Beshear asks Kentuckians to sacrifice ‘one New Year’s Eve’

FRANKFORT, Ky. — More coronavirus vaccines are on their way to the Bluegrass State.

Gov. Andy Beshear announced Tuesday that more than 53,000 doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines will be delivered to Kentucky during the first week of January. That’s on top of the more than 202,000 doses delivered to the state in December.

And while the number continues to rise, it’s still a long way from the nearly 9 million doses needed to provide every Kentuckian with the two-dose vaccine.

For that reason, Gov. Beshear says it remains important for Kentuckains to continue to prevent the spread of the virus, especially when ringing in the new year this week.

“One more time, I ask every single Kentuckian to keep any New Year’s celebration small,” Beshear said. “Preferably, your own household or one more. Remember, going to a big party, hosting a big party, going to any gathering where you’re going to take your mask off will spread this virus at a time when Kentucky is doing better than most, but the virus is rampaging throughout the United States and we’re seeing record deaths just about everywhere.

“Please, don’t be an individual who helps spread a virus that kills people. Be an individual who sacrifices this New Year’s Eve for the betterment, the better health and the safety of everybody around you. Giving up one New Year’s Eve in your life isn’t a lot to ask when it comes to people staying alive or people dying.”

Looking at the latest numbers, Kentucky saw just shy of 3,000 new cases on Tuesday, bringing the total to more than 261,000.

Thirty-one more Kentuckians have died, raising the death toll to 2,594.

More than 1,600 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, including 380 in intensive care and 211 on ventilators.

The state’s positivity rate is now 8.41 percent.