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Watch: Governor Andy Beshear holds weekly COVID-19 briefing as cases continue to decline

Gov. Andy Beshear gives an update on COVID-19.
Gov. Andy Beshear gives an update on COVID-19.(Governor Andy Beshear/Facebook)
Published: Oct. 25, 2021 at 3:58 PM EDT
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WYMT) - Governor Andy Beshear held his weekly COVID-19 news briefing Monday afternoon from the Kentucky State Capitol in Frankfort.

You can watch the briefing here:

“We are almost decreasing in cases at the speed that we increased,” said Gov. Beshear. “That is a very good sign. Our weekly case numbers are the lowest they have been in 11 weeks. Our efforts to get more and more Kentuckians vaccinated have made a huge difference.”

In his report, the Governor announced 544 new COVID-19 cases across the Commonwealth on Monday, bringing the case total to 736,724.

112 of the new cases were children 18 and younger. 919 Kentuckians remain hospitalized. 281 people remain in the ICU, with 157 on a ventilator.

The state’s positivity rate now sits at 5.84%.

The Governor also announced 23 new COVID-19 deaths on Monday , bringing the statewide total to 9,640.

Gov. Beshear also thanked members of FEMA EMS strike teams who spent eight weeks onsite at hospitals around the state, including hospitals in Corbin and Somerset. They were demobilized on Sunday.

“We thank FEMA and those who worked on these teams because yesterday was their last day of service,” said Gov. Beshear. “They are now headed to other places that need them more at the moment. We appreciate them.”

56 counties across the state are in the red zone on the state’s COVID-19 incidence rate map. Owsley County now leads the state with an incidence rate of 71.2 per 100,000 people.

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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