‘We’re on the right trajectory:’ Gov. Beshear gives an update on COVID-19

Kentucky

The governor said overall, today’s COVID report has a lot of positive trends. However, the growing death toll is still hitting hard.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (FOX 56/WKYT) – Gov. Andy Beshear provided an update on COVID-19 cases this afternoon.

Gov. Beshear began his briefing by talking about the reopening of Kynect Insurance. Open enrollment begins Nov. 1 at kynect.ky.gov.

The governor said overall, today’s COVID report has a lot of positive trends. However, the growing death toll is still hitting hard.

On Saturday, there were 2,511 cases and 54 deaths, on Sunday there were 1,201 cases and 22 deaths, and on Monday there are 1,239 cases and 26 deaths. Many of these deaths were people in their 40s and 50s, according to the governor.

Gov. Beshear announced the state is seeing a 9.31% positivity rate.

To honor the work of healthcare, and other essential workers, the governor says he will be sending a recommendation to the General Assembly to use $400 million in American Rescue Plan dollars to be dedicated to essential worker bonuses. This also includes grocery store workers, EMS/fire/police, and factory workers. Beshear says there is a lot to flush out and he looks forward to working with groups and legislative leaders to iron out the details.

The governor announced 2,719,398 Kentuckians have gotten at least one shot of the COVID vaccine. That’s 61% of Kentucky’s population or 71% of the eligible population.

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