Holidays drive up COVID case count as numbers, positivity spike

Positivity rate tops 12%, closing in on 13%

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – While holiday testing and reporting may have contributed, the number of new COVID cases and the positivity rate spiked Tuesday.

In the its daily report Tuesday (click here), Gov. Andy Beshear (click to watch) reported 4,297 new cases and a positivity rate of 12.61%. Of the new cases, 734 are in people 18 and under.

“Some of these numbers may be from limited holiday reporting, but we are monitoring closely noting the trends we’re seeing across the U.S.,” Beshear said, referring to surges happening in many states.

The state also reported 23 deaths, bringing to 12,097 the number of people lost to COVID-related causes.

The numbers compared to 1,342 new COVID cases Monday, 981 cases Sunday, 1,946 on Saturday, 2,847 Friday, 2,878 on Thursday, 2,913 Wednesday, 2,566 cases last Tuesday and 1,215 last Monday.

The positivity rate compared to 11.8% Monday, 11.35% on Sunday, 10.73% Saturday, 10.27% on Friday, 9.96% Thursday, 9.61% last Wednesday, last Tuesday’s 9.33% and last Monday’s 9.2%.

The state has logged 850,632 cases of COVID since March 2020.

Hospitalizations continue to fluctuate with 1,330 Tuesday, up from 1,225 Monday, 1,183 Sunday, 1,200 on Saturday, 1,251  Friday, 1,273 on Thursday, 1,210 last Wednesday, 1,205 last Tuesday and 1,206 last Monday.

ICU admittance also keeps moving up and down, with 342 Tuesday, compared to 348 Monday, 344 Sunday, Saturday’s 345 and 339 on Friday, down from 355 on Thursday and still up from 327 Wednesday, 328 last Tuesday and 325 last Monday.

The number of those on a ventilator is staying above 200, with 203 Tuesday, 205 Monday and 206 Sunday. and up from 198 on Saturday, 199 Friday, 186 on Thursday, 185 Wednesday, 174 last Tuesday and 176 last Monday.

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