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Gov. Beshear Provides Team Kentucky Update
FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 30, 2022) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear updated Kentuckians on economic development, grants for riverports, transportation funding to support economic development, the groundbreaking of Norton Healthcare Goodwill Opportunity Campus, Western Kentucky tornado recovery and COVID-19. He also named Dr. Aaron Thompson and the Thompson Scholars Program as this week’s Team Kentucky All-Stars.

Gov. Beshear Provides Update on COVID-19 
FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 14, 2022) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear announced that the COVID-19 positivity rate continues to decline, with a decrease marked each day during the past week.
“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...

Gov. Beshear Gives COVID-19 Update
FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 7, 2022) – Today Gov. Andy Beshear announced that during the week ending March 6, there were 12,010 newly reported cases of COVID-19 and the 7-day test positivity rate was 6.04%. Cases and the positivity rate have decreased compared with the prior week, ending February 27, when there were 13,305 new cases and the average test positivity rate was 9.01%.

Gov. Beshear Provides Update on COVID-19 as Cases Continue to Decline
Governor also updates Kentuckians on December tornadoes, possible flooding this week
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 21, 2022) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear said COVID-19 numbers continue to decline. Though the spread of the virus remains high statewide, several counties are no longer in the highest category of disease incidence.
The Governor said if Kentucky’s COVID-19 numbers continue to decrease, he plans to...

Gov. Beshear Provides COVID Update
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 14, 2022) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear said Kentucky is seeing a good trajectory in regard to weekly cases and positivity rate and that if these trends continue, Kentucky likely will be moving out of the red zone and into the orange or yellow by March 14.
The Governor said that if weekly COVID-19 cases and positivity rates continue to decrease, his goal is to provide updated guidance for the state workforce by next month.

Gov. Beshear Updates Kentuckians on COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Recommendations
Five monoclonal antibody injection teams coming to Kentucky
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 27, 2021) – Following the latest guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s amended authorization for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, Gov. Andy Beshear said today that his administration recommends the following Kentuckians who received a Pfizer vaccine series get a booster six months after their second...

Gov. Beshear Expands Kentucky National Guard Support to More Hospitals
Five Kentucky children with COVID-19 on ventilators
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 23, 2021) – On Thursday during his weekly Team Kentucky update, Gov. Andy Beshear said he has now deployed 505 Kentucky National Guard members to 29 hospitals throughout the state, expanding the Guard’s presence by 94 members and to four more hospitals.
“This is the largest deployment of the Kentucky National Guard for a health care crisis in the commonwealth’s history,” said Gov. Beshear. “We continue to hear from our hospitals how much these incredible professionals help.”
As of today, 64 of 96 Kentucky hospitals are reporting critical staffing shortages, and...

Gov. Beshear: National Disaster Medical System Team Arrives in Hazard
Governor also requests 30-day extension of FEMA EMS strike teams helping transport COVID-19 patients
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 22, 2021) – In his latest action to support strained Kentucky hospitals, Gov. Andy Beshear announced that a National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) team he requested arrived at Appalachian Regional Healthcare in Hazard today and will stay for two weeks.
The Governor has also requested a 30-day extension of the five Federal...

Gov. Beshear: ‘Due to National Shortage, There Will Not Be Enough Monoclonal Antibody Infusions Anywhere. Get the Vaccine.’
Seventy percent of eligible Kentuckians 12 and older have received at least one vaccine dose
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 20, 2021) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear said Kentucky administered more than 5,000 monoclonal antibody treatment courses last week, but the state will only receive 4,960 courses this week due to a national shortage. They will be allocated to 79 sites around Kentucky based on backorder requests, current inventory and previous week utilization.
“We will have at least one monoclonal antibody treatment provider in each of our Area Development Districts, but there’s not going to be enough...

Kentucky Doctor on COVID-19: ‘It’s Hard to Tell a 40-Year-Old They’re Going to be Dead Within 24 Hours and There’s Nothing We Can Do’
Colleague adds: ‘I’ve been in codes not just for people my age, but my kid’s age’
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 16, 2021) – On Thursday during his weekly Team Kentucky update, Gov. Andy Beshear said the state is supporting hospitals in the fight against COVID-19 with expanded personnel and testing assistance, as health care professionals sound the alarm on the delta variant’s threat, even to young Kentuckians.
From March 2020 to May 2021, before the delta variant was dominant in the United States, 74% of COVID-19 deaths in Kentucky were among those 70 and older, and 98% were among those 50 and older. From June...

Gov. Beshear: More Than 300 Additional Guard Members Will Support Strained Hospitals Across Kentucky
Governor also recognized nursing students helping health care systems amid COVID-19 surge
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 9, 2021) – On Thursday during his weekly Team Kentucky update, Gov. Andy Beshear said more teams from the Kentucky National Guard will arrive over the next week at strained Kentucky hospitals. Assisting with nonclinical functions within the hospitals to allow hospital staff to focus on patient care, 310 additional Guard members will support 21 hospitals around the...

Gov. Beshear Reports Record-High Week for New COVID-19 Cases
​​​​​​​FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 7, 2021) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear said Kentucky has recorded more than 13,000 new COVID-19 cases in just four days. The Governor also reported a record number of new COVID-19 cases in one week, from Aug. 30 to Sept. 5, with 30,680 cases, topping the previous record-high week reported the week before.
“We continue to see more cases than is safe by any means,” said Gov. Beshear. “The bad news is we had the worst week ever last week. Our hospitals continue to be pushed to the brink. If we have one bad week, we can very quickly run out...

Gov. Beshear: Three FEMA Strike Teams Arrive Today to Help with Surging, Severe COVID-19 Cases
Governor requested strike teams to assist in Louisville, Prestonsburg and Somerset
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 27, 2021) – Gov. Andy Beshear said three Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) strike teams he requested arrived in Kentucky today to assist the commonwealth with record COVID-19 cases.
The teams will serve as backup for local ambulance services and perform patient transfers from one hospital to another.
“Our hospitals have never been more stressed and stretched during this pandemic than they are right now, and this FEMA assistance is critical to support some of our hospitals and health care heroes that need...

Gov. Beshear, Dr. Stack: Third Dose of Pfizer, Moderna Vaccines Recommended for Immunocompromised Kentuckians
Pediatric COVID-19 hospital admissions in Kentucky reach record high
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 17, 2021) – On Tuesday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced record pediatric COVID-19 hospital admissions, and Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health, announced that a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is recommended for immunocompromised Kentuckians at least 28 days after a second dose.
“COVID-19 isn’t just hitting adults. With the delta variant, your kids are at a greater risk than they have been before,” said Gov. Beshear. “In a Southern Indiana school district, 750 students are already in...

Gov. Beshear: Unvaccinated Kentuckians Face Greatest Risk Since Pandemic Began
Governor highlights how vaccines will save lives, keep schools open, protect economy
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 12, 2021) – On Thursday during his weekly Team Kentucky update, Gov. Andy Beshear said Kentucky’s economic momentum continues to build as more Kentuckians get vaccinated, fighting the commonwealth’s fastest ever surge of COVID-19 cases.
“The delta variant is the most aggressive, and it looks like it may be the most deadly, form of COVID that we have faced,” said Gov. Beshear. “If you are unvaccinated, you are at the very greatest risk that you have been at since the start of the pandemic. COVID has been the third leading cause of death in the United States over the past year and a half. Right now, it’s putting more pressure than it ever has before on our health care...

Gov. Beshear: To Save Lives, Keep Schools Open and Protect Surging Economy, Masks Required in All Kentucky Schools, Child Care Settings
Health care, public health, school and business leaders support Governor’s executive order
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 10, 2021) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear said in response to the highly contagious COVID-19 delta variant and recent U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance, he will require the following via an executive order:

Health Department Schedules Clinics for Back-To-School Immunizations
Greenup, KY(Aug. 10, 2021): It is time for your child to receive vaccinations as part of your school’s enrollment requirements. The Greenup County Health Department is setting aside a few days to ensure the children of Greenup County are protected.
Kentucky requires all students, Kindergarten through the 12th grade, to have had the Hepatitis A vaccine to be admitted into school. Also, all students 16 years and older must have the second meningococcal booster to be admitted into school.
This service is offered primarily to children that are uninsured, under-insured or if your family...

Gov. Beshear Announces New Testing and Vaccine Program in State-Run Health Care Facilities
Program will keep residents, staff safe following rise in COVID-19 cases
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 2, 2021) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear discussed the latest on the COVID-19 delta variant in Kentucky and explained how Kentucky is leading by example with a new testing and vaccine program at state-run health care facilities.
“We are back into a period of time where a whole lot of things are moving – in the public sector, at the federal level – and we are learning more about the delta variant,” said Gov. Beshear. “The delta variant is...

Gov. Beshear Takes Action to Protect Kentucky Families and Unprecedented Economic Progress
Based on federal guidance, school districts should require universal indoor masking
FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 29, 2021) – On Thursday during his Team Kentucky Update, Gov. Andy Beshear announced new COVID-19 precautions based on updated guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“With the delta variant spreading across the U.S. and only 62% of Kentuckians ages 18 or older vaccinated, right now our answer is: Masks plus vaccines equals victory over COVID,” said Gov. Beshear. “We are strong enough and resilient enough to do this. We are compassionate...

Gov. Beshear Announces K-12 School Recommendations in Response to COVID-19 Delta Variant
Masks recommended indoors for all children under 12, unvaccinated Kentuckians 12 and older
FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 26, 2021) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear shared new masking recommendations for K-12 schools in response to the highly contagious COVID-19 delta variant.
“Our priority is our kids,” said Gov. Beshear. “How we make decisions has to come from one simple place: What gives us the best chance to have our kids in school the maximum number of days in the midst of a pandemic? That is our North Star.”
The Governor was joined by Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman, Kentucky Department for...

Gov. Beshear, Dr. Stack Provide Update on COVID-19 Delta Variant in Kentucky
Unvaccinated Kentuckians should wear masks indoors when not in their home
FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 19, 2021) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear and Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health, provided an update on the COVID-19 delta variant, a highly contagious strain that is spreading in the commonwealth.
“We have the most aggressive variant that we have seen to date in our battle against COVID. It’s a serious, even deadly, threat to unvaccinated Kentuckians,” said Gov. Beshear. “If more adults don’t get vaccinated, it’s not just adults who pay the price. It’s our kids who will. Many of them can’t get vaccinated yet, and they count on us to...

Gov. Beshear: While COVID-19 Remains a Threat, We Are No Longer In Crisis
Governor thanks Kentuckians for saving lives as mask mandate, capacity restrictions are lifted
FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 11, 2021) – On Friday, Gov. Andy Beshear marked his final regularly scheduled COVID-19 briefing by thanking Kentuckians for their hard work and sacrifices that saved countless lives in...

Gov. Beshear Launches ‘Shot at a Million’ Vaccine Incentive Drawing
Governor also provides more than $38 million of the state’s federal funds to sustain emergency rental assistance programs in Louisville and Lexington
FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 4, 2021) – On Friday, Gov. Andy Beshear invited Kentuckians to get a COVID-19 vaccine and enter for a Shot at a Million – the state’s new vaccine incentive drawing.
“This is a lifesaving and now possibly life-changing opportunity,” said Gov. Beshear. “You can get your shot of hope and then enter for a shot at $1 million or a shot at one of...

Gov. Beshear Provides Update on COVID-19 Vaccinations, Better Kentucky Plan
FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 1, 2021) – On Tuesday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced 2,058,029 people have received at least their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine in Kentucky.
“These vaccines are miracles. They have effectively eliminated death and hospitalization for the most vulnerable,” said Gov. Beshear. “They are saving lives every day and we’ve got to make sure more people get them.”
The Governor also announced due to increased vaccinations, senior centers will reopen at full capacity on June 11.
Case Information
As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 1, Gov. Beshear reported the...

Gov. Beshear Announces 2 Million People Have Received at Least Their First Dose of a COVID-19 Vaccine in Kentucky
FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 25, 2021) – On Tuesday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced 2,006,742 people have received at least their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine in Kentucky.
“When you look at this, it is just a miracle,” said Gov. Beshear. “Fifteen months after the first case of COVID-19 in Kentucky, not only do we have effective vaccines, but we have 2 million people vaccinated. It’s really exciting.”
The Governor also noted Moderna announced its COVID-19 vaccine is...

Gov. Beshear: 1,927,168 People Have Received At Least Their First COVID-19 Vaccine Dose in Kentucky
FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 17, 2021) – On Monday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced 1,927,168 people have received at least their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine in Kentucky.
“Overall, 54% of all Kentucky adults and 80% of Kentuckians 65 and older now have at least their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine,” said Gov. Beshear. “And for more good news, Kentuckians as young as 12 have started getting their shots of hope.”
On May 28, all indoor and outdoor events of any size and businesses of any...

Gov. Beshear: Economy Set for Liftoff as Final Capacity Limits End June 11
Vaccine effectiveness, expanded eligibility allows for easing of restrictions
FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 14, 2021) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear said the state’s emerging economy is set for liftoff as final capacity restrictions related to COVID-19 will end Friday, June 11.
Gov. Beshear said the proven effectiveness of vaccinations and expanded vaccine eligibility to include 12- to 15-year-olds is allowing the commonwealth to safely and sustainably ease restrictions. With about 1.9 million Kentuckians vaccinated, the Governor said everyone who is eligible should be able to...

Gov. Beshear: Vaccination Sites Can Administer Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccines to Kentuckians Ages 12-15 Starting Tomorrow
Approximately 231,000 adolescent Kentuckians will soon be able to receive a #ShotofHope
FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 12, 2021) – On Wednesday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced state vaccination sites can administer Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines to Kentuckians age 12 to 15 starting tomorrow, May 13.
The Governor’s announcement was made on the heels of the...

Gov. Beshear: 1,882,396 People Have Received at Least Their First Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine in Kentucky
FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 11, 2021) – On Tuesday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced 1,882,396 people have received at least their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine in Kentucky.
“No matter where you are in the state, you can sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine near where you live or work,” said Gov. Beshear. “Now, when you get a shot of hope at many Kroger or Walmart locations, you can even...

Gov. Beshear: More Than 80% of Kentuckians 65 and Older Have Received at Least One COVID-19 Vaccine Dose
Governor also announces additional bar and restaurant restrictions will be lifted May 28
FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 10, 2021) – On Monday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced more than 80% of Kentuckians 65 and older have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose. To date, 1,875,554 people have received at least their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine in...

Gov. Beshear: Starting May 28, All Events and Businesses Catering to 1,000 People or Fewer Can Increase to 75% Capacity
State officials also update Kentuckians on unemployment insurance
FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 6, 2021) – On Thursday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced that on May 28, all events and businesses with 1,000 or fewer people present can increase to 75% capacity.
In addition, starting May 28, indoor and outdoor events with more than 1,000 people can be held at...

Gov. Beshear Updates Kentuckians on COVID-19 Vaccinations
FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 5, 2021) – On Wednesday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced 1,837,229 people have received at least their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine in Kentucky.
“Because so many Kentuckians have rolled up their sleeves for these vaccines, these shots of hope, we’ve been able to increase capacity in most businesses to 60% and return child care classrooms to their traditional sizes,” said Gov. Beshear. “We’ve been able to shorten and simplify Healthy at Work minimum requirements. We’ve been able to...

Gov. Beshear Updates Kentuckians on COVID-19 Vaccinations
FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 4, 2021) – On Tuesday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced 1,835,176 people have received at least their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine in Kentucky.
“We’re getting closer to reaching our 2.5 million–vaccine Team Kentucky Vaccination Challenge every day, but we need to pick up the pace, especially among younger Kentuckians,” said Gov. Beshear. “There are vaccination appointments available every week, at many different times throughout the day. At some sites, you don’t even need an appointment. Get it done, for yourself and for your...

Gov. Beshear: 1,833,652 People Have Received at Least One Dose of a COVID-19 Vaccine in Kentucky
State transitions to federal COVID-19 reporting system
FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 3, 2021) – On Monday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced 1,833,652 people have received at least their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine in Kentucky.
The Governor said starting today, the state will transition to the federal COVID-19 vaccination reporting...

Gov. Beshear Provides Update on COVID-19 Vaccinations, Wishes Kentuckians a Happy Derby Weekend
FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 30, 2021) – On Friday, Gov. Andy Beshear wished all Kentuckians a happy Derby weekend and announced 1,760,933 Kentuckians have received at least their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
“I hope all Kentuckians enjoy Oaks today and the Derby tomorrow – I know we’re so excited to get back to a more normal celebration of such a special...

Gov. Beshear Updates Kentuckians on COVID-19 Vaccinations
FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 29, 2021) – On Thursday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced 1,751,541 Kentuckians have received at least their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
The Governor added that as of today, approximately 750,000 Kentuckians need to get at least their first dose for the state to meet its 2.5 million-vaccine Team Kentucky Vaccination Challenge.
“Every day, thousands more Kentuckians get their shot of hope, but we need to...

Gov. Beshear Updates Kentuckians on COVID-19 Vaccinations
FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 28, 2021) – On Wednesday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced 1,742,037 Kentuckians have received at least their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
“This week, I’ve visited a few of our state’s most unique vaccination sites – from a mobile clinic run out of an emergency management van that can meet people where they are, to a pop-up clinic at a professional soccer game,” said Gov. Beshear. “No matter where you are, there’s a...

Gov. Beshear Updates Kentuckians on COVID-19 Vaccinations
FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 27, 2021) – On Tuesday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced 1,732,791 Kentuckians have received at least their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
“Every day, we get a step closer to reaching the 2.5 million-vaccine Team Kentucky Vaccination Challenge and ending this pandemic once and for all,” said Gov. Beshear. “There are now more options than ever for you to sign up for your shot of hope. It’s fast, it’s easy and it will help us save lives and get back to more of the activities we’ve missed over...

Gov. Beshear: Mask Mandate Changing for Smaller, Outdoor Events Due to Increased Vaccinations
State officials also update Kentuckians on COVID-19 memorial, Johnson & Johnson vaccine
FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 26, 2021) – On Monday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced 1,726,346 Kentuckians have received at least their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
The Governor said beginning tomorrow, based on recent studies and Kentucky’s increasing number of vaccinations, the statewide mask mandate will no longer be in effect when...

Gov. Beshear Provides Update on COVID-19 Vaccinations
FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 23, 2021) – On Friday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced 1,708,318 Kentuckians have received at least their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
“We’ve reached another milestone in the 2.5 million vaccine Team Kentucky Vaccination Challenge,” said Gov. Beshear. “Now, fewer than 800,000 Kentuckians 16 and older need to sign up to receive their shot of hope in order for us to reach our goal and lift a lot more...

Gov. Beshear: FEMA and Kentucky to Open Community Vaccination Centers in Henderson and Laurel Counties
​​​​​​​FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 23, 2021) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Friday announced that FEMA is partnering with the Commonwealth of Kentucky to open Community Vaccination Center (CVC) sites in Laurel and Henderson counties.
The Laurel County Cooperative Extension site, located at 200 County Extension Road in London, will open Wednesday, April 28. Personnel from the National Disaster Medical System and staff from...

Gov. Beshear: Two New Regional Vaccination Sites Coming to Eastern, Western Kentucky
State officials also update Kentuckians on Johnson & Johnson vaccine, unemployment insurance
FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 22, 2021) – On Thursday, Gov. Andy Beshear said the Federal Emergency Management Agency will stand up two new regional vaccination sites soon in Eastern and Western Kentucky.
The Governor said the state’s largest vaccination site...

Gov. Beshear: ‘Now is the Time to Find Your Shot of Hope’
FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 21, 2021) – On Wednesday, Gov. Andy Beshear encouraged all Kentuckians 16 and older to sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine appointment so the commonwealth can reach its 2.5 million vaccine Team Kentucky Vaccination Challenge aimed at lowering infections, saving lives and ending this pandemic.
When the 2.5 million vaccine goal is reached, the state will lift most capacity restrictions on many Kentucky businesses.
“As we can see from today’s case numbers, this virus isn’t going away on its own. We have to come together to stop it. Hundreds of Kentuckians are still getting sick every...

Gov. Beshear Updates Kentuckians on COVID-19 Vaccinations
FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 20, 2021) – On Tuesday, Gov. Beshear said at least 1,672,364* Kentuckians have received at least their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. He also announced 609 new COVID-19 cases and a 3.44% positivity rate.
“As our case numbers seem to be plateauing, it’s more important than ever for us to make sure our vaccination numbers are rising consistently,” said Gov. Beshear...

Gov. Beshear, Dr. Stack Update Kentuckians on Healthy at Work Policies
Governor also recognizes National Minority Health Month, state’s progress on COVID-19 health outcomes equity
FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 19, 2021) – On Monday, Gov. Andy Beshear and Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health, updated Kentuckians on the state’s Healthy at Work requirements aimed at keeping all employees and their families safe.
The Healthy at Work minimum requirements list has been simplified and now applies to all businesses...

Gov. Beshear: ‘There are Half a Million COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Available in Kentucky Right Now’
Governor encourages Kentuckians to sign up today at vaccine.ky.gov to help meet Team Kentucky Vaccination Challenge
FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 15, 2021) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear said Kentucky has 499,735 Moderna and Pfizer vaccines on hand and ready to be administered, more than half the number the state would need to...

Gov. Beshear Provides Update on COVID-19
FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 14, 2021) – On Wednesday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced a 3.33% COVID-19 positivity rate and 782 new COVID-19 cases.
“While not a drastic change, today’s increase in the positivity rate is concerning,” said Gov. Beshear. “This is why it’s so important for Kentuckians to help us meet our Team Kentucky Vaccination Challenge and reach our 2.5 million vaccine goal. The sooner we meet this goal, the sooner we can lift many restrictions on most venues and businesses. With over 1.6 million Kentuckians already vaccinated, we need everyone to...

Kentucky Temporarily Pauses Use of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine
FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 13, 2021) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear and Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health, advised all Kentucky vaccine providers to temporarily pause the use of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine.
Early this morning, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended the pause after extremely rare blood clotting conditions...

Media Statement
For Immediate Release
Friday, April 13, 2021
Contact: CDC Media Relations
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Joint CDC and FDA Statement on Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine

Gov. Beshear Announces 2.5 Million Vaccination Challenge to Lift Many Capacity Restrictions
When goal is met, capacity restrictions and physical distancing requirements for nearly all venues, events and businesses that cater to 1,000 or fewer patrons will be lifted
FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 12, 2021) – On Monday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced the Team Kentucky Vaccination Challenge: When 2.5 million Kentuckians have received at least their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, the state will remove most capacity restrictions.
When the goal is met, the Governor said he will lift capacity restrictions and physical...

Gov. Beshear Provides Update on COVID-19
FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 9, 2021) – On Friday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced 744 new COVID-19 cases and a 2.79% positivity rate.
“It’s encouraging to see our positivity rate decrease again, but we need to work even harder to make sure our weekly case numbers start decreasing again as well,” said Gov. Beshear. “Every Kentuckian 16 and older should get their COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible. It’s fast, it’s safe, it’s easy and you could save a life by doing so, maybe even...

Gov. Beshear: More Than 11,000 COVID-19 Vaccination Appointments Available at Cardinal Stadium
Kentuckians can preregister now; state officials also provide update on unemployment insurance
FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 8, 2021) – On Thursday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced the Cardinal Stadium COVID-19 vaccination site in Louisville has 11,000 appointments that Kentuckians can preregister for at UofLHealth.org or by calling 502-681-1453.
“As you all know, vaccinations are the absolute most important thing we can be doing...

Gov. Beshear Provides Update on COVID-19
FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 6, 2021) – On Tuesday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced 344 new COVID-19 cases and a 2.89% positivity rate.
“If you haven’t gotten your COVID-19 vaccine yet, look at our list of where you can get your shot of hope this week, at vaccinemap.ky.gov,” said Gov. Beshear. “If you’ve already been vaccinated, reach out to one friend or family member who is still trying to get signed up and see if you can help them. This is an all-hands-on-deck effort. We are in a race against harmful COVID-19 variants that could...

Gov. Beshear: All Kentuckians 16 and Older Eligible for a COVID-19 Vaccine
Governor announces more than 1.4 million Kentuckians have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose
FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 5, 2021) – On Monday, Gov. Andy Beshear said all Kentuckians 16 and older are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. The Pfizer vaccine is approved for individuals 16 and older; the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are approved for individuals 18 and older.
“Beginning today, Kentuckians as young as 16 can sign up for their shot of hope,” said Gov. Beshear. “This means Kentucky has beaten by a full month President Joe Biden’s goal and timeline for all Americans 16 and up being able to get the vaccine. These vaccines are our ticket out of this pandemic. They are not only safe; they are...

Gov. Beshear: All Kentuckians 16 and Older Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccines April 5
16 and 17-year-olds eligible at locations that offer Pfizer vaccines approved for their age group
FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 31, 2021) – On Wednesday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced all Kentuckians 16 and older will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine April 5. Only the Pfizer vaccine is approved for 16 and 17-year-olds.
“This is a good day. This news means that we will beat the president’s goal by a month to have COVID-19 vaccinations opened up to everyone,” said Gov. Beshear. “We are seeing...

Gov. Beshear Provides Update on COVID-19
FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 30, 2021) – On Tuesday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced 751 new COVID-19 cases and a 2.9% positivity rate.
“We are on a positive trajectory – we are leading all of our seven border states in administering at least one dose of the vaccine and our positivity rate continues to decline –  but we need to keep working hard and not give up,” said Gov. Beshear. “We need every eligible Kentuckian to join the team and get the first vaccine available...

Gov. Beshear Provides Update on COVID-19
FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 26, 2021) – On Friday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced the state’s COVID-19 positivity rate has declined to 2.8% and he continued to encourage eligible Kentuckians to get vaccinated.
On Monday, all Kentuckians 40 and older will become eligible for three highly effective COVID-19 vaccines, in addition to all individuals in Phase 1A, 1B and 1C. By April 12, all Kentuckians 16 and older will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
“More than one in three Kentucky adults have been vaccinated so far, which is a huge milestone,” said Gov. Beshear. “If you haven’t been vaccinated, see where you can sign up. If you’ve got a family member or friend who wants their shot of hope, help them get registered and call our...

Gov. Beshear: Kentucky’s COVID-19 Vaccination Pace Continues to Accelerate
Governor highlights vaccination sites with available appointments
FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 25, 2021) – On Thursday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced the pace of Kentucky’s COVID-19 vaccination efforts continues to accelerate.
“As of today, we’re right at 1.25 million Kentuckians who have received at least their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. That is more than 36% of our adult population, which is really exciting,” said Gov. Beshear. “This is the pace we want to...

Gov. Beshear: Positivity Rate Decreases Again As More Kentuckians Become Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine
All Kentuckians 50 and older are now eligible for vaccine; all Kentuckians 16 and older eligible by April 12
FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 24, 2021) – On Wednesday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced the state’s positivity rate has decreased again, to 2.85%.
All Kentuckians 50 and older became eligible Monday for three highly effective COVID-19 vaccines. By April 12, all Kentuckians 16 and older will be...

Gov. Beshear: Positivity Rate Declines Again as Vaccinations Increase
Governor also updates Kentuckians on declining COVID-19 cases, deaths in the state’s long-term care facilities
FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 22, 2021) – On Monday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced the state’s lowest positivity rate since July 3, 2020, and updated Kentuckians on COVID-19 vaccinations.
“We’ve come too far and we’ve lost too much to mess this up now. So please continue to wear your masks until we get everybody vaccinated,” said Gov. Beshear. “And if you’re thinking about not taking the vaccine...

Gov. Beshear Provides Update on COVID-19
FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 19, 2021) – On Friday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced 731 new COVID-19 cases in Kentucky and a positivity rate of 3.40%.
“With now more than 1 million Kentuckians being vaccinated, our shot of hope has proven to be our shot of certainty for ending this pandemic,” Gov. Beshear said. “We still need everyone to continue to mask up, practice social distancing, wash your hands and get vaccinated when it’s your turn.”...

Gov. Beshear: All Kentuckians 50 and Older Can Sign Up for Vaccine Appointments Monday
Governor announces three new regional vaccination locations, 570 total sites
FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 18, 2021) – On Thursday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced all Kentuckian 50 and older can sign up for COVID-19 vaccination appointments on or after March 22.
He said all Kentuckians ages 16 and older will be able to sign up for appointments by April 12.
“Kentuckians deemed most vulnerable should still get priority, and they will, but we can’t have these vaccines sitting in a freezer. We are in a race against the COVID-19 variants and we’ve got to...

Gov. Beshear Provides Update on COVID-19
FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 17, 2021) – On Wednesday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced the state’s positivity rate has declined to 3.73%.
“While our new cases have decreased dramatically since their peak in the commonwealth, these numbers are still too high,” said Gov. Beshear. “We are close to the finish line but we can’t let up yet. Keep masking up, keep social distancing and get vaccinated when it’s your turn. Let’s see this through to the...

Gov. Beshear Provides Update on COVID-19
Governor says state is monitoring 11 people for Ebola after their return from affected countries
FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 16, 2021) – On Tuesday, Gov. Andy Beshear reported 819 new COVID-19 cases, 24 COVID-19 deaths and a positivity rate of 3.87%.
“This week, while we are so hopeful, this virus is still out there and it is still dangerous. Please continue to wear your mask and social distance – even if you’ve been...

Gov. Beshear: 99.7% of Kentucky’s First Vaccine Doses Administered
Governor also celebrates 1 millionth Kentuckian vaccinated today
FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 15, 2021) – On Monday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced 99.7% of all first vaccine doses sent to Kentucky have been administered after another record-setting week.
Over the past week, more than 142,000 Kentuckians have received a COVID-19 vaccine.
“We believe that we are going to hit the president’s goal that every adult in Kentucky and across America who wants their...

Gov. Beshear Provides Update on COVID-19, Change to Vaccine Eligibility
FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 12, 2021) – On Friday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced 963 new COVID-19 cases in Kentucky and a positivity rate below 4%.
“The number of new cases, deaths and the positivity rate all continue to decline,” the Governor said. “While this is encouraging, we need to remain committed to the public health measures that have helped Kentucky curb the number of infections, hospitalizations and deaths that would have otherwise...

Gov. Beshear Provides Update on COVID-19, Change to Vaccine Eligibility
FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 11, 2021) – On Thursday, Gov. Andy Beshear said cases and deaths from COVID-19 continue to moderate as more Kentuckians receive the safe and effective vaccines.
“The positivity rate ticked up a little bit, to 3.95%,” the Governor said. “We like to see that below 5%.”
Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health, said the eligibility requirements for receiving a vaccine will change slightly next week based on U.S. Centers for...

Gov. Beshear Provides Update on COVID-19
FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 10, 2021) – On Wednesday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced the state’s positivity rate decreased again, to 3.93%, as more Kentuckians receive one of three highly effective COVID-19 vaccines and continue to follow guidance from public health officials.
“We still have far too many deaths reported today – 34 – but I’m happy to see our positivity rate continue to decrease,” said Gov. Beshear. “This shows we’re stepping up to do what it takes to protect each other until we...

Gov. Beshear: Record 127,110 Kentuckians Vaccinated in One Week
First Lady announces 1 million masks donated by Ford Motor Co. to Coverings for Kids
FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 9, 2021) – On Tuesday, Gov. Andy Beshear said a record 127,110 Kentuckians were vaccinated during the past week, breaking the previous record of 112,428 vaccinations set the week before.
“We are really ramping up to meet the moment and we are going to achieve this goal the President set of having a vaccine available for any Kentucky adult who wants one by the end of...

Gov. Beshear: 25% of Kentucky Adults Have Received a COVID-19 Vaccine
Governor reports eighth straight week of declining cases; positivity rate has declined to 4.06%
FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 8, 2021) – On Monday, Gov. Beshear announced 834,130 Kentuckians – 25% of Kentucky adults – have now received at least one dose of one of three highly effective COVID-19 vaccines.
Gov. Beshear also announced Kentucky has now seen eight straight weeks of declining COVID-19 cases. Today’s COVID-19 report includes the lowest number of new cases since...

Gov. Beshear Provides Update on COVID-19
FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 5, 2021) – On Friday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced Kentucky’s positivity rate has decreased to 4.25%.
“Team Kentucky should be so proud of the progress we’ve made against this virus,” said Gov. Beshear. “We’ve got to keep up our commitment to each other until we reach the finish line – on COVID-19, and in recovering from other emergencies our state has experienced, like the ice storm and record...

Gov. Beshear Provides Update on COVID-19
FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 3, 2021) – On Wednesday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced more than 731,000 Kentuckians have now had at least the first dose of one of the effective COVID-19 vaccines.
“These numbers continue a good trend that we see on declining case numbers. Even better, our positivity rate is now 4.60% as it continues to decline,” said Gov. Beshear. “But let’s remember as we work toward defeating this virus, we can’t quit. Yesterday, President Joe Biden announced he now believes there will be sufficient supply for every adult in America to get vaccinated by the end of May. That’s really...

Gov. Beshear Updates Kentuckians on COVID-19, Record Flooding
Kentucky Division of Emergency Management, National Guard, State Police, Energy and Environment and Transportation Cabinets all contributing to emergency response
FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 2, 2021) – On Tuesday, Gov. Andy Beshear updated Kentuckians on the state’s emergency response after record flooding over the weekend.
“What we have seen is some of the worst rain in Western Kentucky in parts of Calloway County, to parts of cities underwater in Eastern Kentucky. So many of our people are...

Gov. Beshear: Many Businesses Can Now Increase Capacity to 60%
COVID-19 cases decline for seventh straight week, positivity rate declines to 4.84%
FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 1, 2021) – On Monday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced 18 industries can increase capacity to 60% as the state completes its seventh straight week of declining COVID-19 cases.
Today, the Governor reported the lowest number of new COVID-19 cases since Sept. 28 and the lowest positivity rate since Oct. 18.
“Today, we have more good news than at any time in the pandemic. We’ve never seen what we are seeing now in terms of a downward trend. Previously, we had experienced only...

Gov. Beshear Provides Update COVID-19
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 26, 2021) – On Friday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced the state’s positivity rate has decreased to 5.52%.
“I hope all of our Kentucky families have a great, safe weekend,” said Gov. Beshear. “We’re still not out of the woods with this horrible virus, but every week, we’re taking another step forward in our fight against it.”
Case Information
As of 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, Gov. Beshear reported the following...

Gov. Beshear Announces 119 More Vaccination Sites, 410 Total Locations
Governor also announces round-trip free or reduced-cost transportation for vaccination appointments
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 25, 2021) – On Thursday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced 119 new vaccination sites, bringing the state’s total number of vaccine providers to 410.
“Vaccinations are going incredibly well in Kentucky,” said Gov. Beshear. “We are giving out doses faster than the federal government provides them. More than 646,000 Kentuckians have received at least the first dose of their shot of hope less than a year after our first confirmed COVID-19 case.”
Six of the new locations are regional sites; three are...

Gov. Beshear Provides Update on COVID-19
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 24, 2021) – On Wednesday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced the state’s positivity rate has declined to 5.9%, the lowest since Oct. 27.
“We are getting these vaccines out faster than the federal government can provide them, so there’s a lot of hope moving into the future,” said Gov. Beshear. “We are going to defeat this virus this year, but until then, we’ve got to protect each other.”
Case Information
As of 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, Gov. Beshear reported the following...

Gov. Beshear Recommends Schools Return to Some Form of In-Person Learning March 1
Lt. Gov. Coleman highlights new COVID-19 guidance for schools from Kentucky Department of Education
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 23, 2021) – On Tuesday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced he is issuing a new executive order that recommends all school districts, including private schools, offer or expand some form of in-person instructional opportunities beginning March 1.
If district personnel have not yet finished their vaccine series as of March 1, the executive order recommends some form of in-person instruction begin seven days after they have received their second vaccination.
“What we foresaw is that the safest way to expand in-person opportunities is to...

Gov. Beshear Announces Sixth Straight Week of Declining COVID-19 Cases
Governor announces regional vaccination sites will open Phase 1C appointments March 1
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 22, 2021) – On Monday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced COVID-19 cases have declined for six straight weeks in the commonwealth. He also reported the lowest number of new COVID-19 cases since Oct. 5.
“The trends are going in a positive direction, perhaps the most positive since the pandemic began,” said Gov. Beshear. “What that means is that we’re doing a good job. Do I think that vaccines are starting to have an impact? Certainly in the long-term care community. Hopefully we’ll see more of it in the overall state. But we’re seeing more people wearing masks, engaging in social distancing, thinking about...

Gov. Beshear Provides Update on COVID-19
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 19, 2021) – On Friday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced nearly 2,000 cases of COVID-19, but said the state’s positivity rate has decreased to 6.89%.
“Overall, our COVID-19 numbers are coming down, which is great news – but we can’t let our guard down when we’re this close to finishing the fight,” said Gov. Beshear.

Gov. Beshear Announces 28 New COVID-19 Vaccination Sites, 291 Total Sites
Governor, state officials update Kentuckians on winter storm safety, unemployment insurance, long-term care visitation
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 18, 2021) – On Thursday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced the state is opening an additional 28 vaccination sites, for a total of 291 sites across the commonwealth.
“There is now a provider that has vaccine close to where everybody lives in the commonwealth,” said Gov. Beshear. “There are some areas where you might have to drive just a little bit further, but we continue to add new sites for greater convenience. In many ways, we wish you could just call one number to sign up, but we are building for the future so there will be many sites available...

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