KCTCS is following the guidelines for 'Healthy at Work' instituted by Governor Andy Beshear by creating a dashboard reflecting positive cases reported to the 'Healthy at Work' officers. Employees and students either self-report or KCTCS receives notification from local health departments.
Through guidance form the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, KCTCS has implemented safety measures to help slow the spread of COVID-19. 'Healthy at Work has 16 colleges and a system's office. There are no residential halls and campus communities vary daily. There are students from bordering states along with Kentucky students.
This report contains KCTCS colleges in western Kentucky only.
West Kentucky Community & Technical College:
September 9 and 10: zero on-campus employees: 2 on-campus students
August 17 through September 8: zero on-campus employees: 3 on-campus students
Madisonville Community College
September 9 and 10: zero on-campus employees: 3 on-campus students
August 19 through September 8: zero on-campus employees: 2 on-campus students
Hopkinsville Community College
September 9 and 10: zero on-campus employees: zero on-campus students
August 19 through September 8: 1 on-campus employee: 3 on-campus students
Owensboro Community & Technical College
September 9 and 10: zero on-campus employees: 1 on-campus students
August 19 through September 8: 3 on-campus employees: 1 on-campus student
Governor Andy Beshear announced today that Kentucky is ready for COVID-19. The new PPE stockpile represents 120 days of supplies, if needed, for another potential spike in COVID-19 cases. As winter nears, Kentucky is now prepared.
After visiting the warehouse, Beshear said, "Being there truly gave me so much hope." He said, "We're ready for potential spikes that we'll more than likely see."
The warehouse is floor-to-ceiling in PPE like masks, gloves, and gowns. There are plenty of supplies to meet the needs of hospitals and those caring for COVID-19 patients.
Beshear said the state has filled a warehouse in Frankfort with purchased and donated supplies to avoid the chaos Kentucky hospitals, nursing homes and other health providers faced in March trying to obtain PPE.
The Governor said he never thought this would be possible after experiencing shortages only months earlier. Beshear said "We are much better equipped."
"Today's COVID-19 numbers were lower coming off the weekend," said Beshear. There were 342 positive cases (54 where children under 18). To date, 57,281 have tested positive for the virus. Today's death total was five. The positivity rate is 4.17%.
Beshear discussed absentee ballots. If you're wanting to avoid lines when voting, the last day to request an absentee ballot is October 6, 2020. Go to govoteky.com. Beshear said, "Never has it been this easy to vote. Let's set a record."
In remembrance, Beshear took a moment to honor the infectious disease physician from Bowling Green, Dr. Rebecca Shadowen age 62 who lost her battle with COVID-19 after fighting the disease for four months.
Also discussed were new reporting procedures being implemented for K-12.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A Kentucky state representative announced that she has tested positive for the coronavirus.
The Courier-Journal reported that State Rep. Attica Scott, a Louisville Democrat, said in a video posted to social media that she took the test last week and got the results back on Sunday.
Scott’s announcement came on the same day Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear announced a record number of positive coronavirus cases for the second straight week in Kentucky.
Beshear said the 4,742 confirmed cases for the week ending Sunday topped the record 4,503 cases from the previous week.
Health officials say there were 313 new cases recorded on Sunday, pushing the state total to at least 52,774. The three new deaths reported, brought the state’s total to at least 996.
Kentucky Department of Public Health Commissioner Steven Stack, M.D., said “We’re not here to experiment on you.” Stack was referring to administering healthy Kentuckians a COVID-19 vaccine that hasn’t been through all the standards of approval.
During today’s COVID-19 briefing, Stack wanted to address questions from reporters both in-house and online. Several of those questions were about the COVID-19 vaccine and the planned ‘roll-out’ by the end of October. Stack said a vaccine that hasn’t completed clinical trials could take a “healthy person and hurt them.” There are ‘no shortcuts’, said Stack.
His comments were in response to the latest statements from the CDC and the federal government about a vaccine going to market before November 1. Stack said that Kentucky will have a coordinated effort with the Federal Government and distribution centers. There will be a very specific timeline.
This coordinated effort between local, state and federal governments will “deploy vaccines in a timely manner.”Stack said, “There will be no vaccine for everybody this year.” The nature of the disease and the vaccine are still unknown. “When it’s time to get a vaccine, we’ll let all Kentuckians know.” said Stack.
In regards to testing, Stack said rapid tests are becoming more easily available. He said some tests are ready and have been through the approval process. Many of the laboratory service providers and the hospitals in Kentucky do a great job, said Stack.
He discussed the saliva test that’s being offered by some providers. Stack said ‘it’s not a miracle test. The ‘no swab’ test isn’t rapid. “You have to drool a lot of spit into a tube. It’s pretty gross and not easy.” Then, it’s shipped to a lab where the process is much more complex. Stack said, “spits sticky and it clogs up the machines. It’s not a panacea but it could be a useful tool.”
Stack briefly shared efforts on school reporting of positive COVID-19 tests and said that as it stands, public health departments are the ones communicating with individuals and the schools. He said the Kentucky Department of Public Health and the Kentucky Department of Education are working together on improving the process of school reporting. He said there's a time delay in reporting cases and they’re working as a team to more ‘closely report in real time.’
Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear gave his report on COVID-19 cases. The numbers are available in this article. It was reported that today’s positive cases are the third highest since mid-March.
,Director Susan Baier said Wednesday that an employee informed library management that they had tested positive for CoV-2. The employee was in the library on Monday and left before the doors opened to the public.
The Purchase Area Health Department said there was low risk of transmission from the infected employee to other staff members and customers. The library made the decision to close today in order to deep clean and disinfect.
Library drops will be open as normal. The library is expected to be opened to the public tomorrow, Friday, September 4 at 10 a.m.
The McCracken County Public Library is located on Kentucky Avenue in downtown Paducah. If there are further questions, you may contact the library at 270-442-2510.
‘Give a man a fish and they eat for a day. Teach him how to fish and you feed him for the rest of his life.’ It’s an Italian proverb that rings true today.
Lone Oak Middle School and Reidland Middle School were awarded $15,000 from the Bayer Fund for green house improvements and outdoor learning spaces through it’s Farmers Grow Rural Education Program. Having opportunities to teach students the importance of sustainability is a golden opportunity in today’s climate.
COVID-19 has severely affected distribution and production of food across the globe. The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World estimated that 690 million people went hungry in 2019. They are estimating that 130 million more people will go hungry due to the coronavirus pandemic. The hungry are numerous in Asia but spreading quickly throughout Africa.
In the United States, a reported 38 million Americans went hungry including 11 million children in 2018. The coronavirus pandemic has left millions of families without stable employment and the expectation for 2020 is to see numbers climb by 40%. That translates into 54 million people without enough food, including 18 million children.
The Farmer is considered an essential worker and The Bayer Fund recognizes their contribution. The Fund acknowledges the importance of passing the torch to future farmers and other related fields.
In early 2020, the Bayer Fund called on local farmers to nominate rural public school districts to compete for grants to enhance their science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education programs. Thanks to nominations from local farmers, McCracken County Public Schools was able to compete for and win a $15,000 grant.
The winners were chosen by a panel of math and science teachers and about 30 farmers from across the country. The America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education program has awarded more than $57 million to rural schools across the country, including a $10,000 grant to Heath Middle last school year, and now $15,000 to LOMS and RMS this school year.
LOMS and RMS will split their $15,000 prize to make updates to their existing greenhouses and create outdoor learning spaces, which will be especially useful this school year. More information about The Bayer Fund can be found on their website: americasfarmers.com