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“The delta variant is spreading like wildfire”: Kentucky COVID-19 positivity rate nears 10%

Gov. Andy Beshear gives an update on COVID-19.
Gov. Andy Beshear gives an update on COVID-19.(Governor Andy Beshear/Youtube)
Published: Aug. 2, 2021 at 3:59 PM EDT
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WYMT) - Gov. Andy Beshear held a news conference about the latest COVID-19 developments Monday afternoon.

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Governor Beshear opened his news conference pleading with unvaccinated Kentuckians to get vaccinated because the currently available vaccines are effective against the COVID-19 delta variant.

The governor announced 1,052 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the state’s total case number to 486,115.

231 of Monday’s new cases were children 18 and younger. 796 Kentuckians remain hospitalized, 250 of those patients are in the ICU. 98 patients remain on a ventilator. The state’s positivity rate climbed to 9.77%, marking the 38th consecutive day with an increase. That is up near 8% from the lowest point of 1.79% in the month of June.

Gov. Beshear also announced five deaths Monday, bringing the state’s death toll to 7,338.

2,319,625 Kentuckians have gotten at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 7,234,133 tests have been administered thus far.

As of Monday, 74 of the state’s 120 counties are in the red zone on the state’s COVID-19 incidence rate map, including 19 in the mountains. Clay County continues to lead the state with an incidence rate of 104.8 per 100,000 people.

If you have any questions about the coronavirus in Kentucky, call the state’s COVID-19 hotline at 1-800-722-5725.

You can also find more information, including how to protect your family, by visiting Kentucky’s official COVID-19 website: https://govstatus.egov.com/kycovid19

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