2,608 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Kentucky on Friday

Posted at 6:16 PM, Jan 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-29 18:17:30-05

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — On Friday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced that 2,608 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Kentucky. After the removal of duplicates, the 2,608 new cases brings Kentucky's COVID-19 case total to 358,478

The positivity rate dropped to 8.75%.

“Our declining positivity rate shows that Kentuckians are continuing to make those small sacrifices we’ve been talking about all year in order to protect each other until we get enough vaccines for everyone who wants one,” said Gov. Beshear in a press release. “Wearing masks around people from different households, social distancing, washing their hands, staying home when they can and getting tested regularly. It’s the simple things you’re probably sick of hearing about by now that can make the biggest difference as we near the finish line.”

Gov. Beshear also announced 57 new coronavirus-related deaths, bringing Kentucky's coronavirus-related death total to 3,668.

As of Friday, 1,505 Kentuckians are hospitalized for coronavirus-related reasons, 355 of which are in the ICU and 199 of which are on a ventilator.