Gov. Beshear: 1,988 cases of COVID-19 reported on Monday, hospitalization rates going down

Andy Beshear
Posted at 4:34 PM, Dec 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-21 21:55:00-05

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — There are 1,988 cases of COVID-19 reported on Monday, adding to the 244,297 cases of COVID-19 cases in Kentucky.

Governor Andy Beshear says the new cases numbers come as the state's positivity rate is now 8.64%, which is slightly lower than Sunday's rate of 8.73%.

There are currently 1,580 COVID-positive patients being treated at Kentucky hospitals. 411 of those patients are in the ICU and 231 are using a ventilator.

In Monday's report, Governor Beshear announced 15 more Kentuckians have died after contracting COVID-19. 2,412 people have died from the virus in the state.

Top counties with the most positive cases today are Jefferson, Fayette, Kenton, and Boone. Each of these counties reported 80 or more new cases; Jefferson County alone reported 376.

Those reported lost to the virus today include an 87-year-old man from Bullitt County; a 75-year-old woman and a 74-year-old man from Caldwell County; a 72-year-old woman from Clark County; a 68-year-old man from Fayette County; an 83-year-old woman from Hopkins County; an 82-year-old woman from Jefferson County; a 61-year-old woman from Johnson County; two women, ages 76 and 92, from Livingston County; an 88-year-old woman from Muhlenberg County; a 92-year-old woman from Ohio County; an 87-year-old woman and an 88-year-old man from Owsley County; and a 61-year-old woman from Webster County.

The governor also says hospitalization rates are going down, citing a Washington Post article that says Kentucky is the only state where more ICU beds are not in use compared to three months ago.