State’s positivity rate crosses 6%, 10 counties now in ‘red’

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Kentucky’s skyrocketing COVID 19 cases continued Wednesday with another day near 1,000 and the positivity rate rocketing above 6%.

The number of counties in the ‘red’ category for high incidence rates grew to 10 while 55 counties now are in the dangerous ‘orange’ category. Two weeks ago, the state had no ‘red’ counties.

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In the daily report Wednesday, he state listed 963 new cases, down from the 1,054 reported Tuesday which was the highest since April 7. The numbers pushed the total number of cases in the state to 472,605.

The positivity rate rose to 6.12% from 5.71% and from 5.48% Monday.

Of the new cases, 181 are in people 18 and younger.

The number of ‘red’ counties was up from nine Tuesday while the number of ‘orange’ counties is up from 43 Tuesday.

The state reported two new coronavirus-related deaths, bringing Kentucky’s total death toll since the pandemic to 7,306.

The state reported 380 347 people hospitalized, up from 347 Tuesday, 115 in ICU, up from 112 Tuesday, and 59 people on a ventilator, up from 44 Tuesday and more than double the 25 listed Friday.