FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — During his Tuesday press conference, Gov. Andy Beshear announced that 1,786 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Kentucky, making it the most number of cases reported in Kentucky on a Tuesday since the pandemic began. After the removal of duplicates, the 1,786 new cases brings Kentucky's COVID-19 case total to 99,637. The highest number of new cases reported on a Tuesday comes a day after the highest number of cases was reported on a Monday.
As of Tuesday, 913 people are hospitalized for coronavirus-related reasons, 233 of which are in the ICU and 115 of which are on a ventilator.
"Those numbers are not going in the right direction," Gov. Besheaer said. "As long as cases are increasing at the rate that they are, (those numbers) are going to increase as well."
The positivity rate continues to slowly rise, as Tuesday's positivity rate was 5.97 percent.
Gov. Beshear also announced 18 new coronavirus-related deaths, bringing Kentucky's coronavirus-related death total to 1,428.