VERSAILLES, Ky. (FOX 56) – The omicron variant of COVID-19 brings new challenges for Kentucky. Gov. Andy Beshear announced Monday that case rates and hospitalizations were stabilizing, but that there was still a concern for the spread of omicron.

Beshear encouraged Kentucky parents to get their children vaccinated. Right now, children ages 5 to 11 years old are part of the least vaccinated group in the state.

Beshear said, “We really need more than 16% of those kids in that age group to be protected. So many kids 5 to 11 have grandparents and other folks around that need to be protected too.”

But in Woodford county, officials are seeing different data. Dani Bradley, the school board’s chair, said Woodford has one of the highest community vaccination rates in the state.”

One-hundred percent of the county’s residents ages 65 to 74 years old have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose and when it comes to those younger groups, the county’s vaccination rate is almost double that of the state at 27%.

Bradley said, “I know they added a pediatric clinic today because of all of the parents requesting it, so that’s encouraging.”

Woodford County schools have stopped the temperature and symptoms checks schools were doing at the start of the pandemic.

But Bradley added, “Woodford county has stayed with masking throughout the pandemic and has not pulled back any of those mitigation efforts.”

The school has also increased cleaning measures. And when it comes to testing, the district already has a process in place that allows rapid testing of children in quarantine so they can return to school as soon as possible.

According to Bradley, the plan is working because the district has an attendance rate of more than 90%.

Any new measures put in place going forward would have to be done by the superintendent. But as of now, there are no plans to add or remove protocol already in place.