FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — During Gov. Andy Beshear's Monday press conference, Kentucky Public Health Commissioner Dr. Steven Stack announced that the UK and South African variants of COVID-19 have now been detected in 15 Kentucky counties.
In total, there are 41 cases of the COVID-19 variant in Kentucky, two of which were detected in Fayette County. The other 39 cases were detected in the following counties: Kenton (11), Jefferson (8), Boone (5), Campbell (4), Garrard (2), Allen (1), Bullitt (1), Calloway (1), Christian (1), Larue (1), Madison (1), Marshall (1), Russell (1) and Warren (1).
Gov. Andy Beshear announced that 310 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Kentucky on Monday. After the removal of duplicates, the 310 new cases brings Kentucky's COVID-19 case total to 425,33.
"That is up a little from Monday of last week but it is lower than the week before that and the week before that," Gov. Beshear noted.
Kentucky's positivity rate continues to remain under 3%. Monday's positivity rate was 2.89%, just one one-hundredth of a percent higher than Sunday's report.
Gov. Beshear also announced 11 new coronavirus-related deaths, bringing Kentucky's coronavirus-related death total to 6,042.
As of monday, 364 Kentuckians are hospitalized for coronavirus-related reasons, 87 of which are in the ICU and 41 of which are on a ventilator. At least 49,549 Kentuckians have recovered from COVId-19.