1,544 new COVID cases in KY, positivity rate jumps to nearly 9 percent

Gov. Andy Beshear on Monday reported 1,514 new cases of coronavirus were confirmed in Kentucky over the previous 24 hours.

The new cases increase the state’s COVID-19 victim count to 139,097.

Officials reported three deaths on Monday, raising the commonwealth’s coronavirus death toll to 1,664 (1.2 percent fatality rate).

The rolling seven-day positivity rate rose from Sunday’s 8.88 percent to 8.98 percent, the highest the metric has been.

Hospitalizations rose by 57 patients to 1,442 on Saturday, as the number of patients hospitalized has risen by 402 people over the last seven days (57.4 per day). Intensive care patients increased by 30 to 360, while victims on ventilators fell to 128 from Sunday’s 156.

Since the onset of the pandemic, 8,874 (6.4 percent) people have been hospitalized, with 1,456 (1.6 percent) patients treated in intensive care.

At least 24,568 (17.7 percent) Kentuckians have recovered from the virus, and 2,421,595 COVID-19 tests have been administered in the state.

By Ken Howlett, News Director

Contact Ken at ken@k105.com