COVID numbers continue to climb, positivity rate closer to 7%


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Statistics for COVID-19 have not slowed down as the positivity rate continues to climb toward 7% and the number of new cases gets closer to 1,000.

The number of counties in the ‘red’ category for high incidence rates went up from 13 to 15.

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In the daily report Friday, the state listed 994 new cases. The numbers pushed the total number of cases in the state to 474,444.

The positivity rate rose to 6.97%, a jump from Thursday’s 6.63%, 6.12% on Wednesday, 5.71% on Tuesday and 5.48% on Monday.

Of the new cases, 199 are in people 18 and younger.

The state reported four new coronavirus-related deaths, bringing Kentucky’s total death toll since the pandemic to 7,312.

The state reported 444 people hospitalized, up from 423 on Thursday and 380 Wednesday; 132 in ICU, an increase from Thursday’s 124; and 58 people on a ventilator, back up since 50 on Thursday.

Source: Governor Andy Beshear/Facebook