Governor’s March 22 update hopeful, yet cautious

Samantha Money

More positive news for Kentucky on the COVID-19 front: as of this week, 1.2 million first doses of COVID-19 doses have been given in Kentucky, Gov. Andy Beshear said in his March 22, 2021 press briefing.

The state is now in its tenth straight week of declining cases with the vaccine now available for all adults over the age of 50.

“This is what every other state wishes they were seeing,” Beshear said.

Beshear urged everyone in the age ranges to look at all available vaccine appointments in your local area and getting it done. UK opened up vaccination at its Kroger Field site to adults 18 and older and Kentuckians outside of Lexington. Register for a vaccine through UK at

Kentucky also hit a new record in vaccine distribution last week, administering 185,069 doses – the highest total during a seven-day window.

But, Beshear asked Kentuckians to remain vigilant. Even with progress on vaccines, many Kentuckians are still vulnerable. Beshear reminded Kentucky families to be smart during the upcoming spring break.

“Don’t go to packed restaurants, don’t go mask less in places in public and in small rooms because we’ve worked really hard to keep our schools back open and we don’t want spring break to cause a significant spread,” Beshear said.

People who are not yet vaccinated and have symptoms should be tested for COVID-19.

Beshear also pointed out that people who do not get vaccinated and visit nursing homes run the risk of spreading COVID-19.

“Please continue to wear your mask until we can get everyone vaccinated and if you are thinking about not taking the vaccine, think harder. Think about all the individuals that you can protect,” Beshear said.

There are 79 new active cases for patients and 91 new active cases for staff in long-term caree facilities. The number of total deaths remains at 2,277 people in these long-term care facilities.

With Kentucky’s case total 102 cases lower than the previous week, the state is on the right track but patience is required.

“We are too close to the end to mess this thing up,” Beshear said.