Two cases of COVID-19 variant confirmed in Kentucky

Posted at 5:54 PM, Jan 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-27 10:01:31-05

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — On Tuesday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced that 2,714 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Kentucky. After the removal of duplicates, the 2,714 new cases brings Kentucky's COVID-19 case total to 41,878.

Gov. Beshear also noted that two cases of the COVID-19 variant from the United Kingdom (UK) have been confirmed in Kentucky

“Public health Commissioner Dr. Steven Stack is going to talk about this more tomorrow. The UK variant does spread more aggressively, but he’ll take us through all the implications of having this strain here,” Gov. Beshear said.

Tuesday's positivity rate is 9.63%.

Gov. Beshear also announced 35 new coronavirus-related deaths, bringing Kentucky's coronavirus-related death total to 3,495

As of Tuesday, 1,566 Kentuckians are hospitalized for coronavirus-related reasons, 391 of which are in the ICU and 228 of which are on a ventilator.

Vaccine update

Gov. Beshear said he had a call today with the President’s COVID-19 team where he learned the federal government will increase each state’s supply of COVID-19 vaccines by 17%.

“That is a great start,” Gov. Beshear said. “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.”