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

Kentucky Hospitals Will Receive New Medicaid Funding Amid Strain Of Pandemic

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear announced an expansion of federal aid for state hospitals and a request for more vaccine doses from the federal government on Tuesday as he reported 2,250 new cases of COVID-19 in the state. Nearly 3,200 people have died from the virus in the Commonwealth. Beshear announced 27 new deaths Tuesday and […]

Beshear Urges COVID Safety As He Awaits Clear Data After Holidays

In his Tuesday briefing on the coronavirus pandemic, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear reiterated the importance of following COVID-19 protocols to stop the spread of the virus. “In L.A. County, they have so much COVID that ambulances are no longer doing runs for those in the worst shape,” he said. “I mean we’re at war, and […]

COVID Relief Is Coming To The Ohio Valley. But As Hunger Persists, Did It Arrive Too Late?

He asked her if she was cold. A wind whips around the park in western Kentucky a couple days before Christmas. He puts his arm around her as they move closer together on the bench. Blake Livesay, 27, met Laura Brooke, 31, online earlier in 2020, and they’ve been inseparable since. She liked his way […]

Overdose Deaths Hit New Highs As Pandemic Worsens Opioid Crisis

New federal data shows the coronavirus pandemic has contributed to the country’s deadliest 12-month period for drug overdose fatalities, including a sharp increase in overdose deaths in the Ohio Valley.  According to the latest data by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 81,000 people died due to drug overdoses in the 12 […]

‘Timely Help’: Barber Reflects On How The Pandemic Has Changed Business

The coronavirus relief bill under consideration in Washington would make more money available for small businesses hit hard by the pandemic. Hair stylists and barbers are among those struggling, including Black business owner Chad Stradwick in Wheeling, West Virginia.  The Ohio Valley ReSource first spoke with Stradwick in May, just when he was reopening Stradwick’s […]

Watchdog Report Finds Over-Prescription Of Opioids For Some Medicaid Patients 

A report from a federal oversight agency shows that over 4,000 patients in the Ohio Valley received high amounts of opioids in 2018 through Medicaid, potentially putting hundreds at risk of addiction and overdose.  The Office of Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services focused the report on six Appalachian states in […]

Report Shows Personal Income Declined Sharply In Ohio Valley Between July And September

A new federal report shows that West Virginia and Kentucky saw the country’s sharpest declines in personal income last quarter as some forms of federal support during the pandemic expired. The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis says personal income decreased in every state in the third quarter of 2020, which includes the months of July, […]

Answering Your Questions About The COVID-19 Vaccines

The arrival of the first doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine was met with cheers around the Ohio Valley as the first doses were administered to front-line health workers. The Pfizer —  and, soon, Moderna — vaccines bring the promise of relief after months of pandemic-driven closures and a deadly surge in cases.  But the vaccines’ […]

KY Gov. Beshear Warns Against Holiday Travel As COVID Surge Stresses Hospitals

With holidays approaching, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear asked people to avoid leisure travel as he announced 2,946 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday. Beshear also met Tuesday with White House appointed Coronavirus Response Coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx, who said that Kentucky’s COVID-19 efforts have saved lives.  Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Department for Public […]

Ohio Valley Hospitals Filling Up Thanks To COVID-19 Surge

Ohio Valley Hospitals Filling Up Thanks To COVID-19 Surge By Suhail Bhat | December 15, 2020   As the third wave of COVID-19 continues to infect people, new data shows that many hospitals in the Ohio Valley are under strain, running short of bed space, especially for the most critically ill. The following graphs show how […]