FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — On Thursday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced that 4,911 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Kentucky, making it 10,653 new cases within the past two days. After the removal of duplicates, the 4,911 new cases brings Kentucky's COVID-19 case total to 291,430.
“We are in a dangerous place. It is now clear that we are seeing an escalation related to holiday gatherings. This is not the time to make it harder to react to this virus when it may be surging again,” said Gov. Beshear in a press release. “We have to have the tools to fight back.
“Wear your masks all the time when you are indoors and there is anybody else there who is from outside your household. At this point, do it for your own safety. That’s what we need to do to get through these next couple months. Over the last two days, we have vaccinated 32,524 Kentuckians. We are ready to defeat this virus and we need to make sure we protect our people while we do.”
Gov. Andy Beshear announced nearly 5,000 new COVID-19 cases in the commonwealth’s second-highest daily report – yesterday’s report was the highest-ever – and the state’s highest positivity rate since May 5. Read more: https://t.co/ptENtW7DG7https://t.co/4X7DyS34DX— Governor Andy Beshear (@GovAndyBeshear) January 7, 2021
Thursday's positivity rate is 11.9%.
Gov. Beshear also announced 37 new coronavirus-related deaths, bringing Kentucky's coronavirus-related death total to 2,843.
As of Thursday, 1,744 Kentuckians are hospitalized for coronavirus-related reasons, 424 of which are in the ICU and 217 of which are on a ventilator.