Governor Beshear provides update on COVID-19

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Today, Governor Andy Beshear and Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Steven Stack discussed Friday’s updated guidance and data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. United and provided information on living as safe as possible with COVID.

The CDC is now using a new “community transmission” model that uses the number of new county-level COVID-19 cases, the percentage of hospital capacity dedicated to COVID-19 patients, and the number of new COVID patients admitted. in the hospital last week. This data is produced, mapped and will be updated weekly at the county level on the CDC website.

The Kentucky Department of Public Health will take the data file produced by the CDC and use it to generate a three-level, red-colored map that will be posted on to allow Kentuckians to quickly see the transmission . level for their own county. This will be updated weekly as the CDC shares and releases its new data.

Kentuckians are strongly encouraged to align their personal mitigation measures with their county’s risk level and the corresponding guidance in this table.

KDPH will also update its K-12 school orientations. Vaccination, disease isolation, targeted use of masks, and testing programs to stay are strongly encouraged. Detailed documents to provide more details to schools are currently being revised to align with new CDC guidelines.

Governor Beshear also announced that masks are no longer required in state office buildings. However, the following agencies will continue to require face coverings: retirement homes operated by the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs; Department of Corrections prison facilities; Practice for psychiatric hospitals and immediate care facilities operated by the Practice for Health and Family Services; agencies providing food, beverage and housekeeping services; and other congregational parameters determined by an agency’s appointing authority.

“I ask everyone to be mindful of your personal safety and that of your family. If you have any pre-existing conditions, consider continuing to mask up. If you interact a lot with the public, consider continuing to mask up “, Governor Beshear said. “To everyone, let’s be respectful and even encouraging of the decision of the people they want to continue to hide.

The Governor and Dr. Stack also said basic tips for living safely with COVID include:

  • To get vaccinated;
  • Keep up to date with vaccine recalls;
  • Isolate when sick or after testing positive for COVID-19;
  • Consider targeted mask use after exposures and for high-risk individuals; and
  • Follow applicable national and local guidelines.

“Fortunately, our COVID-19 numbers are still going in the right direction,” Dr Stack said. “As we look into the third year of the pandemic, we have come to a very different place than where we started. Now, effective vaccines, boosters, treatments and tests are widely available. These tools mitigate the individual and societal severity of COVID-19. »

Information on COVID-19 cases, update on vaccinations
Number of people who received at least one dose of vaccine in Kentucky: 2,882,345
Number of people who received their booster shot in Kentucky: 1,076,684

February 26, Cas: 1,602
February 26, Death: 42
February 27, case: 481
February 27, Death: 22

New cases today: 671
New deaths: 34
Positivity rate today: 8.56%
Current hospitalizations: 962
Current ICU admissions: 203
Currently on ventilators: 112

During the week ending Feb. 27, 13,305 cases were reported in Kentucky and the average test positivity rate was 9.01%.

Dr. Stack also warned Kentuckians about multisystem inflammatory syndrome, a rare but serious condition that occurs two to six weeks after infection with COVID-19. MIS-C most commonly occurs in school-aged children and can also occur after asymptomatic or mild COVID-19 illness. To prevent MIS-C, Kentuckians must prevent the spread of COVID-19 and mitigate its impact by getting vaccinated. Improving immunization rates for school-aged children statewide is critical to protecting them from this potentially devastating complication.

Govt. Beshear and DeWine Commit to Seeking Federal Funding for Brent Spence Bridge Project

Governor Beshear and Ohio Governor Mike DeWine today announced they will jointly pursue up to $2 billion in federal funding to significantly ease traffic congestion on and around the Brent Spence Bridge, which connects Covington , Kentucky, to Cincinnati, Ohio. The requested funds would primarily be used to build a new companion bridge over the Ohio River to give drivers an alternative to the Brent Spence Bridge.

As part of today’s announcement, Governors. Beshear and DeWine signed a memorandum of understanding confirming the states’ intention to work together on the bridge project. The memorandum also directs transportation officials in both states to begin preparations for construction. A more detailed interstate agreement will be signed later this year. To see the full version, click here.

“With today’s signing, the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the State of Ohio are aligning their efforts to make this project a reality,” Governor Beshear said. “This protocol clarifies our obligations and positions us to quickly request these federal dollars, which will allow us to not only build this new bridge, but to do so without tolls! And just as important: this project shows what we in government can do when we embrace cooperation and progress and simply do what is best for our people. »

Western Kentucky Team Relief Fund

Today, the Governor announced $5.7 million in Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund relief payments for tenants and homeowners who were recently impacted by the devastating weather event. The payments are reimbursements to help cover up to $2,500 of deductible payments. Reimbursement checks are awarded to Kentuckians who have made a tornado-related insurance claim in one of the 16 counties where FEMA has declared a federal disaster.

These checks for tenants and landlords are the latest round of assistance payments from the Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund. So far, $800,000 has been provided to families to help cover funeral costs for the families of those killed in the tornado. Another $2 million in aid has been sent to uninsured homeowners and renters who were displaced or affected by the December storm.

President Biden endorses Kentucky disaster declaration

President Joe Biden has declared a major disaster to exist in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and ordered federal assistance to supplement Commonwealth and local recovery efforts in areas affected by severe storms from December 31, 2021 through January 2, 2022.

Federal funding is available to Commonwealth and eligible local governments and certain private non-profit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency works and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by severe storms, winds straight lines, tornadoes, floods, landslides and mudslides in Boyd, Breathitt, Carter, Christian, Clay, Floyd, Green, Johnson, Knott, Lawrence, Owsley, Pike and Taylor counties. Federal funding is also available on a cost-share basis for Commonwealth-wide risk mitigation measures. Eligible individuals should contact Kentucky Emergency Management for more information.

The governor reminded storm survivors who reside in Barren, Caldwell, Christian, Fulton, Graves, Hart, Hickman, Hopkins, Logan, Lyon, Marion, Marshall, Muhlenberg, Ohio, Taylor or Warren counties that the deadline to apply for FEMA assistance is Monday, March 14. To apply for FEMA assistance, visit, use the FEMA mobile app, or call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362.

Goodwill and Norton Healthcare team up for landmark investment

Last week, Goodwill Industries of Kentucky, Norton Healthcare and the Governor announced a $100 million investment in West Louisville that will bring a suite of life-enhancing programs and services to one of Kentucky’s most underserved communities. . The investment will transform a 20-acre brownfield site located at 28and Street and Broadway into a campus of opportunity that will house Goodwill’s corporate headquarters, career services, a cluster of local social service agencies, and Norton Healthcare’s new $70 million hospital. To see the full version, click here.

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