northern Kentucky Health Department has been vaccinating teachers against COVID since last month and is awaiting word of new supply to begin vaccinations of 1C-eligible people, those age 65 and with pre-existing conditions. “Our vaccination efforts right now are...

Beshear reports 1,268 cases, 39 deaths, declining positivity rate; to announce vaccine info on Thursday

Gov. Andy Beshear announced Kentucky’s COVID-19 positivity rate has fallen below 10% for the first time since Dec. 31. Monday’s new case report was also the lowest for a Monday since Jan. 4. He reported 1,268 cases and 39 deaths and a positivity rate of 9.93%. Fayette County reported 149 cases. “Our cases are way too high, but I think when you look at this it shows how important the steps...

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...