Over 6,800 new COVID cases, 89 deaths over Christmas holiday. Hospitalizations, ICU patients decrease.

Over the Christmas holiday, Gov. Andy Beshear reported a combined 6,818 coronavirus cases were confirmed on Thursday (2,742), Friday (1,803), Saturday (764), and Sunday (1,509).

The new cases increase the state’s COVID-19 victim count to 257,063 (about one case per 17.1 Kentucky residents).

Officials reported 89 deaths over the four day period, raising the commonwealth’s death toll to 2,555 (one percent fatality rate). Kentucky has now had 647 COVID-19-related deaths over the last 27 days (24 per day).

The rolling seven-day positivity dropped from Wednesday’s 8.35 percent to 8.06 percent on Sunday.

Hospitalizations fell by 60 patients to 1,504, while intensive care patients decreased by two people to 411, and victims on ventilators fell by five patients to 217.

Since the onset of the pandemic, 13,067 (5.1 percent) people have been hospitalized, with 2,981 (1.2 percent) patients treated in intensive care.

At least 35,952 (14 percent) Kentuckians have recovered from the virus, and nearly 3.37 million COVID-19 tests have been administered in the state.

By Ken Howlett, News Director

Contact Ken at ken@k105.com