FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – New COVID cases in Kentucky topped 1,600 for the second straight day Friday and the positivity rate pushed within a fraction of 9 percent.
The number of people in the hospital, on ventilators and in the ICU also continues up.
In Friday’s daily report, the state listed 1,648 new cases, up from 1,618 Thursday. The numbers brought the total number of cases in the state to 482,599.
The 1,648 new cases is the highest number since Feb. 19, 2021 when the state reported 1,993 cases
The number of counties in the ‘red’ category for high incidence rates continues to climb, going from 28 to 36 to 40 to 53 this week. The state now has 53 counties in the ‘orange’ category, up from 48 Thursday and just 12 in ‘yellow’ and two in ‘green.’
The positivity rate rose to 8.96%, up from 8.55% Thursday, 8.29% Wednesday and 8.11% Tuesday.
Of the new cases, 354 are in people 18 and younger, up from 328 Thursday.
The state reported seven new coronavirus-related deaths, bringing Kentucky’s total death toll since the pandemic began in March 2020 to 7,334.
The state reported 625 people in the hospital, up from 608 Thursday, 571 Wednesday, and 520 Tuesday; 195 in ICU, up from 189 Thursday, 185 Wednesday and 175 Tuesday; and 85 on a ventilator, up from 82 on Thursday, and 84 on Wednesday and Tuesday.