FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — Governor Andy Beshear says nearly 1,000 Ohioans have scheduled appointments to get the COVID-19 vaccine at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington.
"We have fixed their ability to sign-up based on zip code, but for the people that showed up for a vaccine, we did go ahead and vaccinate them," said Gov. Beshear. "They're people too."
The appointments were scheduled at the Covington facility at least through Saturday. The governor says he's personally going to ask the federal government to get back the number of vaccines allocated to Ohio that were given to Ohioans while in Kentucky.
"This is one of those things that test us as people," said Gov. Beshear. "While we don't want it to happen, turning them away is a different question."
Gov. Beshear also announced that 1,447 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Kentucky. After the removal of duplicates, the 1,447 new cases bring Kentucky's COVID-19 case total to 401,750.
"Right now, we are just barely on track to be above last week," Gov. Beshear said. "But we can now tell you, based on the data we're looking at, that last week's numbers were depressed a little because of testing (due to weather)."
The positivity rate continues to decline. On Thursday, Kentucky's positivity rate was 5.67%.
Gov. Beshear also announced 43 new coronavirus-related deaths, bringing Kentucky's coronavirus-related death total to 4,570.
As of Thursday, 843 Kentuckians are hospitalized for coronavirus-related reasons.