FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — During his Monday press conference, Gov. Andy Beshear announced that 723 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Kentucky.
"That is the lowest daily number since October 12," Gov. Beshear noted. "We're not sure if weather may be contributing to a number of labs open and health departments reporting in, but this does follow the trend we have been seeing, so we hope to continue to see that in the data as we go.
Kentucky's positivity rate continues to decline. Monday's positivity rate was just 6.57%, the lowest since Nov. 5.
Gov. Beshear also announced nine new coronavirus-related deaths, bringing Kentucky's coronavirus-related death total to 4,291.
As of Monday, 969 Kentuckians are hospitalized for coronavirus-related reasons.
"I can't remember the last time we were under 1,000 people in a hospital bed due to COVID," Gov. Beshear said.
Specific numbers for Kentuckians in the ICU and on a ventilator due to coronavirus-related reasons were not given, but Gov. Beshear said those numbers continue to decrease.