State’s positivity tops 4%, hospitalizations, other indicators rising

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – The state’s COVID positivity rate has doubled in two weeks and the state has gone from no ‘red’ counties to five during the same time as the virus continues to return across the state.

According to the state’s daily report, the positivity rate rose to 4.04% Thursday. That is up from 3.81% Wednesday, 3.58% Tuesday, 3.38% Monday, 3.1% Friday, 2.92% last Thursday and 2.87% last Wednesday.

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The state reported 564 new cases Thursday, down from 669 Wednesday, but above the 470 Tuesday. Of Thursday’s new cases, 117 are people 18 and under.

According to the daily report, the state now has five ‘red’ counties and 29 in the ‘orange’ category. The state had two in red Wednesday and 23 in orange.

The state reported five new coronavirus-related deaths, bringing Kentucky’s total death toll since the pandemic to 7,281.

The state reported 264 people hospitalized, up significantly from 239 Wednesday. The state reported 65 people in ICU, up from 60 Wednesday, and 33 on a ventilator, up from 25 Wednesday.

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