State’s positivity rate dips near 3%, vaccinations within 600,000 of goal

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Lexington area counties have among the highest vaccination rates in the state as Kentucky continues creep closer to the magical 2.5 million vaccination mark, drawing to within almost 600,000 of the goal.

But the numbers are coming slowly as the state starts pushing incentives to encourage people to get their COVID shots. Thursday’s announcement that vaccinated people don’t have to wear masks indoors or outdoors may help.

At the same time, the state’s positivity rate slipped again, providing a positive sign for the direction of the virus’ stubborn spread.

Thursday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced 1,897,117 people have received at least their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine in Kentucky. Woodford County has the highest percentage of residents at 56%, Franklin has 55%, Fayette has 53% and Scott has 46%. Two of the lowest vaccination percentages also are near the region with 18% in Spencer and 20% in Lewis.

As of 4 p.m. Thursday, May 13, the state reported the following COVID-19 numbers:

New cases today: 674
Positivity rate: 3.04%, down from 3.08% Wednesday

Deaths: 7, including three from the ongoing audit

Total Deaths: 6,637

New cases under 18: 151, up from 132 Wednesday

Hospitalized: 411, down 14 from Wednesday

In ICU: 117, up from 105 Wednesday

On Ventilator: 47, down from 50 Wednesday

For more information on cases and hospital capacity, see the full daily COVID-19 report.

To see all vaccination sites and free transportation options to and from vaccination appointments, visit vaccine.ky.gov. To see a list of vaccination sites that have openings this week, visit vaccinemap.ky.gov. If Kentuckians have questions, they should call the state’s COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline, 855-598-2246 or TTY 855-326-4654 (for deaf or hard-of-hearing Kentuckians).

Because so many Kentuckians have received COVID-19 vaccines, the state has been able to increase capacity in most businesses to 60% and return child care classrooms to their traditional sizes. In addition, state officials have been able to shorten and simplify Healthy at Work minimum requirements and lift the mask mandate for smaller, outdoor events.

For detailed information on COVID-19 vaccinations and more, visit kycovid19.ky.gov.

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