On Wednesday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced 1,864 coronavirus cases were confirmed in Kentucky over the previous 24 hours, pushing the commonwealth’s COVID-19 victim count to 101,494.
The counties reporting the most new coronavirus cases on Wednesday were Jefferson (352), Fayette (102), Hardin (78), Nelson (67), Pike (60), Kenton (59), and Warren (49).
Officials reported 14 new deaths, raising the state’s coronavirus death toll to 1,442 (1.4 percent fatality rate). There have now been 32 COVID-19-related deaths over the last two days.
Those reported lost to the virus on Wednesday include an 83-year-old man from Boyd County; an 80-year-old man from Breathitt County; a 61-year-old woman from Christian County; a 95-year-old woman from Fayette County; a 93-year-old woman and a 91-year-old man from Henderson County; an 87-year-old woman and three men, ages 70, 80 and 81 from Jefferson County; two women, ages 80 and 82, from Kenton County; a 64-year-old woman from Knox County; and an 85-year-old woman from Lee County.
The rolling seven-day positivity rate, inching steadily upward for more than a week, was 6.07 percent, the first time the rate has checked in above six percent.
Hospitalizations took a jump on Wednesday, as well, as 927 patients are currently in a hospital, up 14 from Tuesday, and the most hospitalizations recorded since the beginning of the pandemic. Intensive care patients rose to 235, up two from Tuesday. Officials said 110 patients are on ventilators, down five from Tuesday.
Since the onset of the pandemic, 7,008 (6.9 percent) people have been hospitalized, with 1,702 (1.7 percent) patients treated in ICUs.
At least 18,165 (18.1 percent) Kentuckians have recovered from the virus, and 1,976,218 coronavirus tests have been administered in the state.
By Ken Howlett, News Director
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