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This time of year, Cornwall's Tavern in Boston would usually be booked with back-to-back Christmas parties and packed with college students celebrating the holidays.

Instead, John Beale, who owns the place with his wife, Pam, sits in the back, reading the newspaper, as Christmas music wafts down on the one lone customer having lunch. When a second customer shows up, John turns to welcome him, waving his arm at the empty space. "You can sit anywhere you want," John offers.

It's anything but a usual season.

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As the third wave of COVID-19 continues to infect people, new data shows that many hospitals in the Ohio Valley are under strain, running short of bed space, especially for the most critically ill. The following graphs show how the pandemic is affecting hospital capacity in Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia. (The story continues below)

Virtual Santa Spreads Holiday Cheer

Dec 15, 2020
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As the global pandemic leads more families to re-imagine holiday celebrations, western Kentuckians have found a new way to spread holiday cheer through virtual visits with Santa.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday authorized the first coronavirus test that people will be able to buy at a local store without a prescription and use for immediate results at home to find out if they're positive or negative.

The test will cost about $30 and be available by January, according to the Australian company that makes it, Ellume.

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Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear announced in a media briefing Monday three Kentucky hospitals have begun the vaccination process. He also announced new guidelines on restarting in-person learning for “red zone” counties.

Gov. Beshear Announces Positivity Rate Drops Below 9%

Dec 11, 2020
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Gov. Andy Beshear encouraged Kentuckians in a press release Friday to continue following coronavirus guidelines as the statewide test positivity rate dropped below 9 percent, following more than a week of the rate dropping.

She's embarrassed to admit it, but there were moments over the summer when Adriana Kaplan almost forgot about the pandemic. In the beginning, the Philadelphia native had taken the coronavirus seriously: She had all her groceries delivered and worked her software engineering job from her South Philly home. For the first two months of the pandemic, she barely left the house.

Louisville Snow Leopard Tests Positive For COVID-19

Dec 11, 2020
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A snow leopard at the Louisville Zoo has tested positive for coronavirus. It’s the first confirmed case of the virus in a snow leopard.

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Nashville hospitals are preparing to receive thousands of doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine and give them to frontline staff immediately. Some facilities expect to have doses as soon as Monday.

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Kentucky spent $78 million of CARES Act funding to set up a contact tracing program to track the spread of the coronavirus. Now, some Republicans in the Kentucky legislature are unsatisfied with the program’s results and are calling for it to be defunded.

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