Gov. Beshear says Kentucky COVID-19 announcements will stop for now
On Monday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced he will “pause” COVID-19 updates citing declining infections, hospitalizations and the state’s positivity rate.
The state’s positivity rate — now at 4.7% — is also lower than it has been in several months.
But despite the good news, deaths remain high while the state’s vaccination rate slows.
“Some of these reports are still coming in from January and February but this continues to be a deadly virus — 283 deaths last week — that is comparable if not a little bit higher than the week before,” Beshear said. “And it continues to kill people far too young.”
Beshear also announced that today (March 14) is the last day for Kentuckians impacted by the December tornadoes to apply for FEMA aid.
Should the state see another COVID surge, Beshear says the commonwealth is more prepared.
“We have a better trained guard. We have more and better relationships between nursing schools and hospitals,” he said. “So I don't think that depending on the variant, we will see the same levels of infections, deaths, or hospital capacity.”
Kentucky will continue to update COVID information weekly online.