FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — After testing positive for COVID-19, Gov. Beshear's son, Will, has tested negative for the virus.
I am truly thankful that Will is now negative! I am so proud of him for taking the precautions to keep everyone he loved safe, and I am grateful for the incredible vaccine and booster that helped him remain asymptomatic.— Andy Beshear (@AndyBeshearKY) January 28, 2022
In his Monday afternoon news conference, the governor announced that Will had tested positive for COVID-19. The governor tweeted the news of Will's negative test Friday.
The Governor says he wants Will to get back to school as soon as possible, but they will be testing him after five days—even if he is asymptomatic—before leaving isolation. @LEX18News— Mike Valente (@ValenteLEX18) January 24, 2022
28,857 new cases were reported between Saturday and Monday. 76 more Kentuckians died from the virus during that time frame. The state's current positivity rate is 33.06%.
Kentucky Public Health Commissioner Dr. Steven Stack says omicron appears to not attack the lungs as hard as previous variants, meaning there are enough ventilators to go around. However, there is a surge of healthcare workers getting COVID-19 and not being able to work.
Dr. Stack pulls up slide showing omicron’s trends in Rhode Island, New York, and the UK. Dr. Stack says if the pattern for these states holds true for Kentucky, this week could be our peak. However, Dr. Stack says we won’t know for weeks that we’re in a decline. @LEX18News pic.twitter.com/fqLx1joMQo— Mike Valente (@ValenteLEX18) January 24, 2022
64% of Kentuckians 65 and older have been boosted. 42.5% of Kentuckians 18 and older have been boosted.