KET Pandemic Coverage
A collection of programs and articles produced by KET during the pandemic.
Trusted experts share the latest information about the coronavirus and answer questions.
Kentucky Tonight episodes focused on the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Kentucky’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
- Health, Legal and Voting Issues During the COVID-19 Pandemic
- Reopening Kentucky’s Economy
- COVID-19 Impact on Primary Voting and Local Governments
- Debating Steps to Reopen the Economy
- Reopening Rules for Restaurants and Retail
- Reopening Kentucky Schools
- COVID-19’s Impact on Higher Education in Kentucky
- COVID-19’s Impact Kentucky Tourism
- Challenges and Benefits of Remote Learning in Kentucky
- Special Education, Student Mental Health and COVID-19
- COVID-19’s Impact on Kentucky’s Health Care System
- Reopening Kentucky Classrooms During a Coronavirus Surge
Coronavirus: A Kentucky Update
Dr. Wayne Tuckson provides updates on coronavirus disease 2019, also known as COVID-19, in Kentucky.
- What Kentuckians Can Do to Stop the Spread of COVID-19
- Help with Unemployment and Public Health Advice
- Preparing for the COVID-19 Surge and Viewer Questions
- Accessing Kentucky’s Benefits and Viewer Questions
- The Need for Testing and Helping Food Banks
- Kentucky’s Path to Reopening and Mental Health Assistance
- Health Care in the COVID-19 Era and a Testing Update
- COVID-19’s Impact on Long-Term Care Facilities
- Phases for Reopening and Rural Patients’ Needs
- Hot Spots, COVID-19’s Impact on Teens, and Recovery Stories
- Tracking Cases, Mental Health, and More Stories of Recovery
Bill Bryant and guest journalists discuss news of the week, including a potential challenger to U.S. Sen. Rand Paul in the 2022 election and businesses planning to fully re-open this summer as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. Guests: Phillip Bailey, USA Today; Ryland Barton, Kentucky Public Radio; and Janet Patton, Lexington Herald-Leader.
Isabella Isaacs-Thomas from PBS NewsHour discusses the history of research and the science behind the genetic makeup of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, which use synthetic messenger RNA, or mRNA, to protect against the coronavirus.
Laura Santhanam of PBS NewsHour investigates the possibility that electronic "vaccine passports" may be utilized by those who have been immunized against COVID-19 in order to travel and/or participate in other activities.
The largest vaccination campaign in United States history has begun protecting its first recipients against the novel coronavirus. Yet there are a number of logistics to be mapped out and questions answered before the country can regain control over COVID-19 and restore a semblance of normal life. Laura Santhanam from PBS NewsHour presents an updated Q&A with all you need to know about getting vaccinated.
In this special episode, Dr. Wayne Tuckson and guests honor the many health care workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly those who lost their lives. Guests: Dr. William Moss from the Med Center Health in Bowling Green; Delanor Manson, CEO of the Kentucky Nurses Association; and Elizabeth A. Johnson, president of the Kentucky Association of Health Care Facilities.
Bill Bryant and a panel of journalists discuss the week's news, including Gov. Andy Beshear's vetoes of several bills passed by the legislature. A montage of Comment on Kentucky clips through the years honors former host Al Smith, who died on March 19. Guests: Alex Acquisto, Lexington Herald-Leader; Mandy McLaren, Louisville Courier-Journal; and Lawrence Smith, WDRB in Louisville.
The number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. have reduced substantially since the height of the last wave, but with states reopening widely those numbers are spiking again. New data shows the development of several hotspots, with new cases up in 15 states over the past week. Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of the School of Public Health at Brown University, joins William Brangham to discuss the rise.
Elizabeth A. Johnson, president and executive director of the Kentucky Association of Health Care Facilities and Kentucky Center for Assisted Living, talks about long-term care facilities and resources in Kentucky and the challenges facing the industry as it begins to recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic..
Bill Bryant and a panel of journalists discuss legislation passed during the final days of the General Assembly, developments in Louisville as the one-year anniversary of Breonna Taylor's death approaches, and other news. Guests: Ryland Barton, Kentucky Public Radio; Bill Estep, Lexington Herald-Leader; Morgan Watkins, Louisville Courier-Journal; and Dawne Gee, WAVE 3 in Louisville.