Governor Andy Beshear announces Kentucky set new records for COVID-19 hospitalizations, people on ventilators

Published: Sep. 9, 2021 at 12:31 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 9, 2021 at 6:05 PM EDT
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WYMT) - Governor Andy Beshear announced a positivity rate above 14% on Thursday for the second day in a row. This was slightly lower than Wednesday at 14.04%

The Governor also announced more than 5,252 new cases of COVID-19 Thursday, bringing the statewide total to 615,168.

1,602 of Thursday’s new cases were children 18 and younger. 2,479 Kentuckians remain hospitalized, the highest number seen during the pandemic. 665 people remain in the ICU; with 434 on a ventilator, also a new record.

Gov. Beshear also announced 36 new deaths on Thursday, bringing the state’s death toll to 7,971.

As of Thursday, 118 counties across the state are in the red zone on the state’s COVID-19 incidence rate map. Perry County still leads the state with an incidence rate of 208.5 per 100,000 people. The two counties in the state not in the red zone are Clinton and Morgan counties.

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:

Governor Andy Beshear also held a Team Kentucky update Thursday.

He talked about hospitals being overwhelmed, the state’s economic status and vaccines.

The Governor also announced new community testing sites in Covington, Danville and Pineville. He encouraged people to set up appointments in advance due to the high demand throughout the state, saying that drive-through clinics and testing sites are overwhelmed.

You can watch the video below.

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