KY Gov. Beshear updates on COVID-19 and Dec. tornado response

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(KBSI) – Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear provided an updated on COVID-19 cases and tornado recovery in the commonwealth. On Wednesday, Feb. 16, Gov. Beshear announced 5,116 newly reported cases of COVID-19, 32 deaths and a positivity rate of 16.19%.

Below are the numbers Gov. Beshear released on Monday, Feb.

COVID-19 Case Information, Vaccinations Update

Kentucky is seeing a good trajectory in regard to weekly cases and positivity rate. If these trends continue, Kentucky likely will be moving out of the red zone and into the orange or yellow by March 14.

If weekly COVID-19 cases and positivity rates continue to decrease, Gov. Beshear’s goal is to provide updated guidance for the state workforce by next month.

Number of people who have received at least one vaccine dose in Kentucky: 2,870,708
Number of people who have received their vaccination booster in Kentucky: 1,057,632

  • Feb. 12, Cases: 3,755
  • Feb. 12, Deaths: 48
  • Feb. 13, Cases: 2,220
  • Feb. 13, Deaths: 36
  • New Cases Feb. 14: 1,907
  • New Deaths: 32
  • Positivity Rate on Feb. 14: 17.93%
  • Current Hospitalizations: 1,750
  • Current Intensive Care Admittances: 322
  • Currently on Ventilators: 162

During the week ending Feb. 13, 35,961 cases were reported in Kentucky and the average test positivity rate was 18.37%.

Gov. Beshear said 318 National Guard members are deployed helping Kentucky hospitals. The past week was the sixth highest week for new cases during the pandemic event though cases continue to decrease.

Expecting mothers are urged to get vaccinated.  Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Department for Public Health, said there is no evidence of adverse maternal or fetal effects.

“A growing body of data demonstrates the safety of vaccine use in pregnant individuals and that there are risks from contracting COVID during pregnancy, including that COVID increases risk of severe illness, hospitalization and death, and increases the risk of preterm delivery and a small increased risk of stillbirth,” Dr. Stack said. “COVID-19 vaccination reduces the risk of these complications and is safe for both the mother and the unborn child.”

Tornado Recovery Update

As of the morning of Monday, Feb. 14, 243 displaced guests are being housed at Kentucky State Parks. With declining numbers of sheltering guests, state parks will soon begin to consolidate the number of parks providing housing for displaced families by transitioning people to mid-term housing options such as travel trailers and cottages, both of which are more private and offer kitchens.

Twenty five families have been placed in travel trailers. That number includes four families placed Feb. 11-12, one in Pennyrile State Park and three in the Mayfield Mobile Home Park.

The deadline for storm survivors to apply for FEMA for assistance is Sunday, March 13, 2022. To apply for FEMA assistance, visit, use the FEMA mobile app or call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362. To find a Disaster Recovery Center, visit or call the FEMA Helpline.

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