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Gov. Andy Beshear encouraged Kentuckians to “stay strong” in a press release Friday, as coronavirus cases rise and the test positivity rate for the state reaches a record high since the pandemic began.

Governor Andy Beshear during Thursday’s media briefing on the coronavirus announced 11 Kentucky hospitals that will receive the first doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines.

Frontline health care workers will be the first to receive a vaccine. Of the 11 Kentucky hospitals, Mercy Health-Lourdes Hospital will receive 975 initial doses of the vaccine. Hospitals will be able to allocate employees based on analysis. Beshear said hospitals could begin vaccinating frontline health care workers as soon as Dec. 15.

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Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear in lieu of a statewide, live COVID-19 update released a statement issuing a warning ahead of tomorrow’s holiday.

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear in Tuesday’s media briefing on the coronavirus said the commonwealth is experiencing continued “exponential” growth in COVID-19 cases. Beshear reported 2,690 cases of coronavirus, the second highest daily number reported on a Tuesday. He hopes Kentuckians will be cautious during the Thanksgiving holiday to slow down the growth. 

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The fall 2020 semester is a wrap and the spring semester is on the horizon, but Murray State University’s administration is already looking ahead as far as fall 2021. MSU President Bob Jackson said based on recommendations from health officials, the university is in preliminary stages of making plans for vaccine distribution mid-semester of spring 2021, and he hopes that means returning to a more normal college campus atmosphere is within reach.

Governor Andy Beshear confirmed 3,649 new cases of coronavirus Thursday, the highest the commonwealth has seen in a single day. The top five highest days since the pandemic reached Kentucky were reported this week.

Gov. Andy Beshear on Wednesday announced new restrictions to scale back COVID-19 spread in Kentucky. Beshear said the new restrictions go into effect at 5 p.m. Eastern time on Nov. 20 and last until noon Dec. 13.

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During today’s press conference, Gov. Andy Beshear announced this is the deadliest day Kentucky has faced in the fight against the coronavirus, with 33 new deaths. It is the third highest day of positive cases, totaling 2,931, with 354 currently in the ICU (intensive care unit) and 50 individuals on a ventilator. 

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Murray State University is nearing the end of its first full, in-person semester since coronavirus rocked the world, and university leadership is hopeful for a second round of stimulus funding. 

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In line with an increase of coronavirus cases across the commonwealth, the number of reported student cases at Murray State University nearly doubled in the last week resulting in the highest case numbers since the beginning of the fall semester.