Kentucky's COVID-19 numbers continue to fall, governor says

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's rate of positive COVID-19 cases fell again Monday and the state had a fifth straight week of decline in the number of cases, Gov. Andy Beshear said.

It's the first time the state has had five weeks of declining cases since the initial case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Kentucky last March, Beshear said.

“We are seeing some of the best COVID-19 news that’s been out there since we began this fight,” he said.

The state reported 723 new cases Monday, the lowest since Oct. 12, Beshear said. It had 9 deaths and a positivity rate of 6.57%.

Meanwhile, Beshear said childcare workers have been moved up in priority for the coronavirus vaccine. He said they are now included in phase 1B and can sign up anywhere in the state currently offering vaccines.