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COVID–19 vaccinations to be made available to 16, 17-year-olds

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear announced Wednesday that the minimum age to receive the COVID–19 vaccination will be lowered to 16 effective Friday. However, of the three approved vaccines from Moderna, Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer, only the Pfizer vaccine is approved for 16 and...

Laurel County reports two confirmed COVID-19 fatalities Wednesday, possibly three additional fatalities

The Laurel County Health Department reported two confirmed COVID-19 deaths Wednesday and possibly three additional COVID-19 deaths. “We are saddened to report two additional confirmed deaths today. Our condolences go out to the families and friends of the 62-year-old female and...
Posted On 10 Feb 2021

No date yet for more COVID vaccine

Last week Baptist Health Corbin received 975 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine that went to frontline healthcare workers, but it remains to be seen when the next doses of the vaccine will be headed to Whitley County. Whitley County Public Health Director Marcy Rein said that...

State positivity rate declines for eighth straight day

The Whitley County Health Department announced 36 additional COVID–19 cases on Friday, bringing the county’s total to 1,790. There are currently 376 active cases, of which nine are hospitalized. With the new cases, Whitley County’s COVID–19 incidence rate stands at 102. The...

Baptist Health Corbin one of 11 Ky. hospitals to receive initial COVID–19 vaccines slated for healthcare workers

Gov. Andy Beshear announced Thursday that Baptist Health Corbin will be one of 11 medical facilities across the state that will receive a portion of the initial Pfizer vaccine, slated to arrive in Kentucky as early as Dec. 15. Beshear said previously that Kentucky is slated to...

Area counties remain in COVID–19 red zone

The Whitley County Health Department announced 19 new COVID–19 cases Thursday, bringing the county’s total to 1,194. There are now 169 active cases, of which, five are currently hospitalized. Whitley County officials issued a COVID–19 public health notice concerning Overhead Door...

Gov Beshear says additional measures will be necessary if COVID–19 trend doesn’t reverse by Wednesday

Gov. Andy Beshear said Monday during his daily news conference that if the state’s COVID–19 numbers did not improve by Wednesday, then additional measure would be taken to stop the spread. While Beshear did not go into specifics, he emphasized that the measures would not be on...

Whitley County suffers 15th COVID–19 related death Thursday

The Whitley County Health Department announced the county’s 15th COVID–19 related death on Thursday. Details on the individual were not available. This is the first such death in Whitley County since Nov. 5 when two deaths were reported. Officials announced 11 new COVID-19 cases...

Kentucky nursing homes to receive $5.3 Million from CARES Act

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) recently announced that 182 Kentucky nursing homes will receive a total of $5,332,001 to protect seniors from the coronavirus. The federal funding, distributed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), was made...
Posted On 05 Nov 2020

Local counties remain in COVID–19 incidence rate red zone

The Bell County Health Department reported 11 new COVID–19 cases on Tuesday, bringing the county’s total to 850. There are currently 183 active cases, five of which are hospitalized. Officials advised that COVID–19 is very active in Bell County. “Wear a mask, practice good hand...