State’s COVID numbers cross 1,000 again, positivity nears 6%

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Kentucky’s skyrocketing COVID 19 cases crossed a sad milestone Tuesday as the state’s positivity rate and hospitalizations also continued to rise.

The state reported 1,054 new cases, the highest number since April 7 when the state had 1,028 cases. T\Tuesday’s numbers pushed the total number of cases in the state to 471,669.

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The positivity rate was 5.71%, up from 5.48% as the rate has risen every day for three weeks.

Of the new cases, 217 were in people 18 and younger.

According to the daily report, the state now has nine ‘red’ counties, up one from Monday, and 43 in the ‘orange’ category, up from 36 Monday.

The state reported three new coronavirus-related deaths, bringing Kentucky’s total death toll since the pandemic to 7,304.

On Tuesday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced 2,250,973 Kentuckians have received at least one dose of a vaccine.

The full vaccination report, COVID-19 numbers and positivity rate are reported Monday through Friday at 4:45 p.m. EDT on KyCovid19.Ky.gov. All Kentuckians can sign up for a COVID-19 vaccination appointment near where they live or work at vaccine.ky.gov.

The state reported 347 people hospitalized, up from 337 Monday and 295 on Friday, 112 in IC, up from 104 people Monday and just 64 Friday, and 44 on a ventilator, up from 38 people Monday, and 25 on Friday.