Kentucky reports ‘staggering’ case increase, 30 new deaths from COVID-19

Kentucky updates COVID-19 response

FRANKFORT, Ky. (FOX19) - Kentucky reported 3,649 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 Thursday, a “staggeringly high” number, according to Gov. Andy Beshear.

It’s the most cases Kentucky has ever announced in a day. The state’s top five highest case reports have all occurred in the last week, Beshear said.

Beshear also announced 30 new virus-related deaths Thursday. That marks the second-highest count of the pandemic.

Some 1,550 Kentuckians are hospitalized with COVID-19, 358 are in ICUs and 199 are on ventilators.

The state’s positivity rate is 9.18 percent.

Nearly every Kentucky county is in the ‘red’ on the Department of Public Health’s incident rate map, indicating 25 or more daily cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 residents on average over the last seven days. Eight of 120 are ‘orange.’

COVID-19 incident rate map in Kentucky
COVID-19 incident rate map in Kentucky (Source: Kentucky Department of Public Health)

The governor is said he had issued a recommendation to houses of worship that they move to virtual services beginning Sunday through Dec. 13. He said there had been 35 examples of COVID-19 spread involving houses of worship in the last six weeks throughout the commonwealth.

The news comes one day after Beshear signed an order placing new restrictions on bars and restaurants, schools, gyms and other businesses.

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