Ky. Gov. Beshear reports steady decline in Covid-19 cases

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Published: Mar. 7, 2022 at 10:03 AM CST
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KENTUCKY (WFIE) - Governor Andy Beshear provided a coronavirus update Monday afternoon.

Gov. Beshear says overall, they are still seeing a decline in cases.

The governor says this includes the positivity rate, which is now at 6.49%, as well as a decline in hospitalizations due to COVID.

According to Beshear, there are currently 652 hospitalizations, 148 ICU patients and 88 patients on a ventilator.

“We’re seeing a steady decline in COVID-19 numbers,” said Gov. Beshear. “Some might worry that our cases are plateauing, but two weeks ago, we had President’s Day, so we believe that some of the cases that otherwise would have been in two weeks ago, ended up coming in last week. Our hope is that next week we will see an even larger decline.”

New covid cases by week in Ky.
New covid cases by week in Ky.(Gov. Beshear)

Last week, Gov. Beshear announced that Kentucky would begin to ease back on COVID guidelines. The baseline guidance for living safely with COVID includes:

  • Get vaccinated
  • Keep up to date with vaccine boosters
  • Isolate when sick or after testing positive for COVID-19
  • Consider targeted mask use following exposures and for high-risk persons
  • Follow applicable state and local guidance.

Dr. Steven Stack with the Kentucky Department of Public Health is encouraging people to continue using the Ky.covid19 website as a resource as the pandemic continues.

He says the website shows the community levels by county, COVID reports and more.

He also says Kentucky is now switching from daily COVID data reports to weekly reports. Those reports will be given every Monday no later than 5 p.m.

Dr. Stack is also encouraging Kentuckians to get their COVID vaccines.

“Folks, we are in a phase now with vaccines, with therapies, with abundant access to testing and with all the information we know about this disease, we can hopefully now take individual responsibility in a different way and enable people to have more flexibility in how they live their lives, while still supporting vulnerable individuals,” said Dr. Stack. “We’re also now in a stage where weekly reporting becomes much more sustainable and reliable in some ways, because the data sets are larger over time.”

Kentucky residents can visit to find vaccine locations.

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

  • Daviess Co. - 30,241 cases, 365 deaths
  • Muhlenberg Co. - 9,965 cases, 106 deaths
  • Hopkins Co. - 14,758 cases, 243 deaths
  • Ohio Co. - 7,491 cases, 97 deaths
  • Henderson Co. - 13,532 cases, 153 deaths
  • Webster Co. - 3,921 cases, 51 deaths
  • McLean Co. - 2,574 cases, 48 deaths
  • Union Co. - 4,239 cases, 54 deaths
  • Hancock Co. - 2,376 cases, 24 deaths

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He’s expected to provide the latest information on COVID, including vaccinations and boosters.

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