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Beshear reports 40% of KY adults are vaccinated; 310 new cases, 11 deaths; mask mandate extended

Gov. Andy Beshear announced more than 1.3 million Kentuckians have received at least their first dose of one of three highly effective COVID-19 vaccines. “We’ve now vaccinated about 40% of Kentucky adults – a really exciting milestone. We also believe we’ve vaccinated about 70% of Kentuckians who are age 70 and up,” said Gov. Beshear. Case Information Beshear reported the following COVID-19...

State reports 361 new COVID cases, 8 deaths, 2.88% positivity; ages 40-up eligible for vaccines

The state reported 361 new COVID cases on Sunday, 8 deaths, and 2.88% positivity. Of the new cases, 72 were of 18 years old and under. Total deaths in Kentucky number 6,031 and cases number 425,024. There have been 2,376 deaths in long term care and congregate settings. Kentucky has tested 4,893,168 people. There are currently 381 patients hospitalized with 96 in ICUs and 39 on ventilators. The top...

State reports 637 new COVID cases, 15 deaths, 2.8% positivity; vaccines open tomorrow for ages 40-up

The state reported 637 new COVID cases, 15 deaths and a 2.8% positivity rate on Saturday. Of the new cases, 100 were in those 18 and younger This brings Kentucky’s total COVID cases to 424,666 and 6,023 deaths. Hospitalized patients total 400 and there are 92 in ICU and 46 on ventilators. The top counties for cases are Jefferson (86), Fayette (53), Adair (32), Warren (24) and Scott (22). Boone...

KY Supreme Court unanimously agrees with The Kernel that UK violated the state’s Open Records Act

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky Supreme Court unanimously upheld a ruling on Thursday finding the University of Kentucky violated the state’s Open Records Act in denying records to the student newspaper, ending a six-year legal battle. In 2015, two UK graduate students complained of sexual assaults by Dr. James Harwood, a professor in the University’s College of Agriculture. The university...

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...

Rehabilitation project on I-64 Sherman Minton Bridge to result in lane closures over next four weeks

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Drivers who use the Interstate 64 Sherman Minton Bridge can expect lane closures over the next four weeks as the first phase of a three-year major rehabilitation project. Inspections of the double-decker bridge that crosses the Ohio River between Louisville and New Albany, Indiana with three lanes in either direction, began on Tuesday. To allow the inspection team to safely...

Governor reports 2.85% positivity rate, 695 cases, 24 deaths, urges vaccines; 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....

Gov. Beshear reports 893 new COVID cases, 11 deaths, 2.93% positivity; get vaccine 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...

Grants totaling $14.2 million announced for Eastern Kentucky Economic Development Projects

Gov. Andy Beshear and U.S. Rep. Harold ‘Hal’ Rogers (KY-05) on Monday announced six economic development projects in five Appalachian counties have been selected for $14.2 million in Abandoned Mine Lands (AML) Pilot Program grants. Gov. Andy Beshear The projects, in Floyd, Harlan, Laurel, Morgan and Perry counties, range from the construction of water treatment plants to robotic instruction...

Governor reports all good news — COVID numbers down in every category; vaccines open 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....

Following 30-day assessment, Gov. Beshear requests federal disaster funds for damage from winter storm

Gov. Andy Beshear on Friday submitted a request to President Joe Biden asking that a Major Disaster Declaration be issued for the severe winter storm system that impacted Kentucky from February 8 through February 19. Gov. Beshear issued a State of Emergency Order on February 11. Fifty-nine counties and 38 cities likewise issued local states of emergency orders. “The impacts of February’s ice and...

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

Gov. Andy Beshearon Friday 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...

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...

Kentucky National Guard to extend support mission in Washington D.C. through May 23

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky National Guard has agreed to extend its mission in support of the U.S. Capitol Police and the Washington D.C. National Guard through May 23. Approximately 70 volunteer Guardsmen will continue to provide support to the National Capitol Region, although Kentucky’s footprint will be reduced more than half from the 150 personnel who are there now. KNG Specialist...

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...

Ceremony at Capitol marks 1million vaccinations in Kentucky; Gov. reports 396 new cases, 23 deaths

A ceremony at the Capitol on Monday marked one million Kentuckians who have received at least the first dosage of a COVID-19 vaccine, as several people rolled up their sleeves, and received an injection. Celebrating one million vaccines in Kentucky “We are here to mark an important and a very hopeful milestone in our fight against COVID-19 in the Commonwealth,” said Gov. Andy Beshear. “These...

National Thoroughbred horsemen’s group files suit against Horse Racing Integrity and Safety Act

By Joe Clabes KyForward reporter The National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (NHBPA) and eleven affiliates have filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court challenging the constitutionality of The Horse Racing Integrity and Safety Act (HISA). The legislation, originally introduced by U.S. Reps Andy Barr (R-KY) and Paul Tonka (D-NY) and passed by Congress in December of 2020 as part of...

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 Saturday; positivity is 3.98%

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). Of the new cases,...