By PIPER HUDSPETH ASSOCIATE PRESS BLACKBURN
FRANKFORT, Ky (AP) – After eight weeks of declining statewide cases, coronavirus cases and the positivity rate rose last week in Kentucky, the Public Health Commissioner of the UK said Thursday. State, Steven Stack, at a virtual press briefing.
The vast majority of cases involved unvaccinated Kentuckians.
Kentucky has confirmed 26 cases of the delta variant of COVID-19, which is spreading rapidly in the United States, Gov. Andy Beshear said. The state’s public health department has yet to determine what percentage of new cases match the Delta variant.
“Unvaccinated people who will not receive the vaccine and are not wearing masks at this point, should assume in their risk calculation that they are going to receive some kind of COVID,” said Beshear, a Democrat. “We’re in a better position than probably all of the surrounding states except two, but we still want people to get vaccinated.”
It is too early to say whether the state will reinstate its mask mandate which ended on June 11, Beshear added. Masks are still mandatory on public transport, in long-term care facilities and other places that serve the “most vulnerable”.
“The Delta variant is about two and a half times more effective and more widespread, which means that if it gets into your community, it will spread very quickly. That’s why it grows so quickly and it can hurt people, ”explained Stack. “The only thing you can do to protect yourself or to protect us all is to get vaccinated. “
He said parents should make sure their children are vaccinated before summer sports practices and the next school year, calling this a measure to prevent infection and avoid the possibility of quarantining large numbers of members of the community. ‘team.
“Here’s the basics for students, parents, and coaches: If you want to stay safe and on top of that, play sports, the best thing you can do is go out and get the shot,” Stack said.
Kentucky reported 337 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and three virus-related deaths on Thursday. The state’s positivity rate is 2.92%, up from 1.99% last Thursday. The test’s positivity rate is an indicator of the extent of the virus’s spread. If the rate is below 5% for two weeks and testing is widespread, the virus is considered to be under control, according to the World Health Organization.
Hudspeth Blackburn is a member of the Associated Press / Report for America Statehouse News Initiative corps. Report for America is a national, nonprofit service program that places reporters in local newsrooms to cover undercover issues.
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