Gov. Beshear: ‘We are almost decreasing in cases at the speed that we increased’
FRANKFORT, Ky. (KFVS) - Governor Andy Beshear gave a Team Kentucky update on Monday afternoon, October 25.
The governor talked about the state’s COVID-19 vaccination rate, as well as its declining test positivity rate and number of new cases.
“We are almost decreasing in cases at the speed that we increased,” said Governor Beshear. “That is a very good sign. Our weekly case numbers are the lowest they have been in 11 weeks. Our efforts to get more and more Kentuckians vaccinated have made a huge difference.”
He mentioned a report that COVID-19 vaccinations could begin by early next month for children ages 5 to 11.
The governor said if Kentuckians are over 65, have significant underlying conditions or are exposed to many people through their work, they should get a vaccination booster.
The Moderna and Pfizer boosters are ready and available. Kentuckians who got the Johnson & Johnson vaccine should talk to their doctor about whether they should get a different vaccine for their booster or get another J&J dose.
Governor Beshear said the Federal Emergency Management Agency is providing financial assistance for COVID-19-related funeral expenses that happened after Jan. 20, 2020.
FEMA’s COVID-19 funeral assistance helpline is 1-844-684-6333 (TTY: 800-462-7585), available 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. EDT Monday through Friday.
For fastest service following their application, Kentuckians can begin submitting documentation online through DisasterAssistance.gov.
Cases of COVID-19 in Kentucky
The Kentucky Department for Public Health reported 544 new cases of COVID-19 and 23 additional deaths in the Commonwealth as of Monday, October 25.
The positivity rate is currently 5.84 percent.
A total of 919 Kentuckians are hospitalized with the virus Of those, 281 are in the ICU and 157 are on ventilators.
The number of people who have received at least one vaccine dose in Kentucky is 2,778, 996.
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