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The new briefings, beginning just a week into Biden’s tenure, are meant as an explicit rejection of his predecessor’s approach to the coronavirus outbreak.

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  Cancer survivor, 72, struggling to get COVID-19 vaccination in Pa.

  New drug shows promise of protecting patients from COVID hospitalization

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  Democrats prep Biden’s virus aid package with or without GOP

  US surging vaccine to states amid complaints of shortages

Gov. Beshear: 2 cases of U.K. COVID variant confirmed in Ky., 2,714 new cases Tuesday

  2 ‘pillars’ of Indiana family die from COVID-19 within 24 hours

  Pandemic knocks down another Louisville restaurant

  New initiative rolled out for child safety against COVID-19 as Louisville’s case numbers drop

  Antibody infusion shows promising results for coronavirus patients

The BAM infusion uses antibodies to target the protein on COVID particles.

  UK eyes traveler quarantine as virus toll climbs

Quarantine hotels have been used to limit virus transmissions in countries including Australia, New Zealand, China, India and Singapore but the practice has not been widely adopted in Europe.

1,777 new COVID-19 related cases, 80 new deaths reported in Indiana

The state has a 17.7% positivity rate.

  Some health experts suggest double-masking to stop spread of COVID-19 variants

More experts are saying wearing two masks or masks with extra layers could be more effective in stopping the spread of COVID-19 and the new strains of the virus that are emerging.

  US virus numbers drop, but race against new strains heats up

  UK passes 100,000 coronavirus deaths as outbreak still rages

  Beshear says Kentucky will be fastest state in US to vaccinate educators

  Louisville doctor echoes Fauci’s concern over UK COVID strain

Hardin County Schools staff to begin receiving Moderna vaccine in February

  Kentucky brewers, state lawmaker crafting new bill to help breweries

  New cases of COVID-19 variants causing sickness in athletics

The much more contagious COVID strains already are posing a threat to sports and group activities.

  Double-Masking: Doctors urge more protection against new COVID-19 mutation

Until a COVID-19 vaccine is available to the general public, some doctors have recommended upgrading or doubling down on masks to prevent a more disastrous surge.

  New line speeds up vaccinations at Baptist Health Floyd

A new step to make the COVID-19 vaccination process faster and smoother kicked off at Baptist Health Floyd on Monday.

  Job losses from virus 4 times as bad as ’09 financial crisis

Four times as many jobs were lost last year due to the coronavirus pandemic as during the worst part of the global financial crisis in 2009, a U.N. report said Monday.

Beshear: Second straight week of case decline last week, 1,268 new cases of COVID-19 in Ky. Monday

The governor mentioned the commonwealth continues to report lower numbers of cases after a bump due to the holidays.

  Samuel L. Jackson wears Avengers-themed mask while getting COVID-19 vaccine

Jackson will have to return for his second dose in three to four weeks.

COVID-19 testing site opens in Downtown Louisville featuring a mouthwash test

Don't care for the swab? A new COVID-19 testing site downtown features a mouthwash test, with results back in 48 hours.

  Google Maps to display COVID-19 vaccination sites

Google Maps will soon display COVID-19 vaccination sites.

  ‘My worst nightmare’: Mother speaks after 11-year-old son suffers heart problems due to COVID-19

The 11-year-old ended up in the cardiac intensive care unit with myocarditis, or inflammation of the heart muscle, after he caught a seemingly mild case of COVID-19.

  Health officials calling for more people of color to volunteer at mass vaccination site

Manson says representation may be a key factor in getting minority communities to get the vaccine.

  White House begins talks with lawmakers on COVID-19 relief

Top aides to President Joe Biden have begun talks with a group of moderate Senate Republicans and Democrats on Biden's proposed $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package.

  2 in 5 Americans live where COVID-19 strains hospital ICUs

Straining to handle record numbers of COVID-19 patients, hundreds of the nation’s intensive care units are running out of space and supplies and competing to hire temporary traveling nurses at soaring rates.

  US passes 25 million confirmed cases of COVID-19

The United States has surpassed 25 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

  Biden to reinstate COVID travel rules, add South Africa

Two White House officials say President Joe Biden on Monday will formally reinstate COVID-19 travel restrictions on non-U.S. travelers from Brazil, Ireland, United Kingdom and 26 other European countries that allow travel across open borders.

Beshear reports 2,018 additional COVID cases in Ky., 35 additional deaths

On Sunday, Beshear confirmed an additional 2,018 cases of COVID-19 in Kentucky.

Daughter loses her mom to COVID-19, remembers her life in Frankfort flag ceremony

Lisa Scott’s mom was in a nursing home when the pandemic hit. She tested positive for COVID-19 at the end of June, and died nine days later.

  Fauci says vaccine goal would cover 67 million

Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday that President Joe Biden’s goal of administering 100 million vaccinations in the first 100 days actually means about 67 million Americans should be protected from COVID-19 during that time.

Indiana State Department of Health Sunday update: 2,565 new cases, 23 new deaths

Sunday’s report confirmed an additional 2,565 cases of COVID-19 in Indiana.

  Medical expert believes UK COVID variant could be more lethal

Health experts thought the UK variant of COVID-19 just spread faster, now data shows it could also be more deadly.

  Zoneton Fire Major continues battle against COVID-19

The district will have to appoint another acting chief soon, just a month after Chief Rob Orkies death, because Major Garry Key is in the hospital on a ventilator..

  New Zealand reports 1st community case of coronavirus in months

Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield said Sunday the case was a 56-year-old woman who recently returned from Europe.

  Nurse battling COVID-19 may have contracted virus between vaccine doses

In between doses, experts say the Pfizer vaccine is 50% effective. It takes at least two weeks after the second dose to receive the full benefit of 95% protection.

  Concerns grow in the new year on pandemic evictions

Protesters want more help before they say thousands of people end up homeless.

Be on the lookout for a text scam with COVID-19 twist

There are obvious issues with the text which prove it isn’t the real deal.

Gov. Beshear: 3,795 new cases of COVID-19 in Ky., 49 new deaths

Beshear announced the state’s positivity rate is below 11 percent for a second day in a row.

Indiana State Department of Health Saturday update: 3,188 new cases, 50 new deaths

Saturday’s report confirmed an additional 3,188 cases of COVID-19 in Indiana, according to the ISDH.

  COVID-19 vaccine second doses may be scheduled up to 6 weeks later, according to CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated its guidance about when a person should get the coronavirus vaccine’s second dose.

  Lack of vaccines becoming an issue in Kentucky as more people become eligible

In Kentucky, the supply of vaccines is becoming an issue, especially since the state’s Phase 1B vaccine plan has expanded.

  Multiple date changes a recurring theme for couples marrying during pandemic

The fourth time’s the charm. That’s how Louisville bride Kristina Johns sums up her 2021 wedding now set for February, and her reception that’s been moved to August.

  Beshear: ‘We don’t have the supply’ of vaccines

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said the state has the systems in place to distribute 250,000 vaccines per week, but without the supply, it is just not possible.

  Louisville airport slowly recovering from COVID-19 impacts

It could take three to four years for the Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport to fully recover from the $29 million hit the pandemic took on its budget in 2020.

  JCPS teachers begin vaccination process

It was the first step in getting students back in the classroom in Jefferson County as thousands of educators and education staff lined up for their first doses of a COVID-19 vaccine at Broadbent Arena.

Virginia woman leaves Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital after nearly 3 months battling COVID-19

For seven weeks, Peggy Kuehl was in the ICU battling and holding on for life against COVID-19 and pneumonia.

Flags placed on lawn of Kentucky Capitol in honor of COVID victims

As of Friday, the virus has claimed the lives of 3,301 people in the Commonwealth.

Kentucky’s COVID hospitalizations at lowest level since December

Kentucky recorded 2,756 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 Friday and 36 deaths.

At 36, he was practically the picture of health ― until he contracted COVID-19

Aaron Mikami was in a coma for three days. He spent a total of two weeks in the hospital.

  UK chief scientist says new virus variant may be more deadly

British officials say they are confident that the vaccines that have been authorized for use against COVID-19 will be effective against the new strain identified in the country.

Carnival Cruise Line cancels trips through April

The company said in a news release it was notifying people who had booked a trip and their options for refunds or credits for future travel.

JCPS teachers to begin receiving COVID-19 vaccinations

The vaccinations are a step toward the district’s goal of getting students back in the classroom.

Dave Chappelle tests positive for COVID-19; shows canceled

Dave Chappelle has tested positive for the coronavirus and his upcoming comedy shows have been canceled.

  Floyd, Clark counties need more vaccines for high-risk Hoosiers

Since the COVID fatality rate is higher in the elderly, county health officials told WAVE 3 healthcare workers are doing what they can with what they’ve got.

  Louisville’s top health official says to get COVID tested weekly

Dr. Sarah Moyer said this week there is more COVID-19 in the area than in November.

  Biden’s new mask mandate and you

In his first executive order, the president enacted the 100 Days Masking Challenge.

  Vaccine especially memorable for one Catholic schools staffer

One day before Jefferson County Public Schools teachers start getting the COVID-19 vaccine, many private and Catholic school educators were in line. Among them, a face very familiar to many folks in Louisville.

  ‘Downtown Strong’ billboard part of push to revitalize downtown Louisville

The Louisville Downtown Partnership put up the billboard to try to inspire people to return to “the heart of the city.”

  Can COVID-19 vaccines be mixed and matched?

The COVID-19 vaccines rolling out in the United States, the United Kingdom and other parts of the world so far require two shots given a few weeks apart.

Beshear reports 58 more COVID deaths; less vaccine doses expected next week

Governor Andy Beshear provided an update on the coronavirus threat in Kentucky Thursday.

  EU struggles, looks for answers to stop spread of new virus variants

The 27 leaders were looking at further border restrictions, better tracking of mutations and improving coordination of lockdowns.

  Eli Lilly: Drug can prevent COVID-19 illness in nursing homes

Residents and staff who got the drug had up to a 57% lower risk of getting COVID-19 compared to others at the same facility who got a placebo, the drugmaker said.

  Cruise line requires passengers to get COVID vaccine

Saga Cruise Lines announced passengers must be fully vaccinated, meaning they've received both doses of the vaccine at least 14 days before their departure.

  US jobless claims decline to a still-high 900,000

Fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, lowering claims to 900,000, still a historically high level that points to further job cuts in a raging pandemic.

  Biden’s US revives support for WHO, reversing Trump retreat

Dr. Anthony Fauci’s quick commitment to the WHO — whose response to the pandemic has been criticized by many, but most vociferously by the Trump administration — marks a dramatic and vocal shift toward a more cooperative approach to fighting the pandemic.

  Schwarzenegger on COVID-19 vaccine: ‘Come with me if you want to live’

The actor and former California governor tweeted out a video of himself getting the shot.

  Holding hands, couple married 70 years dies from COVID-19 minutes apart

Three of the couple's children wanted to share their story to encourage others to take COVID-19 seriously and give the virus respect.

  Bus stop drop offs within JCPS could be different if in-person classes resume

Superintendent Dr. Marty Pollio said schools could start back in-person as early as mid-March.

  Louisville man hoping to get COVID vaccine sooner faces bump in the road

Larry Owens wants to get the vaccine so he can return to being with family, friends, eating at restaurants, and traveling. That's why he decided to serve as a volunteer at the city's drive-thru clinic.

  Black community leaders lead by example receiving COVID-19 vaccine

Their goal was to instill confidence in a vaccine that could save lives.

  As virus surges, states reporting shortages of vaccine

The shortage of doses comes as the United States marks more than 400,000 deaths from the coronavirus.