Beshear drops the mask mandate for most government employees as COVID-19 cases continue to fall | News
Beshear drops the mask mandate for most government employees as COVID-19 cases continue to fall |  News

Beshear drops the mask mandate for most government employees as COVID-19 cases continue to fall | News

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – The number of COVID-19 cases continues to fall in Kentucky.

“Yes, cases are falling almost as fast as they rose in this omicron rise,” Governor Andy Beshear said during a COVID-19 briefing Monday. “What we really want to see is that this continues to fall.”

With new guidance, Beshear said from Tuesday, many government employees will no longer be required to wear a mask. It includes those who work in senior department buildings, offices and even government vehicles with multiple people inside.

“Thank you to our government employees. Thank you for enduring so long and thank you for your success,” Beshear said. “Thanks to your willingness to do this, we did not have a major omicron outbreak that required us to stop providing a service at any time during the most contagious virus we have seen in my life. “

The requirement will remain in place for assembly care facilities, such as the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs nursing home, the Department of Corrections, and immediate care facilities.

Beshear said fewer than 1,000 Kentuckians are currently hospitalized with COVID-19. The state’s positivity has also continued to decline and is now at 8.56%. Beshear said he expects the National Guard will not be needed at Kentucky hospitals within the next two weeks.

State health data Monday shows 671 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Kentucky, with 34 more deaths related to the virus. Data also show 962 Kentuckians in a COVID-19 hospital, with 203 in an intensive care unit and 112 in a ventilator.

To date, 1,277,352 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Kentucky, and 13,856 people have died.

For an overview of Kentucky’s current COVID-19 cases, click here. For information on getting tested for COVID-19 in Kentucky, click here. For information on vaccines, click here.

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