FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — On Friday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced that 2,302 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Kentucky, making it the second straight day that over 2,000 new cases were reported in Kentucky.
“These numbers are truly frightening. I know we’ve been in this fight for so long that it’s easy to get numb to the scary headlines and high case numbers,” said Gov. Beshear in a press release. “That’s normal. It’s human nature. But you have to understand this is the most dangerous COVID-19 has ever been in the commonwealth and it is leading to more of our fellow Kentuckians becoming sick, being hospitalized and dying. We can only get back to normal if we address it head on and that is why I am urging all of you, especially those in red counties, to follow recommendations for reducing the spread in your community.”
Kentucky's positivity rate continues to slowly climb, as Friday's positivity rate was 6.77%.
Gov. Beshear also announced ten new coronavirus-related deaths, bringing Kentucky's coronavirus-related death total to 1,544.
As of Friday, there are 1,153 Kentuckians hospitalized due to coronavirus-related reasons, 299 of which are in the ICU and 158 of which are on a ventilator.