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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...

COVID cases drop to 505, deaths (10), positivity (2.99) rise; Beshear to talk goals to lift restrictions

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The number of new COVID-19 cases in Kentucky dropped substantially on Saturday, while the number of deaths and the state’s positivity rate both rose.

 There were 505 new cases reported to state public health officials on Saturday, compared to 704 on Friday. That increases the overall number of positive cases of the coronavirus to 432,720, since the first one was reported...

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....

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 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 reports 1,010 cases, 34 deaths, with 3.93% positivity; get vaccinated, wear masks

Gov. Andy Beshear announced the state’s positivity rate decreased again, to 3.93%, as more Kentuckians receive one of three highly effective COVID-19 vaccines and continue to follow guidance from public health officials. “We still have far too many deaths reported today – 34 – but I’m happy to see our positivity rate continue to decrease,” said Gov. Beshear. “This shows we’re stepping...

Beshear reports 331 cases, 10 deaths, low positivity; 834,130 Kyians have first dose of vaccine

Gov. Beshear announced 834,130 Kentuckians – 25% of Kentucky adults – have now received at least one dose of one of three highly effective COVID-19 vaccines. Gov. Beshear also announced Kentucky has now seen eight straight weeks of declining COVID-19 cases. Today’s COVID-19 report includes the lowest number of new cases since Sept. 14. Gov. Beshear He reported 331 new cases and 10 deaths and...

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;...

New COVID cases drop dramatically — 723 cases, 9 deaths; Governor welcomes ‘best news’

Gov. Andy Beshear updated Kentuckians on COVID-19 vaccine progress and announced child care workers now will be included in phase 1B. They can sign up anywhere in the commonwealth currently offering vaccinations. The Governor said the state has had five weeks of declining cases for the first time since the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Kentucky, on March 6, 2020. Gov. Beshear “We are seeing...

State reports 1,710 new COVID cases, 10 deaths, 6.78% positivity; vaccines open to 1A and 1B

Staff report The state reported 1,710 new COVID cases and 10 deaths on Sunday, for a positivity rate of 6.78%. There were 277 cases in the under-age 18 category. This brings state totals to 388,798 cases and 4,282 deaths. Hospitalized patients total 1,019 with 270 people in ICU and 147 on a ventilator. Fayette County reported 150 new cases. Just a reminder about COVID: Symptoms may appear 2-14 days...

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....

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 3,114 cases, 20 deaths; heralds testing, cases going down; urges wearing masks

Gov. Andy Beshear heralded some positive signs in Kentucky’s fight against the coronavirus: Daily, week-over-week positive cases fell by 1,000 Tuesday and the Commonwealth surpassed more than 3 million COVID-19 tests administered. “We have built in the last nine months a system that provides over 350 testing locations, that has now done more than 3 million tests in a state that 4.4 million people,”...

No sugar-coating here: Beshear reports worst ever numbers — 4,151 cases, 35 deaths

Gov. Andy Beshear announced the state’s worst ever COVID-19 report by virtually every measure. He reported 4,151 new cases and 35 new deaths. Nearly 250 Kentuckians are fighting for their lives on ventilators. Fayette County reported 238 cases. “There’s no way to sugarcoat it. Today is the very worst day we have had for reporting on the spread of the coronavirus and it is the deadliest day that...

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...

‘We are at war’ with COVID as Beshear reports 2,135 cases, 5 deaths; wear masks to stop the spread

Gov. Andy Beshear implored Kentuckians to adhere to new restrictions and guidance that will help stop the rapid spread of COVID-19 in the Commonwealth. He reported 2,135 new cases and 5 deaths Monday. Fayette County reported 260 cases. The number of Kentuckians diagnosed with COVID-19, hospitalized with the disease, admitted to the ICU and put on a ventilator because of complications from the virus...

Beshear issues restrictions for restaurants, others; all schools to go virtual; 2,753 cases, 15 deaths

Following a record 33 deaths Tuesday and another 15 Wednesday, Gov. Andy Beshear is issuing new restrictions that will help stop the rampant spread of COVID-19 and save Kentuckians’ lives while keeping the economy open. He also reported 2,753 new cases on Wednesday. With more than 250,000 American lives, including those of more than 1,700 Kentuckians, lost to the virus, Gov. Beshear is joining state...

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...