FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — Another week comes to an end with a record number of new COVID-19 cases in Kentucky.
On Sunday, Governor Andy Beshear announced 1,449 new cases of COVID-19. Beshear says this is the highest number of cases reported on a Sunday.
The positivity rate dropped slightly from Saturday, and now stands at 8.88%.
“Coronavirus is present in every corner of the commonwealth and it’s spreading at a truly alarming rate,” said Governor Beshear. “This is not a drill; this is a health emergency that we all need to take seriously. Let’s come together as Team Kentucky to defeat this virus.”
There are currently 1,383 patients in Kentucky hospitals due to the virus. 330 of those are in the ICU, and 156 patients are on a ventilator.
“Kentucky’s state motto is ‘United We Stand, Divided We Fall.’ This motto has never been more applicable than now, as we fight the most deadly pandemic in over 100 years,” said Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Department for Public Health. “Unless Kentuckians come together, we will continue on this dangerous trajectory with disastrous consequences.”
Three more Kentuckians have died after contracting COVID-19. Those include a 93-year-old woman from Fayette County, an 84-year-old woman from Oldham County, and an 85-year-old man from Oldham County.
The death toll due to the virus in Kentucky is now 1,661.