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Matt Jones | The Daily Independent Gov. Andy Beshear, left, talks with Bernard Ingram as he prepares to receive his COVID-19 vaccine at the Pavilion on Wednesday.

FRANKFORT Kentucky reported a weekly increase in COVID-19 cases Monday after an extended stretch of declining infections, as the governor urged vigilance to guard against another potential surge.

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

Democratic 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.

“We need to be vigilant,” he said at a news conference. “We need to be a little bit concerned. And in being concerned and in seeing this, we need to say that, yes, a fourth wave is absolutely possible.”

The governor said it’s “too early to tell” whether another surge of cases will hit Kentucky.

“It is not written in stone that we are going to have a fourth surge,” he said. “Things we do right now can prevent that fourth surge. And we have had declining cases longer than just about any other state in the country, meaning we are better positioned, if there’s going to be one, having delayed it while we vaccinate more people.”

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