Record number of coronavirus-related deaths reported in Kentucky on Thursday

Posted at 4:11 PM, Jan 28, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-29 09:38:43-05

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — During his Thursday press conference, Gov. Andy Beshear announced that 69 coronavirus-related deaths were reported in Kentucky, beating the previous record by 11. The 69 new coronavirus-related deaths brings Kentucky's coronavirus-related death total to 3,611.

"The result of so many cases, and of our exponential growth during time when we were having 5,000 cases in a day, is we are seeing the significant loss that creates," Gov. Beshear said.

Gov. Beshear also reported 2,947 new cases of COVID-19 in Kentucky. After the removal of duplicates, the 2,947 new cases brings Kentucky's COVID-19 case total to 355,877. Thursday's positivity rate is 9.04%.

"Doesn't sound like good news and it is far too high," Gov. Beshear said of the case numbers. "But this is the lowest Thursday we have had in four weeks."

The number of Kentuckians hospitalized, in the ICU and on a ventilator for coronavirus-related reasons was not announced, but Gov. Beshear said it is lower than yesterday. At least 42,684 Kentuckians have recovered from COVID-19.