Gov. Beshear reports 1,497 new cases of the virus, 16 deaths

Published: Feb. 23, 2021 at 2:59 PM CST
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WBKO) - Gov. Andy Beshear gives the latest information about the spread of COVID-19 and vaccination efforts in Kentucky.

The governor reported 1,497 new cases of the virus and 16 deaths. The newly reported deaths included a 60-year-old woman from Muhlenberg, an 89-year-old man from Ohio and a 72-year-old man from Warren. To see a list of those reported lost to the virus Tuesday, click here.

Gov. Beshear announced an executive order recommending that all school districts offer or expand some form of in-person instructional opportunities beginning March 1, or seven days after district personnel have received their second vaccination.

“What we foresaw is that the safest way to expand in-person opportunities is to vaccinate all of our school personnel,” said Gov. Beshear. “Since then, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and others have moved that way and other states have followed our lead.”

Lt. Gov. Coleman said the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) issued a comprehensive, 136-page manual, KDE COVID-19 Guidance 2.0, which will assist with the shift back into school buildings.

“Kentucky continues to be a national leader in vaccinating our school staff, and getting our kids back in the classroom safely remains a top priority for every Kentuckian – from the Governor to our littlest learners,” said Lt. Gov. Coleman. “With this guidance, we hope to make the transition back to in-person learning as smooth and safe as possible.”

Lt. Gov. Coleman said the manual advises schools on planning school-related student travel; administering spring state testing; operating schools after teachers and staff are vaccinated; assessing knowledge gaps caused by the pandemic’s impact on learning; and using second-round Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Funding.

Gov. Beshear also reminded Kentuckians that regional vaccination sites will begin accepting Phase 1C appointments March 1.

“Remember, there’s a lot of people in 1C, so it’s going to feel like it’s really hard to get an appointment in the beginning,” said Gov. Beshear. “But our supply is increasing and we will get to you. Hang in there.”

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