On Monday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced 18 industries can increase capacity to 60% as the state completes its seventh straight week of declining COVID-19 cases.

The Governor reported the lowest number of new COVID-19 cases since Sept. 28 and the lowest positivity rate since Oct. 18.

COVID Crisis Puts Spotlight on Home-Based Child Care

Feb 28, 2021

Community advocates say home-based family child care could play a major role in closing gaps in access across Kentucky during the pandemic and beyond, but current zoning creates obstacles for individuals interested in opening licensed and regulated home child-care centers.

In a recent survey conducted by Kentucky Youth Advocates, one in four current family child-care providers said local zoning protocols were a major barrier.


As new cases continue to decline, Gov. Beshear said the state is working to address equitable vaccine access.

The Governor updated Kentuckians on the demographics of those vaccinated.

“One thing to note when you look at the vaccine demographic data: we have more individuals in long-term care under 70 than I had ever imagined,” said Gov. Beshear. “With that said, we need to continue to prioritize those 70 and older.


On Tuesday, Gov. Andy Beshear updated Kentuckians on increased funding for Kentucky hospitals, COVID-19 cases and COVID-19 vaccines as well as bills he is vetoing because they are unconstitutional and a threat to Kentucky lives during this pandemic.

Environmental, Economic Factors Drive KY Racial Health Disparities

Jan 18, 2021

Black Americans are more than twice as likely to die from COVID-19 as Caucasians, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data. Medical experts in the Commonwealth say longstanding health disparities contribute to the disproportionate number of deaths, and will require major policy changes to reverse.

The Journal.ie

Andy Beshear, state officials and Kroger leadership have announced a new partnership to significantly increase the speed of COVID-19 vaccinations across the commonwealth.

The first Kroger regional, drive-through vaccination sites will open the week of Feb. 1 for Kentuckians in Phase 1A, 1B and 1C. On Jan. 28, the Governor said more details would be announced on site locations and how to sign up.

St. Claire HealthCare

Note: The following update provided by St. Claire HealthCare (January 12)

The demand for COVID-19 vaccines had already exceeded St. Claire HealthCare’s allocation for the week.

Anyone who completed the online eligibility questionnaire this morning and meets current eligibility criteria, will receive a phone call from St. Claire’s team to either schedule a vaccination appointment or to notify them they have been placed on a waiting list. Only those who filled out the online eligibility questionnaire will be placed on the waiting list.


Today, Gov. Andy Beshear announced more than 2,000 new COVID-19 cases, condemned domestic terrorism and said General Assembly actions that would significantly limit the state’s ability to fight the deadly virus are dangerous and unfeasible.

St. Claire HealthCare

St. Claire HealthCare in Morehead is extending its drive-thru COVID testing hours to accommodate an anticipated increase in testing demand as MSU faculty, staff, and students return this week for the start of the spring semester.

Extended COVID Testing Hours

Monday: 7 AM – 5 PM

Tuesday: 7 AM – 5 PM

Wednesday: 7 AM – 7 PM

Thursday: 7 AM – 5 PM

Friday: 7 AM – 5 PM

Regular hours will resume on Monday, Jan. 18.


On Friday, 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.

St. Claire HealthCare

St. Claire HealthCare’s (SCH) limited allocation of COVID-19 vaccines was quickly depleted Thursday as the health system began its first community vaccinations.

“Members of the community were lined up starting at 5:30 AM waiting to get in the door,” said Donald H. Lloyd, II, SCH President/CEO. “The community’s quick adoption of the vaccine is a welcome signal of hope in our fight against COVID-19.”

Antigua Observer

On Monday, Gov. Andy Beshear and Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health, provided an update on the COVID-19 vaccine and announced that Kentuckians will be inoculated in four phases.

Health Officials Brace for Flu Cases Alongside COVID-19

Dec 29, 2020
Public News Service

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it's likely flu viruses will complicate the coronavirus outbreak this winter and recommends getting a flu vaccine.

Flu activity usually peaks between December and February, but it can last as late as May. Dr. Dale Toney, president of the Kentucky Medical Association, said hospitals already struggling with COVID-19 cases could become overwhelmed if people sick with flu end up in emergency rooms.

He said counties can decrease the odds of an influenza outbreak if enough people get flu shots.

Denver CBS

On Tuesday, Gov. Andy Beshear urged Kentuckians to ring in the new year safely and announced two new vaccine allocations, totaling 53,700 doses, for Kentucky the week of Jan. 4: 27,300 doses from Pfizer and 26,400 doses from Moderna.


Today, Gov. Andy Beshear and Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health, said the next priority group (Phase 1b) for vaccination will be Kentuckians who are at least 70 years old, as well as first responders and educators.

Depending on the vaccine distribution schedule, Phase 1b could begin as early as Feb. 1, 2021, plus or minus a week.

The Governor said 40 additional sites will receive vaccine doses for the first time this week.


On Tuesday, Gov. Andy Beshear said he hoped all Kentuckians will have a wonderful Christmas, encouraging them to keep gatherings small and safe so they may enjoy many future holidays with their loved ones.


On Wednesday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced all 11 health facilities identified to receive initial shipments of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines have confirmed receipt.

“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.


Today, Gov. Andy Beshear marked a major milestone in the battle against the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) as the first vaccines against the deadly virus arrived in the commonwealth.

The initial shipment of the two-dose Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines has arrived in Kentucky, delivered to Louisville’s UPS Worldport. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was the first to win approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Jones Day

Today, Gov. Andy Beshear announced the state’s positivity rate has decreased for the eighth straight day, now dropping under 9%.

“These numbers are still high and we are still watching for any increases related to the Thanksgiving holiday, but we are making progress in our fight against this invisible enemy,” said Gov. Beshear.

“I hope this gives everyone the courage and grit to keep going, to keep doing what we know is right, things like wearing a mask and staying socially distant, because we know they are working.”

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ABC News

Today, 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.


Today, Gov. Andy Beshear announced the state’s worst ever COVID-19 report by virtually every measure. He reported more than 4,000 new cases and 35 new deaths. Nearly 250 Kentuckians are fighting for their lives on ventilators.

Antigua Observer

Today, Gov. Andy Beshear and Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH), said the state is expecting to receive approximately 38,000 doses of the vaccine against the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) as early as mid-December.

“Those will be provided to 38,000 individuals. We can go ahead and provide the first of these shots, and then we will receive the booster shots about three weeks later,” said Gov. Beshear. “We will be ready on moment one that we’re able to provide these vaccines.”


Gov. Andy Beshear implored Kentuckians to adhere to new restrictions and guidance that will help stop the rapid spread of COVID-19 in the commonwealth.

The number of Kentuckians diagnosed with COVID-19, hospitalized with the disease, admitted to the ICU and put on a ventilator because of complications from the virus continues to rise week over week. Today’s case report is the highest ever for a Monday.

St. Claire HealthCare

Over the past few weeks, we’ve experienced a significant increase in positive COVID-19 cases in our area. While it’s true that most people who contract COVID-19 will only experience mild symptoms, that’s not the case for everyone.

As the virus continues to rapidly spread, more and more patients are requiring hospitalization to manage their symptoms. While there are still hospital beds available in the state, the rate of increase is concerning.

Team Kentucky

Following a record 33 deaths announced Tuesday, Gov. Andy Beshear is issuing new restrictions that will help stop the rampant spread of COVID-19 and save Kentuckians’ lives while keeping the economy open.

With more than 250,000 American lives, including those of more than 1,700 Kentuckians, lost to the virus, Gov. Beshear is joining state executives from across the country in implementing new restrictions.


On Thursday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced 94 red zone counties and implored Kentuckians to follow red zone recommendations and school recommendations, as other states reach frightening milestones in our nationwide battle against COVID-19.

City of Morehead

City of Morehead Statement:

The City of Morehead Don Greenhill Park will close the outdoor basketball courts, skate park and playground equipment to the public effective Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020 at 8 a.m.

This change is related to the increasing number of positive COVID-19 numbers in the City of Morehead and Rowan County.

For specific questions about Parks and Recreation please call 606-784-8686.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation during this time.

CBS New York

Today, Gov. Andy Beshear encouraged Kentucky families to be safe this Thanksgiving, especially in light of the newest federal report for the commonwealth that emphasizes the risks of gathering with people from other households. He also encouraged Kentuckians to keep getting tested for COVID-19 and announced that the state ranks sixth in the country for daily COVID-19 tests per million residents, according to Kaiser Health News.


Today, Gov. Andy Beshear announced 80 red zone counties, 12 more than were listed last week. He reminded Kentuckians that this is the most dangerous period of the pandemic so far.

Today’s new cases report is one of Kentucky’s highest ever, second only to the day Gov. Beshear reported a significant backlog from Fayette County.

Yesterday, the United States recorded more than 100,000 new daily cases, the first time any country in the world has done so.

MedCity News

Leaders of the newly formed U.S. Medical Glove Co. LLC expect to create 192 full-time, high-tech jobs at a Paris manufacturing facility to produce medical-grade gloves, Gov. Andy Beshear announced today.