Feds to begin increasing vaccine shipments

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Gov. Andy Beshear said Tuesday that Kentucky will soon begin receiving additional doses of the coronavirus vaccines.

During a conference call with President Biden’s COVID-19 team, Beshear said the White House pledged to increase vaccine supplies by 17 percent.

“That is a great start,” said Gov. Beshear. “The other thing they are doing is guaranteeing a minimum supply for three straight weeks. One of the tough things we’ve been dealing with is only knowing on a Tuesday what we would have the next week and not knowing what we would have in the weeks after.”

However, Beshear had been seeking to double Kentucky’s supply, because vaccinations are currently outpacing doses of the vaccine that are delivered to the state each week.

Looking at the latest numbers, Kentucky reported more than 2,700 new cases on Tuesday, bringing the total to more than 350,000.

Thirty-five more Kentuckians have died, raising the death toll to 3,495.

More than 1,500 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, including 391 in intensive care and 228 on ventilators.

The state’s positivity rate is currently 9.63 percent.