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Beshear reports 646 cases, 27 deaths; on Monday all Kyians 40 and older are eligible to be vaccinated

Gov. Andy Beshear announced the state’s COVID-19 positivity rate has declined to 2.8% and he continued to encourage eligible Kentuckians to get vaccinated. On Monday, all Kentuckians 40 and older will become eligible for three highly effective COVID-19 vaccines, in addition to all individuals in Phase 1A, 1B and 1C. By April 12, all Kentuckians 16 and older will be eligible to receive a COVID-19...

Governor reports 1.25 million Kentuckians vaccinated, 726 cases, 19 deaths, 2.92% positivity

Gov. Andy Beshear announced Thursday the pace of Kentucky’s COVID-19 vaccination efforts continues to accelerate. “As of today, we’re right at 1.25 million Kentuckians who have received at least their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. That is more than 36% of our adult population, which is really exciting,” said Gov. Beshear. “This is the pace we want to keep up.” The Governor reported...

Governor reports 2.85% positivity rate, 695 cases 24 deaths, urges vaccinations; April 12, all ages eligible

Gov. Andy Beshear announced the state’s positivity rate has decreased again, to 2.85%. All Kentuckians 50 and older became eligible Monday for three highly effective COVID-19 vaccines. By April 12, all Kentuckians 16 and older will be eligible to sign up for vaccination appointments. “Every day, as more Kentuckians are vaccinated, we get closer to our goal of defeating COVID-19,” said Gov. Beshear....

Governor reports 893 new COVID cases, 11 deaths, 2.93% positivity; vaccine sites open — get yours now

Gov. Andy Beshear said Kentucky once again broke a weekly vaccination record with 198,447 new Kentuckians receiving a #ShotOfHope during the last reporting week, beginning on March 16. The previously weekly record was 165,217 new Kentuckians receiving a vaccine in the week beginning on March 9. He reported 893 new COVID cases, 11 deaths, and 2.93% positivity. Gov. Beshear also announced Kentucky Dam...

Beshear reports 294 cases, 11 deaths, positivity lowest since 2020; get vaccinated (1,186,000 have)

Gov. Andy Beshear announced the state’s lowest positivity rate since last July 3 and updated Kentuckians on COVID-19 vaccinations. “We’ve come too far and we’ve lost too much to mess this up now. So please continue to wear your masks until we get everybody vaccinated,” said Gov. Beshear. “And if you’re thinking about not taking the vaccine, think harder. Think about all the individuals...

Governor reports all good news — COVID numbers down in every category; vaccines to ages 50-up

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today There was plenty of good news Sunday regarding the COVID-19 pandemic in Kentucky, as new cases, deaths, and the positivity rate all dropped. 
“Given Sunday’s number of new cases, 316, we have our tenth straight week of declining cases,” Gov. Andy Beshear said in a Facebook video. “Our positivity rate at 2.97% is the lowest since July 3. All of that is good news.” Gov....

State sees 644 new COVID cases, 25 deaths, and positivity lowered to 3.07%

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The number of new cases of COVID-19 in Kentucky continued its decline on Saturday as did the state’s positivity rate, while the number of new deaths — 25 — remained the same as Friday. 
A total of 644 new cases were reported to state public health officials, a drop from Friday’s 731, and increasing the pandemic total of positive cases in the state to 420,512. Wear...

Beshear reports 731 new COVID cases, 25 deaths, 3.4% positivity; mask up, get vaccinated

Gov. Andy Beshear announced 731 new COVID-19 cases in Kentucky, 25 deaths and a positivity rate of 3.40%. “With now more than 1 million Kentuckians being vaccinated, our shot of hope has proven to be our shot of certainty for ending this pandemic,” Gov. Beshear said. “We still need everyone to continue to mask up, practice social distancing, wash your hands and get vaccinated when it’s your...

Beshear says vaccines open to 50-and-older, opens more sites; reports 785 cases, catch-up death count

Gov. Andy Beshear announced all Kentuckian 50 and older can sign up for COVID-19 vaccination appointments on or after March 22. He said all Kentuckians ages 16 and older will be able to sign up for appointments by April 12. “Kentuckians deemed most vulnerable should still get priority, and they will, but we can’t have these vaccines sitting in a freezer. We are in a race against the COVID-19 variants...

Governor reports 963 cases, 27 deaths and 3.73% positivity; says, ‘We can’t let up yet’

Gov. Andy Beshear announced the state’s positivity rate has declined to 3.73%. He reported 963 cases and 27 deaths. “While our new cases have decreased dramatically since their peak in the Commonwealth, these numbers are still too high,” said Gov. Beshear. “We are close to the finish line but we can’t let up yet. Keep masking up, keep social distancing and get vaccinated when it’s your...

Beshear reports 819 cases, 24 deaths, positivity 3.87%; long-term care update; get vaccine, mask up

Gov. Andy Beshear reported 819 new COVID-19 cases, 24 COVID-19 deaths and a positivity rate of 3.87%. “This week, while we are so hopeful, this virus is still out there and it is still dangerous. Please continue to wear your mask and social distance – even if you’ve been vaccinated, you have a duty to everybody else who is still waiting for their vaccine,” said Gov. Beshear. “Remember, by...

Beshear announces COVID memorial for Capitol grounds as 5,000 deaths reached; 36 new cases

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today On the same day that he observed the milestone of one million Kentuckians receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, Gov. Andy Beshear announced another milestone: 5,000 deaths due to the virus. 
There were 23 more deaths due to COVID-19 reported Monday after going through the audit process, which raises the pandemic total to 5,005. 
“We want to mark this by opening the Team...

Virus figures continue to decline for ninth straight week, positivity rate remains below four percent

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The number of new cases of COVID-19 in Kentucky continued to drop on Sunday, as did those hospitalized, due to the coronavirus. There were 445 new cases reported to state public health officials on Sunday, raising Kentucky’s pandemic total to 416,215. Although numbers have often been lower on Sunday, due to some labs not reporting or closed on the weekend, it still marks...

Gov. Beshear reports 679 new COVID cases and 16 deaths on Saturday; positivity is under 4%

Gov. Andy Beshear reported 679 new COVID cases and 16 deaths on Saturday, bring the state’s totals to 415,770 cases and 4,966 deaths. Positivity rate was 3.98%. He said a total of 975,578 people have been fully vaccinated in Kentucky and at least 1,1223,795 have received their first dose. The top three counties with most cases were Jefferson (104), Lyon (97) and Fayette (42). Boone and Kenton...

Governor reports 963 new cases, 19 deaths and 3.88% positivity, all declining; sign up for vaccine

Gov. Andy Beshear announced 963 new COVID-19 cases and 19 deaths in Kentucky and a positivity rate below 4%. “The number of new cases, deaths and the positivity rate all continue to decline,” the Governor said. “While this is encouraging, we need to remain committed to the public health measures that have helped Kentucky curb the number of infections, hospitalizations and deaths that would have...