COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, positivity rate continue to decline

Governor Andy Beshear says Thursday’s COVID-19 report was an overall positive one, though the state continues to have high numbers of deaths.

While reporting 2,625 new cases, the number of people in the hospital has decreased significantly, down 17 percent in recent days, and Governor Beshear says they’re glad to see that and other trends continuing to decline, including the positivity rate dropping to 8.67 percent.

Kentucky has reached a grim mile stone, with roughly 50 new deaths reported Thursday, putting the death toll over 9,000 since the pandemic began.  Governor Beshear says that’s more loss of Kentuckians than in wars, and it will undoubtedly impact people for years to come.

The governor says the state has had a good run for the last week, with decreasing case numbers, a dropping positivity rate, less hospitalizations and increasing vaccination numbers.  He thanked those who have done what’s needed to be done, whether that was getting the vaccine, wearing a mask, quarantining when asked to and more, saying those actions have been tiring but worth it.