FRANKFORT, Ky. (WDKY) – Governor Andy Beshear has provided an update on COVID-19 cases in Kentucky.
He began his news conference announcing that UPS will be hiring over 1,000 jobs across the state for people who have lost jobs because of the pandemic.
There are currently 112 of Kentucky’s counties in the red zone.
Gov. Beshear reported 3,649 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, bringing the state total to 148,390 cases. The governor says the state is seeing a 9.18 percent positivity rate. Of Thursday’s new cases, 437 are in kids 18 or younger.
Thursday marks the highest single-day case total in the state, and the second-deadliest day.
There were 30 reported COVID-19 related deaths on Thursday. The state death total is now 1,742.
As of Thursday, 1,550 people are hospitalized for COVID-19 related reasons, 358 are in the ICU, and 199 are on ventilators. At least 25,437 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus.
The governor is recommending that places of worship hold virtual services until Dec 13.