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Gov. Beshear: 815 new COVID-19 cases; vaccinations expand to 16 and older

Published: Mar. 31, 2021 at 2:58 PM CDT
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WBKO) - Gov. Andy Beshear gives the latest update on the spread of COVID-19 and vaccinations in Kentucky.

Gov. Beshear announced that starting April 5, Kentuckians 16 and older will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Only the Pfizer vaccine is approved for 16 and 17-year-olds.

“This is a good day. This news means that we will beat the president’s goal by a month to have COVID-19 vaccinations opened up to everyone,” said Gov. Beshear. “We are seeing in a number of states an increase in cases and hospitalizations, and it’s happening among younger people. We want to get ahead of the more aggressive COVID-19 variants and make sure that we fill every available appointment. Make a plan to get your shot of hope.”

The governor reported that Kentucky had a total of 66 cases of B.1.1.7 COVID-19 variant, Allen County leading with 10 cases. Warren County had two.

Gov. Beshear reported 815 new cases of the virus, 22 new deaths and three additional audit deaths. Deaths included an 83-year-old man from Barren County, a 68-year-old man from Logan County, a 62-year-old man from Simpson County and an 80-year-old man from Warren County. To see a list of those reported lost to the virus Wednesday, click here.

Kentucky COVID Facts 3-31-2021
Kentucky COVID Facts 3-31-2021(WBKO)

The governor said he would provide COVID-19 updates on his social media channels the rest of the week; due to Easter weekend, there will be limited COVID-19 reports Friday and Saturday and no COVID-19 report Sunday.

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