Kentucky eyes goal of 2.5 million vaccinations as state reports 270 new COVID-19 cases

Gov. Andy Beshear said the state has possibly vaccinated 1.6 million but reports are lagging 2 to 3 days behind due to the state’s security upgrades.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — This is a weekly blog with daily updates on COVID-19 numbersCOVID vaccine and other related content across Kentucky for the week of April 12, 2021.

Monday, April 12

Just hours after announcing a new mass vaccination site at Cardinal Stadium in Louisville, Gov. Andy Beshear is reporting an additional 270 new positive cases of COVID-19. 

Jefferson County had 51 cases in the new count.

The positivity rate crept up a bit to 3.16% — the highest it has been in a month, Beshear said. He says health officials are keeping an eye on it. 

Seven coronavirus-related deaths were reported from an audit. Many of the deaths, Beshear said, happened in early February and are now being reported. Two of them were from Jefferson County.

Vaccine efforts

The state is continuing to set the trend in getting its citizens vaccinated. Beshear announced the vaccination challenge, a goal in getting 2.5 million vaccinated so restrictions can be eased statewide. 

Where are we on the road to 2.5 million?

Gov. Beshear said about 1.6 million Kentuckians have been vaccinated so far but the number could higher. He says the system is lagging two to three days behind because of security upgrade.

The governor believes we should be about 900,000 vaccinations from the goal. 

Other numbers:

73% of those 70-years-old or older received their vaccines compared to 61% of those in the 60 to 69-year-old demographic. 

56% of women compared to 44% of men have been vaccinated. 

Kentucky has reported 433,352 positive cases and 6,257 deaths overall.

5,187,522 COVID-19 tests have been given and more than 50,000 have recovered from the virus. 

Correctional facilities

J. Michael Brown, secretary of the executive cabinet announced correctional facilities are also making progress in getting inmates at state prisons vaccinated.

Since receiving the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine on April 5, Brown said about 68% of the total inmate population were vaccinated a week after getting them. 

“That was very deliberate. Because we didn’t want to have to be in a situation of having to go back an do second doses on what might be a transit population,” he said. 

He said they could reach 70% soon as ongoing vaccinations clinics at the Kentucky State Penitentiary in Eddyville and the Blackburn Correctional Complex in Lexington. 

50% of staff members (2,150) have been vaccinated also. 

The largest mass site opened Monday morning at UofL Cardinal Stadium.  Gov. Beshear attended the opening and announced the “Team Kentucky Vaccination Challenge.” The goal of the challenge is to reward the state’s vaccination efforts by removing COVID-19 restrictions.

The first goal of the challenge is to give out 2.5 million first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in Kentucky. 

FEMA offers coronavirus-related death funeral assistance

If you lost a loved one due to COVID-19 after January 20, 2020, you are eligible to receive assistance from FEMA. Here is what you need to know when you apply:

  • The death must have occurred in the United States, including the U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia.
  • The death certificate must indicate the death was attributed to COVID-19.
  • The applicant must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or a qualified alien who incurred funeral expenses after January 20, 2020.
  • There is no requirement for the deceased person to have been a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien.

FEMA also recommends having a copy of the death certificate and funeral expenses documents.

You can call the COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Line Number Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-9 p.m. at 844-684-6333. 

For more information from FEMA, click here.