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Gov. Beshear: More Than 11,000 COVID-19 Vaccination Appointments Available at Cardinal Stadium

Crystal Staley or Sebastian Kitchen
https://governor.ky.gov
Office of the Governor
700 Capitol Avenue
Frankfort, KY  40601

Kentuckians can preregister now; state officials also provide update on unemployment insurance

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 8, 2021) – On Thursday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced the Cardinal Stadium COVID-19 vaccination site in Louisville has 11,000 appointments that Kentuckians can preregister for at UofLHealth.org or by calling 502-681-1453.

“As you all know, vaccinations are the absolute most important thing we can be doing right now,” said Gov. Beshear. “We are in a race against COVID-19 variants to prevent any kind of fourth surge and defeat this virus once and for all.”

The vaccination site (2800 S. Floyd St., Louisville, KY 40209), which will become the state’s largest, opens April 12. The Governor also shared a video message from UofL Health’s chief medical officer, Dr. Jason Smith.

The Governor said more than 1.5 million Kentuckians have received at least their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. To see a list of vaccination sites that have openings this week, visit vaccinemap.ky.gov.

Case Information
As of 4 p.m. Thursday, April 8, Gov. Beshear reported the following COVID-19 numbers:

New cases today: 645
New deaths today: 16
New audit deaths: 0
Positivity rate: 2.81%
Total deaths: 6,214
Currently hospitalized: 377
Currently in ICU: 102
Currently on ventilator: 53

Top counties with the most positive cases today are: Jefferson, Fayette, Clark and Warren. Each county reported at least 19 new cases.

To see a list of those reported lost to the virus today, click here.

Gov. Beshear Provides Update on COVID-19

Crystal Staley or Sebastian Kitchen
https://governor.ky.gov
Office of the Governor
700 Capitol Avenue
Frankfort, KY  40601

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 7, 2021) – On Wednesday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced 1,028 new COVID-19 cases. Of those, 300 are from Monday and Tuesday, but could not be confirmed and announced until today due to a technical issue on the reporting platform.

“Today’s case report reminds us that even though we’ve come so far in the fight against COVID-19, this isn’t over yet,” said Gov. Beshear. “Please, if you’re 16 or older, get vaccinated. Keep masking up in public spaces even if you have been vaccinated. None of us want to throw away our progress.”

Case Information
As of 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 7, Gov. Beshear reported the following COVID-19 numbers:

New cases today: 1,028*
New deaths today: 10
New audit deaths: 4
Positivity rate: 2.87%
Total deaths: 6,198
Currently hospitalized: 383
Currently in ICU: 112
Currently on ventilator: 66

Top counties with the most positive cases today are: Jefferson, Fayette, Laurel and Warren. Each county reported at least 34 new cases.

To see a list of those reported lost to the virus today, click here.

*Note: 300 cases are from Monday and Tuesday, but could not be confirmed and announced until today due to a technical issue on the reporting platform.

More Information
To see all vaccination sites and free transportation options to and from vaccination appointments, visit vaccine.ky.gov. To see a list of vaccination sites that have openings this week, visit vaccinemap.ky.gov. If Kentuckians have questions, they should call the state’s COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline, 855-598-2246 or TTY 855-326-4654 (for deaf or hard-of-hearing Kentuckians).

To view the full daily report, incidence rate map, information on testing locations, vaccines, contact tracing, school reports and guidance, guidance for health care providers and the White House Coronavirus Task Force reports for Kentucky and more, visit kycovid19.ky.gov.

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Gov. Beshear Provides Update on COVID-19

Crystal Staley or Sebastian Kitchen
https://governor.ky.gov
Office of the Governor
700 Capitol Avenue
Frankfort, KY  40601

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 6, 2021) – On Tuesday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced 344 new COVID-19 cases and a 2.89% positivity rate.

“If you haven’t gotten your COVID-19 vaccine yet, look at our list of where you can get your shot of hope this week, at vaccinemap.ky.gov,” said Gov. Beshear. “If you’ve already been vaccinated, reach out to one friend or family member who is still trying to get signed up and see if you can help them. This is an all-hands-on-deck effort. We are in a race against harmful COVID-19 variants that could threaten the progress we’ve all sacrificed so much to achieve.”

Case Information
As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 6, Gov. Beshear reported the following COVID-19 numbers:

New cases today: 344
New deaths today: 7
New audit deaths: 6
Positivity rate: 2.89%
Total deaths: 6,184
Currently hospitalized: 376
Currently in ICU: 116
Currently on ventilator: 57

Top counties with the most positive cases today are: Jefferson, Christian, Scott and Carter. Each county reported at least 16 new cases.

To see a list of those reported lost to the virus today, click here.

More Information
To see all vaccination sites and free transportation options to and from vaccination appointments, visit vaccine.ky.gov. To see a list of vaccination sites that have openings this week, visit vaccinemap.ky.gov. If Kentuckians have questions, they should call the state’s COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline, 855-598-2246 or TTY 855-326-4654 (for deaf or hard-of-hearing Kentuckians).

To view the full daily report, incidence rate map, information on testing locations, vaccines, contact tracing, school reports and guidance, guidance for health care providers and the White House Coronavirus Task Force reports for Kentucky and more, visit kycovid19.ky.gov.

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Gov. Beshear: All Kentuckians 16 and Older Eligible for a COVID-19 Vaccine

Crystal Staley or Sebastian Kitchen
https://governor.ky.gov
Office of the Governor
700 Capitol Avenue
Frankfort, KY  40601

Governor announces more than 1.4 million Kentuckians have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 5, 2021) – On Monday, Gov. Andy Beshear said all Kentuckians 16 and older are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. The Pfizer vaccine is approved for individuals 16 and older; the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are approved for individuals 18 and older.

“Beginning today, Kentuckians as young as 16 can sign up for their shot of hope,” said Gov. Beshear. “This means Kentucky has beaten by a full month President Joe Biden’s goal and timeline for all Americans 16 and up being able to get the vaccine. These vaccines are our ticket out of this pandemic. They are not only safe; they are saving lives.”

The Governor and Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health, shared new guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that fully vaccinated Americans can safely travel domestically. Updated travel guidance will be posted on kycovid19.ky.gov soon.

“We all need to get vaccinated as soon as we can so fewer variants have the opportunity to form,” said Dr. Stack. “We’ve got to stay vigilant. Wear your masks, wash your hands, socially distance and get vaccinated when it’s your turn.”

The Governor said more than 1.438 million Kentuckians have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose so far.

Gov. Beshear also highlighted five vaccination locations that have many open appointments over the next week:

To see a list of all vaccination sites that have openings this week, visit vaccinemap.ky.gov.

Case Information – Monday, April 5
As of 4 p.m. Monday, April 5, Gov. Beshear reported the following COVID-19 numbers:

Gov. Beshear: All Kentuckians 16 and Older Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccines April 5

Crystal Staley or Sebastian Kitchen
https://governor.ky.gov
Office of the Governor
700 Capitol Avenue
Frankfort, KY  40601

16 and 17-year-olds eligible at locations that offer Pfizer vaccines approved for their age group

FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 31, 2021) – On Wednesday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced all Kentuckians 16 and older will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine April 5. Only the Pfizer vaccine is approved for 16 and 17-year-olds.

“This is a good day. This news means that we will beat the president’s goal by a month to have COVID-19 vaccinations opened up to everyone,” said Gov. Beshear. “We are seeing in a number of states an increase in cases and hospitalizations, and it’s happening among younger people. We want to get ahead of the more aggressive COVID-19 variants and make sure that we fill every available appointment. Make a plan to get your shot of hope.”

Today, the Governor shared a new video encouraging all Kentuckians who are eligible to join the team and get vaccinated.

The Governor said he would provide COVID-19 updates on his social media channels the rest of the week; due to Easter weekend, there will be limited COVID-19 reports Friday and Saturday and no COVID-19 report Sunday.

Largest Vaccination Site in Kentucky to Open April 12 at Cardinal Stadium
The Governor shared a video from University of Louisville President Dr. Neeli Bendapudi celebrating the opening of Kentucky’s largest vaccination site, at Cardinal Stadium – 2800 S. Floyd St., Louisville, KY 40209 – on April 12.

UofL Health professionals will be able to vaccinate up to 4,000 Kentuckians per day at the Cardinal Stadium site. Over its seven-week run, the site will have the capacity to vaccinate nearly 200,000 Kentuckians from across the commonwealth.

The Cardinal Stadium vaccination site will be open to all Kentuckians ages 16 and up. For more information or to make an appointment, visit UofLHealth.org or call 502-681-1435.

Whitney Young Elementary Vaccination Site
People who live in West Louisville can now schedule vaccination appointments that begin as early as tomorrow at Whitney Young Elementary – 3526 Muhammad Ali Blvd., Louisville, KY 40212. To schedule an appointment, call 888-777-7219 or visit NortonHealthcare.com.

Vaccination Sites with Open Appointments
The Governor highlighted four vaccination locations that have the highest number of available appointments: Norton Healthcare (register here), Northern Kentucky Convention Center (register here), Kentucky Dam Village Convention Center (register here) and Baptist Health Madisonville (register here or call 270-825-7330). To see a list of vaccination sites that have openings this week, visit vaccinemap.ky.gov.

Gov. Beshear Provides Update on COVID-19

Crystal Staley or Sebastian Kitchen
https://governor.ky.gov
Office of the Governor
700 Capitol Avenue
Frankfort, KY  40601

FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 30, 2021) – On Tuesday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced 751 new COVID-19 cases and a 2.9% positivity rate.

“We are on a positive trajectory – we are leading all of our seven border states in administering at least one dose of the vaccine and our positivity rate continues to decline –  but we need to keep working hard and not give up,” said Gov. Beshear. “We need every eligible Kentuckian to join the team and get the first vaccine available them.”

Kentucky has now vaccinated about 40% of all adults.

The Governor reminded Kentuckians that there are thousands of COVID-19 vaccination appointments available over the next few weeks at Norton Healthcare (register here), UK Health Care’s vaccination site at Kroger Field (register here) and the Kroger Frankfort Regional Vaccination site (register here or call 866-211-5320); King’s Daughters Pavilion also has hundreds of available appointments (call 606-408-2683).

Case Information
As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 30, Gov. Beshear reported the following COVID-19 numbers:

New cases today: 751
New deaths today: 13
New audit deaths: 10
Positivity rate: 2.9%
Total deaths: 6,065
Currently hospitalized: 378
Currently in ICU: 91
Currently on ventilator: 37

Top counties with the most positive cases today are: Jefferson, Fayette, Christian and Scott. Each county reported at least 25 new cases.

To see a list of those reported lost to the virus today, click here.

More Information
To see all vaccination sites and free transportation options to and from vaccination appointments, visit vaccine.ky.gov. To see a list of vaccination sites that have openings this week, visit vaccinemap.ky.gov. If Kentuckians have questions, they should call the state’s COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline, 855-598-2246 or TTY 855-326-4654 (for deaf or hard-of-hearing Kentuckians).

To view the full daily report, incidence rate map, information on testing locations, vaccines, contact tracing, school reports and guidance, guidance for health care providers and the White House Coronavirus Task Force reports for Kentucky and more, visit kycovid19.ky.gov.

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Gov. Beshear: 40% of Kentucky Adults Have Received a COVID-19 Vaccine

Crystal Staley or Sebastian Kitchen
https://governor.ky.gov
Office of the Governor
700 Capitol Avenue
Frankfort, KY  40601

Dr. Stack says Kentucky leads region in percentage of population vaccinated

FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 29, 2021) – On Monday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced more than 1.3 million Kentuckians have received at least their first dose of one of three highly effective COVID-19 vaccines.

“We’ve now vaccinated about 40% of Kentucky adults – a really exciting milestone. We also believe we’ve vaccinated about 70% of Kentuckians who are age 70 and up,” said Gov. Beshear.

All Kentuckians 40 and older are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. By April 12, all Kentuckians 16 and older will be eligible. To see all vaccination sites, visit vaccine.ky.gov. To see a list of vaccination sites that have openings this week, visit vaccinemap.ky.gov.

“Kentucky has been and remains the best performing state of all of our seven border states in terms of the percentage of our population that has had at least one dose of the vaccine – and that’s whether you look at the total population, the population 16 or older or the population 65 or older,” said Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health. “Please get the very first vaccine that’s available to you.”

The Governor and Dr. Stack emphasized that while cases are declining in Kentucky as vaccines increase, it is too early to relax all precautions, as the more contagious B117 COVID-19 variant spreads in the commonwealth and across the country.

“We now know that in at least 15 counties across the state, we have found COVID-19 variants, the predominant one being the B117 variant (associated with the United Kingdom) and also some cases of the South African variant as well,” said Dr. Stack. “It’s really important that you take the vaccine as soon as you have the opportunity because if we allow this virus to spread too rapidly by not getting vaccinated, it has more of an opportunity to mutate and change, learning how to get more effective.”

Team Kentucky COVID-19 Memorial Fund
“In a year, this evil virus has taken now more than 6,000 Kentuckians. In just late January, when we crossed 3,000 Kentuckians lost to this virus, we began planting flags here for each loss on the Capitol grounds,” said Gov. Beshear. “To extend this honor into the future, on March 6, I announced the creation of the Team Kentucky COVID-19 Memorial Fund, which will help develop a permanent memorial to the victims of this war right here on Capitol grounds.”

Kentuckians can dedicate a donation to someone they have lost or someone they want to honor. All donations are tax-deductible, and donors will receive a receipt for tax purposes after donating.

If there are additional funds remaining after the memorial is fully funded, they will be used to assist Kentuckians who lost a loved one to COVID in reimbursing a portion of their funeral or burial expenses.

To make a donation or obtain more information, visit TeamKYCOVIDMemorial.ky.gov.

Gov. Beshear Provides Update on COVID-19

Crystal Staley or Sebastian Kitchen
https://governor.ky.gov
Office of the Governor
700 Capitol Avenue
Frankfort, KY  40601

FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 26, 2021) – On Friday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced the state’s COVID-19 positivity rate has declined to 2.8% and he continued to encourage eligible Kentuckians to get vaccinated.

On Monday, all Kentuckians 40 and older will become eligible for three highly effective COVID-19 vaccines, in addition to all individuals in Phase 1A, 1B and 1C. By April 12, all Kentuckians 16 and older will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

“More than one in three Kentucky adults have been vaccinated so far, which is a huge milestone,” said Gov. Beshear. “If you haven’t been vaccinated, see where you can sign up. If you’ve got a family member or friend who wants their shot of hope, help them get registered and call our vaccine hotline, 855-598-2246 or TTY 855-326-4654 (for deaf or hard-of-hearing Kentuckians), if you need help. Together, we can defeat COVID-19 this year, but we have to keep up our momentum.”

Case Information
As of 4 p.m. Friday, March 26, Gov. Beshear reported the following COVID-19 numbers:

New cases today: 646
New deaths today: 27
New audit deaths: 11
Positivity rate: 2.8%
Total deaths: 6,008
Currently hospitalized: 383
Currently in ICU: 88
Currently on ventilator: 46

Top counties with the most positive cases today are: Jefferson, Fayette, Warren and Scott. Each county reported at least 24 new cases.

To see a list of those reported lost to the virus today, click here.

Kentucky’s COVID-19 Vaccine Website, vaccine.ky.gov, shows Kentuckians which phase they are in specifically. Individuals can sign up for notifications so state officials can communicate with them when doses become available at new and existing sites. Kentucky’s vaccine map lists regional vaccination partners statewide, so individuals can search their county or region and see how to schedule an appointment. Below the vaccine map, Kentuckians can find additional vaccination sites at Kroger, Walmart and Walgreens stores, as well as independent pharmacies.

Kentucky’s COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline, 855-598-2246 or TTY 855-326-4654 (for deaf or hard-of-hearing Kentuckians), has the same features as the website. Kentuckians can get assistance completing the vaccine eligibility questionnaire and scheduling an appointment when doses are available. The hotline is available 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. EST Monday through Friday.

Free or reduced-cost transportation to and from vaccination appointments is offered by public transit agencies across the commonwealth. These services are already operating in over 90 counties, covering 75% of all counties across Kentucky. Kentuckians can find transportation services near them by heading to kycovid19.ky.gov for a full list of participating public transit agencies and their phone numbers, or by calling the Kentucky COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline.

More Information
To view the full daily report, incidence rate map, information on testing locations, vaccines, contact tracing, school reports and guidance, guidance for health care providers and the White House Coronavirus Task Force reports for Kentucky and more, visit kycovid19.ky.gov.

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Gov. Beshear: Kentucky’s COVID-19 Vaccination Pace Continues to Accelerate

Crystal Staley or Sebastian Kitchen
https://governor.ky.gov
Office of the Governor
700 Capitol Avenue
Frankfort, KY  40601

Governor highlights vaccination sites with available appointments

FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 25, 2021) – On Thursday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced the pace of Kentucky’s COVID-19 vaccination efforts continues to accelerate.

“As of today, we’re right at 1.25 million Kentuckians who have received at least their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. That is more than 36% of our adult population, which is really exciting,” said Gov. Beshear. “This is the pace we want to keep up.”

The Governor highlighted vaccination sites with available appointments and encouraged Kentuckians in Phase 1A, 1B or 1C, as well as any Kentuckians who are 50 and older, to sign up.

Gov. Beshear said on March 29, all Kentuckians 40 and older will be eligible for all three highly effective COVID-19 vaccines, although vaccination sites will continue to prioritize older individuals.

Finally, the Governor announced three new regional vaccination sites:

  • Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center – 625 James S. Trimble Blvd., Paintsville, KY 41240
  • Casey County Hospital – 187 Wolford Ave., Liberty, KY 42539
  • Jane Todd Crawford Hospital – 202-206 Milby St., Greensburg, KY 42743

Kentuckians can see all regional vaccination sites, as well as lists of other vaccination sites organized by provider brand and program, here.

Case Information
As of 4 p.m. Thursday, March 25, Gov. Beshear reported the following COVID-19 numbers:

New cases today: 726
New deaths today: 19
New audit deaths: 88
Positivity rate: 2.92%
Total deaths: 5,970
Currently hospitalized: 403
Currently in ICU: 106
Currently on ventilator: 49

Gov. Beshear: Positivity Rate Decreases Again As More Kentuckians Become Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine

Crystal Staley or Sebastian Kitchen
https://governor.ky.gov
Office of the Governor
700 Capitol Avenue
Frankfort, KY  40601

All Kentuckians 50 and older are now eligible for vaccine; all Kentuckians 16 and older eligible by April 12

FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 24, 2021) – On Wednesday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced the state’s positivity rate has decreased again, to 2.85%.

All Kentuckians 50 and older became eligible Monday for three highly effective COVID-19 vaccines. By April 12, all Kentuckians 16 and older will be eligible to sign up for vaccination appointments.

“Every day, as more Kentuckians are vaccinated, we get closer to our goal of defeating COVID-19,” said Gov. Beshear. “We’re not just going to meet the president’s goal that every American adult will be able to sign up for vaccination appointments by May 1, we’re going to beat that goal by more than two weeks at least.”

Case Information
As of 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 24, Gov. Beshear reported the following COVID-19 numbers:

New cases today: 695
New deaths today: 24
New audit deaths: 25
Positivity rate: 2.85%
Total deaths: 5,863
Currently hospitalized: 438
Currently in ICU: 103
Currently on ventilator: 87

Top counties with the most positive cases today are: Jefferson, Fayette, Hardin, Scott, Warren and Boone. Each county reported at least 20 new cases.

To see a list of those reported lost to the virus today, click here.

Kentucky’s COVID-19 Vaccine Website, vaccine.ky.gov, shows Kentuckians which phase they are in specifically. Individuals can sign up for notifications so state officials can communicate with them when doses become available at new and existing sites. Kentucky’s vaccine map lists regional vaccination partners statewide, so individuals can search their county or region and see how to schedule an appointment. Below the vaccine map, Kentuckians can find additional vaccination sites at Kroger, Walmart and Walgreens stores, as well as independent pharmacies.

Kentucky’s COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline, 855-598-2246 or TTY 855-326-4654 (for deaf or hard-of-hearing Kentuckians), has the same features as the website. Kentuckians can get assistance completing the vaccine eligibility questionnaire and scheduling an appointment when doses are available. The hotline is available 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. EST Monday through Friday.

Free or reduced-cost transportation to and from vaccination appointments is offered by public transit agencies across the commonwealth. These services are already operating in over 90 counties, covering 75% of all counties across Kentucky. Kentuckians can find transportation services near them by heading to kycovid19.ky.gov for a full list of participating public transit agencies and their phone numbers, or by calling the Kentucky COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline.

More Information
To view the full daily report, incidence rate map, information on testing locations, vaccines, contact tracing, school reports and guidance, guidance for health care providers and the White House Coronavirus Task Force reports for Kentucky and more, visit kycovid19.ky.gov.

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Gov. Beshear: Kentucky Once Again Breaks Weekly Vaccination Record

Crystal Staley or Sebastian Kitchen
https://governor.ky.gov
Office of the Governor
700 Capitol Avenue
Frankfort, KY  40601

198,447 received a #ShotOfHope during the last reporting week
Some vaccination sites reporting open appointments

FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 23, 2021) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear said Kentucky once again broke a weekly vaccination record with 198,447 new Kentuckians receiving a #ShotOfHope during the last reporting week, beginning on March 16.

The previously weekly record was 165,217 new Kentuckians receiving a vaccine in the week beginning on March 9.

On Tuesday, Gov. Beshear also announced Kentucky Dam Village Convention Center – located at 113 Administration Drive, Gilbertsville, KY 42044 – as one of several sites across the commonwealth with open COVID-19 vaccination appointments.

“This is a new site we stood up in Western Kentucky to ensure the area was getting significant amounts of vaccine,” said Gov. Beshear. “As of today, they have more than 2,000 available appointments in this coming week. That means any Kentuckian, aged 50 and up, if you’re in that area, we need you to sign up.”

Kentuckians can pre-register to be vaccinated at Kentucky Dam Village Convention Center now by visiting kyvax.com/kydam or by calling 859-217-4679.

To see more vaccination sites with available appointments, check here. Visit kycovid19.ky.gov and click on the gold vaccine bar, or call toll-free 855-598-2246, for more information or to schedule an appointment. (The TTY number for deaf and hard of hearing Kentuckians is 855-326-4654).

The Governor also said he will start announcing sites with extra appointments on social media to help reach individuals who might not be aware.

Next week, Kentucky’s state vaccination program is projected to receive more than 142,000 first doses from the federal government.

Case Information
As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 23, Gov. Beshear reported the following COVID-19 numbers:

New cases today: 893
New deaths today: 11
New audit deaths: 4
Positivity rate: 2.93%
Total deaths: 5,814
Currently hospitalized: 436
Currently in ICU: 93
Currently on ventilator: 48

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