Gov. Beshear lifts travel restrictions for fully vaccinated Kentuckians
FRANKFORT, Ky. (WBKO) - On Monday, Gov. Andy Beshear gave the latest update on Kentucky’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
“Beginning today, Kentuckians as young as 16 can sign up for their shot of hope,” said Gov. Beshear. “This means Kentucky has beaten by a full month President Joe Biden’s goal and timeline for all Americans 16 and up being able to get the vaccine. These vaccines are our ticket out of this pandemic. They are not only safe; they are saving lives.”
The Pfizer vaccine is approved for individuals 16 and older; the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are approved for individuals 18 and older.
Gov. Beshear reported 83 cases of the B.1.1.7 COVID-19 variant in Kentucky including 10 in Allen, two in Barren, one in Logan, one in Simpson and two in Warren.
The governor also announced that fully vaccinated Kentuckians are no longer being asked to limit domestic travel. However, he reiterated that masks and other safety protocols should still be followed when traveling.
Gov. Beshear said there were 299 new cases of the virus on Sunday, five new deaths and nine deaths from audit. The governor said last week ended the state’s 12-week decline in cases. “Kentucky, at least as of this week, is no longer on the decline,” Beshear said. The governor went on to say that he believed Kentucky was in a plateau and not seeing an increase in cases as of Monday.
Gov. Beshear reported 110 new cases of the virus for Monday, but believed those numbers were impacted by lab closures and a more realistic look at the numbers would be seen mid-week. He reported 4 new deaths and 4 deaths from audit. To see a list of those reported lost to the virus, click here.
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