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

With Vaccines Coming, Kentucky Sees Slight Decline In Coronavirus Growth Rate

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear reported 3,114 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday as the state anticipates the arrival of the first doses of vaccine. That number represents a decline of more than 1,000 compared to the cases reported last Tuesday, indicating that the rate of growth of infections in the state may be slowing. Besehar […]

‘Deadliest Day’ Kentucky Hits Highest Number Of COVID-19 Cases, Deaths

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear hasn’t stopped pleading with the public to stay home, wear face coverings and do whatever it takes to slow the spread of the coronavirus as the state marked its deadliest day yet in the pandemic.  On Tuesday, Beshear announced a record high 4,151 new cases of COVID-19 and the deaths of […]

Sicker Staff, Fewer Beds For Rural Hospitals As COVID-19 Spreads Through Ohio Valley 

Dr. Kirk Tucker, chief clinical officer of Adena Health Systems in Chillicothe, Ohio, said a week before Thanksgiving that the health system’s three hospitals in southern Ohio were bombarded with coronavirus patients. But it isn’t just the patients testing positive. The virus has also sickened 65 of his fellow caregivers.  Recently, Tucker said, a doctor […]

Kentucky Hospitals Adjust Services To Make Room For COVID-19 Patients

Kentucky’s surge in coronavirus cases has caused some hospitals to reduce other health care services to accommodate the growing number of COVID-19 patients.  Gov. Andy Beshear announced 2,690 new positive coronavirus cases Tuesday and 1,658 COVID-19 hospitalizations — a sharp increase over the past two weeks.   Gov. Beshear said hospitals have already adjusted services to […]

Ohio Valley Economic Outlook Grim As COVID Aid Programs End

With hundreds of thousands across the Ohio Valley struggling to make ends meet, a suite of coronavirus aid packages, including rent and utility relief funding, eviction moratoriums, and expanded unemployment benefits, is set to expire at the end of December.  The consequences could be far-reaching. Poverty rates have soared as some federal programs, including the […]

Study Links Increased COVID-19 Transmission To Poultry Plants Allowed To Operate Faster

A study published Thursday in a prestigious scientific journal links significant increases in COVID-19 transmission rates to meatpacking plants, especially those facilities that the federal government has allowed to speed up processing lines. Researchers found evidence that linked meatpacking plants to a “high potential for community spread” in the surrounding areas. The findings have implications […]

New Restrictions On Kentucky Long-Term Care Facilities To Combat Coronavirus

As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, Kentucky will restrict visits to long-term care facilities because of the increasing number of COVID-19 cases. Of Kentucky’s 120 counties, 103 are now in the “Red Zone” of critical spread, with more than 25 cases per 100,000 people. Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Eric Friedlander said long-term care […]

With No Signs Of Slowing, Kentucky Hits New Record High Of Coronavirus Cases 

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear on Wednesday announced the highest one-day total of new coronavirus cases — 2,700. The new record follows two weeks of sharply escalating spread of the virus.  Earlier this week, Beshear asked again that people follow the state’s mask mandate to stop the spread and to especially protect older adults, including veterans […]

Ohio Valley ReSource Adds Important Measures To Ohio COVID Data Tracker 

The Ohio Valley ReSource has expanded its COVID Data Tracker to include more measures to help you better understand the spread of coronavirus in Ohio, including the number of people hospitalized due to the virus and the amount of coronavirus testing being done. The data tracker we launched in April provided daily updates on the […]

Ohio Valley ReSource Adds Important Measures To West Virginia COVID Data Tracker 

The Ohio Valley ReSource has expanded its COVID Data Tracker to include more measures to help you better understand the spread of coronavirus in West Virginia, including the number of people hospitalized due to the virus and the amount of coronavirus testing being done. The data tracker we launched in April provided daily updates on […]