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Governor Beshear announces capacity increase for stadiums during Monday’s news conference

Governor Beshear announces pause of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine use in Kentucky at 6
Governor Beshear announces pause of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine use in Kentucky at 6
Published: Apr. 19, 2021 at 3:57 PM EDT
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WYMT) - Governor Beshear announces 231 cases and 9 new deaths during Monday’s news conference.

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The positivity rate is at 3.46%.

Now, 437,543 have tested positive for the virus thus far.

5,311,535 Kentuckians have received tests.

50,776 have recovered, 6,347 have died from COVID-19.

Gov. Beshear announced that events with more than 1,000 people are allowed to have 50% of the capacity or the maximum number of people that allows for physical distancing. Events with less than 1,000 people are limited to 60% capacity for the maximum number of people allows for physical distancing.

“What we’re doing today is simplifying our guidance so it’s easier for Kentuckians to follow and easier for them to stay safe,” said Dr. Stack. “I look forward to the day when we put COVID behind us and none of these requirements are necessary. The way we get there is for everyone to make the choice to get vaccinated. These vaccines are amazing tools to help us get our lives back.”

The Healthy at Work minimum requirements list was simplified and now applies to all businesses.

The minimum requirements list includes specifications for physical distancing, facial coverings, hand washing and sanitizing, ventilation, telework, common areas, daily temperature and health checks.

“We have fought really hard to get where we are – a much better place than in the fall and winter – allowing us to streamline some of our guidance,” said Gov. Beshear. “I hope people are able to enjoy some of these capacity increases. We can do so safely if we continue to wear our masks.”

Only a few types of businesses still have supplemental Healthy at Work requirements: health care facilities; wedding, funeral or memorial service venues; restaurants and bars; pools and bathing facilities; and gyms, sports and exercise activities.

Gov. Beshear also said that Black and Hispanic Kentuckians are no longer disproportionately represented among the commonwealth’s COVID-19 deaths.

“I’m proud to report in our newest statistics, we have now either achieved proportionate or even disproportionately low numbers of COVID-19 cases and deaths among most groups of minority Kentuckians,” said Gov. Beshear. “For instance, Black and African-American Kentuckians make up 8.4% of the state’s population; to date, they make up only 8% of all of Kentucky’s COVID-19 cases and 8.1% of Kentucky’s COVID-19 deaths. This used to be 16% and it’s been cut in half.”

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As of Monday, 10 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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