FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — During his Wednesday press conference, Gov. Andy Beshear announced that 2,398 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Kentucky. However, only 926 are newly reported cases while the rest are "historical" cases from a backlog of cases in Fayette County. The 2,398 new cases brings the state's COVID-19 case total to 76,587.
"There are 1,472 that we'll call 'historical cases' that are mainly from the last month and a half from Fayette County," Gov. Beshear explained. "So many of those could even be in the last several weeks. We believe that with the exception of a couple hundred, this will get Fayette County caught up and current."
Wednesday's positivity rate was 4.21 percent.
Gov. Beshear also announced five new coronavirus-related deaths, bringing Kentucky's coronavirus-related death total to 1,223. At least 12,800 Kentuckians have recovered from COVID-19.