FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) - Kentucky heads into Thanksgiving Day with another high number of new COVID-19 cases and deaths.
There were 3,408 new cases reported to state public health officials on Wednesday, which means there have now been 166,139 positive cases in Kentucky, since the first one was reported in Harrison County on March 6.
Seven counties reported more than 100 new cases on Wednesday. They were Jefferson with 732, Fayette 264, Kenton 138, Boone 116, Warren, 114, Hardin 111, and Madison with 100. The rest of the top ten counties were Campbell and Daviess, who both had 69 and Bullitt 62.
There were also 26 new deaths attributable to the virus on Wednesday, raising Kentucky’s pandemic total to 1,835.
They include a 60-year-old woman from Barren County; an 82-year-old man from Christian County; a 94-year-old woman from Daviess County; a 62-year-old man from Edmonson County; an 87-year-old man from Floyd County; a 91-year-old woman from Hancock County; a 90-year-old man from Hardin County; two women, ages 67 and 89, and three men, ages 62, 68 and 79, from Jefferson County; an 83-year-old man from Jessamine County; a 61-year-old woman from Lewis County; a 74-year-old woman and a 91-year-old man from Martin County; a 73-year-old woman from McLean County; a 98-year-old woman and a 66-year-old man from Monroe County; an 84-year-old man from Ohio County; two men, ages 79 and 87, from Oldham County; a 56-year-old woman from Spencer County; two women, ages 77 and 86, and a 77-year-old man from Warren County.
The number of Kentuckians hospitalized on Wednesday stood at 1,734. Of them, 409 were listed in intensive care and 216 were on a ventilator. All those numbers showed an increase from Tuesday. The state’s positivity rate, based on a seven-day rolling average, now stands at 8.88%. That is up from Tuesday’s 8.82%.
Once again, Gov. Beshear asked all Kentuckians to follow safety precautions during Thanksgiving, due to the surge in cases in the state and across the country.
“Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, and usually we get together with about 15 people,” he said. “This year, we just can’t do that. I’m really disappointed, like all of us are, but protecting my parents, my kids, our neighbors and all of our health care workers has to come first. I’m grateful for all Kentuckians who are sacrificing this year to keep each other safe.”
For Thanksgiving, state public health officials say limit your gathering to your household and only one other, with a total of eight people or less.
Taking a wider view of the COVID-19 pandemic, Johns Hopkins University on Wednesday reported 60,207,001 confirmed cases globally, along with 1,417,906 deaths. In the United States, there have been 12,742,743 positive cases and 261,874 deaths.
To view the full daily report for Kentucky, the incidence rate map, testing locations, long term-care and other congregate facilities update, school reports, the White House Coronavirus Task Force reports for Kentucky, red zone recommendations, the Governor’s new restrictions which are in effect until Dec. 13, and other key guidance, visit kycovid19.ky.gov.
Gov. Beshear’s next scheduled live virtual press briefing will be on Monday although he will send out daily case information every day.