1,306 new cases of COVID-19 reported Wednesday, state positivity rate down to 5.9%

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Posted at 4:40 PM, Feb 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-24 16:40:11-05

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — There are 1,306 new cases of COVID-19 as the state continues to see cases nearly one year until the first positive case in Kentucky.

51 new deaths were also reported, bringing the total number of people to die from COVID-19 to 4,527. 883 Kentuckians are currently in the hospital, 228 are in the ICU, and 112 are on a ventilator.

The state's positivity rate has gone down to 5.9%, the lowest since Oct. 27.

"We are getting these vaccines out faster than the federal government can provide them, so there’s a lot of hope moving into the future," said Gov. Beshear. "We are going to defeat this virus this year, but until then, we’ve got to protect each other."

The top counties with the most positive cases today are Jefferson, Fayette, and Kenton. Each county reported at least 50 new cases. Jefferson County reported 173.

To see a list of those reported lost to the virus today, click here.