Kentucky Health News graph, with daily case data from unadjusted reports; click it to enlarge.
On the second day of the 30-day legislative session, five of the eight bills that got out of committees were either directly or indirectly related to the governor’s pandemic response. Each could pass within the week. They are:
- House Bill 1, which would allows businesses and schools to stay open during the pandemic if they follow guidelines, and provide guidelines for visitation at long-term care facilities.
- HB 4, to remove required ending dates of legislative sessions from the state Constitution if voters in November 2022 approve; and allow the legislature to extend sessions by 10 days repeatedly, but not past Dec. 31.
- Senate Bill 1, which would limit governors’ executive orders and administrative regulations to 30 days unless approved by the legislature.
- SB 2, to require contagious-disease rules issued by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to be in the form of administrative regulations, which must be reviewed by legislators before taking effect.
- SB 5, to provide liability protection for owners of premises during an emergency, retroactive to March 6.
- Counties with 10 or more new cases were: Jefferson, 828; Fayette, 374; Warren, 238; Kenton, 216; Daviess, 215; Boone, 199; Hardin, 179; Christian, 173; Laurel, 133; Madison, 115; Oldham, 102; Campbell, 101; Hopkins, 98; Bullitt, 96; Boyd, 88; Nelson, 80; Pike, 75; Boyle, 74; Whitley, 72; Ohio, 67; Henderson, 58; Floyd, 57; Clark and Greenup, 55; Marshall, 51; Anderson, Bourbon and Shelby, 49; Knox, 48; McCracken, 45; Marion, 44; Harlan and Muhlenberg, 42; Graves and McCreary, 41; Mercer and Woodford, 38; Barren, Pulaski and Taylor, 37; Jessamine and Scott, 36; Bell, Harrison and Meade, 35; Lincoln, 34; Clay, Grayson, Johnson and Todd, 31; Rockcastle, 30; Hancock, 29; Jackson, Perry and Rowan, 28; Breckinridge and Lewis, 27; Allen and Garrard, 26; Breathitt and Grant, 25; Carter, 24; Lawrence, 23; Henry, Simpson and Webster, 22; Martin and Monroe, 21; Washington, 20; Fleming, 19; Franklin, Montgomery and Spencer, 18; LaRue and Logan, 17; Edmonson, McLean, Trimble and Wayne, 16; Calloway, Carroll, Green and Lee, 14; Nicholas and Russell, 13; Crittenden, Leslie and Pendleton, 12; Adair, Bath, Elliott and Owsley, 11; and Butler, Magoffin and Morgan, 10.
- The Robley Rex Medical Center has vaccinated its first veterans against Covid-19 at a new drive-thru site, Sarah Ladd reports for the Courier Journal. “The Louisville VA center kicked off its drive-thru for high-risk veterans, those 75 and older and those living in congregate settings, with 30 scheduled appointments,” she reports.
- Norton Children’s Hospital has opened a follow-up clinic to check on children who have contracted Covid-19, WDRB reports. The clinic “is designed to help kids and teens manage any long-term symptoms from the virus,” says the hospital in a news release. To be referred to the clinic, hospital officials say children have to have had a proven or “strongly suspected” diagnoses of the virus, be fever-free without using medications, be 10 days past the first time they experienced symptoms or received a positive test result, and still feel unwell and symptomatic. Referrals have to come from a physician.
- Hazard’s WYMT-TV reports on deaths and case numbers from health departments in Eastern Kentucky, which reported 12 deaths Wednesday.