State’s positivity rate nears 10%, new cases top 1,800

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – New COVID cases in Kentucky topped 1,800 Tuesday, continuing an increase that’s gone up almost uninterrupted for 40 days.

And the state’s positivity rate is now with just a few ticks of the 10% threshold.

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The number of people in the hospital, on ventilators and in the ICU also continues up.

In Tuesday’s daily report, the state listed 1,803 new cases, bringing the total number of cases in the state since March 6, 2020 to 487,871.

The number of counties in the ‘red’ category for high incidence rates continues to climb with more than half the state’s 120 counties now in that category.

The positivity rate rose to 9.88%

Of the new cases, 372 are in people 18 and younger.

The state reported four new coronavirus-related deaths, bringing Kentucky’s total death toll since the pandemic began in March 2020 to 7,352.

The state reported 824 people in the hospital, up from just 625 Friday; 263 in ICU; and 96 on a ventilator.