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Kentucky passes 1 million COVID-19 cases amid omicron variant, positivity rate now over 30%

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Posted at 4:26 PM, Jan 18, 2022

(LEX 18) — As of Monday, Kentucky surpassed a million positive COVID-19 cases.

According to Kentucky's daily COVID-19 report, the total of reported cases sits at 1,006,224.

On Tuesday, Governor Andy Beshear reported the highest positivity rate to date of 30.25%.

8,742 new cases were reported with 2,427 cases in the 18 and under age group.

Sixteen new deaths were reported.

Currently, 2,200 people are hospitalized, 431 are in the ICU, and 244 are on ventilators.

Gov. Beshear says that while omicron appears to be generally milder than the delta variant, the substantial number of omicron cases is pushing hospitals to their limits.

Dr. Steven Stack encouraged people to order free at-home COVID-19 tests if they want. The official government launch starts Wednesday, but the beta launch started Tuesday.

Saturday, January 15
New cases: 14,896
Deaths: 34
Positivity rate: 29.24%

Sunday, January 16
New cases: 9,730
Deaths: 19
Positivity rate: 29.33%

Monday, January 17
New cases: 6,644
Deaths: 16
Positivity rate: 29.57%

For the full daily COVID-19 report click here.