Melissa Patrick, Kentucky Health NewsStaff Reporter
Melissa Patrick, staff reporter for Kentucky Health News, is a registered nurse and holds degrees in journalism and community leadership and development from the University of Kentucky. She has received several competitive fellowships, including the 2016-17 Nursing and Health Care Workforce Media Fellow of the Center for Health, Media & Policy, which allowed her to focus on and write about nursing workforce issues in Kentucky, and the year-long Association of Health Care Journalists 2017-18 Regional Health Journalism Program fellowship.
In the first two full calendar weeks of August — the latest period for which figures are available — Kentucky saw a 110% increase in daily COVID hospital admissions, with an average of 28 patients per day.
With a $2.25 million grant, Kentucky will expand and restructure its Medical Reserve Corps to cover every county in the state.
Now they have to decide how to use it