FRANKFORT, Ky. (FOX19) - The high-volume vaccination site located at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington will be closed Thursday due to what the National Weather Service says is an impending ice storm.
Covington, like much of the Tri-State, got several inches more snow than was initially expected Monday night/Tuesday morning, snarling commutes and creating dangerous conditions for drifers.
More is expected by Thursday.
According to NWS, the greatest accumulations of snow, sleet and freezing rain will occur Wednesday evening through Thursday evening.
“The National Weather Service is telling us that this is for real,” Gov. Andy Beshear said Tuesday.
“The commonwealth is facing a significant ice and snow event starting tomorrow that will last until Thursday night. The storm is going to effect the entire state. The National Weather Service has a high confidence level of ice and snow accumulation during this period.
“We can expect some scattered power outages throughout the impacted areas. The winter storm will not have the far-reaching effects of the 2009 ice storm – thank goodness – but this is a dangerous weather system and we urge you to make a safety plan with family and check on your neighbors and friends. We need to be prepared.”
Northern Kentucky is not expected to get hit as hard as other parts of the state. NWS has issued a Weather Winter Advisory for the Tri-State, and less than an inch of accumulation is forecasted for the region. But according to the governor, the threat of dangerous conditions, power outages and tree damage remains.
Beshear explained the decision about whether to close the site had to be made Tuesday to accomodate Kroger’s staffing requirements.
Thursday’s appointments will be rescheduled through Kroger representatives. Most appointments are expected to be rescheduled for Saturday.
The site will likely be open Friday, pending the storm’s outcome.
Other vaccination sites operated by Kroger in Lexington and Bowling Green will also be closed.
Kentucky received 68,475 first vaccine doses Tuesday, its weekly allotment from the federal government.
The state will begin receiving 71,675 weekly first doses next week, reflecting a 28 percent increase from Kentucky’s weekly allotment in January and a 6 percent increase from its current weekly allotment.
“It’s not enough,” Beshear said of the increase, “but it’s great.”
To date, Kentucky has received 555,950 first doses in total and administered 452,532 for a utilization rate of 81 percent.
The federal government is also administering a small number of doses in Kentucky’s federal prisons, VA hospitals and DOD facilities. Through that program, 17,186 additional first doses have been administered.
The 469,718 first doses administered reflects 12.9 percent of the vaccine-eligible population (ages 16 and up.)
Kentucky recorded 2,339 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 Tuesday and 35 more virus-related deaths.
Continuing a trend of falling deaths among long-term care residents, just 12 of the deaths recorded Tuesday came from those facilities.
Throughout the pandemic, long-term care deaths as a share of total deaths often hovered around 66 percent. The upshot is vaccinations in those facilities appear to be blunting the virus.
Kentucky’s positivity rate is 7.66 percent.
Some 1,204 Kentuckians are hospitalized with COVID-19, of which 282 are in ICUs and 148 are on ventilators.
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