Kentucky surpasses 100,000 cases of COVID-19

Gov. Beshear provides Wednesday update on COVID-19

FRANKFORT, Ky. (FOX19) - Kentucky reported 1,864 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 14 new virus-related deaths Wednesday.

The case count puts Kentucky over 100,000 confirmed cases since the beginning of the pandemic in March.

Kentucky’s positivity rate jumped to 6.07 percent. Find Wednesday’s full report here.

The White House Task Force’s weekly report on Kentucky, released Wednesday, confirmed what Beshear has said previously, that spread of the virus is coming from home gatherings among family and friends where people let their guard down.

Sixty-five counties are labeled ‘red’ in Kentucky’s incident rate map as of Thursday, meaning those counties will be asked to follow new recommendations starting Monday intended to slow the spread of the virus. School districts in those counties are also urged to begin remote learning.

“It takes an entire community to protect the most vulnerable, to keep our schools open and to keep our economy running,” Beshear said. “What we need to see is that when a county hits red, everybody comes together in a coordinated effort.”

No Northern Kentucky counties are ‘red’ as of Thursday.

Kentucky's county-by-county incident rate map for Thursday, Oct. 28
Kentucky's county-by-county incident rate map for Thursday, Oct. 28 (Source: Kentucky Department of Public Health)

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