State’s COVID positivity rate below 12%, near-record deaths reported

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ)Gov. Andy Beshear said Wednesday the state’s COVID-19 positivity rate has stayed below 12% for the fifth straight day.

But case numbers and deaths remain high as delays in testing and reporting from the weekend and holiday began to catch up.

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“While there is still so much pain and darkness in our commonwealth due to this pandemic, we are beginning to see the light ahead of us,” Beshear said in an afternoon statement. “This plateauing positivity rate is great news for Kentucky, especially as we continue to bring more of these live-saving vaccines to our people each week.”

As of 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, Beshear reported the following COVID-19 numbers:

New cases today: 3,433
New deaths today: 49
Positivity rate: 11.29%
Total deaths: 3,243
Currently hospitalized: 1,678
Currently in ICU: 399
Currently on ventilator: 205

The hospitalized, ICU, and ventilator numbers all are down slightly so far this week.

Top counties with the most positive cases today are: Jefferson, Fayette, Kenton, Boone, Warren and Daviess. Each of these counties reported 120 or more new cases.

To see a list of those reported lost to the virus today, click here.

Earlier Wednesday, the governor shared a message for President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris shortly after their inauguration.

“Congratulations, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. I look forward to working with your administration to better the lives for our people and to help us overcome the challenges of COVID-19,” said Gov. Beshear. “Together we can make a better country – a better Kentucky – for all.”

To view the full daily reportincidence rate map, information on testing locationsvaccinescontact tracingschool reports and guidanceguidance for health care providers and the White House Coronavirus Task Force reports for Kentucky and more, visit kycovid19.ky.gov.