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On Aug. 26 during his weekly Team Kentucky update, Governor Andy Beshear announced the locations of four COVID-19 Community Testing Sites in some of Kentucky’s hardest-hit areas, with one of those being Pikeville Medical Center (PMC).  

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The number of COVID-related deaths has risen in Pike County, while new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations have nearly plateaued, and local health officials are already spreading the word about flu vaccinations and the upcoming flu season, which could hit harder this year.

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The Pike County Health Department reported that, although the county saw a recent slight decrease in hospitalizations and active cases this week, the number of COVID-related deaths increased.

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As Pike County’s COVID-19 case numbers continue to grow and medical facilities’ ability to respond is stretched, health officials are continuing to ask for the public to take the virus and its impacts seriously and to take steps to mitigate the impacts.

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Starting May 13, all state vaccination sites in Kentucky can administer Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines to Kentuckians who are 12-15 years-old, and this follows the FDA’s recent emergency use authorization and the CDC’s approval of the vaccine for that age group.

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The Pike County Health Department is reporting a significant decline in new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations from the last seven days, and the county’s vaccination efforts are ongoing.

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The Pike County Schools Board of Education voted to delay the return of in-person classes for the district and continue virtual learning until at least Jan. 22, citing the county’s record number of COVID-19 cases as a reason for the decision.

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Gov. Andy Beshear on Nov. 18 announced several new steps the state is taking to stem the rampant spread of the COVID-19 virus across the commonwealth, including the closure of schools and in-person service for bars and restaurants.

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The Pike County Schools District will move to all-virtual learning starting Oct. 29 and will remain virtual for the next few upcoming days due to an increase in COVID-19 cases.

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Gov. Andy Beshear, in his first public press conference since completing quarantine after being exposed to the COVID-19 virus, announced Oct. 26 new “Red Zone Reduction Recommendations” for counties which are considered as being classified as “red.”

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Kentucky released its guidance regarding Halloween activities and is recommending people avoid high-risk activities and continue to follow recommendations such as wearing masks and social distancing.

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