Melissa Patrick, Author at Winchester Sun


Early data shows ODs rose 13.55% in Ky. in 2021

Kentucky Health News Drug-overdose deaths in Kentucky rose 13.55% in 2021, according to a recent federal report. The preliminary data from the Centers for Disease ... Read more

by Melissa Patrick, Monday, June 6, 2022 1:23 pm

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Covid infection rate remains top among states; Most metrics used to measure the pandemic trending downward

Even as Kentucky‚Äôs daily new-case rate, infection rate, positive-test rate and Covid-19 hospital numbers are steadily trending down, its seven-day rate of daily new cases ... Read more

by Melissa Patrick, Tuesday, February 22, 2022 11:02 am

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Covid cases escalate as schools begin to re-open; Beshear and Stack urge universal masking in schools

With coronavirus cases and positive-test rate skyrocketing just as students head back to school, Gov. Andy Beshear and his health commissioner urged more parents to ... Read more

by Melissa Patrick, Tuesday, January 4, 2022 7:14 am

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COVID cases take post-holiday jump in Kentucky

After a four-week pandemic plateau, Kentucky reported a high number of coronavirus cases Tuesday, as well as an increasingly high share of residents testing positive ... Read more

by Melissa Patrick, Wednesday, December 29, 2021 7:00 am


As coronavirus cases increase, so do hospitalizations and deaths

The pandemic continued to accelerate in Kentucky Monday, especially in hospitals but also in new cases. Kentucky reported 2,728 new cases of the coronavirus Tuesday, ... Read more

by Melissa Patrick, Wednesday, December 8, 2021 11:13 am

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State’s COVID positivity rate climbing after holiday weekend

Kentucky’s coronavirus metrics took another jump Tuesday, with new cases and the share of Kentuckians testing positive up, and the fallout from that reflected in ... Read more

by Melissa Patrick, Wednesday, December 1, 2021 6:38 am

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Kentucky ranks first in lung-cancer cases; State is low in survival and early diagnosis

Lung Cancer Awareness Month falls in November, but in Kentucky, the promotion of prevention and early detection of lung cancer is needed all year because ... Read more

by Melissa Patrick, Monday, November 29, 2021 7:50 am

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Pandemic numbers continue to tick up; 53 more deaths reported, raising recent average

As Kentucky heads into a cold Thanksgiving weekend that is sure to keep family gatherings indoors, the metrics to measure the coronavirus continue to go ... Read more

by Melissa Patrick, Wednesday, November 24, 2021 7:50 am

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Beshear urges ‘immediacy’ when it comes to getting vaccine or booster shot as Thanksgiving nears

As coronavirus infection rates in Kentucky kept inching up, Gov. Andy Beshear kept urging Kentuckians to get a Covid-19 vaccine or a booster and to ... Read more

by Melissa Patrick, Saturday, November 20, 2021 7:00 am


Poll, falling vaccination rates spark concern that Covid-19 conflicts make Kentuckians skeptical of long-accepted vaccines

The first day of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky‘s annual health policy forum addressed vaccine hesitancy, which the foundation’s latest poll and other information ... Read more

by Melissa Patrick, Tuesday, September 21, 2021 3:53 pm

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