FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — On Friday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced that 3,173 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Kentucky, making it the first time that over 3,000 new cases were reported in a single day. Friday also marks the second time this week that a record number of daily cases has been reported in Kentucky, as 2,700 new cases were reported on Wednesday. Friday's numbers brings Kentucky's COVID-19 case total to 132,844.
“Like almost every state in America, we are seeing a surge here in Kentucky that is concerning and deadly,” said Gov. Beshear in a press release. “But like every state in America, the power to stop it is in our hands.
Friday's positivity rate was 8.68%.
Gov. Beshear also announced 25 new coronavirus-related deaths, also a record high, bringing Kentucky's coronavirus-related death total to 1,647.
As of Friday, 1,358 Kentuckians are hospitalized for coronavirus-related reasons, 307 of which are in the ICU and 147 of which are on ventilators.