State Dept. for Public Health map, adapted by Ky. Health News; to enlarge any image, click on it.
|New York Times map shows how state compares. Interactive version here.|
By Al Cross
Kentucky Health News
Kentucky’s coronavirus map is now mainly orange, indicating the continued decline in new cases in the last five weeks, but the state’s new-case rate is still above the national average, and it has many hot spots.
- Without dissent, a Food and Drug Administration advisory committee recommended authorizing Pfizer vaccines for children 5 to 11. “The vaccine would be administered in two small doses, a third of the amount given to teens and adults, given three weeks apart,” Katie Camero reports for McClatchy Newspapers. “Officials found the smaller dose offered adequate protection and led to less intense side effects.” The next steps are approval by the FDA, which usually follows the committee’s advice; a recommendation from a CDC advisory panel; and final approval by the CDC director. Children could get shots as early as Wednesday, Nov. 3.
- Masks are now optional in Trimble County Schools, following the school board’s 4-1 adoption last week of a new tiering system that makes them mandatory only if the system has 25 active cases, or 2.25% of its student population, Olivia Gennaro reports for The Trimble Banner. The principal of the county’s high school told the board that enforcement of masking “takes up a lot of time, often focused on the same students,” Gennaro writes.
- More than 130,000 Americans probably died because the Trump administration was “distracted” by last year’s election and ignored experts’ recommendations to fight the pandemic, former coronavirus response coordinator Deborah Birx told congressional investigators this month, The Washington Post reports. “I believe if we had fully implemented the mask mandates, the reduction in indoor dining, the getting friends and family to understand the risk of gathering in private homes, and we had increased testing, that we probably could have decreased fatalities into the 30-percent less, to 40-percent less range,” Birx said. When Trump left office, more than 435,000 people had died. Now the total is over 735,000.