Bookmark this article for the latest coronavirus news and numbers across Kentuckiana and the country. Current dataKentucky – Wednesday cases – 1,010 | Total cases – 412,924 | Wednesday deaths – 34 | Total deaths – 4,884 | Positivity rate – 3.93%Indiana – Thursday cases – 922 | Total cases – 670,074 | Thursday deaths – 32 | Total deaths – 12,382 | Positivity rate – 3.1%(Scroll down for historical data, county breakdowns) Vaccine plansShipments of COVID-19 vaccines have arrived in both Kentucky and Indiana.KentuckyThis website monitors 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. Kentuckians over 70, first responders, K-12 school personnel and daycare providers are also now eligible (groups 1A and 1B.) Kentucky opened up regional sites for vaccinations, and they started taking group 1C on March 1 — with priority given to ages 60 and up.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 March 2, vaccines opened to ages 50 and up.Next in line is Hoosiers 40 and up, and residents with five underlying health conditions. Click here to view which co-morbidities qualify next, when sign-ups begin.Current COVID-19 restrictionsKentuckyMask mandate in effect. 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.Several businesses must limit capacity to 60%, including bars and restaurants.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.Latest headlines out of Kentucky and IndianaIndiana teachers now eligible for COVID-19 vaccines under federal directive Indiana opens COVID-19 vaccinations to residents 50 and olderBars, restaurants, slew of other Kentucky businesses allowed to increase capacity to 60% New executive order from Gov. Beshear pushes school districts to resume in-person learning Kentucky to begin COVID-19 vaccinations for Phase 1C on March 1 Kentucky child care providers moved up to Phase 1B, can get vaccinated now Kentucky announces first regional COVID-19 vaccination site, prioritizing people 70 and olderLouisville closes vaccine ‘interest’ list, actual waitlist now open. Here’s how to sign up Kentucky makes changes to vaccine rollout guidance, lists all phasesWhat’s New: Week of Mar. 8, 2021New guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say people fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can safely visit with other vaccinated people and small groups of unvaccinated people in some circumstances, but there are still important safety precautions needed.Senators approved the nearly $2 trillion stimulus package on a 50-49 party-line vote. That sets up final congressional approval by the House so lawmakers can whisk it to President Joe Biden for his signature. Biden said Saturday that the plan means $1,400 checks to individuals would be sent out this month.As more jurisdictions join Texas, Mississippi and other states in lifting mask mandates and easing restrictions on businesses, many essential workers are relieved by changes that might help the economy but also concerned they could make them less safe amid a pandemic that health experts warn is far from over. 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.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.PCEtLSBzdGFydCBBUCBlbWJlZCAtLT4KPGlmcmFtZSB0aXRsZT0iRGVhdGhzIGZyb20gQ09WSUQgaW4gdGhlIFVTIiBhcmlhLWxhYmVsPSJJbnRlcmFjdGl2ZSBsaW5lIGNoYXJ0IiBpZD0iZGF0YXdyYXBwZXItY2hhcnQtSDd3VDEiIHNyYz0iaHR0cHM6Ly9pbnRlcmFjdGl2ZXMuYXAub3JnL2VtYmVkcy9IN3dUMS8yLyIgc2Nyb2xsaW5nPSJubyIgd2lkdGg9IjEwMCUiIHN0eWxlPSJib3JkZXI6bm9uZSIgaGVpZ2h0PSI0MDAiPjwvaWZyYW1lPjxzY3JpcHQgdHlwZT0idGV4dC9qYXZhc2NyaXB0Ij4hZnVuY3Rpb24oKXsidXNlIHN0cmljdCI7d2luZG93LmFkZEV2ZW50TGlzdGVuZXIoIm1lc3NhZ2UiLChmdW5jdGlvbihhKXtpZih2b2lkIDAhPT1hLmRhdGFbImRhdGF3cmFwcGVyLWhlaWdodCJdKWZvcih2YXIgZSBpbiBhLmRhdGFbImRhdGF3cmFwcGVyLWhlaWdodCJdKXt2YXIgdD1kb2N1bWVudC5nZXRFbGVtZW50QnlJZCgiZGF0YXdyYXBwZXItY2hhcnQtIitlKXx8ZG9jdW1lbnQucXVlcnlTZWxlY3RvcigiaWZyYW1lW3NyYyo9JyIrZSsiJ10iKTt0JiYodC5zdHlsZS5oZWlnaHQ9YS5kYXRhWyJkYXRhd3JhcHBlci1oZWlnaHQiXVtlXSsicHgiKX19KSl9KCk7PC9zY3JpcHQ+CjwhLS0gZW5kIEFQIGVtYmVkIC0tPgo=PCEtLSBzdGFydCBBUCBlbWJlZCAtLT4KPGlmcmFtZSB0aXRsZT0iTmV3IGRhaWx5IENPVklELTE5IGNhc2VzIiBhcmlhLWxhYmVsPSJNYXAiIGlkPSJkYXRhd3JhcHBlci1jaGFydC1Pdzc0dCIgc3JjPSJodHRwczovL2ludGVyYWN0aXZlcy5hcC5vcmcvZW1iZWRzL093NzR0LzIyLyIgc2Nyb2xsaW5nPSJubyIgd2lkdGg9IjEwMCUiIHN0eWxlPSJib3JkZXI6bm9uZSIgaGVpZ2h0PSI1MzEiPjwvaWZyYW1lPjxzY3JpcHQgdHlwZT0idGV4dC9qYXZhc2NyaXB0Ij4hZnVuY3Rpb24oKXsidXNlIHN0cmljdCI7d2luZG93LmFkZEV2ZW50TGlzdGVuZXIoIm1lc3NhZ2UiLChmdW5jdGlvbihhKXtpZih2b2lkIDAhPT1hLmRhdGFbImRhdGF3cmFwcGVyLWhlaWdodCJdKWZvcih2YXIgZSBpbiBhLmRhdGFbImRhdGF3cmFwcGVyLWhlaWdodCJdKXt2YXIgdD1kb2N1bWVudC5nZXRFbGVtZW50QnlJZCgiZGF0YXdyYXBwZXItY2hhcnQtIitlKXx8ZG9jdW1lbnQucXVlcnlTZWxlY3RvcigiaWZyYW1lW3NyYyo9JyIrZSsiJ10iKTt0JiYodC5zdHlsZS5oZWlnaHQ9YS5kYXRhWyJkYXRhd3JhcHBlci1oZWlnaHQiXVtlXSsicHgiKX19KSl9KCk7PC9zY3JpcHQ+CjwhLS0gZW5kIEFQIGVtYmVkIC0tPgo=Check out Indiana’s positivity map below, or click here if you can’t see it (there is not one available for Kentucky):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 – 1,010 | Total cases – 412,924 | Wednesday deaths – 34 | Total deaths – 4,884 | Positivity rate – 3.93%

Indiana – Thursday cases – 922 | Total cases – 670,074 | Thursday deaths – 32 | Total deaths – 12,382 | Positivity rate – 3.1%

(Scroll down for historical data, county breakdowns)

Vaccine plans

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

Kentucky

This website monitors 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. Kentuckians over 70, first responders, K-12 school personnel and daycare providers are also now eligible (groups 1A and 1B.)

Kentucky opened up regional sites for vaccinations, and they started taking group 1C on March 1 — with priority given to ages 60 and up.

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 March 2, vaccines opened to ages 50 and up.

Next in line is Hoosiers 40 and up, and residents with five underlying health conditions. Click here to view which co-morbidities qualify next, when sign-ups begin.

Current COVID-19 restrictions

Kentucky

  • Mask mandate in effect. 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.
  • Several businesses must limit capacity to 60%, including bars and restaurants.

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.

Latest headlines out of Kentucky and Indiana

What’s New: Week of Mar. 8, 2021

New guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say people fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can safely visit with other vaccinated people and small groups of unvaccinated people in some circumstances, but there are still important safety precautions needed.

Senators approved the nearly $2 trillion stimulus package on a 50-49 party-line vote. That sets up final congressional approval by the House so lawmakers can whisk it to President Joe Biden for his signature. Biden said Saturday that the plan means $1,400 checks to individuals would be sent out this month.

As more jurisdictions join Texas, Mississippi and other states in lifting mask mandates and easing restrictions on businesses, many essential workers are relieved by changes that might help the economy but also concerned they could make them less safe amid a pandemic that health experts warn is far from over.


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.

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

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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