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Monday, December 14, 2020

Gov. Beshear: In-person school can now take place starting January 4

Gov. Andy Beshear announced 1,802 new cases of Covid-19 in Kentucky on Monday, marking the second Monday in a row of declining case totals as the first Kentuckians received the COVID-19 vaccine.

“Today marks the beginning of the end of COVID-19,” Beshear said. “We are going to defeat this virus in 2021.”

St. Elizabeth Edgewood will receive their shipment of the vaccine tomorrow and will start to be distributed at long-term care facilities next week.

He also announced to expect more details related to in-person school to be allowable. On November 23, Gov. Beshear shut down in-person learning in Kentucky schools through January 4 for schools. 

Beshear noted that they still taking recommendations, but are working on a few fundamental guidelines and that there will be an executive order outlining the new guidance for schools later this week. 

- In-person school can take place in red counties starting January 4, but that it should be a "more aggressive form of hybrid learning."

When asked to further expand on hybrid learning, Governor Beshear said, "The more aggressive hybrid model will be at the discretion of the district. It may be different in different places, different in a large building with lots of students. This will be local decision making. We may suggest the additional steps but won't set numbers." 

- Recommendation for returning to in-person learning no sooner than January 11, 2021. 

- Every school must provide meaningful virtual options. 

- Healthy at school guidelines will now be mandatory. 

- Must accommodate all educators who fall into high-risk categories

- Daily reporting must continue. 

As of 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 14, daily update:
New cases today: 1,802 
New deaths today: 17
Positivity rate: 8.58%
Total deaths: 2,224
Currently hospitalized: 1,712
Currently in ICU: 441
Currently on ventilator: 243

NKY cases:
Boone County: 73
Kenton County: 49
Campbell County: 22
Grant: 5

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