Governor Andy Beshear

Governor Andy Beshear during Thursday’s media coronavirus briefing reported 3,349 news cases of COVID-19. The commonwealth had 54 deaths Thursday, the most deaths the state has seen in one day. 

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Dr. Valerie Briones-Pryor lost her 27th patient to COVID-19 on Monday morning. Before noon, she was among the first five patients in Kentucky to receive the coronavirus vaccine.

Governor Andy Beshear

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear during today’s coronavirus update said the commonwealth is in a promising downward trend in COVID-19 numbers. Today he announced an additional 3,481 cases, a small decline since last Wednesday, with 16 new COVID-related deaths.

Beshear said there is evidence the commonwealth may not only be slowing down the exponential growth, but may be plateauing in cases. Today, there were a total of 209,136 cases in Kentucky and the positivity rate is at 9.23%, which he said further illustrates six straight days of decline.


A new awareness campaign by the state of Kentucky aims to highlight a scholarship program to help Kentuckians get an education and increase their employability.

Screenshot from Gov. Beshear's COVID-19 Update: Nov. 13, 2020

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear on Friday announced the highest number of daily COVID-19 cases in the state since the pandemic began, with 3,173 newly reported cases. Beshear also reported 25 new deaths, another record daily high. Beshear said that there’s a continuous surge of cases in the commonwealth “that is concerning and deadly” and the “power to stop it is in our hands.” 

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Up to and through the Civil War, Kentucky was considered America's frontier. It was a central part of American history, says historian James Claypool, who writes for the Kentucky Humanities Council. On Sounds Good, he shares the story of Logan County's Presley O'Bannon, "one of the most remarkable people in Kentucky - and American history for that matter. Certainly one of the most significant Marines ever," who fought the Barbary Pirates in Tripoli in 1805, became a model for US Marine Corps traditions and retired to serve in the State Legislature and Senate.