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2,898 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Kentucky on Wednesday

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Posted at 5:06 PM, Dec 16, 2020

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — On Wednesday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced that 2,898 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Kentucky. After the removal of duplicates, the 2,898 new cases brings Kentucky's COVID-19 case total to 230,693.

Monday's positivity rate was 8.57%.

Gov. Beshear also announced 23 new coronavirus-related deaths, bringing Kentucky's coronavirus-related death total to 2,262.

As of Wednesday, 1,793 Kentuckians are hospitalized for coronavirus-related reasons, 460 of which are in the ICU and 239 of which are on a ventilator. At least 32,402 Kentuckians have recovered from COVID-19.

Gov. Andy Beshear also announced that all 11 health facilities that are part of Kentucky's initial rollout of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines have confirmed receipt.

“This is a very exciting time. With these life-saving vaccines being administered right now to our front-line workers, the beginning of the end of the coronavirus crisis is in sight,” Gov. Beshear said in a press release. “We are also continuing to see fewer cases week over week, with today’s number down from last Wednesday. This is all great news, but it will take time before these modern medical miracles are available to everyone. Until then, we need everyone on Team Kentucky to be patient and vigilant. Continue to mask up, maintain social distance, avoid unnecessary travel and crowds, and practice proper hand washing.”