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Gov. Beshear: Ky. seeing second highest number of Covid cases since start of pandemic

Published: Jan. 3, 2022 at 2:42 PM CST
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KENTUCKY (WFIE) - Governor Andy Beshear held a Team Kentucky briefing Monday afternoon.

“The most important thing for everyone to hear today is that Omicron has not only come to the Commonwealth, it has hit us harder in terms of escalation and cases, than anything we have seen to date,” Beshear says.

Gov. Beshear says last week was twice as high as the week before.

New Ky. Covid cases by week
New Ky. Covid cases by week(Gov. Beshear)

He provided a breakdown of new Covid cases and Covid-related deaths beginning on Thursday, Dec. 30.

“On the 30th of Dec., our highest case count, 6,441 and 27 deaths from counties all over the Commonwealth, people in their 50′s certainly in that report. On New Year’s Eve, 5,748 new cases and 28 new deaths. Again from people all across the Commonwealth,” Beshear says.

Beshear says some of the reported numbers may have been affected due to the holidays.

On Saturday, 4,359 new Covid-19 cases and 26 Covid-related deaths were reported. On Sunday, 2,767 new Covid-19 cases and 24 Covid-related deaths were reported. On Monday, 4,111 new Covid-19 cases and 15 Covid-related deaths were reported.

Beshear says due to the volume of Covid-19, people who are exposed or test positive should do the following:

1. Self-isolate

2. Notify any close contacts

3. Contact your health care provider

Last week, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention shortened the recommended time that people should self-isolate after a positive Covid-19 test.

According to Beshear, 2,781,123 Kentuckians have received at least their first Covid-19 vaccine.

Number of Kentuckians vaccinated
Number of Kentuckians vaccinated(Gov. Beshear)

Dr. Steven Stack with the Kentucky Department for Public Health says the situation with the new Omicron variant is fluid and changing quickly.

“We had the highest ever single daily record number of cases last week on the 30th, I believe,” says Dr. Stack. “We had the highest ever positivity rate for the entire pandemic.”

Dr. Stack gave the following updated guidelines for Covid-19 isolation:

- If you have tested positive for Covid-19 and have symptoms:

1. Isolate for 10 days from the date symptoms began

2. If symptoms fully resolve, isolation may be shortened and end after day five on the first day without symptoms.

3. Wear a well-fitting face mask for ten full days since the start of symptoms. Isolation should not be shortened if a mask cannot be worn properly and consistently.

- If you have tested positive for Covid-19 and have never had symptoms:

1. Isolate for five days from the date you had your test done.

2. Wear a well-fitting face mask for five additional days. Isolation should be extended to ten days if unable to wear a mask properly and consistently.

Dr. Stack also gave the following updated guidelines for Covid-19 quarantine:

- If you are not fully vaccinated or booster eligible and have been in close contact with someone who tested positive for Covid-19:

1. Quarantine for ten days from your last exposure.

2. Quarantine may be shortened to five days if you have no symptoms and test negative for Covid-19 on day five.

3. Wear a well-fitting face mask for ten full days from your last exposure.

4. Stay home and get a test if symptoms develop.

- If you are boosted or fully vaccinated but not booster eligible and have been in close contact with someone who tested positive for Covid-19:

1. You do not need to quarantine if you do not have symptoms.

2. Wear a well-fitting face mask for ten full days from your last exposure.

3. Get tested for Covid-19 on day five.

4. Stay home and get a test if symptoms develop.

Dr. Stack urged schools to require students to wear their masks once they return from break.

“This virus is like Measles. Measles is the most contagious known viral infection on the planet Earth for a very long time, and the only comparison that we can make from Omicron is that it’s like Measles. So folks I urge you if you’re running a school, require masks when they come back to school after new years break,” says Dr. Stack.

You can watch the full briefing here:

Kentucky residents can visit vaccine.ky.gov to find vaccine locations.

Here are the all-time totals of confirmed positive cases and deaths in our area of Kentucky.

  • Daviess Co. - 19,658 cases, 312 deaths, 56.92% vaccinated
  • Muhlenberg Co. - 6,511 cases, 99 deaths
  • Hopkins Co. - 9,323 cases, 220 deaths
  • Ohio Co. - 5,126 cases, 91 deaths, 42.64% vaccinated
  • Henderson Co. - 8,817 cases, 135 deaths, 55.32% vaccinated
  • Webster Co. - 2,670 cases, 46 deaths, 49.58% vaccinated
  • McLean Co. - 1,726 cases, 44 deaths, 52.56% vaccinated
  • Union Co. - 2,882 cases, 46 deaths, 44.58% vaccinated
  • Hancock Co. - 1,616 cases, 20 deaths, 63.35% vaccinated

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