COVID changes coming; well-known Kentuckian passes

Later this week, both the national and public emergency declarations for COVID-19 will expire, meaning that publicly-available data that tracks virus trends will be harder to find.

CDC transmission data, national immunization data and COVID-19 community levels, will all be unavailable come Thursday, according to Gov. Andy Beshear. The CDC has said it will discontinue its COVID-19 transmission and community level maps due to no longer having the state-level data needed to make the data accurate and complete.

States will no longer be required to report specific data to the CDC, and other public health measures, including hospital data such as COVID-19 admissions, will only be reported weekly, according to state officials.

In a somber but related note, Virginia Moore, Gov. Andy Beshear’s sign language interpreter, died over the weekend.

Moore was the executive director of the Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, where she had worked since 1995 and was appointed as the executive director in 2009. She became well-known while appearing with the governor during his COVID updates throughout the pandemic.

Moore was a cancer survivor but no cause of death has been released.