Gov. Beshear gives COVID-19 update for 12/29

I want to go through three of them. So today I signed an executive order renewing the facial covering mandate in Kentucky. We know that this is one of the most powerful tools to fight this virus. In fact, many months ago I was in a car. The driver was positive at the time. We didn’t know it, Both of us wearing masks. I did not contract the virus. Neither did my family. This protects you at a time where the virus is spreading in just about any enclosed space where people aren’t wearing masks This protects you. So we’re re upping this and I need people out there to try I need them to do their duty. I need business owners to enforce this restaurants and bars. Part of being able to operate in a pandemic that spreads when people take their mask off is to make people wear them every moment that they are not eating or drinking. Please, everyone, this, more than anything else, is gonna decide how many people live and how many people die. So where your mask? We just got through Christmas where we see the example of sacrifice at a level that it’s even hard for us to understand And and given that example, given that example, you know that that started with that child on Christmas and and went through crucifixion. Can’t we, in the very least, wear a mask for our fellow human being? Please, Whether it’s your faith or your values that call you to wear that mask, wear it So the renewal takes place at five PM on January 2nd and will last another 30 day period. Today. I also renewed the executive order allowing pharmacists in Kentucky to dispense emergency refills of up to a 30 day supply of non scheduled medications. For residents of the Commonwealth, this allowed 30 days on 2 January fourth, which it re ups for that next 30 days at that point And finally, as a part of this new cares act that was passed, the CDC eviction moratorium was extended through the end of January. So yesterday I signed an executive order that extends our moratorium on evictions to match the CDC. And we’re gonna talk about eviction relief. Um, right near the end today. All right, let’s talk about vaccines again. This is incredibly exciting. This is how we’re gonna defeat Cove it We’re going to need everybody to take this vaccine We’re going to need you toe. Have patience. It’s the hardest test of patients we’re gonna face in our lifetime on the reason we need you to have patience is we don’t have that much vaccine compared to our population It’s gonna take time to get enough to open it up to everyone. Remember back in testing when we had to ask people toe Wait, that’s where we are now. But remember, we got to a point and faster than we thought, where we could open up testing to the general public. Anybody who wanted to get one. We will get there in the vaccine, but you’ve got to give us time to build it, just like there was a test in existence. And we had to create the network of testing going from one state lab toe hundreds of locations all around the Commonwealth. One convenient to you. We will get there on the vaccine. But remember, we’re signing up providers that have never given this vaccine before. It’s not some Elektronik transaction. It’s an individual that has toe vaccinate and enter it into ah computer system. Afterwards, And so it’s going to take time to build up that provider network and to get the data back in real time about who’s getting vaccinated. Andi, those exact numbers. So again, we gotta build this airplane while we’re flying it. And it’s gotta be the most complex airplane in terms of vaccine logistics that we have ever seen in the Commonwealth or across the country. So here is the schedule that we have shown you on the December allocations from the federal government. Today we got our next set of allocations for the first week of January. So, Jim, if you could show that so Pfizer allocation will be 27,300. Remember, we send a significant portion of that to the long term care program run by Walgreens and CVS. The Madonna allocation goes out primarily to those healthcare workers. E m s E M T s eso. We’re gonna receive another 53,700 doses thes air the original doses in that next week. Again, this is not enough to get through that first grouping, but we want to show you in full transparency. How much is coming? Uh, and when and I think we have an update on CBS and Walgreens program. As

of today. Today Walgreens really got after it. We appreciate them for that They provided 1000 9 vaccines today That is both to long term care residents, Uh, and the staff. And I believe this is 20 something facilities which is great in a single day that they were able to reach out to. That’s kind of effort we need. CBS did less less than half, 501 but we believe that their program is going thio increase in volume. We needed to do so. We’ve contacted both, and we have asked them to work through New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. How fast you can get thes into people, especially in long term care, may. Well, no, absolutely will save lives. So we’ve got to continue to push for these companies. Remember, this is in this they’ve done. They’ve done vaccines in these areas before, but this is an entirely new program on an enormous scale. So we’re working with them. We know there will be hiccups. What we wanna make sure we see and what we think. We’re seeing a significant effort by both companies We believe that there good partners We’re going to continue Thio to be there with them every day to push when when necessary, but also toe to praise Uh, this number by Walgreens is ah, really good number today. All right Our covert report for the day. We’re reporting 2990 new cases of cove in 19 too many cases, but this is slightly less than Tuesday of last week. Again, it suggests that either we have plateau door, we have decrease in cases. We certainly know we have stopped the exponential growth that the steps taken and the sacrifices made by Kentucky INS has worked for the for the third time But all that we could say success. But this is still a lot of cases, is very fragile. And our actions, whether they were over Christmas or over New Year’s, can change success and a failure. The steps that we’ve taken towards triumph into tragedy. So please make the right decisions brings our total number of cases that we’ve had in Kentucky to 261,000 492 Sadly, we’re still seeing significant number of deaths based on that period of exponential growth. 31 new deaths were reporting. Today I’ll read those in a minute. We have 1635 Kentucky It’s in the hospital with Cove in 19. I believe that’s up from yesterday. 380 currently in the I C u believe that’s down from yesterday 211 Kentucky and fighting for their lives on a ventilator. Our positivity rate is up today, but it’s really in that same range that it’s been, uh, for over a week, maybe even two of 8.41%. We’ll see where that goes through the rest of the week again this week with New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. We’re not gonna have reports on either of those days, so we’ll have three reports on on that Saturday. Um, but we’re gonna have toe take these two weeks, the one with Christmas and the one with New Year’s. Really look at the the week following, uh, toe have an idea exactly what’s happening. Trend wise during that period Yeah, New cases by County Jefferson 414 Warren County, 207. Today, that’s a huge number Kenton County 118. Northern Kentucky is getting hit hard continually. Boone County Here is 87 Campbell 71 Harden County 92 Fayette County 84 Laurel County 76 Oldham County 76 Pike County 73 Christian County 71 Davis County 67 Nelson County 66 Boyle County, which had a lot of cases recently. 56 Whitley County 52 Knox County 41 Lawrence County 41 Pulaski 41 The others could be found K y co vid 19 dot k y dot gov. It looks like they’re only seven or eight counties that didn’t have reported cases today Like I mentioned 31 new deaths today Far too many. That’s a lot of families that are gonna be grieving. And if you don’t know a family yet, that’s lost someone or you’re not a part of a family yet that’s lost someone that’s gonna happen with the rate and the total number of Kentucky ins that we’ve lost. We’re now 2000 594 Kentucky INS lost to this virus. It is

tragic, and it’s heartbreaking. Let us a lot of people toe lose those that we lost today. Those families that need your green lights and bells at 10 a.m. include an 88 year old woman from Boone County, an 86 year old man from Clinton County. A 73 year old man from Davis County, a 52 year old man from Floyd County, an 87 year old man from Graves County. 78 year old woman from Hopkins County, Jefferson County, has a 97 year old man, an 85 year old man, a 93 year old woman, 91 year old woman and a 33 year old woman Jessamine County lost a 97 year old man, not counting a 75 year old woman. LaRue County, a 93 year old man. Laurel County. A 95 year old man. McCracken, 76 year old man marshal, 77 year old man, Ohio County. 77 year old man Owen County. 76 year old woman Perry County lost an 80 year old and 101 year old woman Pulaski County lost three individuals, a 79 and an 83 year old woman in a 78 year old man. Taylor County lost three individuals, 58 year old woman, an 86 year old woman and a 61 year old man Wayne County lost three individuals, 50 year old woman, a 75 year old man, an 82 year old man and then Webster County, a 68 year old man, and Wolf County, a 74 year old man And today is one of the first times that it looks like almost half of the individual lost are not in long term care. So please be careful just because we talk about the amount of deaths and long term care 66%. We talk about it because we want you to know why we have to prioritize that area for vaccines It doesn’t mean that this isn’t taking a lot of people outside of long term care, too. So where your mask protect yourself, protect your family. This thing is very contagious Long term care Update 94 New residents testing positive 122 New staff members testing positive. Look at this. This is This is why we have to vaccinate the staff at the same time as the residents and and on on total deaths, 40 new deaths attributable to long term care, including one new staff member All right, I wanna, uh, And tonight, before we open it up to questions going over the new Cares act and what we think it means for Kentucky, this isn’t everything in the act and these air estimates, But I want people to have an idea of of what’s gonna be coming into our economy and what some of the opportunities are. This this act didn’t do everything that I hoped that it would. But it is of significant help to fighting this virus to getting back on our feet and helping our families that are struggling. They’re gonna need more help, more relief. And you’re gonna see that in my budget, which we unveil next week. But this is a start and an important start. So let’s start with assistance to individuals. The direct payments to households thes are the checks to those that qualify. I believe it’s individuals who make $75,000 or less, or couples who make $150,000 or less. Those air direct payments of $600 per person, I believe kids count. Uh, that’s anticipated to put $2.265 billion into our economy. That’s money that can cycle through our economy That’s money that can be used to help our retailers or restaurants or small businesses. Uh, if Congress decides to go with the $2000 that the president’s pushing, it’ll add a little more than $5 billion more into Kentucky. So if that effort is blocked, that’s gonna deprive our Kentucky families of $5 billion. That could help them through this pandemic and could certainly help Our economy could help every small business in every location across Kentucky, and we look at aid that we can provide. Nothing will help our people and our businesses are small businesses in our localities. More than five billion extra dollars go directly to our families, all based on income They’re not concerned about what party you’re in or you’re philosophy or any of the rest. It’s about helping out everybody who falls in that category The new unemployment insurance, the extra $300 a week for 11 additional weeks. We’ll put in an extra 400 almost $90 million into our economy, and this last one I’m excited about to this these air dollars we’re gonna have through a state program with federal funds to help people out on preventing

infections, on making sure you’re not in debt because of past Brent or future rent and also your utility, uh, expenses. This is a program we’re going to really push out broadly across Kentucky because it can help. Ah, lot of people almost $300 million. That should mean $300 million less debt to Kentucky INS that are struggling that auto mean $300 million worth of keeping people in their home with the light and the water on so that we can defeat this pandemic and emerged ready to sprint out and not stumble because of what we still owe fighting the virus. Also, some significant dollars there as well Uh, $289.654 million for testing, tracing and mitigation. We think this could get us through Oh, probably 5 to 6 months of next year because the vaccine distribution dollars also critical, which you see there This was the major piece that that I was really, uh, worried about when they started talking about not having state and local funding now are localities are counties or cities. They’re gonna need additional help, and the state could could take additional help to. But having these dollars in means we can keep fighting the virus. Education education is a big winner, Um, in this funding and good, because the investments here cannot only help them through the pandemic. Help us to get back to in person classes safely, but also make some significant investments for the future. Because this this concept of of being able to work or learn virtually isn’t going away. And almost every job in the future is going to require a lot of the skills that our kids are having to learn right now, along with the study skills in the time management skills. So $928 million going to elementary and secondary school in Kentucky, higher ed. 261 million. And then what’s called the Gear um, Relief fund, which we used for technology and others, is gonna have $60.3 million. I talked to the lieutenant governor today herself being an educator and a former administrator, and we certainly hope that while there’s gonna be a lot of uses here that we’ll see significant dollars put towards remediation catching so many kids up that have fallen behind in the pandemic. This is a huge amount of funding that could be used over the summer over spring breaks to make sure that those that have fallen behind can catch up and still be with their class on the same trajectory. We also help hope that schools they’re gonna be able to use this for some of the the mental health counseling to deal with the isolation, the the emotional and mental, uh, difficulty, sometimes even trauma Let’s come along with Cove in 19. We’ve we sat here and we’ve admitted that those issues air riel. It’s been necessary to do what we’ve done the pandemic, but that doesn’t mean it hadn’t hurt. This gives us a chance to address that hurt, and a number of other issues out there gives a real opportunity for our educators who I know are going to do amazing things with this opportunity. Also, a lot of funding for families and seniors. Ah, $193 million in childcare development block grants. We’re gonna make sure this keeps open childcare. That took a hit and we knew they were going to take a hit. But we had to do this safely More help is on the way. Thank you for what you dio. We have always been grateful. That doesn’t mean we didn’t have to make hard decisions. But this administration is with you and wants to make sure that our operations air healthy and and are there for kids moving forward meals for seniors? Um, foster care program. Ah, education, training, substance abuse prevention, mental health block grants all gonna be very helpful to be used to help our people. Also, some transportation funding. We’re gonna be ableto use this for projects that are going to create jobs right now, once the funding comes in and you’re going to see in our budget that we’re gonna have key investments, old investments to create jobs, this is gonna add on to that. Make sure that we have as many people at work. It’s possible, and this is not just good work. With good wages, it goes into an infrastructure system that we otherwise have to provide upkeep. Four. This lets us go ahead and create jobs in ways that save us money in the long run and make sure that you got smooth roads to drive over and safe bridges to cross eso. That’s again an

update on what that second cares act has in it or the most recent cares act now. We don’t have specific timing on when that’s coming in. We’re waiting for guidance, but again, ASL ong As you understand the limitations of the information, we want to provide it a squid Klay as we can. With that, we’re really moving. Today. We will, um, open it up. Thio questions. Today it’s just questions from journalists who are on the line. We’ll start with Kathryn Collins from W. L. A X Hi, Governor. I know you talked about guidance for individuals for New Year’s Eve. Can you share some guidance for businesses who may be hosting events for the holiday? Well, if businesses air hosting events over the holiday, they have to enforce the capacity requirements that exist Going over those will be very dangerous They have to enforce the mask mandates on, and and they need to be advising People love the risks that exist in any gathering when they arrive. The safest place to be this holiday is in your home. We all want to support, uh, many of our businesses that that New Year’s Eve is a big night for, and I hope we can find different ways to do that without leaving the safety of your home on on New Year’s Eve. We also believe that there’s gonna be, um, some relief to those groups, not just in this federal act, but we’re working on other opportunities as well. But if you are not enforcing mask mandates at New Year’s Eve parties where people are eating and drinking than the virus is going to spread and a lot of the work that we have done to stop this third wave is gonna be undone. Us not surrendered to the virus when we’re so close to victory. Stew Johnson from W E K. U Good afternoon. And thank you. Governor wanted to go back to the your explanation of the rent utility assistance. Um, when you take into account the moratorium being extended to the end of January and then the $300 million you talked about from the federal government Um, are you? I guess the question is, how confident are you that that will be able to keep people in their homes and they won’t face evictions later in the year? Well, if this works right, it will keep people in their homes that truly can’t pay their bills because of cove it now with any system or with with with any, um, you know, major occurrence that’s going on right now. You’ve got some people out there that are trying thio cheat the system, and I understand from some of the landlord perspective on that. But as long as people are willing to work with us, $300 million is gonna go a long way towards making sure people stay in their home and in this one allows not just past rent but certain months of future rent, which wasn’t allowed in the previous cares act. So I’m very confident based on how the $15 million fund that we ran went that a $300 million fund ought to help lot of Kentucky ins that are struggling, uh, to to get out from under bills that have piled up, make it through this pandemic and come out on the other side and the very least, it’s going to significantly reduce the debt they face Onda. Hopefully, if we’ll see Cem, Cem or assistance on these and other areas from Congress once we get into the middle part of January and into February. Tom Late Tech from Kentucky today Good afternoon, Governor. And Happy New Year to you, sir. Um, I’ve got two things. First of all, why are the vaccines not recommended for those under 16 or 18 and are the new ones that are under development? Do do they not have that limitation? And secondly, kind of a housekeeping thing Is there a way you could send us some of those? The numbers there from that You head on the screen earlier? Yeah The numbers from the New Cares Act are gonna be in the release. Eso we’ll have all those and we’ll have some of the extra ones that that we didn’t go over So the Madonna and and the and the Pfizer vaccine didn’t study, uh, individuals under 16 or 18, depending on which one. In other words, they’re They’re phase three trials where human beings got the vaccine and they were tracked simply didn’t include people of those ages and therefore they’re not recommended for them. We don’t know yet whether it is safe and effective for those ages. Those studies are being done now. Those trials by at least one of those pharmaceutical companies. So

it Z it’s not anything that came out of the data. It’s a lack of data, uh, to be able to make a determination whether it it should receive emergency authorization for individuals at H Shelby Smithson from W K Y t Hi, Governor. The U. S. Set a goal toe have 20 million people vaccinated by the end of the year, but we’re only at about two million with just a couple of days left. So in Kentucky, how far off or on track are we from Some original projections of distribution. And what would you say are the major contributing factors for that? Uh, eso we we did not receive the amount of vaccine originally anticipated and in the United States isn’t gonna hit that $20 million.20 million individuals vaccinated, and it’s it’s for a couple of reasons Number one. We’re having to create a provider system that really only begins when, when they sign up in the system and received the vaccines. And so each one of these hospitals or long term care centers or pharmacies is the first time they’ve ever provided this vaccine And what we are now seeing is it takes a little bit longer to administer. Uh then then I think the federal government thought when they were coming up with those numbers, you know, take a hospital. You don’t want to vaccinate everybody the same day at the same time, you’re worried about work schedules. And and again, you gotta have people taking care of those on the covert unit. You can’t have everybody off of it at the same time. So I don’t I don’t think that we’re seeing a problem in the system. We’re just seeing the realistically how long it takes when you get in. Uh, ex thousands of vaccines intended for this specific group it takes to get them vaccinated, but moving into the future, uh, there are gonna be more challenges as the as the groups get bigger. Uh, their challenge is to make sure that we have a large enough provider network. We’re working on that now, But remember Ah, larger network means that there are more human beings involved. And so there will be some some mistakes here and there, the more human beings air involved. It also means we’ll get the data slower on the number of people vaccinated because again, that has to be entered by individuals. And the more providers you have them or individuals that are having toe do it now, we made the decision to try to get especially the Madonna vaccine, into its many places in Kentucky. It’s possible, as early as we could, to try to get as many of those frontline healthcare workers. But what that means is we have a lot of providers now, even though we don’t have a ton of vaccine logistically, you know there are challenges, but I think another challenges is more, uh, deep rooted. And it’s gonna is gonna really test us. Is people, um, this concept off of essential workers or essential worker? A. An essential worker bee group? No, it has, whether it’s the federal government or other people trying to not only value our lives but value our place in society, whether it’s fighting this virus or otherwise. And that’s a tough thing to try to tell people that that this person with this job is more essential, more valuable than you are. And I think inherently that could turn people against each other. So again, I hope people have patients understand. It’s an imperfect system that age is certainly, um, the best gauge and and way to go for for a majority of the next step we take because you know that that lines up directly with mortality. And I think we could all agree that saving lives is the most important priority as we get this out now, when we look at, you know, the next priority set we created getting our schools fully open, making sure that educator, that custodian bus driver who cannot limit their exposure You know, in some businesses, if you’ve got a whole group of people and they’re not wearing mess, you walk out Well Our educators can’t do that, and so you know, these are our next set of priorities, and I think they’re the right ones. But again it it’s tough And every day we hear from different groups saying, but we’re valuable and the answer is yes, yes, you are. We all are, and that’s one of the major challenges we’re facing here. And like early in this virus, it’s going to require us to be really good people You know, we’re seeing kind of a pattern out there that’s that’s been created the last couple of years off volcanic reaction, even even by people, leaders or or professions. When when we

never saw that before, we just need everybody again toe, understand? We’re in it together, and it’s going to take time to get this out. None of us are going to get it as soon as as we would like. Everybody is scared of the virus, but this is This is the challenge and the undertaking that’s gonna require us to be good people really good people And that was a really long answer. Um, Sarah, lad from the Courier Journal Yes, thank you so much. Eso going off the comments you made just a few moments ago and also in the past about educators, um, meeting a higher priority in getting the schools open and stuff like that. Can you kind of walk us through where childcare workers and college campus employees fall in? That we’re looking at that at that Now, um, you know right now the priority group is limited to K through 12. But there’s no question again that childcare workers are critical. Andi and they have exposure to. We want our universities to be safe, and we need mawr people graduating with two years and two year and four year degrees and certificates. And and this is this is the challenge, especially when we get a concept off of essential worker or even a concept of of priority. We’re all important to this world. We’re all special to those around us, and there are hundreds of arguments we could make about so many professions. So again, we’re gonna work to try to get this out as quickly as we can to the entire population. My hope is that we reach a point where just like testing, we said, We need you to wait. We need to prioritize this group, and then suddenly we’re in the place where you know everybody wants one. Come get one I hope we get there as quickly as we can. But no, no easy answers. Andi, that’s that’s that’s That’s what we face in moving forward Karen’s are from W K Y Governor. I know we’re still a few weeks out. But once you do begin vaccinating educators and those who work in education, do you know how they’ll be prioritized? Like who will go first? Will private and public within the same district be included? And will you be more confident about Maurin person classes even arrest that zone once those vaccinations air through. Thank you. Yes, I will be more confident on in person classes when everybody is vaccinated or has been offered the vaccine. Yes, we’re going to be able to be in a school setting, get back to an old normal ah lot faster because of doing this. And while I don’t believe schools are childcare, I know that so many businesses have told us that this is a priority, a real priority that helps them and helps their workers. So the school systems the district’s are going to set the priority of of individuals and how they want to start. We’re still working again. There’s gonna be no perfect way about when we get there, uh, sending this out to District A or district B and the amounts that go out. My hope is that we’re at a point when we when we get there, where we’re getting mawr than just what? Next week 50,000, uh, come in. And a large part of that has to go to a long term. Care if we’ve had production ramp up by that point, then that’s not gonna be as as big of ah challenge. Now, if we’re also looking at, you know, even a month from when we start this and we have 50,000 doses coming in a week, that’s that’s about 200,000. So some of these issues they’re going to solve themselves, But like like like when we had to choose the 1st 11 acute care hospitals that got the vaccine because they were ready for it and we heard from most all the others, We’re going to see the same thing. And, um when when we when we start each and every new and different group and again everybody can’t get at the same time. And that doesn’t help any individual because they say, What about May? And my answer to them is you are important. You were important, and we want to get it to you. It’s just gonna take some time Joe Radusa from spectrum Hi, Governor. I want to ask about what’s going on with the possibility of the $2000 direct payments. Uh, in Congress right now. What do you make of McConnell’s, you know, move toe kind of block An immediate vote on that and also kind of tied discussions about that to section 2. 30. The protections for for social media and other tech companies and voting integrity Yeah. Um, uh, $2000 checks to help the American people have nothing to dio

with liability for tech companies or the last election. Nothing. And Soto time together, at best, is some strategic political move. The difference between, um, leader McConnell bringing this to a vote and passing it or him blocking it is our Kentucky families receiving an extra $5 billion about every single one of our Kentucky families. They could extra $5 billion going in to struggling families Bank accounts would be a good thing, not only for that family and their kids, but also the economy House has already voted for it. The president wants to sign it. The Senate’s the only thing standing in the way of $5 billion go into our families or not Al Cross from Kentucky Health News Thank you, Governor. A couple of quick questions. You said you had asked CVS and Walgreens to work through the holiday. Are they going to do that? And the second question, do you think that the 8.41 positivity rate was a pretty big jump? One of the biggest I’ve seen is an indicator of, uh, lots of contacts and infections over Christmas So we haven’t gotten a definitive answer from Walgreens or CVS, but we’ll provide it once we dio strongly encourage them. Uh, to say yes, we want to save lives. This is our commitment in one in every 100 year pandemic, and we’re going to do it. If the answer is not yes, then we’ll have another conversation. But we really need them to do it. Um, how the question on on the positivity rate is a good question I think the answer is we don’t know. It could be that the 7% that we got Thio over a couple of days was was testing or not testing during the holidays? Um, it could well be the mawr infections that we’re seeing coming off of gatherings. I just think it’s going to take a little bit of time. Uh, Thio figure out which one it is. I mean, I will say anecdotally. Um, well, first times I’ve been, uh, out of Frankfurt in a car is when we took my son to get baptized on Christmas Eve And I’m I’m really proud of him. Um, I’m so proud of his willingness to wait because it was supposed to be Easter to protect people around him and then to say private ceremony is is is okay, because I’m ready. But in taking that drive on the 24th, the number of cars that were out in the number of cars that air in parking lots gives me gives me some very real concern. So New Year’s Eve, we gotta be better. We’ve got to be better. We’re gonna win this thing next year. Let’s not. Let’s not let’s not take actions and make decisions that result in loss of lives that could otherwise be spared. Alex Ebert from Bloomberg Industry Group Thanks, Governor, for taking our questions. Um, previously, the state had estimated that it could get through phase one. Um, sometime in spring, it was talking about March. Um, how should we think about that? Now that we’re seeing that it’s taken so much longer to administer these vaccines? You know, when you talk about patients, are we looking at perhaps twice or maybe three times as long as we thought it might take to administer the vaccines previously, thanks So the challenge and that question is, is what is phase one? The federal government had a phase one a phase one B, phase one c and they just met to vote on what’s in phase one B and what they put in phase one B was I think about 80 million people on when you look at only when you when you remove 16 and 18 year olds. Doctor Stack had this. What do we end up with? 250 odd million people. And so, you know, they were putting what, a third of the country. Ah, fourth of Fifth, depending on how those numbers shake out in one B, and and if you increase the size of the group, that much is gonna take a heck of a lot longer to get through them I’m not as much focused anymore on on the phases as they put them out. What we believe our schedule let us do in Kentucky, which is what I’m focused on, is hopefully get through. Ah, frontline healthcare workers, those air workers in clinical settings, all of long term care, which includes nursing homes, assisted living and all of the staff E M T S E M s. We hope by, um, the last week of January or the beginning of February. And at that point we’re gonna be able to start with Kentucky and 70 and older educators and first responders. And that’s about as far as we are right now, because we just get, you know, every Tuesday, what the next week is gonna be in an amount of vaccines we should receive. And so that

leaves us in a position where our job is to do the very best week to week to try to make plans ahead, that there’s there’s not enough certainty. There’s not enough forecasting for us to look beyond really more than a month. But with what we believe are going to be out there, um, we believe that certainly by the end of summer, we’re gonna be able to be providing these two? Certainly, um, anybody who wants 1/50 if not younger than that. But what are the other questions out there? How many other vaccines get approved? How much have they already manufactured? How effective is it? There’s a least three other vaccines out there, So So I I guess Alex’s question, which is a good one, exposes how much uncertainty that there is uncertainty from the federal schedules on what we get in uncertainty about the amount of time it really takes toe to get the shots, uh, in the arm. Uncertainty about the provider network. Andi Exactly how fast it will report in because I believe we’ve vaccinated more people that our our numbers will will show. But we have the reporting piece, too, and uncertainty about approval of and effectiveness of new vaccines. And and so that’s that’s all hard. But guess what? We have certainty on that. We have vaccines, their work, and we didn’t have that until the last couple months, so we got a challenge to deal with. But its’s a good challenge toe have, and just like people have had to stick with us through this pandemic and the fact that we didn’t know s o much about this virus. Early on, there’s gonna be some of the same learning curve with the vaccinations. But my goal is gonna be to be transparent about all of the pluses than minuses, the warts and all We’re gonna try to make sure we’re providing you accurate information. So hang in there. Hang in there. 2021 is gonna be the year we defeat Cove it and that’s Ah ah heck of a thing But to do that, I need everybody, everybody to keep their New Year’s Eve gathering small. Do it for your own health. Do it for the health of your co workers. If you go to a big gathering and then you gotta work, you’re exposing them. Do it for the health of those that work in the grocery store You might go to the next day, do it for the health of your family, or do it because it’s the right thing to do in the midst of a worldwide health pandemic of a deadly virus. So I need your help. It is one New Year’s. I always think that expectations for New Year’s always succeed today anyways But But we need your help. Kentucky And this is the time we need you. Thio truly do what’s right. We’re gonna be providing, um, updates by release Possibly video. Um, tomorrow. And then Saturday we’ll have New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day and Saturday in it as well A Sunday. And then we’ll be back live on on Monday. Appreciate everybody doing the right thing. Appreciate those in the media, trying to get the word out on on steps being taken and trying to explain complicated issues to people Appreciate all of our healthcare workers that are out there fighting appreciate everybody showing patients knowing that everybody’s time will come So we’ll get through this. We’ll get through it together if I don’t have an opportunity to say this before. Um, happy New Year’s 2020 was tough. We saw some of the best of us, even during the worst of times. Thank you to everybody who sacrificed Thank you to everybody who fought this virus. Thank you, toe Everybody who sent that note of encouragement, whether it was to me or somebody else. Thank you. Everybody who called somebody who has lost someone to this virus or anything else during this virus, thanks to everybody who likes their home up green to show other people that they are not alone. Tough year next one will be better. First couple months I know will be tough in 2021. But this is gonna be the year that we defeat this virus. And then we we take our place in the new covert economy where our goal is to be a leader and to provide your kids and grandkids the opportunities we’ve always dreamed of