FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — During his Thursday press conference, Gov. Andy Beshear announced that 1,821 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Kentucky, making it the third-highest amount of daily cases since the pandemic began. The 1,821 new cases bring Kentucky's COVID-19 case total to 103,305.
As of Thursday, 969 people are hospitalized for coronavirus-related reasons, 234 of which are in the ICU and 120 of which are on a ventilator.
Governor Beshear said 227 children have tested positive for COVID-19. Thursday's positivity rate was 6.04%.
"This is the type of outbreak where we can't deny our way out of it," said Gov. Beshear. "We can't rationalize our way out of it. We can't try to find excuses for not following the guidance; it is that present."
Gov. Beshear also announced 19 new coronavirus-related deaths, bringing Kentucky's coronavirus-related death total to 1,461.