1,330 new cases of COVID-19 in Kentucky, 17 new deaths

Kentucky's Thursday COVID-19 update

FRANKFORT, Ky. (FOX19) - Kentucky reported 1,330 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 Thursday, continuing the state’s fall case escalation.

View Thursday’s report here.

Four of the last five weeks Kentucky has set record weekly case totals. Thursday’s case count all but guarantees it will set another record this week.

Hospitalization data continues to worsen as well. Some 800 Kentuckians are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 214 are in ICUs and 105 are on ventilators, all significant day-on-day increases.

The state’s positivity rate is 5.3 percent, its highest rate since Aug. 19, according to Gov. Andy Beshear.

Seventeen new COVID-19-related deaths were reported Thursday as well.

Beshear said the virus continues to spread at college campuses, albeit at lower levels than when students first returned.

“Family gatherings are where we are seeing a lot of spread, where friends and family come together and let their guard down," the governor explained, adding the virus is also spreading at weddings and funerals.

Beshear noted mask use is key.

“If 90 percent of people wear a mask when they need to, we can get this thing under control,” he said. “It’s in our hands. We have the power to protect people from this virus.”

He also used Thursday’s press briefing to promote the state’s guidance for a safe Halloween.

“Remember, the CDC doesn’t think we ought to be trick-or-treating at all. I know kids are going to do it. I know how excited our kids are to do it, so please make your plan on how you are going to follow these steps to do it safely,” said Beshear. “It’s a sacrifice, but I’d like to think it’s a small sacrifice to better protect our people, our children and our seniors.”

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