Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wouldn’t say whether he has been tested for the virus in the past week, the Lexington Herald-Leader reports. “Have I ever been tested? Yes,”he said. “I’m not going to answer questions about when. We are following the guidelines that we’ve been given by the CDC.”
McConnell “said he has not come in contact with anyone known to have tested positive for the virus,” the newspaper reports. “The average incubation period for covid-19 is three to five days, though it can be as many as 14.”
In other covid-19 news Friday:
- Counties with more than 10 new cases were Jefferson, 173; Fayette, 146; Warren, 33; Webster, 30; Madison, 27; Franklin, 25; Harlan, 24; Christian, 23; Daviess, 19; Hardin, 19; Pike, 18; Boone, 17; Bullitt, 17; Clark, 15; Oldham, 15; Henderson, 14; Barren, Kenton, Laurel and Whitley, 13 each; Adair and Boyd, 12 each; Calloway and Wayne, 11 each; and Knox and Rowan, 10 each.
- The state’s daily report said 578 people were hospitalized for covid-19 in Kentucky, 133 of them in intensive care.
- The Black percentage of cases and deaths during the pandemic has declined slightly in the last few weeks, to 11.92% and 12.77%, respectively. Blacks are 8.4% of Kentucky’s population.
- The state report on long-term-care facilities said 127 residents and 96 staff were newly positive for the virus, making for 700 and 484 active cases. Residents have accounted for 686, or 57.3%, of the covid-19 deaths in the state; five staffers have died of the disease.
- The K-12 school report said 89 students and 36 employees tested positive, making for 862 and 423 active cases, respectively.
- Valarie Honeycutt Spears of the Herald-Leader reports that 124 of Kentucky’s 172 school districts are holding in-person classes, but some have had to adjust. For example, the day McCracken County Schools reopened, several employees at one elementary tested positive, so that school continued virtual instruction for two weeks while “the other 10 schools in the district started a hybrid model by alternating two days each week of in-person learning.”
- With suicide, depression and anxiety increasing among the state’s young people, state officials, along with the Kentucky Center for School Safety, have asked schools to post new virtual bulletin boards during online classes so students know how to get help, Sara Sidery reports for WDRB. The boards include these numbers: The Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress; The Crisis Text Line (text HOME to 741741) provides free, 24/7 support via text message for anxiety, depression, suicide and school concerns; The STOP Tipline (call or text 866-EYE-ON-KY) is a tool to report unsafe situations in school, like bullying, weapons, drugs, alcohol, etc.; and The National Human Trafficking Hotline, which can by reached by calling 1-888-373-7888 or texting “BeFree” to 233733.