FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – The state’s COVID positivity rate continued its climb Tuesday, reaching levels not seen in a month.
Some health observers now fear the rapid increase could indicate a surge, especially as the number of counties seeing an increase in their case rates also are increasing.
According to the state’s daily report Tuesday, the state’s COVID positivity rate was 3.58% Tuesday, up from 3.38% Monday, 3.1% Friday, 2.92% Thursday and 2.87% Wednesday.
According to the daily report, the state now has one ‘red’ county and 22 in the ‘orange’ category. That’s the highest number of ‘orange’ counties in weeks and up from just eight Monday.
The state reported six new coronavirus-related deaths, bringing Kentucky’s total death toll since the pandemic to 7,271.
The state also reported 470 new cases Tuesday, the highest daily number in more than a month, with 102 of those in people under 18.
The state reported 244 people hospitalized, up from 233 Monday, 63 people in ICU, down from 70 Monday, and 26 people on a ventilator, down from 30 Monday.
The full vaccination and COVID-19 report are updated on KyCovid19.Ky.gov .