Ky. Dept. for Public Health graph, adapted by Ky. Health News; for a larger version, click on it.
Kentucky Health News
It was the highest Sunday and the highest week for cases of the novel coronavirus in Kentucky, and hospital numbers also set new records.
- Employers allow employees to work from home when possible
- Non-critical government offices to operate virtually
- Reduce in-person shopping; order online or curbside pickup
- Order take-out; avoid dining in restaurants or bars
- Prioritize businesses that follow and enforce mask mandate and other guidelines
- Reschedule, postpone or cancel public and private events
- Do not host or attend gatherings of any size
- Avoid non-essential activities outside of your home
- Reduce overall activity and contacts, and follow existing guidance, including 10 Steps to Defeat Covid-19
- Counties with 10 or more new cases were Jefferson, 346; Fayette, 210; Hardin, 84; Kenton, 38; Nelson, 36; Boone, 28; Bullitt, 28; Laurel, 27; Warren, 24; Daviess, 22; Calloway, 21; Taylor, 20; Barren, 19; Campbell, 18; Greenup, 18; Whitley, 17; Boyd, 16; Floyd, 16; Adair, McCracken and Oldham, 15 each; Boyle, Christian, Powell and Russell, 14 each; Carter, Jessamine, LaRue, Marion and Pulaski, 13 each; Franklin and Scott, 11 each; and Henderson, 10.
- Fayette County Schools paused all athletics and extracurricular activities, citing surging case numbers. Officials said there had been no outbreaks and they would reassess after Thanksgiving, WKYT reports.
- Black Kentuckians’ shares of coronavirus cases and covid-19 deaths continued to decline, very gradually, but both remained higher than African Americans’ 8.4% of the state’s population. Their share of cases is 10.76% and their share of deaths is 11.51%. The numbers are reported daily.
- “Thousands of medical practices are closing, as doctors and nurses decide to retire early or shift to less intense jobs,” due to the pandemic, The New York Times reports.
- Dr. Anthony Fauci said on CNN‘s “State of the Nation” that he expects a coronavirus vaccine to be available for health workers and first responders “sometime around mid to late December.” He said the news that a reportedly effective vaccine is coming should make people “double down” on prevention, not ease up. “We’ve got to hang on a bit longer, particularly as we get into the holiday season,” he said. “We can make it turn around. We really can.”
- Fauci is director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Asked if he sees any circumstances for local or state stay-at-home orders, he said, “I think that likely will happen if we don’t turn around this surge.”
- Asked when Americans could again safely gather for family events, he said that depends on further vaccines and their uptake. “We have to get people to take the vaccine,” he said, and if an ” overwhelming majority” do, the country “can start getting back to normal in second and third quarter of the year.” However, he cautioned that because no vaccine is 100% effective, “I would recommend to people to not abandon all public-health measures just because you’ve been vaccinated.”
- Fauci said response to the pandemic would be helped if President Trump would start the transition to President-elect Joe Biden. “The process is really important,” he said, noting he has been through six transitions. “It’s almost like passing a baton in a race.”
- Asked how will history remember the government’s response to the pandemic, he said that would take detailed research, but “Obviously, it’s not gonna be a good report, because of the suffering that we’ve had.” He attributed that partly to the federal system, in which states “tend to want to do things differently,” and the character of Americans: They “don’t like to be told what to do.”