Governor Andy Beshear reporting Tuesday 2,990 new cases of Covid-19 and 31 deaths

Published: Dec. 29, 2020 at 3:00 PM CST
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WBKO) -The Governor is reporting 2,990 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total to 261,492 cases. The top counties with the most positive cases today are Jefferson, Warren, and Kenton. Each of these counties reported 100 or more new cases. 207 new cases were reported in Warren County.

On Tuesday, Gov. Beshear also reported 31 deaths related to COVID-19, bringing the total number of deaths to 2,594.

The positivity rate for Kentucky is now 8.41%.

With New Year’s Eve just a few days away the Governor wanted to remind Kentuckians today not to attend large gatherings to ring in the New Year.

“I ask every single Kentuckian to keep any New Year celebration small, preferably your own household or one more. Remember, going to a big party, hosting a big party, going to any gathering where you’re going to take your masks off, we’ll spread this virus at a time where Kentucky is doing better than most, but the virus is rampaging through the United States. We’re seeing record deaths just about everywhere. Please don’t be an individual that helps spread a virus that kills people. Be an individual who sacrifices this New Year’s Eve for the betterment and the better health and the safety of everybody around you. Giving up one New Year’s Eve in your life is not a lot to ask when it comes to people staying alive, or people dying,” said Governor Beshear.

The Governor signed several executive orders including renewing the Facial Covering Executive Order that has now been extended another 30 days. It will go into effect on January 2 at 5 p.m.

Gov. Beshear also signed Executive Order 2020-1057 that extends previous orders allowing pharmacists to dispense 30-day refills. The current executive order is set to expire at the end of Jan. 3; the new order will be effective for 30 days beginning Jan. 4.

Gov. Beshear reminded Kentuckians that the CDC has extended its moratorium on evictions through Jan. 31, 2021. The Governor renewed a previous executive order mandating that the CDC moratorium apply in Kentucky. The CDC order and the tenant declaration required by the CDC order and by the Governor’s order are available online.

This extension is apart of the new CARES Act.

“I’m excited about this, these are dollars we’re going to have through a state program with federal funds to help people out on preventing evictions on making sure you’re not in debt because of past rent, or future rent and also your utility expenses. This is a program we’re going to really push out broadly across Kentucky because it can help a lot of people almost $300 million-- should mean $300 million less debt to Kentuckians that are struggling and automate $300 million worth of keeping people in their home with the light and the water on so that we can defeat this pandemic and emerge, ready to sprint out and not stumble because of what we still owe,” said Governor Beshear.

Gov. Beshear also Tuesday announced the COVID-19 vaccine allocations for the first week of January. Next week there will be 27,300 Pfizer vaccines delivered and 26,400 Moderna vaccines delivered.

“So we’re going to receive another 53,700 doses, these are the original doses in that next week. Again, this is not enough to get through that first grouping. But we want to show you in full transparency, how much is coming,” added Governor Beshear.

You can watch today’s briefing here

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