FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky reported the most deaths from COVID-19 in a single day Thursday with 58 new casualties.
What You Need To Know
- Kentucky reported 58 new COVID-related deaths Thursday, a new single-day high
- The state also saw 3,728 new infections, marking the lowest for a Thursday in four weeks
- Beshear says vaccine administration has gone quickly and will soon outpace supply
- Beshear asked the federal government to double the state's allotment for next week
Gov. Andy Beshear reported 3,728 new cases — the lowest Thursday in four weeks— and a seven-day positivity rate of 11.05%.
The report comes as the state is preparing to make vaccines available to a larger group that will eventually include around 1 million people.
“We’re preparing — and already are at — but preparing to do so much more than we are currently doing,” Beshear said. “But we are just so limited by supply.”
The commonwealth is slated to receive nearly 57,000 doses of the vaccine next week, but Beshear has asked the federal government to double that amount.
He worries vaccine doses will be spread too thin amongst all the providers, and that state will soon have days where it can’t vaccinate anyone.
“We are already getting communications from different parts of the federal government saying, ‘What can we do? What can we do?’” Beshear said. “And we’re going to take them up on those offers. It appears that some new resources are going to be available in terms of people power and hopefully some other options out there, so we’re seeing people trying to think differently and do more.
“How much more we can do or how much more people will help will all depend on how much vaccine we have.”
The Biden Administration released a 200-page report Thursday detailing the new president’s COVID-19 plan, and Beshear says he’s encouraged by a lot of it.
“The president’s overall plan, as I look at it, has a number of good pieces,” Beshear said. “Again, I believe a number of those pieces though require significantly more supply.”
The state’s plan is to expand vaccinations to first responders, teachers, and anyone 70 and older by the beginning of February. Eventually, that group will expand to people 60 and older, people with high-risk conditions, and essential workers, depending on supply.