Kentucky governor updates state on COVID-19 ahead of Thanksgiving holiday


FRANKFORT, KY (WOWK) – Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear is urging Kentuckians to get vaccinated and keep up their guard against COVID-19, especially as the holidays approach.

Beshear says this is also important because the past week’s COVID-19 cases are up from recent weeks of decline. He says there is not enough information yet to know if this is another increase but says the state does have the tools – vaccination and COVID-19 safety guidelines – to prevent an increase.

“There is an opportunity for it to be safe to really safe for you and your families,” Beshear said. “This is the first holiday since the pandemic hit that you have all the tools in front of you to have a pretty normal and safe Thanksgiving.”

With the vaccination age lowered to 5-years-old, Beshear says the state is seeing an uptick in the number of Kentuckians getting vaccinated. He says 19,555 Kentuckians received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine over the weekend, bringing the total number of Kentuckians who have received at least one dose of a vaccine to 2,650,790. He also adds that to date, 504,028 Kentuckians have gotten a booster shot against COVID-19.

4:09 for numbers.

According to the governor, the Kentucky Department for Public Health reports:

  • 2,048 new cases and 42 additional deaths for Saturday, Nov. 20
  • 1,018 new cases and 15 additional deaths for Sunday, Nov. 21
  • 822 new cases and 44 additional deaths for Monday, Nov. 22

As of the Kentucky Department for Public Health’s last COVID-19 update on Friday, Nov. 19, the state reported 2,101 new COVID-19 cases and 212 additional deaths, bringing the state to a total of 769,732 cases and 10,606 deaths since the pandemic began. Of Friday’s newly reported cases, health officials say 600 were reported in children 18 or younger.

Health officials say 778 Kentuckians are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 with 203 patients in the ICU and 104 on ventilators. Beshear says while hospitalizations are starting to tick up, the numbers of people in the ICU and on ventilators are remaining stable also adds that the demand for monoclonal antibodies is rising across the state.

The state reported a positivity rate of 6.56% on Friday.

During his briefing, the governor also shared some tips to help Kentuckians have a safe Thanksgiving with their loved ones.

  • get vaccinated
  • get your booster
  • do not attend gatherings if you feel sick
  • wear masks if you are indoors and unvaccinated and/or do not have your booster
  • keep the number of those attending low

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