FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — On Wednesday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced that 2,700 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Kentucky, making it the largest number of cases reported in a single day since the pandemic began. In addition, the positivity rate has increased to 8.12%, the highest it has been since May 5.
“This entire state is in danger. COVID-19 is absolutely everywhere. We need everybody to wear your masks and follow red zone reduction recommendations and school recommendations. It is a must if you want to lessen the impact in your community,” said Gov. Beshear in a press release.
Gov. Beshear also announced 14 new coronavirus-related deaths, bringing Kentucky's coronavirus-related death total to 1,604.
Those reported lost to the virus today include a 62-year-old man from Bell County, a 56-year-old woman from Christian County, a 100-year-old woman from Fayette County, two women, ages 74 and 77, and six men, ages 61, 67, 71, 78, 84 and 97, from Jefferson County, a 77-year-old woman from Lawrence County, a 75-year-old man from Magoffin County and an 85-year-old woman from Montgomery County.
As of Wednesday, there are 1,274 Kentuckians currently hospitalized for coronavirus-related reasons, 297 of which are in the ICU and 151 of which are on a ventilator.