Gov. Beshear gives final COVID-19 update as state ends most pandemic restrictions
Kentucky events, venues returning to full capacity Friday, mask mandate also ends
KENTUCKY (WFIE) - Gov. Andy Beshear gave his final regularly scheduled COVID-19 update Friday.
The final briefing came 15 months after he announced Kentucky’s first case of COVID-19.
“Today, we are lifting the final restrictions put in place to keep our people safe during this once-in-a-lifetime global pandemic,” Gov. Beshear said. “COVID-19 remains deadly. Our war against it is not yet won. But after more than 15 months of struggle and sacrifice, we can also say this: While COVID-19 remains a threat, we are no longer in crisis.”
You can watch Gov. Beshear’s full news conference below.
During Beshear’s last COVID-19 briefing, he noted that nearly 2.1 million Kentuckians have received at least one shot of an approved vaccine.
He also announced the state recorded nine new COVID-19 related deaths and 237 new cases.
Friday is also the day Kentucky returns to 100% capacity at events and venues and marks the end of the state’s mask mandate.
“We find ourselves on the cusp of an era that was only made possible by how we’ve managed this virus,” Gov. Beshear said. “We see ourselves coming back faster than anticipated, and faster than most other states because of how we’ve managed this virus.”
Some exceptions are still in place in regard to the state’s relaxed masking guidelines. Beshear says residents will still be required to wear masks in hospitals and places populated with high-risk people.
With 1.9 million Kentuckians fully vaccinated, the governor said everyone who is eligible should be able to get the vaccine.
He also said the state of emergency that was declared after Kentucky recorded its first COVID-19 case back in March 2020 will remain in place for the time being, as will the federal emergency declaration.
Beshear said this move is to ensure Kentucky will continue to receive federal funds, which are only made available to states with a public health emergency in place.
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