State’s COVID report shows new cases near 1,600

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – The latest report on COVID-19 in Kentucky adds to consistent increase in the virus’ presence.

The number of counties in the ‘red’ category for high incidence rates continues to climb, going from 28 to 36.

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In Wednesday’s daily report, the state listed 1,593 new cases. The numbers brought the total number of cases in the state to 479,431.

The positivity rate went up to 8.29%, higher than Tuesday’s 8.11%.

Of the new cases, 343 are in people 18 and younger.

The state reported two new coronavirus-related deaths, bringing Kentucky’s total death toll since the pandemic to 7,325.

The state reported 571 people hospitalized, up from 520 on Tuesday; 185 in ICU, an increase from Tuesday’s 175; and 83 people on a ventilator, unchanged from Tuesday.