Gov. Beshear reports elevated COVID-19 positivity rate into the new year

Gov. Beshear reports elevated COVID-19 positivity rate into the new year
The seven-day positivity rate for the commonwealth is now at 10.79 percent. (Source: Office of the Governor/KET)

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WAVE) - In Kentucky’s first COVID-19 update in the new year, Governor Beshear confirmed a higher positivity rate over the holiday weekend.

Beshear said the positivity rate is elevated likely due to labs and test sites being closed over the holidays, increasing the percentage of tests within medical facilities with patients who are suspected positive.

“Every day we are reminded how fragile the progress we have made in defeating this virus really is,” Beshear said in a statement. “We will wait and watch closely over the coming days and weeks to gauge the impact the holidays may have had on our recent success in slowing new case growth. With more vaccines arriving in 2021, we have a new sense of hope but right now we must all continue to do our part to stop this virus, including wearing a mask and avoiding large in-person gatherings.”

The seven-day positivity rate for the commonwealth is now at 10.79 percent.

Saturday’s report provided numbers for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, in addition to January 2.

On December 31, there were 4,145 additional COVID-19 cases confirmed in Kentucky and 39 additional deaths. Case information for January 1 included an additional 3,124 cases and 14 deaths due to the virus.

Saturday’s numbers confirmed 1,470 new cases of COVID-19 in Kentucky, with 22 additional deaths due to the virus. Total number of cases is now reported at 273,971 in the commonwealth, with 2,698 total deaths due to COVID-19.

Other information provided in Saturday’s report includes:

  • Patients currently hospitalized: 1,635
  • Patients currently in ICU: 428
  • Patients currently on ventilator: 211

For additional information on positive cases and breakdowns on county, race and ethnicity, visit the Team Kentucky COVID-19 website.

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