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Governor Beshear announces 2,250 new cases of COVID-19

Gov. Andy Beshear gives an update on COVID-19 in Kentucky.
Gov. Andy Beshear gives an update on COVID-19 in Kentucky.(WYMT)
Published: Jan. 19, 2021 at 3:55 PM EST
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WYMT) - Governor Andy Beshear gave his Tuesday COVID-19 update.

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Governor Beshear reported 2,250 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, bringing the state total to 330,907 cases. The governor says the state is seeing an 11.55% positivity rate. Of Tuesday’s new cases, 260 are in kids 18 or younger.

“I come to you today as our country passes a grim milestone of losing 400,000 Americans to the coronavirus. That is a staggering loss. It’s so large it’s hard to actually see it in your mind, to process how big it is,” said Gov. Beshear. “You could fill up both UK and UofL stadiums three-and-a-quarter times and that would represent the number of lives, the number of people that we have lost in America.”

27 deaths were reported Tuesday. The total death toll has increased to 3,194 deaths.

1,633 people are hospitalized due to COVID-19, 442 are in ICU, and 208 ventilators. More than 41,009 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus.

221,440 vaccine doses have been administered in the state so far out of 332,450 doses that have been received. 36,970 of those doses have gone to long-term care facilities.

“Right now we can’t guarantee that every pharmacy across Kentucky gets vaccine, because we don’t have enough supply. That’s why today I formally requested from Operation Warp Speed that the federal government double the amount of vaccine we receive every week,” said Gov. Beshear. “We are proving we can get it out there. We are proving that we are efficient. We are proving that we can get it into people’s arms.”

Gov. Beshear also says that the state expects to receive an additional 56,176 new doses next week.

“I am confident that in Kentucky if we had unlimited vaccine, we could easily immunize 200,000 to 250,000 people a week, if not more today, if we had enough vaccine,” said Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health. “We get about 54,000 doses per week approximately, and that’s all we can do.”

The governor also announced that Kentucky hospitals will receive an additional $800 million to $1 billion annually to help advance the quality of care for Medicaid members and provide a stable financial base for hospitals.

“This is an opportunity for Kentucky to really take a step forward in coverage for our fellow Kentuckians, for improving the quality of care and for paying hospitals what we should,” said Eric Friedlander, the Secretary for the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

Gov. Beshear also vetoed five bills Tuesday, including House Bill 1 and Senate Bill 1, which would have made changes to Kentucky’s re-opening procedures and affected the Governor’s ability to declare an emergency, respectively.

“What this says is no matter what party you’re in, no matter who you voted for president, the people of Kentucky support the ability to take steps necessary to protect us,” said Gov. Beshear.

KY COVID Info 1/19/21
KY COVID Info 1/19/21(WYMT)

As of Monday, 117 out of 120 counties are in the red zone on the state’s COVID-19 incidence rate map.

You can see how your county is doing right now here.

If you have any questions about the coronavirus in Kentucky, call the state’s COVID-19 hotline at 1-800-722-5725.

You can also find more information, including how to protect your family, by visiting Kentucky’s official COVID-19 website: https://govstatus.egov.com/kycovid19

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