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COVID-19 Ky. | 1,268 new cases, 39 more deaths

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear on Monday announced 1,268 new COVID-19 cases and 39 more deaths.
Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear on Monday announced 1,268 new COVID-19 cases and 39 more deaths.(Kentucky Governor's Office)
Published: Jan. 25, 2021 at 4:56 PM EST
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WSAZ) – Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear on Monday announced 1,268 new COVID-19 cases and 39 more deaths.

The positivity rate was 9.93%, the first time it had fallen below 10% since Dec. 31.

Despite the encouraging numbers, Beshear said residents can’t afford to become complacent. He said mask-wearing, social distancing and other measures have helped stop the increases.

“Hang in there, do the right things, (and) we will make it,” Beshear said.

He reported the commonwealth has used 88% of the first doses of the vaccine, saying supply remains a critical issue.

“It is an extreme limitation that’s preventing us from getting people vaccinated as quickly as we want,” the governor said.

He said the commonwealth needs “four to five times what we’re getting from the federal government,” saying Kentucky soon will be vaccinating phase 1C with more than 1 million residents.

Since the pandemic started, 3,460 Kentuckians have died from the virus.

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