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COVID-19: Lowest Case County, Positivity Rate in Weeks; 92 New Cases in NKY

Kentucky reported 1,268 confirmed cases of COVID-19 statewide on Monday, the lowest single-day case count since Monday, January 4.

There were 92 new cases in five Northern Kentucky counties.

Additionally, the positivity rate is below 10% for the first time since December 31, Governor Andy Beshear said.

“Our cases are way too high, but I think when you look at this it shows how important the steps we took are and how important the ability to be able to take steps is when you are facing exponential growth in cases,” said Beshear. “We believe that this decline is real, not just a result of maybe fewer tests happening, because we know the positivity rate is also going down.”

The positivity rate is at 9.93%.

The state reported 39 COVID-19-related deaths on Monday

There are currently 1,539 people hospitalized including 374 in intensive care units and 203 on ventilators.

Meanwhile, the state has administered 88% of the initial vaccine doses that it has received, Beshear said.

“Just last week, we administered the most doses we ever have, including second doses – 93,499 – and vaccinated the most people we ever have with initial doses – 82,511 people,” said Beshear. “The problem here is supply, supply, supply. We can vaccinate 250,000 Kentuckians per week, and we’re still building up our capabilities, but we’re only getting 56,000 new doses per week from the federal government.

“Fortunately, we believe that all long-term care facilities, skilled nursing homes and assisted living facilities have received their first doses of the vaccine. If there is any remaining facility that has not received it, call the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and we will make sure to raise that with CVS or Walgreens so we can correct it immediately.”

This Thursday, the governor will provide an update on how Kentuckians in Phases 1A, 1B and 1C can sign up for an appointment at new regional Kroger vaccination centers as well as other partner locations.

-Staff report

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