Positivity rate highest in a month at 3.38%, ‘red’ county returns

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – The state’s COVID positivity rate continued its climb Monday, reaching levels not seen in a month.

While part of the surge maybe related to the July 4 holiday, state leaders are using the numbers to urge people to get vaccinated to avoid the state seeing some of the hotspots other states, including nearby states like Missouri and Arkansas, are beginning to see as the highly contagious variants spread.

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According to the state’s daily report Monday, the state’s COVID positivity rate was 3.38% Monday, up from 3.1% Friday, 2.92% Thursday and 2.87% Wednesday.

According to the daily report, the state now has one ‘red’ county and nine in the ‘orange’ category. It comes after two weeks of no red counties and the one ‘red’ county is on the state’s western edge near Missouri, which has seen the variant outbreak.

Most counties are still in yellow.

The state reported two new coronavirus-related deaths, bringing Kentucky’s total death toll since the pandemic to 7,265.

The state also reported 164 new cases Monday, with 33 of those in people under 18.

The state reported 233 people hospitalized, up from 228 Friday, 70 people in ICU, up from 68 Friday, and 30 people on a ventilator, down from 36 Friday.

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