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Sunday COVID-19 update: 2,194 new cases, 4 new deaths

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Posted at 3:28 PM, Nov 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-22 15:29:46-05

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — Another record-setting week of COVID-19 cases in Kentucky ends with the highest cases ever reported on a Sunday.

On Sunday, November 22, Governor Andy Beshear reported 2,194 more positive cases of COVID-19. The positivity rate is now up to 9.19%.

The number of Kentuckians hospitalized due to COVID-19 is currently 1,533. 389 of those patients are in the ICU, and 208 are currently on a ventilator.

With Thanksgiving around the corner, Governor Beshear is warning those celebrating the holiday to keep gatherings small and help to slow the spread.

“I wish more than anything that we could go back to normal safely, but we can’t. In order to protect our only line of health care workers and all of our fellow Kentuckians, keep gatherings small (eight people or fewer and two households at most), wear a mask, wash your hands and stay six feet apart," said Gov. Beshear. “If we have a major surge of COVID-19 cases after Thanksgiving, our hospitals will simply not have the capacity to give everyone the care they need. Nothing is worth that risk.”

Due to the recent surge, earlier this week, Beshear enacted new restrictions that went into effect on Friday.

Four more Kentuckians died after contracting COVID-19. The death toll is now up to 1,787.