Gov. Beshear reports 2,756 new COVID-19 cases; positivity rate continues to decline

Published: Jan. 22, 2021 at 5:40 PM EST
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - Governor Andy Beshear has provided an update on COVID-19 cases.

Gov. Beshear reported 2,756 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, bringing the state total to 340,779 cases. The governor says the state is seeing a 10.80 percent positivity rate. That’s the lowest rate since Jan. 2.

Of Friday’s new cases, 395 are in kids 18 or younger.

There were 36 reported COVID-19 related deaths on Friday, which is the highest daily total ever reported. The state death total is now 3,337.

As of Friday, 1,561 people are hospitalized for COVID-19 related reasons, 387 are in the ICU, and 195 are on ventilators. At least 41,562 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus.

“Folks, there’s a pretty simple reason why I think our cases are declining, and that’s that I see you all doing the hard work,” said Gov. Beshear. “I see people wearing masks now more than ever and engaging in social distancing when they can. Keep it up. We are going to beat this virus in 2021. We’ve just got to protect everyone until we get there.”

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