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Kentucky posts third straight weekly decline in COVID cases

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Kentucky’s COVID numbers have fallen for a third consecutive week and that means updated recommendations may not be far behind. WUKY’s Karyn Czar reports from the State Capitol.

During his weekly COVID press briefing on Monday night, Governor Andy Beshear showed his well-known stair-stepper charts, and the news is good. Cases, the positivity rate and hospitalizations are all falling as quickly as they rose in this latest surge that has been driven by the Omicron variant. There were 8,382 newly reported cases between Saturday and Monday and our current positivity rate is 17.93%.

Beshear says the state’s goal is to provide new guidance by mid-March is numbers continue to fall.

The Governor says new recommendations would include masking indoors and at schools, but he cautioned it is still too soon to stop universal K-12 masking. The state will also consider new color coding to show the levels of virus infection, dropping the four-level color system to three.