Gov. Beshear reports 1,211 new cases; vaccination eligibility for phase 1C to expand

Kentucky

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WDKY) – Governor Andy Beshear is providing an update on COVID-19 cases.

Governor Beshear reported 1,211 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, bringing the state total to 414,131 cases. The governor says the state is seeing a 3.95 percent positivity rate. Of Thursday’s new cases, 260 are in kids 18 or younger.

213 of today’s cases are in the corrections system.

There were 37 reported COVID-19 related deaths on Thursday, bringing the state total to 4,921.

As of Thursday, 523 people are hospitalized for COVID-19 related reasons, 136 are in the ICU, and 75 are on ventilators. At least 48,500 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus.

Kentucky Public Health Commissioner Dr. Steven Stack announced starting Monday, vaccination eligibility for phase 1C will be expanded. It will now include all persons age 16 or older with any medical or behavioral health condition (except smoking) the CDC reports “are” or “might be” at increased risk of severe COVID-19 illness.

Vaccination sites should still prioritize people ages 60 and older.

The governor announced federally regulated skilled nursing homes will begin easing restrictions on visitation starting Monday:

Federally regulated skilled nursing homes will begin easing restrictions on visitation starting Monday.(Governor’s communications office)

State leaders say beginning April 15, the state is hoping to open 11 Kentucky Career Center regional locations across the state for in-person meetings with the public. Appointments will be required.

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