Bookmark this article for the latest coronavirus news and numbers across Kentuckiana and the country. Current dataKentucky – Wednesday cases – 2,424 | Total cases – 352,943 | Tuesday deaths – 47 | Total deaths – 3,542 | Positivity rate – 9.35%Indiana – Wednesday cases – 2,260 | Total cases – 617,176 | Wednesday deaths – 40 | Total deaths – 9,470(Scroll down for historical data, county breakdowns)Latest headlines out of Kentucky and IndianaLouisville closes vaccine ‘interest’ list, actual waitlist now open. Here’s how to sign up Beshear: COVID-19 cases declining in Kentucky, but capacity limits are staying put COVID-19 vaccine appointments are full in Louisville. Here’s what you should do Louisville vaccination sites now taking appointments for Phase 1B Kroger will soon launch regional drive-thru vaccine sites across Kentucky Indiana lowers minimum age to receive COVID-19 vaccine to 70 Kentucky makes changes to vaccine rollout guidance, lists all phases Indiana extends order on masks and gatherings, lifts hold on procedures Kentucky eviction moratorium extended through end of January At risk of expiring, Louisville Walgreens gives surplus COVID-19 vaccine to general public Vaccine plansShipments of COVID-19 vaccines have arrived in both Kentucky and Indiana.KentuckyThis website monitors the vaccine use in Kentucky. It shows how many doses the state has, and how many have been given. It also lays out the plan for distribution.The state began with essential frontline workers and long-term care facilities. Next in line is Kentuckians over 70, first responders and K-12 school personnel. All of group 1 (A,B,C) could be getting vaccinated by the first week of February.IndianaIndiana also has a website with its vaccine plan that will be updated accordingly. Click here to view it. You can also register for your vaccine at that link.The first to get the vaccine include healthcare workers and long-term care facilities. On Jan. 13, vaccines were opened to people 70 and older.The next age group will be 65-70, but sign-ups are not yet available. Current COVID-19 restrictionsKentuckyMask mandate renewed for 30 days past Jan. 2. Masks must be worn in all public places.Schools encouraged, but not required, to go remote when in the “red zone.”Restaurant/bar curfew is 11 p.m.IndianaMask mandate in effect.Restrictions on gatherings decided by a county’s “color.” The limits are 25 percent for counties in red and orange zones, 50 percent for counties in yellow, 100 percent for blue zones. Order keeps this in place until at least Feb. 28. Check out Indiana’s positivity map below, or click here if you can’t see it (there is not one available for Kentucky):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What’s New: Week of Jan. 25, 2021Top aides to President Joe Biden have begun talks with a group of moderate Senate Republicans and Democrats on a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package. Biden’s plan calls for making direct $1,400 payments to Americans, but senators from both parties raised questions about the stimulus checks. Biden will formally reinstate COVID-19 travel restrictions on non-U.S. travelers from Brazil, Ireland, the United Kingdom and 26 other European countries that allow travel across open borders, according to two White House officials. South Africa is expected to be added to the restricted list because of concerns about a variant of the virus that has spread beyond that nation.The Miami Heat basketball team will be attempting to have fans at the American Airlines Arena with an assist from some dogs. The Heat will use coronavirus-sniffing dogs to screen fans who want to attend their games. They’ve been working on the plan for months, and the highly trained dogs have been in place for some games this season where the team has allowed a handful of guests.COVID-19 cases and deaths in Kentucky and IndianaMobile users, click here to see the interactive maps and charts that show coronavirus stats for your area.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 do Kentucky and Indiana compare to other states?Mobile users, click here to see the interactive map below for a look at coronavirus in your area.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What are the symptoms of COVID-19/coronavirus?Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, these are the symptoms you should watch out for:Fever or chillsCoughShortness of breath or difficulty breathingFatigueMuscle or body achesHeadacheNew loss of taste or smellSore throatCongestion or runny noseNausea or vomitingDiarrheaThis list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as they learn more about the virus.Should I get tested for COVID-19? Where can I get a test in Kentucky/Indiana?The CDC recommends that you should consider taking a COVID-19 test if you:have symptoms of COVID-19.have had close contact (within 6 feet for a total of 15 minutes or more) with someone with confirmed COVID-19.have been asked or referred to get testing by their healthcare provider, local/external icon or state ​health department.Testing in Kentucky: To see a map of testing locations, click here. For free drive-thru locations, click here. Kentucky’s COVID-19 hotline is a service operated by the healthcare professionals at the KY Poison Control Center who can provide advice and answer questions. The number is 1(800) 722-5725.Testing in Louisville: Currently all Louisville hospitals and health systems are offering testing for their patients. There are also several sites for the general public. Find info on them here.Testing in Indiana: If you develop symptoms or think you’ve been exposed to COVID-19, the Indiana State Department of Health recommends calling your health care provider for medical advice. If you have a medical appointment, call your doctor’s office or emergency department, and tell them you have or may have COVID-19. This will help the office protect themselves and other patients. Click here for a list of Indiana’s testing sites throughout the state. Questions about COVID-19 may be directed to the ISDH COVID-19 Call Center at the toll-free number 877-826-0011 (available 24/7).The FDA has also approved a test for COVID-19 that you can take at home. The test kits are available for purchase on Amazon with a turnaround time for results of 24 to 72 hours after the sample is shipped and received.Emergency care for COVID-19 symptomsThe CDC says to look for emergency warning signs for coronavirus. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:Trouble breathingPersistent pain or pressure in the chestNew confusionInability to wake or stay awakeBluish lips or faceThis list is not all possible symptoms. Call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you. Call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility: Notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has or may have COVID-19.Who is most at risk for coronavirus?Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms of COVID-19, according to the CDC.Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from the virus.Flu or COVID-19. What’s the difference between them?Because some of the symptoms of flu and COVID-19 are similar, it may be hard to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone. That’s when testing may be needed to help confirm a diagnosis.There are some key differences between flu and COVID-19. The CDC says it seems COVID-19 spreads more easily than flu and causes more serious illnesses in some people. It can also take longer before people show symptoms of COVID-19 and people can be contagious for a longer period of time than the flu.Another difference is there is a vaccine to protect against the flu. There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus.

Bookmark this article for the latest coronavirus news and numbers across Kentuckiana and the country.

Current data

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Kentucky – Wednesday cases – 2,424 | Total cases – 352,943 | Tuesday deaths – 47 | Total deaths – 3,542 | Positivity rate – 9.35%

Indiana – Wednesday cases – 2,260 | Total cases – 617,176 | Wednesday deaths – 40 | Total deaths – 9,470

(Scroll down for historical data, county breakdowns)

Latest headlines out of Kentucky and Indiana

Vaccine plans

Shipments of COVID-19 vaccines have arrived in both Kentucky and Indiana.

Kentucky

This website monitors the vaccine use in Kentucky. It shows how many doses the state has, and how many have been given. It also lays out the plan for distribution.

The state began with essential frontline workers and long-term care facilities. Next in line is Kentuckians over 70, first responders and K-12 school personnel.

All of group 1 (A,B,C) could be getting vaccinated by the first week of February.

Indiana

Indiana also has a website with its vaccine plan that will be updated accordingly. Click here to view it. You can also register for your vaccine at that link.

The first to get the vaccine include healthcare workers and long-term care facilities. On Jan. 13, vaccines were opened to people 70 and older.

The next age group will be 65-70, but sign-ups are not yet available.

Current COVID-19 restrictions

Kentucky

  • Mask mandate renewed for 30 days past Jan. 2. Masks must be worn in all public places.
  • Schools encouraged, but not required, to go remote when in the “red zone.”
  • Restaurant/bar curfew is 11 p.m.

Indiana

  • Mask mandate in effect.
  • Restrictions on gatherings decided by a county’s “color.” The limits are 25 percent for counties in red and orange zones, 50 percent for counties in yellow, 100 percent for blue zones. Order keeps this in place until at least Feb. 28.

Check out Indiana’s positivity map below, or click here if you can’t see it (there is not one available for Kentucky):

What’s New: Week of Jan. 25, 2021

Top aides to President Joe Biden have begun talks with a group of moderate Senate Republicans and Democrats on a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package. Biden’s plan calls for making direct $1,400 payments to Americans, but senators from both parties raised questions about the stimulus checks. Biden will formally reinstate COVID-19 travel restrictions on non-U.S. travelers from Brazil, Ireland, the United Kingdom and 26 other European countries that allow travel across open borders, according to two White House officials. South Africa is expected to be added to the restricted list because of concerns about a variant of the virus that has spread beyond that nation.

The Miami Heat basketball team will be attempting to have fans at the American Airlines Arena with an assist from some dogs. The Heat will use coronavirus-sniffing dogs to screen fans who want to attend their games. They’ve been working on the plan for months, and the highly trained dogs have been in place for some games this season where the team has allowed a handful of guests.


COVID-19 cases and deaths in Kentucky and Indiana

Mobile users, click here to see the interactive maps and charts that show coronavirus stats for your area.


How do Kentucky and Indiana compare to other states?

Mobile users, click here to see the interactive map below for a look at coronavirus in your area.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19/coronavirus?

Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, these are the symptoms you should watch out for:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as they learn more about the virus.

Should I get tested for COVID-19? Where can I get a test in Kentucky/Indiana?

The CDC recommends that you should consider taking a COVID-19 test if you:

  • have symptoms of COVID-19.
  • have had close contact (within 6 feet for a total of 15 minutes or more) with someone with confirmed COVID-19.
  • have been asked or referred to get testing by their healthcare provider, local/external icon or state ​health department.

Testing in Kentucky: To see a map of testing locations, click here. For free drive-thru locations, click here. Kentucky’s COVID-19 hotline is a service operated by the healthcare professionals at the KY Poison Control Center who can provide advice and answer questions. The number is 1(800) 722-5725.

Testing in Louisville: Currently all Louisville hospitals and health systems are offering testing for their patients. There are also several sites for the general public. Find info on them here.

Testing in Indiana: If you develop symptoms or think you’ve been exposed to COVID-19, the Indiana State Department of Health recommends calling your health care provider for medical advice. If you have a medical appointment, call your doctor’s office or emergency department, and tell them you have or may have COVID-19. This will help the office protect themselves and other patients. Click here for a list of Indiana’s testing sites throughout the state. Questions about COVID-19 may be directed to the ISDH COVID-19 Call Center at the toll-free number 877-826-0011 (available 24/7).

The FDA has also approved a test for COVID-19 that you can take at home. The test kits are available for purchase on Amazon with a turnaround time for results of 24 to 72 hours after the sample is shipped and received.

Emergency care for COVID-19 symptoms

The CDC says to look for emergency warning signs for coronavirus. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face

This list is not all possible symptoms. Call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you. Call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility: Notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has or may have COVID-19.

Who is most at risk for coronavirus?

Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms of COVID-19, according to the CDC.

Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from the virus.

Flu or COVID-19. What’s the difference between them?

Because some of the symptoms of flu and COVID-19 are similar, it may be hard to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone. That’s when testing may be needed to help confirm a diagnosis.

There are some key differences between flu and COVID-19. The CDC says it seems COVID-19 spreads more easily than flu and causes more serious illnesses in some people. It can also take longer before people show symptoms of COVID-19 and people can be contagious for a longer period of time than the flu.

Another difference is there is a vaccine to protect against the flu. There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus.

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