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Positivity rate declines, vaccine supplies increasing

By Crystal Staley/Sebastian Kitchen

Frankfort, KY - On Wednesday, Gov. Andy Beshear said the state's positivity rate declined again. He also reminded Kentuckians that the federal government will increase each state's supply of COVID-19 vaccines and guarantee a minimum supply for three consecutive weeks.

"The top-line message on vaccines is the same as it has been: Our one issue is supply. If we had three issues, they would be supply, supply and supply. We'll figure out the distribution and we're going to continue to improve. Our only limitation at this point is the number of doses we can get from the federal government," said Gov. Beshear.

The Governor said the state had three specific challenges, all related to a limited supply of the vaccine. First, the small number of doses the state receives compared to the very large number of health care providers who would like to distribute it. Second, the state does not have enough vaccine doses or small enough vaccine batches to distribute them equitably on a county by county basis - instead the state is distributing equitably by region. Finally, as the state moves into larger and larger phases, the type of infrastructure needed from providers to accommodate patient needs changes.

Gov. Beshear said tomorrow he will announce more information on the state's regional vaccine partners and the first Kroger Health regional vaccination center.

Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH), spoke to Kentuckians about the implications of the United Kingdom (UK) COVID-19 variant, after two cases of the strain were confirmed in Kenton County yesterday. He also encouraged individuals to keep getting tested for COVID-19 and reminded them it was normal if they experienced mild side effects after the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

"The vast majority of COVID-19 mutations have no clinical meaning, they don't functionally have an impact on us if we're infected. But some of the mutations do cause the virus to be more effective," said Dr. Stack. "The COVID-19 B117 variant, the one we believe was first found in the United Kingdom, that variant is more contagious. If you get exposed to it, you're more likely to be infected, so that means it can infect more people more easily.

"It's not more dangerous or lethal for the person who gets it, but because it spreads to more people more easily, you could have more people who get sick and die. It is more important than ever that we wear our masks, watch our distance, wash your hands and stay at home and get tested when you are sick."

Case Information
As of 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27, Gov. Beshear reported the following COVID-19 numbers:
  • New cases today: 2,424
  • New deaths today: 47
  • Positivity rate: 9.35%
  • Total deaths: 3,542
  • Currently hospitalized: 1,597
  • Currently in ICU: 387
  • Currently on ventilator: 225
Top counties with the most positive cases today are: Jefferson, Fayette, Daviess, Kenton, Boone and Warren. Each of these counties reported 75 or more new cases; Jefferson County alone reported 330.

To see a list of those reported lost to the virus today, click here.

This story was posted on 2021-01-27 17:40:49
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