FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — On Tuesday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced that 799 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Kentucky. After the removal of duplicates, the 799 new cases brings Kentucky's COVID-19 case total to 434,148.
Tuesday's positivity rate was 3.20%.
Gov. Beshear also announced 3 new coronavirus-related deaths, along with one additional death due to an audit, bringing Kentucky's coronavirus-related death total to 6,261.
As of Tuesday, 405 Kentuckians are hospitalized for coronavirus-related reasons, 96 of which are in the ICU and 53 of which are on a ventilator. At least 50,513 Kentuckians have recovered from COVID-19.
In Kentucky, 1,586,411 people have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose so far. Tuesday's COVID-19 report comes after Gov. Beshear announced the state will pause its use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine amid recommendations made Tuesday by the federal government.
“Everyone should still get one of the other two COVID-19 vaccines during this pause. We cannot let this slow us down. The United States is going to get about 1.85 million more doses of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines this week. We should be able to make up any loss of appointments,” Gov. Beshear said in a press release. “Stay calm – it looks like the risk here from the J&J vaccine is very, very small versus the really significant risk of being harmed by COVID.”