FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — During his Thursday press conference, Gov. Andy Beshear announced that 2,342 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Kentucky. After the removal of duplicates, the 2,342 new cases brings Kentucky's COVID-19 case total to 129,680.
"This is the third highest day that we've had," Gov. Beshear noted.
Thursday's positivity rate was 8.29%.
"We keep saying that this is the highest rate since May, but remember in May we didn't have the testing we have right now," Gov. Beshear said. "This is a high positivity rate with an abundance of testing, which means that the virus is at an all-time high in its spread."
Gov. Beshear also announced 18 new coronavirus-related deaths, bringing Kentucky's coronavirus-related death total to 1,622.
As of Thursday, there are 1,311 Kentuckians in the hospital due to coronavirus-related reasons,, 299 of which are in the ICU and 163 of which are on a ventilator. At least 23,629 Kentuckians have recovered from COVID-19.