Kentucky reports 62 deaths as COVID continues to surge

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – While the state showed a dip in its number of daily COVID cases, the unsettling death count saw another rise.

In its daily update, the state reported 4,891 new COVID cases with 1,416 of those in people 18 and under. The new cases brought the state total to 644,563 since the start of the pandemic.

The 62 deaths increased the state’s total lost to COVID-related causes to 8,206 since March 2020.

The positivity rate dropped again, falling to 13.00% from Wednesday’s 13.02%, 13.45% Tuesday, 13.7% Monday, 14% Friday, and 14.04% on last Thursday.
Hospitalizations saw a very small change at 2,453 people, down from 2,493 people in the hospital on Wednesday, which was down slightly from 2,514 Tuesday but still higher than the 2,446 Monday and higher than every day last week.
Meanwhile, the number of those in intensive care went up to 667 from 648 people on Wednesday, up from 666 Tuesday and more than the 646 reported on Monday.
And the number of people on ventilators rose to 448; an increase from 436 on Wednesday, 428 Tuesday and 411 Monday.
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