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 go to our trackers to get the latest information on the level of spread and vaccinations in the Ohio Valley.
COVID-19 Stories

Kentucky Opens COVID-19 Vaccinations To Everyone Over 16 Beginning April 5

Beginning Monday, April 5, everyone over age 16 will be eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination in Kentucky. Gov. Andy Beshear made the announcement during a press conference Wednesday and said the state is on track to meet President Biden’s goal of 200 million shots by his 100th day in office.    “This is a good day, […]

Kentucky Changes Its Vaccine Policy After Questions About Prioritizing People With Disabilities

UPDATE: After this story was published, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear addressed the vaccine status for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities during his coronavirus briefing on Monday, March 22.  “To clarify questions that were asked last week, all individuals with intellectual or behavioral conditions are eligible to get the vaccine in 1c right now, and […]

While Battling Coronavirus, Kentucky Also Monitoring People Who’ve Traveled To Countries With Ebola Outbreaks

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said the state is monitoring about a dozen people who’ve travelled to countries with outbreaks of Ebola. Beshear made the announcement during his coronavirus briefing Tuesday. Eleven people in Kentucky have traveled to either the Democratic Republic of the Congo or Guinea — both countries experiencing Ebola outbreaks. Beshear said health […]

A Pandemic Year: See How COVID-19 Spread In The Ohio Valley

The past year inflicted devastating pain across the Ohio Valley as more than 25,000 people in Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia died due to COVID-19 and more than 1.5 million people contracted the virus.    Low-income families, women and people of color bore an unequal brunt of the economic challenges caused by the shutdowns, more so […]

Prisoners And The Pandemic: A Year Into COVID, Crowded Jails Fuel Infections In Ohio Valley 

When the first coronavirus cases were reported last year, Warren County, Kentucky, Jailer Stephen Harmon knew there was going to be a COVID-19 outbreak in his jail. It was just a matter of when.   “We tried our best to keep it from happening,” he said. “However with this many people in a fairly small spot, […]

Coal Mine Safety Regulators Issue COVID Protection Guidelines, But No Regulations 

The U.S. Department of Labor announced Wednesday stronger coronavirus safety guidance intended to keep coal miners safe from COVID-19 in the workplace. However, the Labor Department’s Mine Safety and Health Administration stopped short of issuing an emergency standard — as the mine workers’ union had requested — and instead kept to voluntary guidelines. “This updated […]

Kentucky Governor Says COVID Relief Bill Would Also Fund Big Infrastructure Investments

The newest version of the $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill, dubbed the American Rescue Plan, is nearing final approval by the House before going to President Joe Biden. During his regular COVID-19 briefing on Tuesday, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said the state would receive $2.6 billion which would allow for a “once in a generation […]

Biden’s COVID-19 Bill Championed As A Boon For Failing Ohio Valley Pensions

Major unions and one of their leading allies in the U.S. Senate are hailing tens of billions of dollars allocated for shoring up struggling union pension funds.  The funding added to President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill, dubbed the Butch-Lewis Act, would provide $86 billion to dozens of failing union pension plans across […]

Vaccine Experts Answer Your Questions About Pfizer, Moderna And Johnson & Johnson Vaccines

More than 2.5 million people in Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia have been vaccinated with at least one dose of the Moderna or Pfzier COVID-19 vaccines. Little by little, states have received more vaccine doses, but the national supply remains low.  However, more promise is on the horizon as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration […]

As KY Teachers Are Vaccinated, Gov. Beshear Wants In-Person Classes In March

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear issued an executive order on Tuesday recommending that all school districts offer some type of in-person learning starting March 1 or within a week of vaccinations for school personnel. The order recommends that classes resume seven days after teachers and staff have received their second COVID-19 vaccinations, though the decision is […]