Beshear: COVID fight continues moving in 'right direction'
Kentucky marks the seventh consecutive week of declining COVID numbers, signaling the Omicron surge is coming to an end. Karyn Czar reports.
During what he hopes will be his last COVID-19 press briefing, Governor Andy Beshear said nearly all metrics have fallen.
“The top line today is while we still have some struggle, while this pandemic is still with us things continue to move in the right direction and they are continuing to move at a regular pace.” Beshear said, “Thae means cases, positivity rates all declining as well as hospitalizations, those in the ICU and those on ventilators.”
While Beshear remains cautiously optimistic, a much different tone than nearly a year ago when numbers fell, the pandemic appeared to be winding down and press conferences dedicated to COVID ended. This time Beshear said the briefings are on pause.
“We are wiser, not just then when we started this but where we were a year ago. We know so much more about the virus. How to fight the virus. It’s become in many ways a part of our daily lives even the things that haven’t been disruptive about. Do I choose to wear a mask? Where am I going? Who else is there? When do I need to get my booster? So that’s a part of becoming endemic and living with COVID.”
The Governor added that living with the virus moving forward doesn’t mean ignoring it. He remains concerned about slowing vaccination numbers and the continued death toll which remains high and steady.