Gov. Beshear reports 3,895 COVID-19 cases; 34 deaths
FRANKFORT, Ky. (WBKO) - Gov. Andy Beshear gives the latest update Thursday afternoon on the fight against COVID-19 in Kentucky.
Gov. Beshear said there were 113 counties out of 120 in the red zone Thursday.
The Governor said vaccinations could begin as soon as December 15. Med Center Health in Bowling Green was among 11 initial hospital locations receiving the first shipment of the vaccine. The hospital will receive 975 vaccinations for front line health care workers.
The Governor emphasized that the state’s total doses and the plan for where those will be distributed are subject to change.
“The initial allocation sites were chosen because they were large enough to handle 975 Pfizer doses; the CDC required they had to have ultra-low cold storage; they had to be completely enrolled as a COVID provider; and we wanted a good coverage area across Kentucky,” said Gov. Beshear. “We also looked at high-incident rate sites.”
In addition, 25,350 doses will go to CVS and Walgreens; the federal government has contracted with these companies to vaccinate long-term care residents and staff.
“We are allowing each facility to make their own allocation decisions according to who they believe are tier one staff,” said Gov. Beshear.
Gov. Beshear reported 3,895 new cases of the virus and 34 deaths Thursday.
Those reported lost to the virus Thursday include a 65-year-old woman and two men, ages 63 and 69, from Barren County; an 86-year-old woman from Bell County; two women, ages 87 and 93, from Caldwell County; two women, ages 71 and 76, from Christian County; a 50-year-old man from Crittenden County; a 96-year-old woman from Daviess County; seven women, ages 65, 78, 87, 90, 94, 95 and 96, and two men, ages 81 and 93, from Fayette County; a 101-year-old woman from Graves County; a 64-year-old woman from Greenup County; a 69-year-old woman from Hickman County; two women, ages 82 and 94, from Jefferson County; a 62-year-old man from Marion County; a 94-year-old woman from McCracken County; a 76-year-old woman from Metcalfe County; a 91-year-old woman and an 88-year-old man from Oldham County; two women, ages 74 and 92, and two men, ages 84 and 88, from Warren County; and a 68-year-old man from Woodford County.
The Governor also extended the state’s face coverings mandate for an additional 30 days.
To view the full daily report, incidence rate map, new statewide requirements, testing locations, long-term care and other congregate facilities update, school reports and guidance, red zone counties, red zone recommendations, the White House Coronavirus Task Force reports for Kentucky and other key guidance visit, kycovid19.ky.gov.
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