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As a new strain of coronavirus (COVID-19) swept through the world in 2020, preparedness plans, masking policies and more public policy changed just as quickly. WVXU has covered the pandemic's impact on the Tri-State from the very beginning, when on March 3, 2020, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine barred spectators from attending the Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus over concerns about the virus, even though Ohio had yet to confirm a single case of COVID-19.

Second Kentucky Minor Hospitalized Due To COVID-19

Credit Governor Andy Beshear

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear announced Tuesday the hospitalization of a second minor due to the coronavirus.

State Public Health Commissioner Steven Stack said a sixteen-year-old and a ten-year-old are likely suffering from a pediatric-multi-system-inflammatory syndrome related to the virus. Beshear said the ten-year-old is “doing just a bit better.” The sixteen-year-old is “doing well”, but is in the hospital out of an abundance of caution.

Beshear responded to recent protests at the Capitol against the social distancing policies imposed by his administration. He said he encourages those who disagree with his executive actions to express their disagreement without jeopardizing the health of others. Beshear also encouraged those protesting to refrain from displaying the Confederate flag or any racist symbol at the Capitol.

“I don’t think it’s right to be showing white supremacy signs here on the Capitol grounds,” Beshear said. “I believe in a Kentucky that includes everyone and respects everyone.”

Beshear confirmed 191 new coronavirus cases Tuesday, bringing the statewide total to 6,583. 379 Kentuckians are currently hospitalized due to COVID-19, with 215 in intensive care units.

The new cases come from Warren, Jefferson, Fayette, Logan, Kenton, Boone, Boyd, Daviess, Oldham, Calloway, Pike, Barren, Campbell, Hardin, Jessamine, Montgomery, Shelby, Allen, Anderson, Bath, Carter, Franklin, Garrard, Grayson, Hart, Livingston, Madison, McCracken, Mercer, Metcalfe, Muhlenberg, Ohio, Pulaski, Scott and Woodford counties.

Ten Kentuckians died as a result of the coronavirus Tuesday, including an 85-year-old female from Hopkins County. The total number of deaths in Kentucky now sits at 321.

More information on the coronavirus pandemic in Kentucky can be foundhere.

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Dalton York is an undergraduate student at Murray State University, majoring in History and secondary education. A native of Marshall County, Dalton is a proud product of his tight-knit community. He has competed nationally in speech and debate, winning numerous accolades in extemporaneous speaking and radio broadcast. Dalton is also very active in community theatre, appearing on stage and backstage at Playhouse in the Park. Dalton considers himself a "public radio nerd" and is proud to serve his community through WKMS.