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Gov. Beshear reports 1,972 new cases; gives update on vaccine

Published: Dec. 7, 2020 at 3:41 PM EST
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - Governor Andy Beshear has provided an update on COVID-19 cases.

“The end of this virus is out there. We can see it, and we can feel it. But it’s still months away, and until then, we’ve got to do the right things to protect one another, knowing that when we work hard, we save the lives of those around us and ensure we have the health care capacity we need,” said Gov. Beshear.

Gov. Beshear reported 1,972 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, bringing the state total to 202,592 cases. The governor says the state is seeing a 9.60 percent positivity rate.

Monday’s case total is lower than the last two Mondays.

There were 10 reported COVID-19 related deaths on Monday. The state death total is now 2,082.

The deaths reported Monday include an 89-year-old man from Allen County; a 71-year-old man from Bullitt County; an 89-year-old woman from Graves County; a 77-year-old woman from Greenup County; a 92-year-old woman from Jessamine County; two men, ages 86 and 87, from Johnson County; a 76-year-old man from Marshall County; and a 67-year-old woman and an 81-year-old man from Pike County.

As of Monday, 1,700 people are hospitalized for COVID-19 related reasons, 410 are in the ICU, and 210 are on ventilators.

The governor also gave an update on vaccines. He expects Kentucky will receive approximately: 38,000 Pfizer doses the week of Dec. 13-19 (previously announced on Nov. 30); 76,000 Moderna doses the week of Dec. 20-26; and more than 33,000 Moderna doses from Dec. 27-31.

Each of these doses will go to a different Kentuckian; they are the initial shots that will be followed up with a booster vaccine about three weeks later.

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