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Governor Beshear reports more than 50 deaths Thursday, highest number of deaths ever

Gov. Andy Beshear gives an update on COVID-19 in Kentucky.
Gov. Andy Beshear gives an update on COVID-19 in Kentucky.(Governor Andy Beshear/Facebook)
Published: Jan. 21, 2021 at 3:59 PM EST
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WYMT) - Thursday Governor Andy Beshear announced the highest number of daily deaths, and provided an update on the vaccine.

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Governor Beshear provides Thursday's COVID-19 briefing.

Posted by WYMT on Thursday, January 21, 2021

The governor announced 3,728 new cases Thursday, making 338,034 total Kentuckians that have contracted the virus.

This was our lowest total for a Thursday in more than four weeks. With the recent spike though, follows more deaths.

“We still have too many cases, but it does appear we are seeing a decline from our highest week ever. Our positivity rate is down again. Far higher than we want, but this is a good trend,” said Gov. Beshear. “The hard part though about today’s report is it’s the most deaths we ever announced.”

58 new deaths were announced today in Kentucky, bringing the death toll 3,301. This is the highest number of new deaths we have ever had in a single day.

41,469 people have recovered from the virus.

3,836,544 Kentuckians have received tests.

The positivity rate dropped to 11.05%. This 1.7% below the national rate.

“This I think is a testament to providing education to Kentuckians about this virus and about what to do if you contract it. And it’s a testament to our health care workers,” said Gov. Beshear. “You’ve done your commonwealth and your country proud.”

The governor also gave an update on vaccines. He said Kentucky now has more than 1,500 providers that are registered to provide the vaccine. Thanks to this, Kentucky is now currently able to provide more vaccinations than received in supply. For example, 83,624 Kentuckians were vaccinated last week, but our next shipment is only expected to be around 56,825.

“Splitting vaccine shipments into really small quantities just wouldn’t make sense, and would slow us down,” said Gov. Beshear. “That’s why we’re distributing by region, by population. This is not a competition, this is about us trying to find the right partners for the right phase.”

Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman also spoke about the Kentucky Broadband Initiative. With so many people working from home, going remote for school, etc. leaders believe having good internet is more important than ever.

“There is a digital divide in households across Kentucky, especially in rural areas, that has become even more apparent during the pandemic when so many people need it to attend school, go to work, get government services and conduct personal business from home,” Lt. Gov. Coleman said. “As an educator, I am especially concerned about the 13,000, or 2%, of Kentucky students who lack internet access at home so they are basically cut off from their teachers and classrooms. We have to do better by them.”

She asks that everyone please go here, provide their address and check their internet speed. This information will go back to them so they can figure out what areas in Kentucky have the weakest coverage and could use improvement.

01.21 COVID-19 Update
01.21 COVID-19 Update(WYMT)

As of Wednesday, 116 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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