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Today is one-year anniversary of first COVID-19 case in Whitley County

Change. Sure, many words can, have and will be used to describe the COVID-19 pandemic, such as awful, terrible, horrible, deadly, etc., but in terms of its impact on society, change may be the one word that sums it up best. In-person meetings changed to Zoom meetings, and many...
Posted On 06 Apr 2021

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...

Over 15 percent of Whitley County residents vaccinated against COVID-19

In terms of COVID-19 vaccination rates, Whitley County is beating the national percentages in regards to the percent of the population at least 18 years of age that are vaccinated and the percent of the population at least 65 years of age that are vaccinated, and is nearly at the...
Posted On 01 Apr 2021

Knox, Laurel and Bell counties report COVID-19 incidence rates in the top 12 statewide Friday

Knox, Laurel, Bell and Whitley County all reported COVID-19 incidence rates Friday that were among the top 19 highest incidence rates in the state. The Knox County Kentucky Health Department announced Friday that 19 new COVID-19 cases had been reported, which includes three cases...
Posted On 19 Mar 2021

COVID-19 death toll jumps significantly for Whitley, Knox and Laurel counties due to state audit

The COVID-19 death toll is jumping significantly in Whitley, Knox and Laurel counties. During his daily press briefing Thursday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced that 417 additional deaths are now being reported that occurred during the most recent COVID-19 surge which took place...
Posted On 18 Mar 2021

COVID-19 vaccinations will soon expand to jail inmates, homeless

The Whitley County Health Department is planning to switch the primary COVID-19 vaccine that it uses in a few weeks to one that requires only a single dose rather than two, and it is hoping to expand the vaccination program to lesser served groups after it does so. So far, the...
Posted On 18 Mar 2021

Knox, Laurel, Bell and Whitley counties all have COVID-19 incidence rates among highest in state Wednesday

Knox, Laurel, Bell and Whitley County all reported COVID-19 incidence rates Wednesday that were among the top 16 highest incidence rates in the state. The Knox County Kentucky Health Department announced Wednesday that 12 new COVID-19 cases had been reported, which includes two...
Posted On 17 Mar 2021

Laurel, Bell counties report additional COVID-19 fatalities Monday

Knox, Laurel, Bell and Whitley County all reported COVID-19 incidence rates Monday that were among the top 14 highest incidence rates in the state. In addition, two of the health departments reported additional COVID-19 fatalities Monday. The Knox County Kentucky Health...
Posted On 15 Mar 2021

Knox, Laurel, Bell and Whitley County COVID-19 incidence rates all among top 12 highest in state Friday

Knox, Laurel, Bell and Whitley County all reported COVID-19 incidence rates Friday that were among the top 12 highest incidence rates in the state. The Knox County Kentucky Health Department announced Friday that eight new COVID-19 cases had been reported, which includes four...
Posted On 12 Mar 2021

Knox, Bell, Laurel, and Whitley County’s COVID-19 incidence rates in top 11 statewide Thursday

Knox, Bell, Laurel, and Whitley County all reported COVID-19 incidence rates Thursday that were among the top 11 highest incidence rates in the state. The Knox County Kentucky Health Department announced Thursday that 24 new COVID-19 cases had been reported, which includes eight...
Posted On 11 Mar 2021