State’s COVID rate hovers around 1.9%, cases continue slow decline

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – The state’s COVID positivity rate ticked back up slightly Tuesday for the second day in a row while the number of people with at least one dose of the COVID vaccine crept up to 2,189,128 Kentuckians, Gov. Andy beshear said.

According to the state’s Tuesday COVID report, the rate was 1.88%, up from 1.87% Monday, and the state recorded 244 new cases with 47 of those in people 18 or younger.

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Gov. Andy Beshear reminded Kentuckians that Wednesday, June 30 is the deadline to register for the first #ShotataMillion vaccination drawing at ShotataMillion.ky.gov.

The state still has no ‘red’ counties but now has eight in the ‘orange’ category. That’s up from a low of four last week but down from nine Monday.

Most counties are still in yellow although the number in “green’ continues to grow.

The state reported five new coronavirus-related deaths, bringing Kentucky’s total death toll since the pandemic to 7,217.

Of the total cases, the state said 176 people are in the hospital, up seven from Monday, 52 are in ICU, down one from Monday, and 24 are still on a ventilator, down one from Monday.

The full vaccination report, COVID-19 numbers and positivity rate are reported Monday through Friday at 4:45 p.m. EDT on KyCovid19.Ky.gov.