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Beshear: Early Signs Of Exponential COVID-19 Growth Slowing

screenshot from Gov Andy Beshear Facebook Live

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said Monday there are early signs of slowing the exponential growth in cases as the state broke a record last week for the most new COVID-19 cases in a week.

Over the past weekend, Calloway County Health Department reported 46 new cases of COVID-19 in the county, bringing the total number of confirmed cases at 1,926. 186 people in the county are isolated at home, and 12 are hospitalized.Murray-Calloway County Hospital’s (MCCH) latest calculated test positivity rate reported was 18.391% as of 12/1/20.

There were 1,972 new reported cases in the state, bringing the total number of Kentucky cases up to 202,592 since Mar 6. The positivity rate is currently at 9.60% with 1,700 hospitalized, 410 in the ICU, and 210 on ventilators. There were 10 new reported deaths.

Beshear also discussed the first allocation of vaccines, anticipated for December 15, after the Food and Drug Administrationmeets to consider emergency administration. Yet there is a limited number of vaccines, starting at 38,025 doses.

Kentucky Public Health Commissioner Dr.Steven Stack reported Kentuckians will soon have access to two different COVID-19 vaccines, which he referred to as a “modern miracle.” But as new technology and distribution methods are being practiced, he asked for patience from Kentuckians over the following weeks.

“We are seeing a bright light at the end of the tunnel with these vaccines,” Stack said.

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