Kentucky reports 575 new confirmed cases of virus

FRANKFORT, Ky (AP) – Kentucky on Thursday reported 575 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 12 virus-related deaths, continuing a trend Governor Andy Beshear called “very good news” during a press briefing earlier this week.

As cases continue to decline and more Kentuckians are vaccinated, the state has decided to roll back some social distancing guidelines put in place to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Kentucky’s coronavirus capacity restrictions, along with the state’s mask tenure, will essentially end on June 11. Masks will always be needed in public transport, schools, long-term care facilities, prisons and homeless shelters.

More than 1.94 million Kentuckians – about 43% of the state’s population – have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

The extra time before the coronavirus restrictions end will give young Kentuckians a chance to get a full vaccine on time, the Democratic governor said. Bluegrass State began vaccinating residents ages 12 to 15 on May 13.

“I think they deserve the opportunity to get the full vaccine before people’s contacts increase significantly,” he said. “It also gives notice to everyone, there will be more exposure potential because things are even more normal.

The positivity rate for the condition test is 2.70%. The test’s positivity rate is an indicator of the extent of the virus’s spread. If the rate is below 5% for two weeks and testing is widespread, the virus is considered to be under control, according to the World Health Organization.

Three of Kentucky‘s 120 counties, Webster County, Owen County and Rockcastle County, are believed to be in the red zone – the most serious category for COVID-19 incidence rates. Residents of these counties are urged to follow more stringent recommended guidelines to contain the virus.


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