Kentucky Lawmakers Speed ​​Up Decision to End COVID-19 State of Emergency | News
Kentucky Lawmakers Speed ​​Up Decision to End COVID-19 State of Emergency |  News

Kentucky Lawmakers Speed ​​Up Decision to End COVID-19 State of Emergency | News

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Kentucky lawmakers have passed a resolution calling for an end to the COVID-19 state of emergency issued by Governor Andy Beshear in March 2020.

Joint Senate Resolution 150, introduced last Friday, February 18, would end the state of emergency on March 7 – two years and a day after it was first declared by Beshear. It is currently set to expire on April 15th.

Lawmakers said the resolution, which approved the Senate State and Local Government Committees on Wednesday, “marks the official end to the pandemic.”

The bill’s sponsor, Senator Donald Douglas, R-Nicholasville, cited the state’s COVID-19 positivity rate, which “has dropped dramatically since last month” as a reason to end the ordinance early.

“We know more than we’ve ever had about this virus, and we have the tools to protect ourselves,” he said in a press release, calling the decision “a signal to the people of Kentucky that life must go on.”

Douglas said the action “must be taken now while lawmakers are still in session” to prevent the governor from issuing an extension. The 2022 Legislative Assembly ends on April 14.

The resolution can now be considered in the House of Representatives. It would also require final approval from Beshear.

This comes as the state reported 2,202 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday and 38 deaths related to the virus. To date, 1,274,681 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Kentucky with 13,758 deaths, according to a report from Kentucky Public Health. Kentucky’s current positivity rate is 9.85%.

The report also showed 1,148 Kentuckians in the hospital with COVID-19 as of Friday, with 223 on an intensive care unit and 119 on a ventilator.

From Friday d. the state’s seven-day COVID-19 incidence rate card shows three of Kentucky’s 120 counties in yellow, 41 in orange and 76 still in red, including Jefferson County with an incidence rate of 38.5. Red counties have a “high” incidence rate, with more than 25 out of 100,000 people testing positive for COVID-19. Orange counties have a “significant” incidence rate, with between 10 and 25 people per capita. 100,000 residents testing positive. Yellow counties have a “moderate” incidence rate, where between one and 10 people per. 100,000 inhabitants test positive for COVID-19. The state’s total incidence rate is 35.05.

For an overview of current COVID-19 cases in Kentucky, click here. For vaccine information, click here. For test information, click here. To view the state’s COVID-19 dashboard for more information, click here.

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