Two years of COVID-19 pandemic: how we got here
Two years of COVID-19 pandemic: how we got here

Two years of COVID-19 pandemic: how we got here

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) – This is one of those moments that many remember exactly where they were when the news of the COVID-19 pandemic broke out. All glued to the screens of Governor Beshear’s press conference.

A lot has happened since then and now we are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel as cases start to fall.

Just two weeks after the first confirmed case in March 2020, personal dining and unnecessary businesses closed or began limiting the number of people.

On March 17, 2020, the University of Kentucky announced that the remainder of the spring semester would be made virtual. Other universities around the state then made the same decision.

March 2021 officially hit the one-year mark. At this point, the schools began to reopen and the students returned to class with masks.

We also saw the beginning of the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine.

So now, on the second anniversary, where does Kentucky stand in the covid-19 pandemic?

As of Friday, there have been more than 1.2 million cases of COVID in Kentucky since the beginning of the pandemic.

On Monday, Governor Andy Beshear announced that COVID-19 positivity continues to decline, with a marked decline every day over the past week.

“A lot of good news for our COVID-19 update today,” Gov Beshear said. “The top line today is that while we still have some struggles, things keep moving in the right direction and they keep moving at a regular pace. Every metric is moving in the right direction.”

Number of people who have received at least one vaccine dose in Kentucky: 2,894,264 Number of people who have received their vaccination booster in Kentucky: 1,096,243

Today’s positivity rate: 4.17%

Current admissions: 470

Current intensive admissions: 95

Currently on Fans: 56

During the week ending March 13, 283 deaths were reported in Kentucky.

During the week ending March 13, there were 9,532 recently reported cases of COVID-19, and the seven-day test positivity rate was 4.17%. Cases and the positivity rate have decreased compared to the previous week ending March 6, when there were 12,010 new cases and the average test positivity rate was 6.04%.

As Kentucky Department of Public Health (KDPH) Commissioner Dr. Steven Stack previously announced, the Commonwealth has adapted to the weekly data reporting from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC is expected to release data and a map at Community level after closing time every Thursday. On Friday, KDPH will update the state map on kycovid19.ky.gov. The following Monday, KDPH will post weekly data reports on the website. The website will continue to maintain information on COVID-19 vaccination, monoclonal antibodies and public health guidance documents.

The governor pauses the standing weekly COVID news conferences, but said, as needed, he will continue to keep Kentuckians informed of the virus.

“We know so much more about the virus and how to fight it. In many ways it has become a part of our daily lives,” said Gov Beshear. “If today’s the last update we give is to live with COVID not to ignore COVID. It is about having the information to be able to make the right decision and protect ourselves. “

The governor warned that in the absence of new ARPA funding or other legislative funding, several programs that helped Kentuckians during the pandemic are expected to end.

Without additional funding, from 1 July 2022:

  • The COVID-19 test-to-stay program for kindergarten through 12th grade ends; no program will be possible for the academic year 2022-2023;
  • The Community Antibody Administration Center program – which was mandated during the special legislative session in 2021 – will end;
  • State-sponsored community-based COVID-19 tests provided throughout the Commonwealth by Gravity Diagnostics and the University of Kentucky will cease;
  • State-sponsored COVID-19 testing in Kentucky’s long-term care facilities will cease or be discontinued when the federal CDC funds available to support this activity run out; and
  • The ability to support the Commonwealth’s 90-day PPE emergency supply and required storage space is uncertain, as a prepaid lease is set to expire and will require renewal from July 1, 2023; an alternative source of funding has not yet been identified to sustain this program.

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