Beshear urges vigilance as weekly COVID-19 cases increase

Coronavirus Watch

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear takes off his facial mask before providing an update on the COVID-19 pandemic in the state during a media conference at the Kentucky state Capitol in Frankfort, Ky., on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. (Ryan C. Hermens/Lexington Herald-Leader via AP)

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky has reported a weekly increase in COVID-19 cases after an extended stretch of declining infections. The increase comes as the governor urges vigilance to guard against another potential surge.

The statewide increase in weekly coronavirus cases was announced Monday. It’s the same day that Kentucky opened vaccine eligibility to anyone 16 and older in another major expansion of COVID-19 shots.

Gov. Andy Beshear urged people to sign up for vaccinations and to follow such precautions as mask wearing and social distancing to prevent another spike in cases. The governor said it’s “too early to tell” whether another surge of cases will hit Kentucky.

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