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

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 […]

Do You Have Questions About The Covid-19 Vaccine?

The coronavirus vaccines are coming. After a year dominated by quarantine, lockdowns and far too many deaths and illnesses, the arrival of vaccines produced by two pharmaceutical companies promises relief at last. But the vaccine’s arrival also brings questions. Who will get them first? How do you sign up to get the vaccine? What do […]

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 […]