Gov. Beshear reports ‘highest Monday we’ve had’ with 2,319 new COVID-19 cases; vaccine distribution plan explained

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

Gov. Beshear reported 2,319 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, bringing the state total to 279,143 cases. The governor says the state is seeing a 11.2 percent positivity rate. Of Monday’s new cases, 291 are in kids 18 or younger.

There were 26 reported COVID-19 related deaths on Monday. The state death total is now 2,749.

As of Monday, 1,737 people are hospitalized for COVID-19 related reasons, 456 are in the ICU, and 216 are on ventilators. At least 37,455 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus.

Dr. Steven Stack says they still believe the state will be able to finish vaccinating long-term care facilities with both doses by March 1. He also says parts of Phase 1B is already in process as some first responders are already being vaccinated in some communities. He said plans for access for those 70 and older will roll out in the next few weeks.

K-12 school personnel vaccinations will be handled in its own program that Stack said will likely roll out at the end of Jan., beginning of Feb.

The state’s goal for the pace moving forward is to administer 90% of all vaccines received in-state within seven days of arrival.

“The goal is to not have vaccine sitting in a freezer, the goal is to get these vaccines in people’s arms who want it,” Dr. Stack said.

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