Virus positivity rate dips below 7 percent, state adds 25 new deaths

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) – The number of new cases of COVID-19 in Kentucky dropped on Saturday, as did deaths and the state’s positivity rate, according to figures released by the Governor’s office.

There were 1,333 new cases reported to state public health officials on Saturday, after the number skyrocketed to 1,993 on Friday, which was more than double Thursday’s total of 963. This brings the total to 396,018, since the first case was reported in March 2020.

Jefferson County was the only one with over 100 cases, at 205. The rest of the top ten counties were Kenton 75, Fayette 70, Boone 65, Laurel 50, Christian 44, Whitley 41, Warren 37, Hardin 33, and Daviess had 31.

There were 25 new deaths attributed to the coronavirus, down three from Friday, and increasing to 4,426 the number of Kentuckians lost due to the pandemic. The ages and locations of the latest victims were not available on Saturday.


Kentucky’s positivity rate, which had risen to 7.07% on Thursday, then fell back below 7% on Friday to 6.89%, dipped even further on Saturday, to stand at 6.77%, based on a seven-day rolling average.

The number of Kentuckians hospitalized was 921 on Saturday. Of them, 245 were in the ICU and 125 on a ventilator. All three figures were lower than Friday.

Taking a wider view of the pandemic, Johns Hopkins University reported the number of confirmed cases worldwide on Saturday at 110,949,111, along with 2,457,373 deaths. In the United States, there have now been 28,060,047 confirmed cases, and 497,345 Americans have lost their lives to the coronavirus.

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. However, his office is expected to issue daily pandemic numbers on Sunday.

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