FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — During his Wednesday press conference, Gov. Andy Beshear announced that 1,635 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Kentucky. After the removal of duplicates, the 1,635 new cases bring Kentucky's COVID-19 case total to 113,009.
"This is a little bit below last week's (Wednesday) but still in the top ten highest cases we've seen," Gov. Beshear said. "One thing we don't know if it is impacted by Election Day yesterday because we've always seen the day after a holiday be a bit lower, but we don't know that yet, but 1,635 new cases is way too many."
Wednesday's positivity rate was 6.3%.
Gov. Beshear also announced 11 new coronavirus-related deaths, bringing Kentucky's coronavirus-related death total to 1,514.
As of Wednesday, 1,066 Kentuckians are hospitalized for coronavirus-related reasons, 286 of which are in the ICU, and 125 of which are on ventilators. At least 19,667 Kentuckians have recovered from COVID-19.
Gov. Beshear also extended Kentucky's mask mandate for another 30 days. The governor cited a recent New York Times survey, which says at least 70% of Kentuckians strongly or somewhat favor requiring people to wear masks when around other people outside of their homes.