FRANKFORT, Ky (WEHT) – Governor Andy Beshear said Kentucky’s new COVID-19 cases and the test positivity rate are both trending downward.

“Last week, for the first time in a while, we had fewer new COVID-19 cases than the week before,” said Gov. Beshear. “Our positivity rate is also down. What we hope we are seeing is the beginning of the downward slope in omicron cases. But last week was still the second highest number of cases that we’ve ever had. We need to keep getting vaccinated, getting boosted and wearing masks indoors, but the trajectory on cases is now going in the right direction.”

Here are the COVID statistics, according to a press release released by Governor Beshear’s office:

  • Number of people who have received at least one vaccine dose in Kentucky: 2,845,828
  • Number of people who have received their vaccination booster in Kentucky: 1,029,065
  • Jan. 29, Cases: 9,144
  • Jan. 29, Deaths: 31
  • Jan. 30, Cases: 5,821
  • Jan. 30, Deaths: 25
  • New Cases January 31: 4,950
  • New Deaths: 14
  • Today’s Positivity Rate: 28.49%
  • Current Hospitalizations: 2,413
  • Current Intensive Care Admittances: 454
  • Currently on Ventilators: 232
  • During the week ending Jan. 30, 74,376 cases were reported in Kentucky
  • The average test positivity rate was 28.97%.

According to a press release released by Governor Beshear’s office, as for the Kentucky Emergency Management, Governor Beshear announced his appointment of Colonel Jeremy Slinker as the new director of Kentucky Emergency Management beginning March 1. Governor Beshear’s office says Colonel Slinker will replace the outgoing director, Michael E. Dossett, who is retiring from the agency after more than 44 years of public service. Governor Beshear’s office says Colonel Slinker has been in public service for almost 30 years. He is currently the director of the Ranger Division for Kentucky State Parks and served with the Kentucky State Police (KSP) for 25 years as a trooper and in all supervisory ranks, according to a press release released by Governor Beshear’s office.

According to a press release released by Governor Beshear’s office, for utility bill assistance, Kentucky has been awarded over $1.5 million through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Governor Beshear’s office says the $1.5 million is the first installment of a five-year, $500 million investment in LIHEAP provided by the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Governor Beshear’s office says that residents interested in applying for help paying heating and cooling bills may contact Kentucky Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. The phone number is 1-866-674-6327.