Gov. Andy Beshear of Kentucky acknowledged that the positivity charge remained excessive however mentioned that it was a lot decrease than in January, when the speed was properly over 30 %.
“We’re completely headed to a significantly better place,” he said during a news briefing on Monday. “This says we’re in an actual decline.”
Mr. Beshear mentioned that he was “very excited” about the place the state was heading, noting sharp declines within the variety of hospitalizations and intensive care admissions. Nevertheless, he mourned the state’s deaths, which now common 30 a day.
“We’re additionally having youthful folks proceed to die,” Mr. Beshear mentioned. “Nearly fully unvaccinated and preventable.”
Solely 56 % of Kentucky residents are absolutely vaccinated. West Virginia and North Dakota, which together with Kentucky have the nation’s highest hospitalization numbers, even have vaccination charges properly beneath the nationwide common.
“When the variety of coronavirus instances was rising within the state, so was the variety of folks getting vaccinated, Mr. Beshear mentioned, with between 8,000 and 10,000 folks have been getting vaccinated on weekends.
Nevertheless, this previous weekend, the quantity of people that acquired their first vaccination fell to about 3,451, Mr. Beshear mentioned. A bit greater than 4,000 folks acquired their second dose and greater than 5,900 acquired a booster, he mentioned.
“We want to see all of these numbers get higher,” he mentioned.