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Gov. Beshear reports 3,433 COVID cases, 49 deaths; positivity is below 12% for fifth day

Gov. Andy Beshear said the state’s COVID-19 positivity rate has stayed below 12% for the fifth day in a row as he reported 3,433 cases and 49 deaths. “While there is still so much pain and darkness in our commonwealth due to this pandemic, we are beginning to see the light ahead of us,” said Gov. Beshear. “This plateauing positivity rate is great news for Kentucky, especially as we continue...

Gov. Beshear vetoes five bills, calling them ‘unconstitutional,’ ‘put Kentucky lives at risk’

Gov. Andy Beshear vetoed five bills Monday, including House Bill 1 and Senate Bill 1, allowing him to continue taking bold, effective actions to save lives, and ensuring future governors have the tools they need to address new emergencies quickly. The Governor said his efforts to stop COVID-19 are widely supported by Kentuckians: 86% support asking people to stay at home and avoid gathering in groups;...

Beshear reports 2,250 COVID cases, 27 deaths; major funding for hospitals, faster vaccinations

Gov. Andy Beshear updated Kentuckians on increased funding for Kentucky hospitals and reported 2,250 new COVID cases and 27 deaths. Campbell reported 218 new cases, Kenton 82 and Boone 47. “I come to you today as our country passes a grim milestone of losing 400,000 Americans to the coronavirus. That is a staggering loss. It’s so large it’s hard to actually see it in your mind, to process how...

FBI warns of hostile gatherings at state capitals; Beshear closes Capitol grounds on Sunday

Staff Report The FBI has warned every state governor about the potential for demonstrations at state capitals across the nation, in the wake of violence at the nation’s Capitol and the coming inauguration of President-Elect Joseph Biden. Gov. Andy Beshear has announced heightened security measures around the Kentucky State Capitol grounds in Frankfort and, in interviews on national TV, has decried...

Beshear reports 3,954 cases and 19 deaths, says vaccinations are picking up

Gov. Andy Beshear updated Kentuckians about COVID-19 case information and vaccines, reporting 3,955 cases and 19 deaths. “These case numbers are still far too high, but there is hopeful news today, too. We are on track as we ramp up to meet our goal of administering 90% of all vaccine received within seven days of arrival,” said Gov. Beshear. The Governor said 325,625 COVID-19 vaccine doses have...

Beshear reports 4,084 cases, 51 deaths, plan to increase speed of vaccine, unemployment update

Gov. Andy Beshear, state officials and Kroger leadership announced a new partnership to significantly increase the speed of COVID-19 vaccinations across the Commonwealth. Beshear reported 4,084 new cases and 51 deaths. Fayette County reported 172 new cases, The first Kroger regional, drive-through vaccination sites will open the week of Feb. 1 for Kentuckians in Phase 1A, 1B and 1C. The Governor said...

Gov. Beshear reports 4,560 cases, 47 deaths, says virus spreading more agressively

Gov. Andy Beshear announced the state’s fourth-highest report of new COVID-19 cases and third-highest report of new COVID-19 deaths. “We’re going to pass 3,000 COVID-19 deaths in the Commonwealth,” said Gov. Beshear. “That is tragic. We can stop this. We need to wear masks. We need to follow the rules and restrictions, and now is not the time to pull away the authority that keeps us safe....

Beshear reports 2,085 cases, 21 deaths, 12.35% positivity; condemns vandalism at Dr. Stack’s home

Gov. Andy Beshear reported 2,085 new COVID-19 cases and 21 deaths, condemned domestic terrorism and said General Assembly actions that would significantly limit the state’s ability to fight the deadly virus are dangerous and unfeasible. “We’ve seen some bills move through the General Assembly that attempt to create new ways of addressing the coronavirus,” said Beshear. “One bill that passed...

Governor reports 3,232 new COVID cases, 25 deaths, 12.45% positivity; 119 counties in red zone

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today There was a sharp drop in new cases of COVID-19 in Kentucky on Sunday, but the number of deaths rose, as did the state’s positivity rate. 

 There were 3,232 new cases of the coronavirus reported to state officials. That is 1,008 less than the 4,240 reported on Saturday and raises the total number of cases in Kentucky since the first one was reported last March 6 to...

State reports 4,240 new COVID cases, 20 deaths, 12.3% positivity — ‘the war has taken a toll’

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today It was another big day for new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, with nearly 20,000 in the past four days, and the pandemic total topping 300,000. A total of 4,240 new cases of the coronavirus were reported to state health officials. That means, over the past four days, Kentucky has seen 19,633 positive cases, with a total of 300,398 since the first case was reported in the...

Beshear reports 4,750 new cases, 13 deaths, gives update on unemployment and vaccines

Gov. Andy Beshear announced the third-highest ever report of new COVID-19 cases, surpassed only by the Jan. 7 and Jan. 6 reports. The Governor has reported 15,403 new COVID-19 cases in just three days. He reported 4,750 new cases and 13 deaths and a positivity rate of 11.9%. Fayette County reported 302 cases. “We are at a really tough point once again in our war against COVID-19. We have successfully...

Beshear reports 4,911 new COVID-19 cases, second-highest ever, and 37 deaths; in ‘dangerous place’

Gov. Andy Beshear reported 4,911 new COVID-19 cases in the Commonwealth’s second-highest daily report – yesterday’s report was the highest-ever – and the state’s highest positivity rate since May 5. The Governor has announced 10,653 cases in just two days. There were 37 deaths. Kenton County reported 124 new cases, Boone County 163 and Campbell County 107. “We are in a dangerous place....

Gov. Beshear reports highest-ever daily cases — 5,742 — 34 deaths; need ‘centralized effort’

Gov. Andy Beshear announced the highest-ever daily report of COVID-19 cases in the Commonwealth and the highest positivity rate — 11.7% — since May 5. He reported 5,742 new cases and 34 deaths. Kenton County reported 216 cases and one death, an 80-year-old woman, Boone reported 199 and Campbell 101. “Today’s numbers show how critically important a centralized effort and response is...

Beshear reports 1,781 new cases, 23 deaths, talks vaccines and contact tracing

Gov. Andy Beshear reported 1,781 new COVID cases and 23 deaths — and positivity rate of 11.4%. He also reported that more vaccines are on their way. “2021 is going to be the year that we defeat the coronavirus. It’s going to take months. We are still going to sustain heartbreaking losses along the way. But vaccines are here. The first two that received emergency approval are highly effective....

Beshear reports 2,319 new COVID cases, 26 deaths; explains next vaccination phases

Gov. Andy Beshear reported 2,319 new COVID cases, the highest ever for a Monday, and 26 deaths — and a disturbing 11.2% positivity rate. Beshear and Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health, provided an update on the COVID-19 vaccine and announced that Kentuckians will be inoculated in four phases. The Governor said the state’s goal is to administer 90% of...

Gov. Beshear reports 1,470 cases, 25 deaths, expresses concern about rising positivity rate

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Another increase in Kentucky’s COVID-19 positivity rate, the number of new cases, and deaths, were reported by Gov. Andy Beshear on Sunday. 
The number of new cases reported to state public health officials was 2,860, nearly double Saturday’s total of 1,470, and raises the total to 276,831, since Kentucky’s first positive case was reported on March 6 in Harrison...

Beshear reports 8,739 cases over three days, 75 deaths; positivity up but some labs were closed

In the first COVID-19 update of the new year, Gov. Andy Beshear reported three days of numbers on COVID in Kentucky. Over the three days, he reported 8,739 cases and 75 deaths. He said the state’s elevated positivity rate is likely due to some labs and public testing sites being closed over the holiday, which increases the percentage of tests conducted in medical settings where patients are experiencing...

Beshear reports 3,784 cases, 29 deaths; stay safe over New Year’s — no large gatherings

Gov. Andy Beshear updated Kentuckians on COVID-19 case information and encouraged safe and small New Year’s celebrations, ideally with just one household. “Our report for today is higher than it has been for a number of days. The progress we have made is fragile. We have to keep working and making good decisions every day,” said Beshear. “We need everybody to be safe this New Year’s Eve....

Beshear reports 2,990 cases, 31 deaths, extends masks, talks vaccine, urges New Year’s at home

Gov. Andy Beshear urged Kentuckians to ring in the new year safely and announced two new vaccine allocations, totaling 53,700 doses, for Kentucky the week of Jan. 4: 27,300 doses from Pfizer and 26,400 doses from Moderna. “I ask every single Kentuckian to keep any New Year’s celebration small, preferably your own household or one more,” said Beshear. “Remember, going to a big party, hosting...

Beshear reports 5,309 cases, 68 deaths over three days; vaccines continue to arrive

As vaccines continue to arrive, Gov. Andy Beshear updated Kentuckians Saturday on COVID-19 case numbers for three days and said he hoped all families had a safe and happy Christmas. Over three days, Beshear reported 5,309 cases and 68 deaths. “The number of deaths we’re announcing today is truly heartbreaking – another wake-up call. But one piece of good news is that our positivity rate continues...