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Governor: Positivity rate declines again as vaccinations increase

By Crystal Staley/Sebastian Kitchen

Frankfort, KY - On Monday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced the state's lowest positivity rate since July 3, 2020, and updated Kentuckians on COVID-19 vaccinations.

"We've come too far and we've lost too much to mess this up now. So please continue to wear your masks until we get everybody vaccinated," said Gov. Beshear. "And if you're thinking about not taking the vaccine, think harder. Think about all the individuals you can protect. Think about how much they need your help to ensure we can continue what we see today, of fewer and fewer cases and fewer and fewer losses."

The Governor shared a video filmed at Sayre Christian Village, a continuing care retirement community in Lexington, encouraging vaccinations and highlighting the day family and friends were once again allowed to visit residents.

"Our long-term care facilities and our skilled nursing homes were some of the hardest-hit communities during this pandemic, not only with cases and deaths, but with the separation from loved ones for over a year," said Gov. Beshear. "The vaccine has changed everything for long-term care, but this progress depends on us. As these facilities reopen their doors, they need us, everybody else in Kentucky, to sign up for the vaccine."

The Governor said more than 1,186,000 Kentuckians have been vaccinated already.

Case Information
As of 4 p.m. Monday, March 22, Gov. Beshear reported the following COVID-19 numbers:
  • New cases today: 294
  • New deaths today: 11
  • New audit deaths: 50
  • Positivity rate: 2.93%
  • Total deaths: 5,799
  • Currently hospitalized: 434
  • Currently in ICU: 95
  • Currently on ventilator: 63
Top counties with the most positive cases today are: Jefferson, Knox, Warren and Madison. Each county reported at least 10 new cases.

This story was posted on 2021-03-23 06:23:33
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