By Lisa Gillespie
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In a major change, the state will no longer attempt to notify Kentuckians if they’ve been in contact with someone who’s tested positive for the virus.
- The 33 fatalities were an 85-year-old man from Barren County; a 69-year-old man from Breathitt County; a 60-year-old man from Calloway County; a 36-year-old woman from Christian County; four women, 83, 90, 91 and 91, from Daviess County; an 89-year-old man from Floyd County; a 51-year-old man from Grayson County; a 78-year-old woman from Green County; an 85-year-old man from Hancock County; a 93-year-old woman from Henderson County; three women, ages 75, 78 and 93, and five men, 49, 79, 87, 88 and 94, from Jefferson County; two men, ages 68 and 72, from Jessamine County; a 94-year-old woman and an 89-year-old man from Madison County; two women, 92 and 94, from McLean County; an 86-year-old woman from Monroe County; a 68-year-old woman and a 74-year-old man from Ohio County; a 65-year-old man from Oldham County; a 99-year-old woman from Rockcastle County; and a 58-year-old woman from Trigg County.
- Counties with 10 or more cases were Jefferson, 330; Fayette, 233; Madison, 156; Daviess, 93; Boone and Hardin, 84 each ; Kenton, 83; Warren, 63; Bullitt, 61; Pike, 58; Laurel, 55; Graves, 52; Campbell and McCracken, 51 each; Barren, 48; Christian, 47; Lee and Nelson, 44 each; Floyd, 43; Calloway, 38; Jessamine, 36; Greenup, 35; Pulaski and Scott, 33 each; Breckinridge, Hopkins and Rowan, 32 each; Henderson, 22; Lincoln, Logan and Muhlenberg, 21 each; Adair, Bell, Boyd, Edmonson and Johnson, 20 each; Marion and Whitley, 19 each; Elliott, Garrard, Grayson, Magoffin, Ohio, Perry, Powell and Wayne, 18 each; Anderson, Boyle, Monroe and Oldham, 17 each; Franklin, Marshall, Mercer and Webster, 16 each; Grant, Hancock and Martin, 15 each; Knox, 14; Green, Lawrence, Shelby and Taylor, 13 each; Casey, Estill, McLean, Meade, Pendleton and Woodford, 12 each; Breathitt, Morgan and Union, 11 each; Clark, Clay, Clinton, Jackson and Mason, 10 each.
- Of today’s new cases, Beshear said 325 were age 18 or younger.
- The state’s long-term care facilities have 1,667 active resident cases and 1,015 active staff cases, with 58 new resident and 78 new staff cases reported today. There have been 1,089 resident deaths and six staff deaths attributed to covid-19, with 40 confirmed today.
- The K-12 dashboard shows that last week, 1,063 more students and 567 more staff tested positive for the virus, and 6,557 students and 1,148 staff were in quarantine.
- The college and university report shows 733 students and 10 staff tested positive in the past 14 days, with 66 of the students reported today.
- Other states are imposing restrictions as the virus surges. California Gov. Gavin Newsom said he was pulling an “emergency brake” and putting almost all counties in the state’s most restrictive level. Newsom is a Democrat. Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds of Iowa announced, after months of resisting the idea, that everyone age 2 and older must wear a face covering in indoor spaces open to the public. In Oklahoma, Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt said bars and restaurants must close by 11 p.m., except for to-go and drive-thru orders, and required state employees to wear masks at work.
- Governors of Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin sent out a message of unity in the hopes of thwarting the spread of the surging virus, with a shared concern about the stress this surge is placing on their hospitals and staff, Travis Ragsdale reports for WDRB.
- Friendship Health and Rehab in Pewee Valley asked for help from the state’s nursing strike team after 63 residents and 20 staff tested positive for the virus, WDRB reports. Six residents of the 142-bed facility have died from covid-19 since the pandemic began.
- At a weekly news conference, three of the largest hospital systems in Louisville said they are able to handle the increase in covid-19 patients right now,” Lexie Ratterman reports for WDRB. But Dr. Jason Smith with U of L Health warned, “There will always be a breaking point. I think we are doing a good job across the three healthcare systems in managing this right now, but sooner or later if the numbers continue to rise, it’s a simple matter of numbers, in that you will eventually overwhelm the healthcare system no matter how well prepared and how much they’re working.”
- A father-son team of infectious-disease doctors add their voices to others who are asking Kentuckians to scale back or to cancel their Thanksgiving plans, Jeremy Chisenhall reports for the Lexington Herald-Leader. Dr. Mark Dougherty and his son, Dr. David Dougherty, told Chisenhall that “it’s vital that older and at-risk populations remain aware of covid dangers and stay safe – even if it means declining an invitation to the family dinner this year.” Mark Dougherty said, “If younger people are not going to protect the vulnerable and elderly, then the vulnerable and elderly need to protect themselves.”
- Health departments across Eastern Kentucky released new coronavirus numbers, including one new death, on Tuesday and WYMT reports on them.
- WYMT reports about the outbreak of coronavirus cases at the Lee Adjustment Center in Beattyville, which has seen more than 430 inmates and nearly 30 staff test positive in the 866-bed facility.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has removed from its website a statement that stressed “the importance of reopening America’s schools” in the pandemic. “The now-withdrawn statement, which took a stronger tone in favor of reopening than the agency’s other guidance documents, was reportedly influenced by White House discussions over the subject,” Education Week reports. “It appears to have been removed on Oct. 28, according to cached versions of the website kept by the Internet Archive.