State’s positivity rate tops 3%, case numbers continue climb

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – The state’s COVID positivity rate topped 3 percent Friday, continuing a climb that has reversed progress that had the rate nearing 1.5% just two weeks ago.

While part of the surge maybe related to the July 4 holiday, state leaders are using the numbers to urge people to get vaccinated to avoid the state seeing some of the hotspots other states, including nearby states like Missouri and Arkansas, are beginning to see as the highly contagious variants spread.

According to the state’s daily report Friday, the state’s COVID positivity rate was 3.1%, up from 2.92% Thursday and 2.87% Wednesday.

Meanwhile Gov. Andy Beshear reported Wednesday 2,215,604 Kentuckians have received at least one vaccine shot. That was up only almost 3,000 from Thursday’s number.

According to the daily report, the state still has no ‘red’ counties but has eight in the ‘orange’ category, the same as Thursday.

Most counties are still in yellow although the number in “green’ continues to grow.

The state reported two new coronavirus-related deaths, bringing Kentucky’s total death toll since the pandemic to 7,255.

The state also reported 379 new cases with 89 of those in people under 18.

The state reported 228 people hospitalized, down from 241 Thursday, 68 people in ICU, up from 64 Thursday, and 36 people on a ventilator, up from 32 Thursday.

The full vaccination and COVID-19 report are updated on KyCovid19.Ky.gov .

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