FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — During his Monday press conference, Gov. Andy Beshear announced that 2,319 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Kentucky. After the removal of duplicates, the 2,319 new cases brings Kentucky's COVID-19 case total to 279,143.
"This is the highest Monday we've had," Gov. Beshear said. "We'll be watching, especially moving into next week, on how many of these Monday cases may have been backed up in the system from two holiday weekends in a row."
Monday's positivity rate was 11.18%.
Gov. Beshear also announced 26 new coronavirus-related deaths, bringing Kentucky's coronavirus-related death total to 2,749.
As of Monday, 1,747 Kentuckians are hospitalized for coronavirus-related reasons, 456 of which are in the ICU and 216 of which are on a ventilator. At least 37,375 Kentuckians have recovered from COVID-19.
As of Monday, a total of 60,414 doses of a coronavirus vaccine have been administered in Kentucky.
"On our HealthCare worker side, which are going to hospitals and our local health departments, they've received 122,100 and they have already vaccinated 49,773," Gov. Beshear said. So not enough, but certainly over a third, maybe hitting 40%."