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Gov. Beshear announced 963 new cases of COVID-19 and 37 additional virus-related deaths

Gov. Beshear announced 963 new cases of COVID-19 and 37 additional virus-related deaths

Louisville, KY – According to the statement, the statewide positivity rate is back up to 7.07 percent. It’s an uptick the governor attributed directly to this week’s winter storms, which he said have curtailed the number of people venturing out to get tested.

555,373 people across the state have received at least one dose of either the Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

Next week, the state expects to have a total of 291 vaccination sites, including six new regional sites in Albany, Cadiz, Campbellsville, Hartford, Marion and Maysville. The state expects to get nearly 88,000 more first-time doses next week.

One of the first populations to have a shot at a vaccine were residents and staff in long-term care facilities. There are only eight new positives among residents and 10 among staff in those places, attributing that dramatic drop in new cases over the last several weeks to widespread immunization.

The number of people hospitalized with coronavirus has steadily declined, following the post-holiday surge.

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