Coronavirus Health

Beginning Tuesday, Kentucky’s mask mandate will no longer apply to outdoor events with fewer than 1,000 people. 

Gov. Andy Beshear said masks will still be required indoors at restaurants, grocery stores and workplaces. 

New cases of COVID-19 have decreased since last week. Beshear reported 213 new cases on Monday and 11 deaths. The positivity rate also declined from last week to 3.15%.

However vaccination rates have slowed and Beshear said mass vaccination sites inoculate far fewer people now. 

“Most of them will be shutting down. And we are pushing those doses out into the community,” Beshear said. “So we’ll have every Kroger, every Walmart, every Walgreens — we hope every independent pharmacy.” 

More than 1.7 million Kentuckians have received at least one shot of a vaccine. 

Corinne Boyer covers health issues from partner station WEKU in Richmond, KY. Previously, she covered western Kansas for the Kansas News Service at High Plains Public Radio, where she received two Kansas Association of Broadcasters awards for her reporting on immigrant communities. Before living on the High Plains, Corinne was a newspaper reporter in Oregon. She earned her master’s degree in journalism from the University of Oregon and interned at KLCC, Eugene’s NPR affiliate. Corinne grew up near the South Carolina coast and is a graduate of the College of Charleston. She has also lived in New York City and South Korea.