FRANKFORT — Following another week of declining coronavirus cases, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear encouraged eligible Kentuckians to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
“More than one in three Kentucky adults have been vaccinated so far, which is a huge milestone,” Beshear, a Democrat, said. “Together, we can defeat COVID-19 this year, but we have to keep up our momentum.”
Kentucky reported 646 confirmed coronavirus cases and 27 virus-related deaths Friday. An additional 11 deaths were announced due to an ongoing state audit.
While some vaccine sites have expanded eligibility beyond state guidance to meet Kentucky’s goal of using 90% of new supply within seven days, Beshear has said the state continues “to thread the needle” when expanding to new groups.
The state’s test positivity rate is about 2.8%. The positivity rate is an indicator of the extent of the spread of the virus, according to the World Health Organization. If the rate is less than 5% for two weeks and testing is widespread, the virus is considered under control.
For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms that clear up within weeks. But for others, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, the virus can cause severe symptoms and be fatal. The vast majority of people recover.
Hudspeth Blackburn is a corps member for the Associated Press/Report for America Statehouse News Initiative. Report for America is a nonprofit national service program that places journalists in local newsrooms to report on undercovered issues.
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