FRANKFORT, Ky. (FOX19) - Gov. Andy Beshear announced Monday childcare workers will be added to Phase 1B of Kentucky’s vaccine rollout.
Childcare workers can begin signing up for vaccinations immediately.
Phase 1C — those 60 and older; those over 16 with high-risk conditions; and all essential workers — is beginning in some parts of the state, though local health departments continue to focus on vaccinating those 70 and over.
Kentucky has now seen five consecutive weeks of declining case totals for the first time during the pandemic.
Monday the state recorded 723 newly confirmed cases and just nine deaths.
“There was a time when nine new deaths was tough to hear, and it’s still tragic,” Gov. Andy Beshear said. “But this is us moving in the right direction.”
Kentucky’s positivity rate is nearly half what it was at its peak during the post-holiday case surge in January. Currently the seven-day rolling average is 6.57 percent.
Some 969 Kentuckians are hospitalized with COVID-19, the fewest Kentuckians hospitalized with th virus since early November.
Of those hospitalized, 268 are in ICUs and 132 are on ventilators.
“We are seeing some of the best COVID-19 news that’s been out there since we began this fight. These positive COVID-19 trends may be from the cold weather keeping people from going places that they would otherwise, but I think it’s more than that.
“I think we’ve reached a point in the pandemic where we all know multiple people that we’ve lost, and we realize how effective wearing a mask is, we see the light at the end of the tunnel and we want to protect one another as we get there,” Beshear said.
Perhaps the most encouraging data point Monday came from long-term care facilities, where first doses are largely complete.
Currently there are just 249 active cases among LTC facilities and no facility has more than 15 active cases, a metric that indicates the vaccine is having a “real positive impact” in those facilities, according to Beshear.
According to the Cabinet for Health and Human Services, hospitalizations and deaths are also down in the facilities.
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