FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Kentucky set a new single-day record Thursday with 3,649 COVID-19 cases.
Governor Andy Beshear says the number of new cases is “staggeringly high.”
The state also hit the second-highest one-day total for new deaths, with 30 reported.
The governor also reported 112 counties are now in the red zone.
“This is a tough day but it shows why we had to take these steps because next week it’s going to be worse and the week after that it will be worse unless we ultimately stop the virus,” Beshear says.
On Wednesday, Governor Beshear announced new restrictions to stop the spread of the virus. Those restrictions include limiting private indoor gatherings to eight people, venue spaces, including weddings and funerals, to a maximum of 25 people, gyms at 33% capacity and closing indoor seating at bars and restaurants.
All public and private schools will be closed to in-person instruction beginning November 23.
COVID-19 numbers released by state Thursday:
• New cases today: 3,649
• New deaths today: 30
• Positivity rate: 9.18%
• Total deaths: 1,742
• Currently hospitalized: 1,550
• Currently in ICU: 358
• Currently on ventilator: 199
Top counties with the most positive cases Thursday are: Jefferson, Kenton, Fayette, Boone, Warren, Hardin and Campbell. Each of these counties reported over 100 new cases.
Governor Beshear also announced United Parcel Service (UPS), one of the state’s larger employers, is planning to hire more than 1,000 people, focusing on restaurant and bar workers who have recently lost employment.