‘A shock to the system:’ Cases of COVID-19 surge across Kentucky

Gov. Beshear provides Wednesday update on COVID-19

FRANKFORT, Ky. (FOX19) - Kentucky’s case report contained 1,346 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, the highest single-day total and the second-highest case report ever.

Kentucky reported 2,398 Oct. 7, but that report contained a backlog of 1,472 cases from Fayette County.

There were no bright spots in Wednesday’s report, which also contained seven newly confirmed deaths, including two veterans.

Prior to the current “escalation phase” of the virus in Kentucky — the state’s third since March, according to Beshear — it was averaging around 520 hospitalizations and 130 patients in the ICU.

According to Wednesday’s report, 711 Kentuckians are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 and 185 are in ICUs, both record highs since at least Sept. 1.

Some 113 patients with COVID-19 are currently on ventilators statewide, up 26 percent from Tuesday’s count of 90, according to the governor.

“It’s really hot right now,” Beshear said. “It’s an indication that we are finding more virus out there, and there probably is more virus out there, than at any time to date in our dealing with the pandemic.”

It’s been an up-and-down week for the commonwealth. Monday’s report contained the highest case total ever for a Monday, but Tuesday’s case total was below the prior three Tuesdays, prompting measured optimism a plateau could be in sight. Wednesday’s report potentially squashed that hope.

(Comparing days of the week — Mondays to Mondays, for example — accounts for reporting variances as labs wind up after being closed over the weekend.)

The current week follows three consecutive weeks of record case totals in Kentucky. The state is on track to set another record this week.

Below are the Monday-Wednesday case totals for the current week as well as the preceding three weeks:

  • Sept. 21-23: 2,026
  • Sept. 28-30: 2,478
  • Oct. 5-7: 2,523
  • Oct. 12-14: 2,765

“I’ve said this should be a wake-up call or maybe a jolt or shock to the system, but everybody ought to be concerned and everybody ought to be doing the right thing,” the governor said. “Let’s push the complacency out and let’s get the urgency back in.”

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