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Stack: Unvaccinated Account For Vast Majority Of New COVID Cases In Kentucky

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Kentucky’s top health official reports that nearly all newly diagnosed cases of COVID-19 in the state are in unvaccinated individuals.

Public Health Commissioner Dr. Steven Stack said those trends are also showing up in other statistics.

"98.9 percent–let's just call it 99 percent–of the people who went in the hospital were unvaccinated. 93-plus percent of all of the deaths from COVID in Kentucky in the last four weeks: unvaccinated," he told reporters. 

Close to half of Kentuckians have received at least one dose of a COVID vaccine. That news comes as the commonwealth is on its seventh straight week of declining cases.

"That matches whatthe World Health Organization reported globally, which is about eight weeks of global decline," Stack said. "This is the result of vaccination. Hands down, pure and simple, vaccines did this."

Stack did caution that the Delta variant does pose a threat, but the vaccines remain about 88% effective at preventing serious illness from the mutation.

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