Guest host Lawrence Smith of WDRB in Louisville and fellow journalists discuss the news of the week, including the latest on COVID-19 and decisions by many local school boards across the state to implement masking mandates for students, teachers, and staff. Guests: John Cheves, Lexington Herald-Leader; Joe Ragusa, Spectrum News 1; and Deborah Yetter, Louisville Courier Journal.
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KET Covers COVID-19
A robust collection of programs and articles produced by KET
Beginning in March 2020, KET began producing content focused on the coronavirus and its effect on Kentucky. The collection includes:
- KET undertook a new series, Coronavirus: A Kentucky Update, to inform Kentuckians about the disease and its implications.
- Coronavirus: A KET Forum shared the latest information and answered viewer questions.
- KET aired the Governor’s daily COVID-19 updates and provided the feed to other media outlets to help keep the public informed.
Programs and Articles
The vaccine mandate President Biden announced Thursday is the most aggressive step he's taken so far to get shots in the arms of the nearly 80 million eligible Americans who are not yet vaccinated. David Michaels, an epidemiologist who ran OSHA from 2009 to 2017 and served on the Biden administration's COVID transition task force, joins William Brangham to discuss.
Bill Bryant and journalists discuss the week's news, including the latest on the COVID-19 surge in Kentucky and the possibility of holding a special legislative session to address it. Guests: Alex Acquisto, Lexington Herald-Leader; Ryland Barton, Kentucky Public Radio; and Olivia Krauth, Louisville Courier Journal.
Renee Shaw and four legislators discuss Kentucky's response to COVID-19. Guests: Kentucky House Speaker Pro Tem David Meade, a Republican from Stanford; Kentucky House Minority Leader Joni Jenkins, a Democrat from Shively; Kentucky Senate President Pro Tem David Givens, a Republican from Greensburg; and Kentucky Senate Minority Leader Morgan McGarvey, a Democrat from Louisville.
Bill Bryant and journalists discuss the week's news, including a mounting health crisis as hospitals around the state are overwhelmed by COVID-19 cases and a major Kentucky Supreme Court decision that curbs Gov. Andy Beshear's executive authority. Guests: Lawrence Smith, WDRB in Louisville; Mark Vanderhoff, WLKY in Louisville; and Deborah Yetter, Louisville Courier Journal.
Renee Shaw and her guests discuss the COVID-19 surge in Kentucky. Guests include: David Dougherty, M.D., infectious disease specialist at Baptist Health, Lexington; Ashley Montgomery-Yates, M.D., chief medical officer for inpatient and emergency services at UK Healthcare; Molly Rutherford, M.D., direct primary care physician and owner of Bluegrass Family Wellness in Crestwood; and others.
Bill Bryant and journalists discuss the week's news, including the latest on a continuing rise in COVID-19 cases in Kentucky. Guests: Alex Acquisto, Lexington Herald-Leader; Jess Clark, WFPL in Louisville; and Morgan Watkins, Louisville Courier Journal.
PBS NewsHour's Laura Santhanam discusses HIPAA, or the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and how it applies to requests for COVID-19 vaccination cards. HIPAA protects people’s private health information from being shared by certain health care entities without patient consent.