FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) – There was a big jump in new cases of COVID-19 in Kentucky on Wednesday, but a good part of the increase is due to reporting issues from previous days.
A total of 1,028 new cases of the coronavirus were reported to state public health officials. However, 300 are from Monday and Tuesday and couldn’t be confirmed and announced until Wednesday, due to a technical issue on the reporting platform, according to the Governor’s office.
Originally, there were 110 cases reported on Monday and 344 on Tuesday, both of which ended up being artificially low, due to the technical glitch.
The county with the most newly reported cases was Jefferson, with 137. That was followed by Fayette 65, Laurel 39, Warren 34, Boone 33, Hardin 32, Kenton 29, Christian and Whitley 25, while Daviess and Madison each had 22.
Kentucky has now had 430,860 positive cases of COVID-19, since the first one was reported in March
Despite the additional cases reported Wednesday, the state’s positivity rate fell to 2.87%, down 0.02% from Tuesday, based on a seven-day rolling average.
“Today’s case report reminds us that even though we’ve come so far in the fight against COVID-19, this isn’t over yet,” said Gov. Andy Beshear. “Please, if you’re 16 or older, get vaccinated. Keep masking up in public spaces even if you have been vaccinated. None of us want to throw away our progress.”
Ten more deaths were reported from local health departments on Wednesday, along with an additional four from the ongoing audit of death certificates between October and the end of February, raising the pandemic total to 6,198.
The latest victims ranged in age from 45 to 94. Four were from Laurel County; two from Jefferson County; while there were one each from Daviess, Henderson, Mercer, and Nelson counties.
Of the four audit deaths, all of whom were in their 80s, there were two from Warren County, while one was reported in both Lee and Union counties.
A total of 383 Kentuckians were hospitalized due to the coronavirus. Of them, 112 were in the ICU and 66 were on a ventilator. The number in the ICU showed a drop of four from Tuesday, while the other two numbers were increases.
To see the state’s full daily COVID-19 report, which includes such information as the red zone counties and red zone recommendations, testing locations, vaccine sites and availability, the weekly White House Coronavirus Task Force reports for Kentucky, executive orders, revised travel guidance from the CDC and other information on the state’s pandemic response, go to kycovid19.ky.gov.
The next press briefing by Gov. Beshear on the coronavirus pandemic is scheduled for Thursday afternoon at 4. It can be viewed on his YouTube channel and Facebook page.