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Scam Alert: Loan repayment companies scamming students, charging for services available for free

Gov. Andy Beshear and the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) warned that if Kentucky students owe money on federal student loans, they should watch out for scamming loan repayment companies. The companies offering to help students lower their payments may be charging large fees for services available for free. “My administration will always put education first, and part of that...

Beshear reports 714 new cases, 10 deaths, 3.51% positivity; 1.63m vaccinated — goal is 2.5m

Gov. Andy Beshear announced 1,638,235 Kentuckians have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose. He also reported 714 new COVID-19 cases and said the state’s positivity rate has risen to 3.51%. “Today’s report shows why it’s so important for every Kentuckian to get their shot of hope and help us meet the 2.5 million vaccine Team Kentucky Vaccination Challenge,” said Gov. Beshear. “We...

Gov. Beshear releases his tax returns and financial disclosure; urges other public officials to do same

Gov. Andy Beshear reiterated his commitment to transparency this week when he released his 2020 tax returns and his 2020 Statement of Financial Disclosure. For the fifth consecutive year, the Governor called on all other constitutional officers and legislative leaders to release their tax returns. To date, only one, Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman, has released her returns. “Throughout this administration...

Beshear says there are plenty of vaccines available; reports 834 cases, 17 deaths, 3,45% positivity

Gov. Andy Beshear said Kentucky has 499,735 Moderna and Pfizer vaccines on hand and ready to be administered, more than half the number the state would need to meet its 2.5 million Team Kentucky Vaccination Challenge. “As of today, we are only 877,076 vaccinations away from our goal of 2.5 million Kentuckians 16 and older receiving their vaccine,” said Gov. Beshear. “The way we defeat this virus...

Gov. Beshear reports 782 new COVID cases, 14 deaths, ‘concerning’ 3.33% positivity; get the vaccine

Gov. Andy Beshear announced a 3.33% COVID-19 positivity rate and 782 new COVID-19 cases. “While not a drastic change, today’s increase in the positivity rate is concerning,” said Gov. Beshear. “This is why it’s so important for Kentuckians to help us meet our Team Kentucky Vaccination Challenge and reach our 2.5 million vaccine goal. The sooner we meet this goal, the sooner we can lift many...

Beshear says most restrictions go aways with 2.5m Kyians vaccinated; 270 cases, 7 deaths Monday

Gov. Andy Beshear announced the Team Kentucky Vaccination Challenge: When 2.5 million Kentuckians have received at least their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, the state will remove most capacity restrictions. When the goal is met, the Governor said he will lift capacity restrictions and physical distancing requirements for nearly all venues, events and businesses that cater to 1,000 or fewer patrons....

Governor reports 645 new cases, 16 deaths; UI system shut down temporarily due to hack

Governor Andy Beshear said Thursday more than 1.5 million Kentuckians have received at least their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. To see a list of vaccination sites that have openings this week, visit vaccinemap.ky.gov. Beshear reported the following COVID-19 numbers: New cases today: 645 New deaths today: 16 New audit deaths: 0 Positivity rate: 2.81% Total deaths: 6,214 Currently hospitalized:...

Gov. Beshear reports 1,028 cases (300 from earlier), 10 deaths, 2.8% positivity; get your vaccination

Gov. Andy Beshear announced 1,028 new COVID-19 cases. Of those, 300 are from Monday and Tuesday, but could not be confirmed and announced until today due to a technical issue on the reporting platform. “Today’s case report reminds us that even though we’ve come so far in the fight against COVID-19, this isn’t over yet,” said Gov. Beshear. “Please, if you’re 16 or older, get vaccinated....

Gov. Beshear reports 344 new COVID cases, 7 deaths, 2.89% positivity; get vaccine — racing variants

Gov. Andy Beshear announced 344 new COVID-19 cases, 7 deaths, and a 2.89% positivity rate on Monday. “If you haven’t gotten your COVID-19 vaccine yet, look at our list of where you can get your shot of hope this week, at vaccinemap.ky.gov,” said Gov. Beshear. “If you’ve already been vaccinated, reach out to one friend or family member who is still trying to get signed up and see if you can...

Gov. Beshear says Kentucky ‘no longer on decline’ in COVID cases — ‘we’ve hit a plateau’; wear your mask

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky ended a 12-week streak period of steady declines in new cases of COVID-19 last week and the eligibility list for the vaccines has expanded, Gov. Andy Beshear announced on Monday. 
“We had 4,377 new cases in this last week,” he said during a Capitol press briefing. “The week before, it was 4,196. It means Kentucky, at least as of this week, is no longer...

Beshear announces COVID vaccines open Monday for ages 16-up; reports 815 new cases, 22 deaths

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky will be expanding the age groups of those who can sign up for the COVID-19 vaccine next week, Gov. Andy Beshear announced on Wednesday. 
“This coming Monday,” he said during a press briefing at the Capitol, “we are opening vaccinations to everyone over 16 for Pfizer, or 18 for Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. That will be a complete opening...

Governor says bipartisan ‘Better KY’ legislation to create jobs, boost economy; reviewing bills’ details

Gov. Andy Beshear, following the final day of the 2021 regular session, announced Kentucky lawmakers and his administration reached a bipartisan agreement on legislation that aims to create more than 14,500 new jobs and help the commonwealth lead in the post-COVID economy. Through the passage of bills Tuesday evening, nearly $1.3 billion in American Rescue Plan Act funds will be used to boost the state’s...

Beshear says Kentucky on positivity trajectory, leading all our border states; 751 cases, 13 deaths

Gov. Andy Beshear announced 751 new COVID-19 cases and a 2.9% positivity rate Tuesday. “We are on a positive trajectory – we are leading all of our seven border states in administering at least one dose of the vaccine and our positivity rate continues to decline – but we need to keep working hard and not give up,” said Gov. Beshear. “We need every eligible Kentuckian to join the team and...

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...

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...

Gov. Andy Beshear vetoes two bills that ‘undermine public education,’ signs 5 putting education first

Gov. Andy Beshear, a graduate of Kentucky public schools, has vetoed two bills that hurt educators and undermine public education. He also signed five bills that put public education first in Kentucky. “Education is how we provide better lives for all Kentuckians. It is how we build up a highly skilled workforce so we can quit chasing the jobs of the past and attract the investments and companies...

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...

Gov. Beshear signs 10 bills focused on ‘well-being’ of Kyians, vetoes three ‘not in best interest’

Gov. Andy Beshear signed 10 bills that “prioritize the well-being and safety of all Kentuckians, with a special focus on protecting seniors and vulnerable children and families.” “There is nothing more central to governing than providing for the safety and security of our people,” said Gov. Beshear. “From day one of my administration, public protection has been a top priority on multiple...