3,481 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Kentucky on Wednesday

Posted at 4:53 PM, Dec 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-09 17:12:34-05

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — On Wednesday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced that 3,481 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Kentucky. After the removal of duplicates, the 3,481 new cases brings Kentucky's COVID-19 case total to 209,136.

Wednesday's positivity rate was 9.23%, making it the ninth straight day that the positivity rate has declined.

“We continue to see some promising trends in our COVID-19 numbers. They are still far too high, but given that we were experiencing exponential growth before we took those difficult steps, this is evidence that we may not just be slowing down that growth, we may even be plateauing our cases,” said Gov. Beshear in a press release. “You have to slow down the train before you stop it, and you have to stop it before you turn it around.”

Gov. Beshear also announced 16 new coronavirus-related deaths, bringing Kentucky's coronavirus-related death total to 2,118.

As of Wednesday, 1,792 Kentuckians are hospitalized for coronavirus-related reasons, 412 of which are in the ICU and 211 of which are on a ventilator. At least 30,540 Kentuckians have recovered from COVID-19.