Ky. Health News graph; does not include deaths found by death-certificate audit; click it to enlarge.
By Melissa Patrick
“No matter where you are in the state, you can sign up for a Covid-19 vaccine near where you live or work,” Beshear said in a news release. “Now, when you get a shot of hope at many Kroger or Walmart locations, you can even earn a free shot at winning the lottery. It’s easier than ever.”
Cassie Prather, director of the Woodford County Health Department, told WKYT that adolescent cases are 20 percent of their total now, up from 3 percent, and she worries that youth are Petri dishes for more contagious variants. Statewide, nearly 18% of Tuesday’s cases, 136, were in people 18 and younger.
In other pandemic news Tuesday:
- Counties with 10 or more new cases were Jefferson, 93; Fayette, 51; Boone, 45; Campbell, 28; Taylor, 24; Pulaski, 23; Kenton, 21; Bullitt, 20; Warren, 19; Pike, 16; Shelby, 15; McCracken, Mercer and Oldham, 14; Christian and Madison, 13; Rockcastle and Webster, 12; Breathitt, Hopkins, Jessamine and Lewis, 11; and Hardin, 10.
Tuesday’s fatalities were an Anderson County man, 64; a Barren County woman, 42; a Bullitt County man, 68; a Carter County man, 101; a Daviess County man, 94; a Fayette County man, 59; a Grant County woman, 92; a Graves County woman, 84; a Henderson County woman, 90; two Jefferson County women, 95, 97; a Lawrence County woman, 87; a Letcher County man, 79; a McCracken County woman, 92; a McCracken County man, 55; a Menifee County woman, 90; a Monroe County woman, 70; a Muhlenberg County woman, 96; a Rockcastle County man, 62; a Simpson County woman, 59; a Taylor County woman, 74; a Wayne County woman, 71; and a Whitley County woman, 57.
States will get no Johnson & Johnson vaccine next week because of production problems, federal officials told governors in a private call, Politico reports.
- Some people have found they prefer to wear masks, for a variety of reasons, Julia Carrie Wong writes for The Guardian. They include anonymity, hiding their ethnicity, avoiding unwelcome attention, simpler dealing with customers, and just feeling free to not smile.
- Katie Camero of McClatchy News answers two questions about the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and children, including: Is the shot for teens different than those given to adults? And how well does the Pfizer vaccine protect children? The article also provides a video that walks through how the FDA and CDC authorize vaccines for children.
- “In The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll released Tuesday, 64% of respondents said they have gotten a Covid-19 vaccine and 35% said they haven’t. Of the respondents who haven’t gotten a shot, 61% said they wouldn’t get a Covid vaccine, with 34% saying they would “definitely” not get a shot and 27% said they “probably” wouldn’t,” Summer Lin reports for McClatchy. The poll also found fewer of the respondents in this poll were willing to get a vaccine than in the last one, taken in March, 61% and 43% respectively.