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Vice President Pence traveled to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta on Friday for a briefing, saying America is "in a season of hope" and "help is on the way" with emergency use authorization for the first coronavirus vaccine potentially less than two weeks away.

But what Pence heard from some of the nation's top public health officials was a grim assessment of the current state of the pandemic.

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Gov. Andy Beshear encouraged Kentuckians to “stay strong” in a press release Friday, as coronavirus cases rise and the test positivity rate for the state reaches a record high since the pandemic began.

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As Tennessee healthcare facilities continue to battle understaffing, the state says it will activate the National Guard to step into the gap as hospital nurses, ambulance drivers and COVID testers.

As the cooler weather takes hold, a viral pandemic is blanketing the U.S. with infection rates like we've never seen.

As of early December, there are more than 200,000 new U.S. cases reported every day. More than 100,000 people are currently hospitalized with severe cases. But far more people are having to manage less severe cases at home.

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U.S. employers sharply scaled back their hiring last month as the coronavirus pandemic put new pressure on restaurants, retailers and other businesses.

The Labor Department said Friday that employers added just 245,000 jobs in November, down from a revised 610,000 in October.

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Governor Andy Beshear during Thursday’s media briefing on the coronavirus announced 11 Kentucky hospitals that will receive the first doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines.

Frontline health care workers will be the first to receive a vaccine. Of the 11 Kentucky hospitals, Mercy Health-Lourdes Hospital will receive 975 initial doses of the vaccine. Hospitals will be able to allocate employees based on analysis. Beshear said hospitals could begin vaccinating frontline health care workers as soon as Dec. 15.

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More than 100,000 Americans are in the hospital with COVID-19, at the same time the nation recorded its worst daily death toll since the start of the pandemic.

Data from the COVID Tracking Project show 100,226 people were hospitalized on Wednesday with the disease caused by the coronavirus — a figure that has been steadily rising for weeks.

Who better to promote a product than a former president? How about three?

Former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton are willing to lend their star power for a good cause, saying this week that they would publicly take a coronavirus vaccine, once it's available in the U.S., to encourage skeptical Americans to do the same.

Obama said that if Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country's top infectious disease expert, thought the vaccine was safe and effective, then he would get his shot.

As hospitals across the country weather a surge of COVID-19 patients, nurses, respiratory therapists and physicians in Seattle — an early epicenter of the outbreak — are staring down a startling resurgence of the virus that's expected to test even one of the most well-prepared hospitals on the pandemic's frontlines.

After nine months, the staff at Harborview Medical Center, the large public hospital run by the University of Washington, have the benefit of experience.

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Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear announced Wednesday another record for reported deaths in a single day due to COVID-19, along with the sixth highest total of daily cases since the pandemic began.

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