Health officials confirmed 1,306 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday alongside 51 more deaths in which the virus was a contributing factor.
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Gov. Andy Beshear on Tuesday said the coming week will be a "very good test" of the state's vaccination system.
Phase 1C includes: anyone age 60 and older, anyone age 16 or older with high-risk preexisting health conditions and all essential workers as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
As of Saturday, 921 Kentuckians were hospitalized with COVID-19, according to state health officials.
The state's positivity rate increased for the second day in a row but remained below 7%.
The move is in line with a recent change to CDC guidance, according to the governor.
Kentucky's positivity rate also hit its lowest point since early November.
In total, 4,175 Kentuckians have died from the virus since it was first reported in the state in March 2020.
Sunday marked the 19th consecutive day Kentucky has reported 30 or more deaths in which the virus was a contributing factor.
As of Monday, 1,314 Kentuckians were hospitalized with COVID-19, according to the governor.