Beshear announces more nursing home visits, expansion of vaccine eligibility

FRANKFORT, Ky. — With coronavirus infection rates falling and vaccinations continuing to climb, Kentucky is lifting visitation restrictions on nursing homes with the highest level of care.

The state had previously allowed visitation and group activities at assisted living centers. On Thursday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced the state’s 285 Medicare-qualified nursing homes will be allowed to resume visitation.

Also announced on Thursday, Kentucky is closing in on 1 million vaccinations. Currently, more than 910,000 vaccinations have been given.

And that number will continue to grow more quickly, as the state announced an expansion of the 1C vaccination pool to include those over 16 with medical or behavioral conditions that are or might be at increased risk. That expansion will begin on Monday.

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Looking at the latest numbers, Kentucky reported more than 1,200 new cases on Thursday, bringing the total to more than 414,000.

Thirty-seven more Kentuckians have died, raising the death toll to 4,921.

There are currently 523 people hospitalized with COVID-19, including 136 in intensive care and 75 on ventilators.

The state’s positivity rate is now 3.95 percent.