State mourns young victims, COVID positivity continues slide

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – The state’s positivity rate fell again Friday even as the state mourns more young victims of the virus, including a 15-year-old Fayette County student.

In its daily report, the state listed 3,941 new cases and 26 news deaths, including victims who were 15, 24 and 27.

“Tonight, I call on Kentuckians to light your homes green in honor of C.J. Gordon Jr., the 15-year-old Fayette County student lost to COVID-19. Let’s show his family the entire commonwealth stands with them as they mourn this unimaginable loss,” Gov. Andy beshear said in a statement.

Gordon died Thursday morning.

Friday’s new cases pushed the state’s total to 674,015. Of the new cases, 1,094 are in people 18 and under.

The 26 deaths increased state’s total lost to COVID to 8,492 since March 2020.

The positivity rate continues to go down, with the rate reported Friday at 10.99%, the first time below 11 percent in weeks. It fell from 11.33% Thursday, 11.66% Wednesday, 11.95% Tuesday, Monday’s 12.18%, last Friday’s 12.88%, last Thursday’s 13.00%, last Wednesday’s 13.02% and 13.45% last Tuesday.

In addition, 2,211 people are in the hospital, down from 2,223 Thursday, 2,257 Wednesday, 2,287 Tuesday, 2,254 Monday, 2,426 last Friday, 2,453 last Thursday, 2,493 last Wednesday and 2,514 last Tuesday.

The state listed 632 people in intensive care, compared to 625 Thursday, 651 Wednesday, 664 Tuesday, 654 Monday, 647 last Friday, 667 last Thursday, 648 last Wednesday and 666 last Tuesday.

 The number of people on ventilators also is up with 429 reported Friday, compared to 424 Thursday, 453 Wednesday, 445 Tuesday, 452 Monday, 463 last Friday, 448 last Thursday and 436 last Wednesday.

From March 1 to Sept. 22, 2021, 86.7% of COVID-19 cases, 92.1% of COVID-19 hospitalizations and 84.6% of COVID-19 deaths have been among partially vaccinated or unvaccinated Kentuckians.

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