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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...

State reports 526 new COVID cases, 13 deaths Sunday — and positivity rate of 4.12%

The state reported 526 new cases on Sunday and 13 deaths — and a positivity rate of 4.12%. There were 73 cases in the 18-and-under category reported in the numbers. This brings the state’s totals to 410,709 cases and 4,819 deaths. The top ten counties reporting were Jefferson (106), Fayette (59), Lyon (30), Kenton (16), Warren (16), Daviess (15), Scott (14), Franklin (11), Jessamine (11)...

State reports 1,025 new COVID cases, 25 deaths, 5.56% positivity; take all precautions and wear masks

Staff report The state reported 1,025 new COVID cases Saturday, 25 deaths and 5.56% positivity rate One-hundred-ninety of the new cases were in young people under age 18. As vaccinations continue to increase across Kentucky, the case numbers and deaths are trending down. The Governor has extended the wear-mask mandate. Counties with the largest number of new cases are Jefferson, 149; Fayette, 74;...

11 hospitals get vaccines, including UK, Baptist Health; Beshear reports 2,898 new cases, 23 deaths

Gov. Andy Beshear announced all 11 health facilities identified to receive initial shipments of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines have confirmed receipt. Vaccines at UK Healthcare “This is a very exciting time. With these life-saving vaccines being administered right now to our front-line workers, the beginning of the end of the coronavirus crisis is in sight,” the Governor said. “We are also continuing...

Public health restrictions change Monday; positivity rate falling as 4,324 cases, 28 deaths are reported

Gov. Andy Beshear announced that public health restrictions will change Monday, Dec. 14, but said the state’s virus fight depends on all Kentuckians continuing to do the right things, in particular, wearing masks, social distancing and keeping gatherings small. He reported the state’s highest-ever number of new COVID-19 cases; however, the state’s positivity rate declined for the seventh straight...

Beshear reports 2,803 new cases, 11 deaths, thanks every Kentuckian who stepped up to battle virus

Gov. Andy Beshear thanked every Kentuckian who sacrificed for each other and rose to the challenge of battling COVID-19 together during the Thanksgiving holiday. “The thing about this crisis is, all of us might step up in a different way, but each of our contributions matter,” said Gov. Beshear. “To every family who changed their traditions this year to keep others safe – thank you. To our...

Exponential growth of COVID cases is dangerous territory; Beshear reports 3,711 cases, 21 deatths

Gov. Andy Beshear said the state reported its second-highest number of coronavirus cases Saturday and urged Kentuckians to adhere to the latest round of restrictions to stop the spread of the coronavirus. He reported 3,711 cases and 21 deaths. Fayette reported 268 cases. “Today is our second highest day, just behind yesterday, with 3,711 new cases,” said Gov. Beshear. “We continue to be in exponential...

Beshear says new COVID actions coming after 2,931 cases, 33 deaths; ‘must lower community spread’

Gov. Andy Beshear again warned Kentuckians that they must take action to stop COVID-19, as cases are increasing rapidly in the Commonwealth. Families, schools, businesses and community leaders should all come together and do their part. He reported 2,931 cases and 33 deaths. “When we talk about our health care workers, we call them our front line of defense,” said Gov. Beshear. “But really, they’re...

Planning a Thanksgiving gathering? Here are questions to ask, and expert advice about testing

Photo by Getty Images via Kentucky Health News. Because just about everything that involves a traditional Thanksgiving meal creates a perfect storm to spread the virus that causes COVID-19, health experts are encouraging people to scale back holiday gatherings to just those in their immediate household, or to practice what epidemiologists call “harm reduction” if they choose to gather. That...

Beshear reports 812 COVID-19 cases, 5 deaths on Sunday; ‘We can get where we need to be together’

Gov. Andy Beshear on a slow-reporting Sunday said there were 812 new COVID-19 cases and five deaths, bringing the state’s totals to 87,607 cases and 1,317 deaths. One hundred and sixteen of the newly reported cases were from children up through age 18, of which 28 were 5 and under. The youngest was just 1 month old. Fayette County reported 67 cases. “Once again, we are seeing our case numbers...

Beshear reports 1,319 new COVID-19 cases, 4 deaths; ‘We must follow our values,’ protect others

Gov. Andy Beshear on Friday reported 1,319 new COVID-19 cases and four deaths, bringing the state’s totals to 85,506 cases and 1,300 deaths, There were 189 newly reported cases from children up through age 18, of which 36 were 5 and under. The youngest was only 7 days old. “Another piece of unfortunate news: We have a COVID-19 outbreak at the Little Sandy Correctional Complex,” Beshear...

Beshear reports 536 new COVID-19 cases, 3 deaths with reporting low; wear masks, follow guidelines

Gov. Andy Beshear on Sunday reported 536 new COVID-19 cases and three deaths, bringing the state’s totals to 56,945 cases and 1,060 deaths. Eighty-seven were children 18 and under, of which 24 were ages 5 and under. The youngest was a 1-month-old from Barren County. Fayette County reported 63 cases. “We’ve seen some troubling increases in the number of positive coronavirus cases across our...

Beshear reports 805 new COVID cases, 22 deaths: ‘We are all connected,’ ‘must look out for each other’

Gov. Andy Beshear on Thursday reported 805 new COVID-19 cases and 22 deaths, bringing the state’s totals to 54,772 cases and 1,035 deaths. The new cases include 122 children ages 18 and under with 19 of those age 5 and under. The youngest is a three-month-old from Fayette County. The deaths reported Thursday include an 84-year-old man from Barren County; an 86-year-old man from Bullitt County;...

Governor reports 814 new COVID cases, 8 deaths as positivity rate drops; urges not to neglect health care

Gov. Andy Beshear reported 814 new COVID cases and eight deaths as of Saturday afternoon, bringing the state’s totals to 43,066 cases and 872 deaths. Among the new cases were 17 children 5 and under. There were 62 new cases in Fayette County. “We are seeing our positivity rate go down, which means if we’re patient, we can find the right time to do things safely and that’s what I want us...

COVID Update: Gov. Beshear reports 638 cases, 6 deaths; children hard hit; citations readied and more

Gov. Andy Beshear reported 638 new COVID cases and six deaths as of Saturday afternoon, bringing the state’s totals to 38,930 cases and 810 deaths. Seventeen of the new cases were children age 5 and under. There were 17 cases in Kenton County, 7 in Boone County and 7 in Campbell County. “Saturday’s COVID report unfortunately suggests this is going to be the highest week of total cases that...

Governor Beshear reports 572 new COVID cases, 5 deaths; LFCHD provides July numbers; wear masks

Gov. Beshear reported 572 new COVID-19 cases and five new deaths as of Saturday afternoon, bringing the states totals to 30,723 cases and 740 deaths. Eleven of the new cases were children age 3 and younger. “Our positivity rate is again lower today than it was yesterday. Facial coverings work. They are our best chance of saving lives and protecting the health of our people, ensuring our economy...