As COVID-19 continues to spread across the region, we will continue to bring you coverage of the effects the virus has on our community. Read our stories and ask us your own coronavirus-related questions below.
COVID-19 Stories

Report Shows Ohio Jobs Potential In Coronavirus Recovery And Climate Change Action

A new report from an economic research group says Ohio could gain hundreds of thousands of jobs through investment in clean energy and other efforts to address climate change.  The ReImagine Appalachia Coalition, a progressive policy group, asked economists to assess its blueprint for the region and what it could mean for employment opportunities in […]

Coronavirus Cases Rising As Kentucky Reports Highest Number Of Cases On A Tuesday

As the number of coronavirus cases surge across the U.S., so do cases in Kentucky. It’s one of 31 states where cases continue to rise.  Gov. Andy Beshear said the state is preparing for another surge in COVID-19 cases as the state saw another record-setting day for new coronavirus cases.  Beshear called the daily COVID-19 […]

Awash In Relief Money, Ohio Valley Farmers Reflect On Trump Promises — And Their Ballots

Rick Murdock drives past his neighbors on rural back roads in southwest Calloway County, Kentucky, most days in his pickup truck, where he’ll pass by some signs of the season — “Trump 2020” flags and signs. Murdock said he’s never been the type to put up signs or banners himself supporting a particular candidate — […]

Kentucky Hits Record Daily High Coronavirus Cases As Surge Continues

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear confirmed Wednesday the state’s highest single-day total of coronavirus cases — 1,346. Beshear says more than 700 Kentuckians are hospitalized due to COVID-19.  As COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations increase, Beshear expects deaths will too.  “So while we still have capacity in our health care system, we are seeing increase in hospitalizations, […]

Why Kentucky Is Changing Some COVID-19 Data: The Positivity Rate Explained

Kentucky’s Public Health Commissioner Steven Stack on Tuesday announced some changes in how the state will gauge the spread of COVID-19 after the state came off a week that saw a surge in cases largely driven by infections in rural counties.  While the commissioner’s plan does take cues from the models used by many states […]

Early In-Person Voting Underway For Much Of Ohio Valley

Christian County Clerk Mike Kem in western Kentucky has already seen COVID-19 enter his doors — three of his employees are currently isolated with the virus.  Since his office is in charge of coordinating local elections in his county, he says that up-close experience with the virus has emphasized to him the importance of having […]

COVID-19 Costs Ohio Valley Hospitals Billions, Putting Some Rural Hospitals At Risk Of Closing

In April, Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital in Greenup County, Kentucky, joined a long list of hospitals that have closed in the Ohio Valley. Fewer hospitals can mean longer travel times for rural residents, which can make a single hospital trip daunting. Greenup County resident Tiffany Wilburn-Meek says that means a 45-minute drive for some […]

A Pandemic Voter’s Guide For Ohio

The coronavirus pandemic has forced elections officials to expand options for voters in November’s general election. This means you will have more ways to vote, including mail-in ballots and early in-person voting. But it also means many people have questions about how to vote. Here are answers to some common questions about voter registration, voting […]

A Pandemic Voter’s Guide For Kentucky

The coronavirus pandemic has forced elections officials to expand options for voters in November’s general election. This means you will have more ways to vote, including mail-in ballots and early in-person voting. But it also means many people have questions about how to vote. Here are answers to some common questions about voter registration, voting […]

Ohio Valley Election Officials Prepare For Unprecedented Pandemic Election

Governors, Secretaries of State, and other state and local election officials throughout the Ohio Valley are preparing for an unprecedented election during a global pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced local governments to change practices that have been the same for decades, and to do so in a highly charged political environment.  Some of the […]