Melissa Patrick, Author at The Advocate-Messenger


Capacity limits going to 60% for many; Beshear gives ‘optimistic’ report

Following seven weeks of declining coronavirus cases and positive-test rates, along with an increasing supply of vaccines, Gov. Andy Beshear announced that many businesses would ... Read more

by Melissa Patrick, Tuesday, March 2, 2021 7:10 am


State to get a 29% boost in vaccine supply next week

Kentucky’s coronavirus vaccine supply will increase by 29 percent next week, and the amount being sent through the federal pharmacy program will double, Gov. Andy ... Read more

by Melissa Patrick, Friday, February 19, 2021 5:00 pm


Gray tasked with getting vaccines to Kentuckians

State Transportation Secretary Jim Gray manages a $2.2 billion budget and has been president of an international construction firm, two-term mayor of Lexington, and Democratic ... Read more

by Melissa Patrick, Monday, February 1, 2021 7:42 am


State reports 49 more deaths from COVID-19

January is on track to be Kentucky’s deadliest month Gov. Andy Beshear and his health commissioner have long said Covid-19 deaths are a lagging indicator ... Read more

by Melissa Patrick, Thursday, January 21, 2021 8:26 am


Nearly half of all teens who use electronic cigarettes say they want to quit

Nearly half of teens who use electronic cigarettes said in a national survey that they wanted to quit, and about a quarter said they had ... Read more

by Melissa Patrick, Monday, August 24, 2020 12:56 pm


Almost half of counties still lack syringe exchanges, including 20 of those most vulnerable to drug-related disease outbreaks

Most Kentucky counties now have harm-reduction programs to fight drug abuse, but the coronavirus pandemic has slowed their expansion and complicated the work of their ... Read more

by Melissa Patrick, Monday, August 3, 2020 3:14 pm


Following guidelines, wearing masks could make state reopening a success, health commissioner says

Gov. Andy Beshear announced 90 new cases of the coronavirus on Monday and for the first time in weeks, no new deaths. “For somebody who ... Read more

by Melissa Patrick, Tuesday, June 23, 2020 10:45 am


Beshear reports 203 new coronavirus cases and 7 more deaths; guidance up for pools and gatherings up to 50, allowed June 29

After announcing 203 new coronavirus cases today, Gov. Andy Beshear reminded Kentuckians in a news release that there are three things they can do to ... Read more

by Melissa Patrick, Wednesday, June 17, 2020 8:11 am


State school-bus guidance no longer includes social distancing; compliance with plan for masks is expected to be a battle

Kentucky public-health officials have reversed their position about social distancing on school buses, after school superintendents said the plan wasn’t realistic. Health officials still say ... Read more

by Melissa Patrick, Monday, June 15, 2020 8:38 am


COVID cases on the rise again in Kentucky

Gov. Andy Beshear announced 319 new cases of the coronavirus on Saturday, one of the highest numbers the state has seen in weeks. “The virus ... Read more

by Melissa Patrick, Monday, June 8, 2020 8:07 am