Positivity rate drops to 2.4%, cases below last week

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – The state’s COVID positivity rate continues to slow decline, the number of cases keeps dropping but won’t go away and the number of people vaccinated keeps creeping higher.

The state announced Wednesday 2,010,846 people have received at least their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine in Kentucky. That’s up slightly more than 4,000 people from Tuesday as the demand for the vaccine continues to slow dramatically despite incentives.

Among those, more than 23,000 are kids between 12 and 15. Overall, 56% of the eligible state population are vaccinated.

Slightly more than 80% of people ages 65 and older in Kentucky have been vaccinated, while more than 60% of people ages 50 to 64 have gotten the shots, according to state statistics. The vaccination rate dropped to 31% among Kentuckians ages 18 to 29.

The governor reported 440 new coronavirus cases and 19 more virus-related deaths Wednesday. Of the deaths, 16 were new and three were from the ongoing audit of deaths dating back to last year.
As of 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 26, the state reported:

New cases today: 440
New Cases Under Age 18: 78

Positivity rate: 2.4%, down from 2.52% Tuesday.

Deaths Wednesday: 19

Total Deaths: 6,744

Hospitalized: 349

IN ICU: 109

On Ventilator: 50

For information on cases and hospital capacity, see the full daily COVID-19 report.

The top five counties by percent of residents vaccinated are: Woodford (60%), Franklin (58%), Fayette (57%), Scott (50%) and Boone (50%).

The bottom five counties by percent of residents vaccinated are: Christian (19%), Spencer (19%), Ballard (21%), McCreary (22%) and Lewis (22%).

To see all vaccination sites and free transportation options to and from vaccination appointments, visit vaccine.ky.gov. To see a list of vaccination sites that have openings this week, visit vaccinemap.ky.gov. If Kentuckians have questions, they should call the state’s COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline, 855-598-2246 or TTY 855-326-4654 (for deaf or hard-of-hearing Kentuckians).

For detailed information on COVID-19 vaccinations and more, visit kycovid19.ky.gov.

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