Last COVID briefing for awhile, 2.1 million vaccine mark may come Friday

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – It may end up being fitting — the state crosses a milestone in the number of vaccinated people on its slow march to reach 2.5 million on the same day Gov. Andy Beshear possibly holds his last COVID briefing for awhile.

That could happen Friday.

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Beshear announced 2,097,955 Kentuckians vaccinated as of Thursday, which means even with the current low numbers of daily vaccines the state likely with cross the 2.1 million threshold.

Beshear also has said he will lift almost all the current COVID restrictions and emergency orders and hold his last briefing on June 11.

In Thursday’s report, the governor also reported 289 new cases of #COVID19 and a positivity rate of 2.08%, which was up slightly from 2.06% Wednesday.

Of the new cases, 33 were people 18 and under.

The hospitalization numbers edged down from 279 to 275, with 78, down from 88, in ICU, and 39, down from 48, on a ventilator.

The governor also reported 17 deaths, which pushed the state total since March 6, 2020 to 7,138.

The counties with the highest vaccination rates continued to be Woodford, Franklin, Fayette, Boone and Campbell while the counties with the lowest rates still are Christian, Spencer, Ballard, Hickman and Clinton although each of those counties now has at least 20 percent of their residents with one dose.

For more on today’s report visit KyCovid19.Ky.gov.