By STU JOHNSON
Governor Beshear says he intends to get vaccinated when available during a daily update at the capitol to demonstrate that it’s safe. The governor said that’s not likely to happen this year.
Beshear said Kentucky could see a return to some semblance of normalcy by next summer with acceptance of vaccination. “We ought to expect to do a lot of these practices til the end of the year and then it will depend on how safe the vaccine is, how quickly it can be manufactured, the distribution network, and how many people are willing to do it,” said Beshear.
The governor and Kentucky Public Health Commissioner Dr. Steven Stack repeatedly have said the use of facial coverings is key to keeping a handle on coronavirus cases. Displaying a quote from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director on mask use at the opening of his daily briefing, Beshear said it demonstrates facial covering is not a political issue. Dr. Stack reiterated a similar point later. “I have a real difficult time understanding when grown adults are saying they can’t breathe through a mask. I think they have misunderstood inconvenience with inability,” said Stack.
Beshear reported 776 additional cases of COVID-19 last night along with eight deaths. 91 of the new cases were from children 18 years old and younger. The positivity rate, as reported by the governor’s office, remained under four percent at 3.89%.
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