Local/Regional News

Josh James / WUKY

As Kentucky health officials begin to talk about a possible leveling off of COVID-19 cases, a top hospital authority says it may not translate to much relief for healthcare providers and frontline workers in the near term.

Josh James / WUKY

Tuesday’s evacuation of four Lexington high schools was the result of an anonymous bomb threat demanding $500,000 ransom in Bitcoin, according to school officials. Arriving via a district tip line, the message indicated the deposit should take place by 12:30 p.m. 

University of Kentucky

Right now in Frankfort, you can drive a full circle around the State Capitol but that’s about to change. Governor Andy Beshear said bollards are going to be placed at the east and west ends of the portion of Capitol Avenue that runs between the Capitol and Annex buildings.

AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File

Some Fayette County parents will soon have the option of enrolling their children in pilot programs aimed limiting quarantines in public schools. 

Josh James / WUKY

National Guard members are now on the job at UK HealthCare’s medical storage facility, and while their numbers may be small, health officials say every bit of extra help is felt during this latest COVID-19 surge.

Associated Press

Pfizer said Monday its COVID-19 vaccine works for children ages 5 to 11 and that it will seek U.S. authorization for this age group soon — a key step toward beginning vaccinations for youngsters. The vaccine made by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech already is available for anyone 12 and older. But with kids now back in school and the extra-contagious delta variant causing a huge jump in pediatric infections, many parents are anxiously awaiting vaccinations for their younger children.

Associated Press

Almost 20% of Lexington’s 46,098 total COVID-19 cases have come since Aug. 1. The Lexington Fayette County Health Department released their latest data which also shows that through the first 17 days of September, Lexington has reported 3,772 new COVID-19 cases, which already makes it the fifth most in one month. The city reported 5,435 new cases in August.

Josh James / WUKY

The lion's share of Kentucky school boards are opting to preserve masking requirements, even without being compelled by Frankfort. But the legislature’s decision to make school masking a local decision remains a contentious issue at the top of state government. 

LRC Public Information / AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley

The Kentucky governor and the top Republican in the state Senate are at odds over whether additional federal money exists that could be used to bolster hospital staff in the commonwealth. 

University of Kentucky, College of Medicine

Six states in the country currently have an ICU capacity of less than 10% because of an influx of COVID patients. Kentucky is one of them. So what is the reality if you end up needing the most critical care for the virus? Dr. Kevin Hatton, Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology and Surgery and the Vice-Chair for Anesthesia Research at the University of Kentucky takes us to the frontline of the ICU.