FRANKFORT, Ky. (WDKY) – Governor Andy Beshear has provided an update on COVID-19 cases in Kentucky.
Gov. Beshear reported 2,342 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, bringing the state total to 129,680 cases. The governor says the state is seeing a 8.29 percent positivity rate. Of Thursday’s new cases, 274 are in kids 18 or younger.
As of Thursday, 1,311 people are hospitalized for COVID-19 related reasons, 299 are in the ICU, and 163 are on ventilators.
There were 18 reported COVID-19 related deaths on Thursday. The state death total is now 1,622.
The deaths reported Thursday include a 77-year-old man from Allen County; an 86-year-old woman from Christian County; a 66-year-old man from Clay County; a 75-year-old woman from Clinton County; two 75-year-old men from Henderson County; two women, ages 89 and 96, from Jefferson County; a 76-year-old man from Lee County; an 80-year-old man from Lincoln County; two men, ages 57 and 90, from McLean County; a 78-year-old man from Oldham County; two women, ages 68 and 86, and an 82-year-old man from Pike County; and a 93-year-old woman and a 70-year-old man from Rockcastle County.
“Remember, what this is supposed to do is provide a way for communities to come together to stop the virus,” said Gov. Beshear. “The biggest employer in Franklin County is the state government, and we will be following the red zone recommendations next week. Anybody who can work virtually is going to work virtually. Any service that can be done virtually will be. We are going to live up to what we’re asking other people to do.”
The governor announced 94 counties in the red zone for the next week.