COVID-19

Gov. Andy Beshear

Kentucky is bracing for another round of winter weather as state workers continue to clear the damage caused by the deadly first bout of snowfall earlier in the week. 

After traveling to Wuhan, China, a team of researchers from the World Health Organization is readying a preliminary report on the origins of the coronavirus.

Wuhan is where the virus was first reported in December 2019.

The WHO team's main public conclusion so far is that it's "extremely unlikely" that the virus originated in a lab in Wuhan. The scientists think the virus most likely started in bats, then jumped to other animals, then to humans.

Strawberry Hills Pharmacy Facebook Page

A pharmacist in Paducah said being part of the federal COVID-19 vaccine distribution program has been going well as they continue to inoculate people on a weekly basis. Strawberry Hills Pharmacy in Paducah is one of many local pharmacies across the country to be chosen for the program. 

Corinne Boyer / Ohio Valley Resource

  Kentuckians who need help paying rent and utilities during the pandemic can now apply for available funds online. Gov. Andy Beshear announced during a coronavirus briefing Monday that the commonwealth has received $297 million in federal coronavirus relief funds for eviction relief.

America's top infectious disease official Dr. Anthony Fauci received a prestigious $1 million Israeli prize Monday, along with six other researchers who shared two additional $1 million prizes for their contributions to health and medicine.

The Dan David Prize, affiliated with Tel Aviv University, said it honored Fauci for his career in public health and "speaking truth to power" during the politicized COVID-19 crisis.

MSU Digital Media Services Manager Jeremy McKeel / Murray State University

The Calloway County Health Department (CCHD) said the next round of COVID-19 vaccinations at Murray State’s CFSB Center will take place on Sunday, February 21. 

Adam Schultz

The COVID-19 pandemic is continuing to cripple the economy in the Ohio Valley and President Joe Biden and Congressional Democrats are pursuing his plan for economic recovery.

 

For the first time since November, average new daily coronavirus infections in the U.S. fell under 100,000 — well below the average infection rate in December and January, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

The seven- day average of new infections dropped below 100,000 on Friday, continuing at that level through Sunday, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center. Researchers reported 83,321 new infections and 3,361 new deaths Sunday.

For people who've been without health insurance during the pandemic, relief is in sight.

Initial findings this week by World Health Organization researchers into the origins of the coronavirus are raising concerns in the White House over the independence of their investigation as well as the level of transparency China is providing into the early days of the pandemic.

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