Gov. Andy Beshear took to the podium today to give Kenutckians an update on how the Bluegrass is handling Covid-19 and the winter storm.
“We have made incredible strides against this evil virus, but we can’t let up yet,” said Gov. Beshear. “Even Kentuckians who have been vaccinated should continue to mask up, social distance and keep any gatherings small. Team Kentucky, we are so close to getting through this together, but we must remain vigilant and run through the finish line to slow the spread and save as many lives as possible.”
As of Wednesay, February 17, Kentucky reported the following Covid-19 numbers:
- New cases today: 1,017
- New deaths today: 18
- Positivity rate: 6.99%
- Total deaths: 4,336
- Currently hospitalized: 934
- Currently in ICU: 259
- Currently on ventilator: 128
None of the top counties with the most positive cases are in our tri-state.
Beshear also updated the Bluegrass on its handling of this current winter storm.
The Governor said the State Emergency Operations Center is currently activated at Level 3, supporting the power outage response and the winter storm recovery. As of Wednesday morning, 44 counties and 24 cities have declared states of emergency.
The Governor said tomorrow, regional vaccination centers will stay open. If it’s too difficult or dangerous for Kentuckians to reach their appointments, Gov. Beshear encouraged them to reschedule using the link in their appointment confirmation email.