FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – After remaining silent all week, including not doing a briefing Thursday and initially scheduling his next briefing for July 22, Gov. Andy beshear has changed plans, scheduling a COVID update Monday in the wake of rapidly climbing COVID numbers in the state.
According to a press announcement issued Friday evening after the daily report had been posted online, Beshear will hold a briefing at 4 p.m. Monday to discuss the Delta variant of the COVID virus.
It comes as the positivity rate jumped again Friday, hitting 4.49%, which was up from 4.04% a day before. 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.
The state reported 541 new cases Friday, down from 564 Thursday and 669 Wednesday, but above the 470 Tuesday. Of Friday’s new cases, 133 are people 18 and under. That was up from 117 Thursday although the overall case numbers were lower.
While national health experts have said the Delta variant is more contagiou, but it is not necessarily more severe. Vaccines also have proven to be effective against it.
According to the daily report, the state now has five ‘red’ counties and 35 in the ‘orange’ category. The ‘red’ numbers were unchanged while six more counties went into ‘orange’ from Thursday. Last week, the state had no ‘red’ counties and only a handful of ‘orange,.’
The state reported three new coronavirus-related deaths, bringing Kentucky’s total death toll since the pandemic to 7,284.
The state reported 295 people hospitalized, up 30 in just one day, 64 people in ICU, down one from Thursday and on par with numbers for most of the week, and 22 people were on a ventilator, down from 33 on Thursday and one of the lowest numbers in two weeks.
The full vaccination and COVID-19 report are updated on KyCovid19.Ky.gov .