FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — During his Monday press conference, Gov. Andy Beshear announced that 953 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Kentucky, bringing the state's COVID-19 case total to 97,966. The 953 new cases marks the highest number of cases reported in Kentucky on a Monday since the pandemic began.
"This is a significantly higher Monday than we usually report and I believe it is significantly higher than the second largest Monday that we've had," Gov. Beshear said.
Monday's positivity rate was 5.84 percent.
"We are now getting extensive numbers of tests back, but the level and numbers of tests does not explain a way for our higher case numbers," Gov. Beshear said. "Because our positivity rate, which should go down as we get more testing, is actually going up."
Gov. Beshear also announced three new coronavirus-related deaths, bringing Kentucky's coronavirus-related death total to 1,410.
As of Monday, 858 Kentuckians are hospitalized for coronavirus-related reasons, 253 of which are in the ICU and 112 which are on a ventilator. At least 17,881 Kentuckians have recovered for COVID-19.
An update about COVID-19 at the Thomson-Hood Veterans Center in Jessamine County was provided. Gov. Beshear stated that 73 total residents have tested positive for COVID-19, leading to eight deaths and just four recoveries. Ten of those 73 residents are currently hospitalized. Forty-nine staff members at the facility have also tested positive and 26 have made a full recovery.