Fourth highest number of daily cases reported in Kentucky for second time this week

Posted at 4:18 PM, Oct 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-22 16:34:59-04

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — For the second time this week, the fourth highest number of daily new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Kentucky.

During his Thursday press conference, Gov. Andy Beshear announced that 1,330 new cases of COVID-19 were reported. After the removal of duplicates, the 1,330 new cases brings Kentucky's COVID-19 case total to 92,299.

"This is our fourth highest day ever, though it feels like we are saying that just about every day," Gov. Beshear said.

Of the 1,330 new cases of COVID-19, 181 involve Kentuckians that are 18 or younger. Thursday's positivity rate was 5.3 percent, making it the second day this week that the positivity rate was 5 percent or higher.

As of Thursday, there are 800 Kentuckians hospitalized due to coronavirus-related reasons, 214 of which are in the ICU and 105 which are on ventilators.

Gov. Beshear also announced 17 new coronavirus-related deaths, one of which was a 73-year-old man from Fayette County, bringing Kentucky's coronavirus-related death total to 1,380. At least 17,627 Kentuckians have recovered from COVID-19.