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Gov. Beshear: Kentucky’s COVID-19 positivity rate continues to decrease

Cases of COVID-19 in Kentucky as of Wednesday, October 20.
Cases of COVID-19 in Kentucky as of Wednesday, October 20.(Kentucky Dept. for Public Health)
Published: Oct. 20, 2021 at 4:28 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 21, 2021 at 1:52 PM CDT
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (KFVS) - Governor Andy Beshear gave a Team Kentucky update on Thursday, October 20.

During the briefing, Governor Beshear welcomed four Hardin County leaders who helped secure a historic $5.8 billion investment from Ford Motor Co. and SK Innovation.

He also recognized this week’s Team Kentucky All-Stars, as well as new businesses bringing jobs and tourism to the Commonwealth.

Governor Beshear announced the Kentucky Rural Hospital Loan Program is making $20 million in low-interest loans available to help rural hospitals across the state. The money will maintain or upgrade hospital facilities, retain or increase the current staff and provide health care services.

He reminded Kentuckians to enroll in kynect, starting on November 1. You can enroll in plans Nov. 1 to Jan. 15, 2022, and change your Medicaid plan for 2022 from Nov. 1 to Dec. 1.

Cases of COVID-19 in Kentucky

The governor said the state’s positivity rate continues to decrease, and averaged at 7.52 percent the week ending Oct. 17.

He said the state’s weekly case count also decreased again, to 12,265 new cases the week ending Oct. 17.

He also provided an update on vaccine data and demographics.

“We are in direct conversations with the federal government over some concerns over some of the numbers that lead to things like 105% of a certain age demographic, in a certain county being vaccinated. We thought that part of that would fix itself when we used the new numbers coming out from the census – and it hasn’t,” Governor Beshear said. “So next week we hope to have some final answers from the federal government. We will be transparent and answer every question we can.”

The Kentucky Department for Public Health reported 1,899 new cases of COVID-19 and 52 additional deaths, as of Wednesday, October 20.

The current positivity rate is 6.83 percent.

As of Thursday, 1,115 Kentuckians are hospitalized with COVID-19. Of those, 321 were in the ICU and 207 were on ventilators.

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