FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) – Another 20,000 Kentuckians received the vaccine for COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the total number to 731,793 who have received at least the first dose, Gov. Andy Beshear said in his daily press briefing.
That total means nearly 25% of Kentucky’s adult population has had at least their first injection of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines, which requires a booster shot, 30 days later. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which requires only one dose, should start being distributed in Kentucky this week, he said.
And the governor reported the vaccine supply will only increase. “Tuesday, President Joe Biden announced he now believes there will be sufficient supply for every adult in America to get vaccinated by the end of May. That’s really good news and moves up the timeline.”
A total of 1,175 new positive cases of the coronavirus were reported to state public health officials on Wednesday, which brings the pandemic total to 407,373.
“Over the past four weeks, there has been only one Wednesday that has been lower than that,” said Gov. Beshear. “It continues a good trend that we see on declining case numbers.”
The only county with over 100 new cases was Jefferson, with 180. The rest of the top ten countiers for new cases were: Kenton 65, Fayette 54, Boone 48, Campbell 46, Scott 35, Hardin 32, McCracken and McCreary counties each had 25, and Madison 24.
The state’s positivity rate continues to drop, standing at 4.60% on Wednesday, based on a seven-day rolling average. The previous day, it was 4.66%
A total of 680 Kentuckians are currently hospitalized due to the coronavirus. Of them, 175 are in the ICU and 79 on a ventilator. All three numbers are below Tuesday’s figures.
While the governor called it all good news, he also noted there was some tough news. “We have 33 additional deaths. Let’s remember as we work towards defeating this virus, we can’t quit. We can’t stop working hard each and every day. We have to keep masking up, we have to keep engaging in social distancing, we have to keep appropriate rules and regulations in place, because we continue to lose people, even as we get closer to the end.”
To see the full daily COVID-19 report for Kentucky, which includes such information as the red zone counties and red zone recommendations, testing locations, vaccine information, the weekly White House Coronavirus Task Force reports for Kentucky, executive orders, and other information on the state’s pandemic response, go to kycovid19.ky.gov.
Gov. Beshear’s next scheduled live press briefing on COVID-19 is Thursday afternoon at 4. It can be viewed on both his YouTube channel and Facebook page.