State’s positivity rate rises back about 2%, case numbers lower

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) –  The state’s COVID positivity rate broke the magical 2% percent barrier Friday, even as the number of new cases continues down.

Meanwhile Gov. Andy Beshear reported Friday 2,197,482 Kentuckians vaccinated, puttin the city within reach of the 2.2 million mark but still weeks from reaching the 2.5 million goal.

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According to the state’s Friday COVID report, the positivity rate rose to 2.09%, up from 1.99% Thursday and the higher than the 1.79% rate on Friday, June 25, 2021.

The state still has no ‘red’ counties and now has eight in the ‘orange’ category, the same as Thursday and up from six Wednesday. That’s up from a low of four last week.

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

The state reported six new coronavirus-related deaths, bringing Kentucky’s total death toll since the pandemic to 7,229.

The state also reported 172 new cases with 41 of those in people under 18. A week earlier, the state reported 218 new cases with 39 under 18.

The hospitalization numbers, which had been down most of this week, bumped up Friday, approaching a week earlier numbers. According to the daily report, 211 people are hospitalized, compared to 196 on June 25, 56 people are in ICU, up from 54 a week earlier, and 26 are on a ventilator, below the 29 a week prior.

The full vaccination and COVID-19 report are updated on KyCovid19.Ky.gov .