Update on COVID-19 as Cases Continue to Decline, Governor also updates Kentuckians on December tornadoes, possible flooding this week
- COVID-19 Case Information, Vaccinations Update
- Number of people who have received at least one vaccine dose in Kentucky: 2,877,881
- Number of people who have received their vaccination booster in Kentucky: 1,069,243
- Feb. 19, Cases: 3,564
- Feb. 19, Deaths: 32
- Feb. 20, Cases: 1,422
- Feb. 20, Deaths: 29
- New Cases Today: 969
- New Deaths: 21
- Today’s Positivity Rate: 12.74%
- Current Hospitalizations: 1,333
- Current Intensive Care Admittances: 270
- Currently on Ventilators: 141
- During the week ending Feb. 20, 25,173 cases were reported in Kentucky and the average test positivity rate was 13.10%. The percent of PCR tests that are positive for COVID-19 continue to steadily decline. The number of patients currently in the hospital or in intensive care for COVID-19 is also declining steadily, however a large number of Kentuckians still remain hospitalized or in need of critical care.
Federal Government Warning
The federal government has released several warnings amid rising tensions between Russia and Ukraine. Companies across the U.S. have been encouraged to increase cyber defenses, especially those handling critical infrastructure like power and water. Concerns have also been shared about increased prices on corn and wheat, as well as energy prices. The Biden administration is prepared to deploy various tools to help provide relief at the gas pump. The Governor emphasized that Americans should be united during this difficult time.
$4.3 Million in Tobacco Settlement Funds to Kentucky Farms, 387 projects to receive funding through the Kentucky Soil and Water Conservation Commission
- Shelby had 8 applications and was approved for $80,904.64
Awards $3 Million to Four Counties for Cleaner Water Projects, Transportation Improvements
$2 Million in Cleaner Water Program Funding for Carroll, Gallatin, Grant and Pendleton Counties
Kentucky Cooperage to Invest $4.1 Million, Create 20 Jobs to Boost Used Barrel Production Capacity in Lebanon, Parent company, Independent Stave Co., employs 685 in four communities statewide
Vehicle Property Tax Relief Provided, Temporary Sales Tax Cut Needed to Combat Higher Prices, all families benefit – not just the wealthy – from vehicle tax relief, temporary sales tax cut
So recently, I announced immediate relief on vehicle property taxes and proposed a temporary 1% drop in our state sales tax.
Under my proposals, Kentuckians would see tax relief of approximately $1.2 billion – $873 million directly related to sales tax savings and $340 million from the reduction in vehicle property taxes.
Announces More Than $1.2 Million in Funding to Menifee and Powell Counties Total Quality Logistics to Create 525 Full-Time Jobs Across Three Existing Kentucky Offices, Company to expand presence in Lexington, Louisville, Northern Kentucky