FRANKFORT, Ky. — With Sunday's COVID-19 report from Gov. Andy Beshear, Kentucky has now reached nine weeks straight of declining COVID-19 cases, a promising milestone in the state's fight against the pandemic.
Beshear announced 445 new cases and 16 new deaths on Sunday. The Commonwealth's seven-day rolling positivity also remained below 4%.
“The number of new cases, deaths and the positivity rate all continue to decline,” Beshear 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 occurred.”
As of Sunday, 995,784 Kentuckians have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Beshear said the state is on track to surpass 1 million vaccinations by Monday.
On Friday, President Joe Biden said he'll direct all states to open vaccine eligibility to all adults by May 1. Kentucky is currently vaccinating those in Phases 1A, 1B, and 1C, the latter of which includes essential workers, adults with high-risk health conditions, and adults aged 60 and up.
Kentucky now has recorded 416,215 COVID-19 cases and 4,982 deaths.