State’s positivity rate now approaching 3%, case numbers up

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – While the state has not sounded any alarms, it’s COVID positivity rate and new case numbers are increasing. But some of the rise could be related to changes in reporting surrounding the July 4 holiday.

According to the state’s daily report Wednesday, the state’s COVID positivity rate was 2.87%, up from less than 2 percent a week ago.

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Meanwhile Gov. Andy Beshear reported Wednesday 2,211,483 Kentuckians vaccinated, still weeks from reaching the 2.5 million goal.

According to the state’s Wednesday report, the state still has no ‘red’ counties but has eight in the ‘orange’ category.

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

The state reported six five new coronavirus-related deaths, bringing Kentucky’s total death toll since the pandemic to 7,250.

The state also reported 397 new cases with 76 of those in people under 18.

The hospitalization numbers, which had been down most of last week, bumped up slightly with 214 people hospitalized, 66 people in ICU, and 33 on a ventilator.

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