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Gov. Beshear reports 213 new COVID-19 cases; updates mask mandate

Published: Apr. 26, 2021 at 3:41 PM EDT
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - Governor Andy Beshear has provided an update on COVID-19 cases.

Gov. Andy Beshear has made a change to the state’s executive mask order. He says starting Tuesday, the mask mandate is no longer in effect for Kentuckians that are outdoors with attendance less than 1,000 people. You do have to wear a mask if the attendance is above 1,000 people, and indoors at places like your workplace, grocery stores, etc.

“What this means is at events like the Kentucky Derby, you still have to wear a mask, but if you’re at a backyard barbeque, your community pool or an outdoor wedding, you’re not required to wear a mask,” said Gov. Beshear. “We hope this is a relief for people, and remember, the state will be able to lift even more restrictions once the 2.5 million vaccine Team Kentucky Vaccination Challenge is reached.”

Governor Beshear reported 213 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, bringing the state total to 441,166 cases. The governor says the state is seeing a 3.15 percent positivity rate. Of Monday’s new cases, 32 are in kids 18 or younger.

There were four reported COVID-19 related deaths on Monday, as well as seven additional audit deaths. That brings the state total to 6,459.

As of Monday, 414 people are hospitalized for COVID-19 related reasons, 108 are in the ICU, and 47 are on ventilators.

The governor says 1,726,346 Kentuckians have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

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