Kentucky’s statewide mask mandate for most settings was lifted Friday by Gov. Andy Beshear, who also ended capacity limits for restaurants, bars and other public venues.
“We are lifting the final restrictions put in place to keep our people safe during this once-in-a-lifetime global pandemic,” Beshear said. “COVID-19 remains deadly. Our war against it is not yet won. But after more than 15 months of struggle and sacrifice, we can also say this: While COVID-19 remains a threat, we are no longer in crisis.”
A new executive order keeps the mask requirement in place only in certain high-risk settings identified by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: public transit, long-term care facilities and health care facilities.
Masks are recommended for people in correctional facilities or homeless shelters and people who are immune-compromised, are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 or have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 10 days.
Beshear said he was able to make these changes safely because more Kentuckians continue to receive one of the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines. As of Friday, 2,106,464 people in the commonwealth have received at least their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
In Carroll County, one additional death was reported in the information by the Kentucky Department of Public Health on Friday, bringing total of deaths during the pandemic to 21. There have been 1,035 cases of COVID-19 in Carroll County during the pandemic. The incidence rate in Carroll County is at “Yellow” with 5.4% for community spread.
In information from the North Central District Health Department, Trimble County has reported 729 cases of COVID-19 with three active cases and overall seven deaths during the pandemic. The incidence rate in Trimble County is now at “Yellow” at 6.7% for community spread.
On June 10, the Kentucky Department of Public Health reported 289 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the overall total during the pandemic to 461,717 positive cases overall. The total known deaths from COVID-19 in Kentucky is now 7,138 deaths, an increase of 17 from the previous day.
In Indiana, 2,650,441 have been fully vaccinated with 2,717,282 receiving the first of a two-dose series. The Indiana Department of Health announced Friday that 314 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19, bringing the total to 748,653 the number of Indiana residents now known to have had the novel coronavirus. To date, 13,295 Hoosiers are confirmed to have died from COVID-19, an increase of four from the previous day.
In Jefferson County, 13,273 have been fully vaccinated with 13,114 receiving the first of a two-dose series. Switzerland County has 2,364 fully vaccinated with 2,324 receiving the first of a two-dose series.
There was no change in Jefferson County COVID numbers over the last two days with the total of confirmed cases remaining at 3,354 and the total deaths remaining at 84. The county’s current seven-day average positivity rate is 2.1% and the seven-day positivity for unique individuals is 3%. Jefferson County’s metric level remains in “Blue” for low community spread.
Switzerland County has had a total of 805 positive cases during the pandemic with an increase of just one over the last two days. The total deaths during the pandemic in Switzerland County remains at 8. The county’s current seven-day average positivity rate is 2.1% and the seven-day positivity for unique individuals is 6.7%. Switzerland County’s metric level is “Yellow” for moderate community spread.
COVID-19 vaccines are continuing to be administered Monday through Friday at the Jefferson County Health Department for those 12 years of age and older. Appointments can be scheduled by visiting www.ourshot.in.gov or by calling 211. Walk-ins are welcome Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 2 p.m.-5 p.m., and Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Everyone 12 years of age and older is eligible. An adult must accompany a child 12 to 15 to the appointment; parental consent is required for minors.
Switzerland County Health Department is operating a vaccine clinic at the Switzerland County Technology and Education Center, 708 West Seminary Street, Vevay.
Kentuckians should visit vaccinemap.ky.gov to find a COVID-19 vaccination site near them.