Positivity rate for coronavirus continues to fall

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) - More encouraging news on the latest COVID-19 pandemic numbers in Kentucky, except deaths rose on Thursday.


There were 1,068 new cases of the coronavirus reported to state public health officials, Gov. Andy Beshear said during a Capitol press briefing.  “That is down from last week but is up a little bit from the week before.  The best news of the day is the positivity rate has dropped to 4.45%, the lowest since October 12, 2020.”


Two counties had more than too new cases: Jefferson 152 and Lyon 127.  Those with more than 20 included, Fayette 51, Boone 47, Caldwell 45, Kenton 36, Oldham 30, Campbell 24, and Rowan, Scott and Warren each reported 22.  This brings the pandemic total to 408,440 positive cases in Kentucky.


The number of those currently hospitalized across the state with COVID-19 is 645.  Of them, 172 are in the ICU and 91 on a ventilator.  The first two figures are lower while the ventilator numbers are higher.


The number of new deaths rose to 28 on Thursday, raising to 4,732 the number of Kentuckians lost due to the corona virus.


The latest victims ranged in age from 56 to 96.  Jefferson County had four; Graves, Hardin, and Nelson each had two; while there were one apiece in Boyle, Carlisle, Daviess, Fayette, Floyd, Franklin, Fulton, Henderson, Kenton, Larue, McCracken, Madison, Marshall, Meade, Perry, Pulaski, Taylor and Warren counties.

The governor announced that there are 157 new vaccination sites, including one new regional site at Baptist Health LaGrange, bringing the state’s total number of vaccination locations to 567.


“This means that vaccine locations are getting closer and closer to you.  This is the infrastructure we have to build,” said Gov. Beshear.  “The President told us earlier this week that every American adult who wants a shot can get their shot of hope by the end of May.  That means that if we can get everybody interested, we’re going to vaccinate another 2.5 million people in the next three months.”


New locations also include 10 Kroger sites, 10 Walmart sites and 136 independent pharmacies. To see lists of all sites, organized by program and provider brand, visit vaccine.ky.gov   


Beshear and Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman will host a virtual Team Kentucky COVID-19 Memorial this Saturday at 1 p.m. on the Capitol grounds to honor the more than 4,700 Kentuckians lost to the virus and mark one year since the first positive case in the state.  He will also unveil long-term plans to honor those lost to the pandemic.


“We must remember every Kentuckian we have lost, honor them and rally around their loved ones,” said Gov. Beshear. “We also want to recognize those who dedicated their lives this last year to protecting fellow Kentuckians and saving lives. Kentuckians have really stepped up to protect each other the last 12 months, and I couldn’t be prouder to be your Governor.


“While this has been a difficult year, I know we will defeat COVID in 2021 and we have more hope every day with these effective vaccines, our case numbers dropping for almost two straight months and Kentuckians continuing to follow the guidance from public health officials to slow the spread.


“Even with our ultimate victory in sight, our war against COVID-19 still has months to go. It also may take a decade or more before we get a true picture of this pandemic’s full devastation, between unknown deaths and long-term complications suffered by some.  My commitment is there will be no unknown soldiers in Kentucky’s war against COVID-19. We will recognize the full level of this tragedy and honor those who are no longer with us.”


The event can be viewed on the Governor’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.


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 Monday afternoon at 4, although he is expected to send out daily numbers through the weekend.

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