Beshear COVID update: 963 new cases, 37 deaths; long-term care visitation to resume

Beshear COVID update: 963 new cases, 37 deaths; long-term care visitation to resume
Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear (Source: Office of the Governor/KET)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - Gov. Andy Beshear on Thursday updated Kentuckians on the state’s continuing efforts to fight the novel coronavirus. Beshear said there were 963 new coronavirus cases confirmed as of 4 p.m.

Unfortunately, Beshear reported 37 new deaths, raising the total to 4,373 Kentuckians lost to the virus.

The positivity rate was 7.07%.

The governor said at least 555,950 Kentuckians have received the first dose of the COVID vaccine.

More vaccination sites have been added, including six regional sites, bringing the total number across the state to 291. The number does not include pop-up sites.

Find current regional vaccination locations by clicking here. Other sites include those set up through partnerships with Kroger, Walmart, Walgreens and other local businesses and pharmacies:

He also revealed that at non-Medicare certified long-term care facilities, indoor visitation will resume for those who have fully completed the vaccination process for staff members and residents.

Ahead of Beshear’s update on the coronavirus in Kentucky Thursday, Lieutenant Gov. Jacqueline Coleman revealed at least 4,700 applications have been completed for the Healthy at Home Eviction Relief Program. The program assists those who are behind on rent or need help paying bills due to financial hardship during the pandemic.

For more information on the Healthy at Home Eviction Relief Program, click here. To apply in Louisville, click here.

Additionally, Coleman encouraged Kentuckians in need of healthcare to take advantage of a special open enrollment period put in place by President Joe Biden’s administration. State health insurance marketplaces are accepting new applicants from Feb. 15 until May 15.

Coleman said those who need assistance paying for insurance should visit or set up an appointment with any local health insurance agent.

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