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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...

Governor reports ‘truly frightening’ new COVID cases — 2,302 — and 10 deaths; ‘a dangerous time’

Gov. Andy Beshear said communities in red zone counties must work together to defeat an alarming spike in COVID-19. The Governor reported Kentucky’s highest COVID-19 test positivity rate since June 1 and its third-highest number of new daily cases, 2,302 cases, and 10 deaths. “These numbers are truly frightening. I know we’ve been in this fight for so long that it’s easy to get numb to the...

Beshear reports ‘frightening’ numbers as cases explode across country; Fayette reports 86

Gov. Andy Beshear, out of quarantine, provided “in a word, frightening” report on COVID-19 in Kentucky. The Governor said this is Kentucky’s highest day of newly reported cases by a significant amount, except for the one day when a backlog of cases from Fayette County were added. “This is exploding all over the country. Yesterday was the highest amount of cases ever reported in a single...

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 escalating trend going into winter; Stack says ‘we must choose different behaviors’

Gov. Andy Beshear on Monday reported 543 cases of COVID-19 and five deaths, bringing Kentucky’s totals to 73,158 cases and 1,213 deaths. Sixty-nine of the newly reported cases were from children ages 18 and younger, of which nine were ages 5 and under. The youngest was only 1 month old. Fayette County reported 173 new cases. “If the current trends continue, it will be a difficult fall and a...

Beshear reports 1,039 new cases, 6 deaths, says this is ‘getting dangerous’; wear masks, everyone

Gov. Andy Beshear on Friday reported 1,039 new COVID-19 cases and six deaths, bringing the state’s totals to 70,727 cases and 1,107 deaths. One hundred fifty-one of the newly reported cases were from children age 18 and younger, of which 33 were age 5 and under. The youngest was only 5 days old. “The escalation here in Kentucky continues to get worse and we have to wear masks – all of us,”...

Beshear reports 456 new COVID-19 cases, three deaths; wear marks, social distance, wash hands

Gov. Andy Beshear on Sunday reported 456 new COVID-19 cases and three deaths in limited reporting, bringing the state’s totals to 66,491 cases and 1,157 deaths. Sixty of the newly reported cases were from children ages 18 and younger, of which 10 were ages 5 and under. The youngest was just 2 months old. Fayette County reported 61 cases. “We know we must do better if we want to continue on...

Beshear reports 342 cases, 5 deaths; says wear masks and vote; Stack updates on schools

Gov. Andy Beshear on Monday reported 342 cases and five deaths, bringing the state’s totals to 57,282 cases and 1,065 deaths. Fifty-three of the new cases were children 19 and under, of which 12 were age 5 and under. The youngest was a 1-month-old from Russell County. Fayette County reported 40 cases. The deaths reported Monday include a 71-year-old woman from Christian County; two men, ages...

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 948 COVID-19 cases, third-highest in single day, nine deaths; help on unemployment

Gov. Andy Beshear on Friday reported 948 new COVID-19 cases and nine deaths, bringing the state’s totals to 55,794 cases and 1,044 deaths. One hundred fifty-one of the newly reported cases were from children ages 18 and younger, of which 24 were ages 5 and under. The youngest was a 1-month-old from Jefferson County. Fayette County reported 82 cases. “We’ve got to come together and never make...

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;...