Gov. Beshear sets goal for lifting COVID-19 restrictions


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

Governor Beshear says at least one case of each COVID-19 variant have been detected in Kentucky. There have been 150 cases of the U.K. variant across the Commonwealth.

Earlier today, the governor announced he will lift restrictions once 2.5 million Kentuckians have been vaccinated. Here’s a list of the businesses/venues that would be affected: Restaurants, bars, music venues, funeral homes, retail, event spaces, wedding venues, public pools, grocery stores, country clubs, museums, festivals, distilleries and more.

Beshear says based on supply and appointments, the state could reach 2.5 million vaccinations in 3.5 weeks but realistically it could take 4-6 weeks. He says he believes the state is at (if not a little bit above) 1.6 million vaccinations. Data is lagging by a couple days because of some system security upgrades.

Governor Beshear reported 270 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, bringing the state total to 433,352 cases. The governor says the state is seeing a 3.16 percent positivity rate. Of Monday’s new cases, 52 are in kids 18 or younger.

There were seven reported COVID-19 related deaths on Monday. That brings the state total to 6,257.

As of Monday, 380 people are hospitalized for COVID-19 related reasons, 104 are in the ICU, and 54 are on ventilators. At least 50,427 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus.

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