LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Kentucky reported 782 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday as Governor Andy Beshear continued to push for a goal of 2.5 million vaccinations in the state.
Earlier this week, Beshear announced that hitting the 2.5 million benchmark would enable the end of capacity constraints in most companies and venues in the state. This announcement prompted around 200 people to protest outside the governor’s house on Wednesday.
“The Team Kentucky Vaccination Challenge is a fundamental math. More vaccinations mean safer returns to restaurants, pools, bars, wedding and music venues, and more,” Beshear said in a tweet. “Science and math are not political. They are science and math.”
The Team Kentucky Vaccination Challenge is a basic math. More vaccinations mean a safer return to restaurants, pools, bars, wedding and music venues, and more. Science and math are not political. They are science and math. ^ AB
– Governor Andy Beshear (@GovAndyBeshear) April 14, 2021
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More than 1.6 million Kentuckians have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, the governor’s office said.
The state reported 14 new virus-related deaths and a positivity rate of 3.3% on Wednesday. There have been 6,285 deaths since the pandemic hit the state in March 2020.
The data shows that 420 Kentuckians currently hospitalized with COVID-19 and 115 are being treated in intensive care units for the virus. More than 50 patients were ventilated.
In most people, COVID-19 causes mild or moderate symptoms that improve within weeks. The vast majority of people recover. Of the state’s 329,906 confirmed cases reported since March 2020, at least 50,569 have recovered, according to a report by Kentucky Public Health.
In others, especially older adults and those with existing health problems, the virus can cause serious symptoms and be fatal.
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