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Sunday COVID-19 update: 1,765 new cases, 26 more deaths

Virus Outbreak Moderna Vaccine
Posted at 5:26 PM, Dec 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-20 17:30:12-05

A historic day in Kentucky as the Moderna vaccine, the second one approved, has arrived to help in the fight against COVID-19.

“There’s good news today: We got the final authorization necessary for the Moderna vaccine,” the Governor said. “That is being shipped all around the United States. We hope on Monday or Tuesday at the latest we will be giving that vaccine, especially to hospital workers all across this commonwealth.”

This news comes only days after the Pfizer vaccine began being administered to healthcare workers in Kentucky.

While there is more light at the end of the pandemic tunnel, COVID-19 continues to spread.

On Sunday, the governor's office reported 1,765 new cases. The positivity rate is now 8.73%, which is slightly higher than yesterday.

There are currently 1,607 COVID-positive patients being treated at Kentucky hospitals. 403 of those patients are in the ICU and 226 are using a ventilator.

“This is again under what we had this day last week, and this full week, which we end on Sunday, is less than it was the week before. That is a positive sign that shows that the steps we have taken, the sacrifice to mitigate and slow the exponential growth of this virus is working,” the Governor said. “But remember, deaths track cases. And so that exponential growth, we’re seeing the harm from it right now.”

In today's report, Governor Beshear announced 26 more Kentuckians have died after contracting COVID-19. The death toll is now 2,397.