coronavirus

Steve Cornfield/Unsplash

Kentucky has hundreds of sites where residents can get the COVID-19 vaccine.

But for those who are homeless, it’s not easy to find out where to get the vaccinations or sign up for an appointment.

Hotel Inc in Bowling Green is one organization helping the homeless get vaccinated.

Hotel Inc provides services in Warren County related to food security, housing, and homelessness. The organization also has a street medicine team. Executive Director Rhondell Miller said Hotel Inc. is part of a regional task force addressing issues arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.


Vaccine "passports" are making headlines and eliciting emergency measures by governors in a handful of states.

So what are these credentials, exactly, and what are they used for?

What is a vaccine passport?

It's a credential that can be used to show that a person has been vaccinated. The same technology can be used to show a person's coronavirus test results. It's a way to demonstrate a person's health status, generally through a smartphone app or a QR code that has been printed.

screenshot from 2020 RNC

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron is suing the federal government for not allowing states to use coronavirus relief money to lower taxes.

Cameron jointly filed the lawsuit on Tuesday with Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery, arguing that the law “unconstitutionally usurps the authority of each state’s legislature to enact beneficial tax policies.”

In a statement, Cameron wrote that President Joe Biden’s administration was holding federal relief funds hostage.

“Kentuckians expect state tax policies to be set by the men and women they elect to represent them in the General Assembly, and not as a result of an edict from the Federal Government,” Cameron wrote.

Poole's Pharmacy Care

It’s a match made in healthcare heaven, brought together by the spirits of Kentucky. That’s "spirits", as in bourbon. 

The Bard Distillery in Muhlenberg County is lending an ultra-cold freezer to Poole’s Pharmacy Care so it can offer the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. The pharmacy has locations in Central City, Greenville, Lewisport, Livermore and Owensboro.

WKU Public Radio Reporter Rhonda Miller talked with owner Ron Poole, one of the pharmacy’s 11 certified vaccinators.


Joyce Ann Kraner is eager for the pandemic to end and for life to get back to normal. Kraner, 49, wants to be able to hug her mother, who lives in a nursing home.

But she says she has no plans to get the vaccine, even though it's widely available in her community of Murfreesboro, Tenn. "I feel like I'm healthy," she says.

Lisa Autry

A U.S. Congressman from southern Kentucky says the pace of COVID-19 vaccinations in the state is "phenomenal" and improving every day. 

Rep. Brett Guthrie of Bowling Green toured a vaccination site at the T.J. Samson Health Pavilion in Barren County on Monday.

"This is something to see come to fruition. It just shows when people really work together, they don't let partisanship or other things get in the way, we can make big things happen," Guthrie said. "Lines were really long in Janaury, and now people can call and get almost a same-day appointment to come here."

The T.J. Regional Health system has given out more than 11,000 doses of the coronavirus vaccine since the end of December at its locations in Glasgow and Columbia.

Updated April 6, 2021 at 5:56 PM ET

President Biden announced Tuesday that he is moving up the deadline for states to open up COVID-19 vaccinations to all U.S. residents 18 and older by about two weeks. Less than a month after directing states to expand eligibility to all adults by May 1, Biden changed that deadline to April 19.

Chase Bailey

Kentucky high school seniors are riding out a roller coaster of a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While it's been a mixed bag of losses and gains, Greenwood High School Senior Chase Bailey says it's also been a time of personal growth.

"Even though there were so many times that, you know, I just didn't want to do my homework, and I just wanted to quit and have a little pity party for myself.  I reminded myself that I am not the only one going through this...that there are so many other students who are in the same exact position that I am."

"I have to continue to work hard and finish through this year. is what I kept telling myself."


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

New cases of COVID-19 in Kentucky have plateaued following 12 weeks of declining cases, Gov. Andy Beshear said Monday. 

Infections are on the rise around the country, particularly in parts of the midwest including Michigan and South Dakota, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The seven-day average of new cases in Kentucky also increased slightly last week while test positivity rates, a leading indicator of where infection rates are headed, have remained fairly steady over the last three weeks, Beshear said. 

At the same time, Kentucky is continuing to see a growing number of infections related to a more transmissible variant of the virus known as B.1.1.7, which health experts say is likely to become the dominant version of COVID-19 in the U.S.

After more than two months of steep declines, coronavirus infections are on the rise again nationally — along with COVID-19 hospitalizations in many states.

In the past seven days, the U.S. reported slightly more than 65,000 new cases per day on average, a jump of 20% from two weeks earlier. Many states have seen even more dramatic growth, as high as 125% in Michigan, according to an NPR analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated its domestic travel guidance for fully vaccinated people, lifting certain testing and self-quarantine requirements and recommending precautions like wearing a mask and avoiding crowds.

A research facility in rural Kentucky is encouraged over new results of a study on the Pfizer vaccine in children. 

The pharmaceutical giant has announced its COVID-19 vaccine is 100 percent effective against the virus in children between the ages of 12 and 15. 

Kentucky Pediatric\Adult Research in Bardstown was the only clinic in the state to test Pfizer's vaccine on adolescents and itenrolled 66 participants.  Research Director Marty Osbourn says the efficacy rate is remarkable.

“It’s in a small selection of patients. We’ll see over time how accurate that is. I truly believe it’s accurate based on the results we have so far," Osbourn told WKU Public Radio. "It’s pretty amazing 100 percent of the patients who received the vaccine did not get symptomatic COVID.”

Corinne Boyer | Ohio Valley ReSource

Beginning Monday, April 5, everyone over age 16 will be eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination in Kentucky. Gov. Andy Beshear made the announcement during a press conference Wednesday and said the state is on track to meet President Biden’s goal of 200 million shots by his 100th day in office.   

“This is a good day, it means that we will beat the President’s request by a month to have it opened up to everyone,” Beshear said. 

He reported 815 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, which is higher than last Wednesday’s case count. For the last 11 weeks the state has seen a decline in cases, but Beshear said it’s not clear if cases will continue to decline this week. 

“COVID report suggests it’s going to be real close this week in whether or not we have our 12th week of declining cases or we start to see a plateau.”

Kentucky Opens Vaccine Eligibility To 40 And Older

Mar 30, 2021
Ryan Van Velzer

Cases of COVID-19 have declined for 11 straight weeks in Kentucky even as the country as a whole begins to report an increase in cases. 

Kentucky reported 310 new cases, 11 deaths and a positivity rate of 2.89% on Monday. At the same time, nearly 40% of Kentuckians ages 18 and older have now received a vaccination.

Starting Monday, eligibility expanded further. Kentuckians age 40 and older are now eligible to sign up for the COVID-19 vaccine in Kentucky.

“If you are 40 and up and you haven’t gotten vaccinated yet, I will bet that you can get an appointment in the next week and a half, just think about that,” Gov. Andy Beshear said Monday.

Owensboro Public Schools

The Owensboro Public School system is currently posting three dozen new positions for educators to help students recover from the academic losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The hiring process will start immediately for the 36 new jobs that will begin in the next academic year.

 

Owensboro Public Schools Superintendent Matthew Constant said the district is getting $6.3 million from the federal Elementary and Secondary Emergency Relief Funds.

 

"With these federal dollars that are coming down to the school districts, and the realization that there are academic gaps to shore up across the world, but definitely in our school district, we felt like the best use of those funds could be extra people in our school buildings helping to shore up these gaps,” said Constant.


Pages