FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) -- Sundays often see a decrease in new cases of the coronavirus as well as deaths in Kentucky, and that held true again this Sunday.
Some of the labs that perform testing are not open or do not report test results on Sunday, Gov. Andy Beshear has stated in the past, so state public officials say waiting until Monday and Tuesday numbers are in is a better way to spot a trend. However, the number of new cases is lower than a week ago, while deaths rose by one from last Sunday.
In all, 2,018 new cases were reported on Sunday. That’s down from Saturday’s 3,795, and last Sunday’s 2,362.
Two counties reported over 100 new cases, Jefferson 346 and Fayette 171. The remainder of the top ten counties were Kenton 97, Daviess 91, Warren 68, Boone 65, Campbell 52, Hardin 48, Franklin 39 and Boyd 38.
The total number of positive cases in Kentucky since the first one was reported on March 6, 2020, has now risen to 386,546.
There were also 35 deaths reported to state public health officials on Sunday. This is 14 less than on Saturday, but one more than last Sunday. Kentucky’s death toll has now reached 3,421. The ages and locations of the latest victims were not available.
There are currently 1,540 Kentuckians hospitalized, a drop from Saturday’s 1,604. Of those hospitalized, 371 people are in the ICU, compared to 403 the previous day, and 218 on a ventilator, an increase of nine.
The state’s positivity rate continued to decline, and stood at 10.24% on Sunday, based on a seven-day rolling average. That marks the third day in a row it has been below 11%.
Taking a wider view of the pandemic, Johns Hopkins University reported Sunday that there have been 99,006,885 positive cases worldwide, along with 2,125,373 deaths. In the United States alone, the number of positive cases has risen to 25,077,155, while there have been 418,494 deaths.
The Governor has once again extended the executive order that bans price-gouging in Kentucky during the pandemic for another 30-days, effective Sunday, Jan. 24. This was the first executive order he issued following the declaration of emergency when the first case of the coronavirus was confirmed in Kentucky on March 6, and he has extended the price-gouging order monthly since then.
Violations of the order should be reported to the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office of Consumer Protection at (888) 432-9257. To file a price-gouging complaint, click here.
Sunday showed 114 of Kentucky’s 120 counties were in the red zone, meaning their daily case incidence rate is above 25 per 100,000 population, averaged over the last seven days. The rest of them, Elliott, Knott, Wolfe, Leslie, Magoffin and Owsley counties, are in the orange, meaning their daily incidence rate is between 10 and 25, per 100,000 population.
The statewide overall daily incidence rate is 59.62 cases, per 100,000 population, again based on an average of the last seven days.
To see the full daily COVID-19 report for Kentucky, which includes such information as the red zone counties and red zone recommendations, testing locations, the weekly White House Coronavirus Task Force reports for Kentucky, executive orders, vaccine distribution, and other information on the state’s pandemic response, go to kycovid19.ky.gov.
Gov. Beshear’s next scheduled live press briefing will be Monday afternoon at 4:00.