By TOM LATEK, Kentucky Today
FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) - Another high day of new cases of COVID-19 were reported Wednesday in Kentucky and a near record number of deaths as the after holidays climb continued to soar.
Gov. Andy Beshear says there were 4,560 new cases reported to state public health officials, the fourth highest number during the pandemic, and raises to 313,282 the number of cases since the first one was reported on March 6.
Nine counties reported over 100 new cases. Jefferson had 664, Oldham 247, Kenton 241, Fayette 237, Daviess 170, Boone 160, Morgan 119, Campbell 106, and Pulaski 104. The tenth most cases were the 97 in Warren County.
There were also 47 more deaths in Kentucky, the third-highest single day number, bringing the total to 2,991.
The ages of the latest victims range from 53 to 93. Nine of the deaths were in Jefferson County; three in Carter and Larue counties; two in Boyle, Hopkins, McCreary, Metcalfe, Muhlenberg, Robertson, Rockcastle, Russell and Washington counties; and one each in Adair, Bell, Caldwell, Clay, Clinton, Grayson, Hardin, Jackson, Letcher, Livingston, McCracken, Madison, Pulaski, and Scott counties.
“We’re going to pass 3,000 COVID-19 deaths in the Commonwealth,” said Gov. Beshear. “That is tragic. We can stop this. We need to wear masks. We need to follow the rules and restrictions, and now is not the time to pull away the authority that keeps us safe. That allows us to be fluid and flexible with a virus that appears to be mutating and spreading more aggressively.”
The state’s positivity rate rose slightly on Wednesday, based on a seven-day rolling average, and currently stands at 12.29%.
There are currently 1,702 Kentuckians in the hospital, a drop from Tuesday. Of them, 403 are in the ICU and 225 on a ventilator, which rose from the previous day.
To view the full daily COVID-19 report for Kentucky, which includes such information as the red zone counties and red zone recommendations, testing locations, the weekly White House Coronavirus Task Force reports for Kentucky, details on school reopening, executive orders, vaccine distribution, and other information on the state’s pandemic response, go to kycovid19.ky.gov.
The governor’s next live press briefing is scheduled for Thursday afternoon at 4 and can be viewed by the public on his YouTube and Facebook pages.