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Gov. Beshear: Things moving in the right direction as cases continue to decline

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Published: Mar. 14, 2022 at 11:53 AM CDT
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KENTUCKY (WFIE) - Governor Andy Beshear gave a COVID-19 update Monday afternoon.

The governor says COVID cases are continuing to decline.

According to Beshear, 9,532 new positive COVID cases were reported from last week. He says these numbers are down by about 12,000 cases compared to the previous week.

Gov. Beshear also says the positivity rate has declined. The percentage is now at 4.17%.

“A lot of good news for our COVID-19 update today,” said Gov Beshear. “The top line today is that while we still have some struggles, things continue to move in the right direction, and they are continuing to move at a regular pace. Every metric is moving in the right direction.”

He says although numbers are going down in cases, deaths aren’t.

The governor reported 283 new COVID deaths from last week.

Gov. Beshear says he is encouraging Kentuckians to protect themselves against the virus by getting their COVID-19 shots.

2,894,264 Kentuckians have received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine.

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. - 30,325 cases, 367 deaths
  • Muhlenberg Co. - 9,965 cases, 106 deaths
  • Hopkins Co. - 14,758 cases, 243 deaths
  • Ohio Co. - 7,501 cases, 97 deaths
  • Henderson Co. - 13,573 cases, 154 deaths
  • Webster Co. - 3,928 cases, 52 deaths
  • McLean Co. - 2,578 cases, 48 deaths
  • Union Co. - 4,256 cases, 55 deaths
  • Hancock Co. - 2,383 cases, 26 deaths

Gov. Beshear warned that in the absence of new ARPA funding or other legislative appropriations, several programs that have helped Kentuckians during the pandemic are anticipated to end.

Without more funding, beginning July 1, 2022:

  • The COVID-19 test-to-stay program for kindergarten through 12th grade will end; no program will be possible for the 2022-2023 academic year.
  • The Community Antibody Administration Center program – which was mandated during the 2021 legislative special session – will cease.
  • State-supported community-based COVID-19 testing provided throughout the commonwealth by Gravity Diagnostics and the University of Kentucky will cease.
  • State-supported COVID-19 testing in Kentucky’s long-term care facilities will cease or wind down as federal CDC funds available to support this activity run out.
  • The ability to support the commonwealth’s 90-day PPE emergency supply and necessary warehouse storage space is uncertain, as a pre-paid lease is set to expire and will require renewal beginning July 1, 2023; an alternative funding source has not yet been identified to sustain this program.

You can watch the full briefing here:

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