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Gov. Andy Beshear holds COVID-19 update

Published: Oct. 18, 2021 at 3:13 PM EDT
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WYMT) - In his COVID-19 report, the Governor announced 678 new COVID-19 cases across the Commonwealth on Monday, bringing the case total to 727,125.

154 of Monday’s new cases were children 18 and younger. 1,193 Kentuckians remain hospitalized. 337 people remain in the ICU, with 219 on a ventilator.

The state’s positivity rate now once again sits at 7.36%.

The Governor also announced 31 new COVID-19 deaths on Monday, bringing the statewide total to 9,396.

As of Friday, 95 counties across the state are in the red zone on the state’s COVID-19 incidence rate map, including several counties in the mountains.

Owsley County leads the state with an incidence rate of 100.3 per 100,000 people. Menifee County has the lowest incidence rate in the state at 2.2 per 100,000 people.

The Governor began the briefing by recognizing the amount of loss still felt from COVID-19′s presence.

“We are losing a lot of people, both in this country and Kentucky,” said Beshear.

He said most numbers are trending in the right direction, though. He said he hopes they continue to go down.

He announced a 7.36% positivity rate, dropping below the 8% mark for the first time in a while.

Cases continue to go down. Beshear said this is a good thing because he thought the state might hit a plateau in a few weeks ago.

According to the Governor’s charts, the case-by-week rate was the lowest it had been since the end of July.

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

Beshear shares cases-by-week decline
Beshear shares cases-by-week decline(WYMT)

Other statistics, such as hospitalization, people in the ICU and people on ventilators have also gone down.

The Governor also announced more than 8,000 new vaccinations over the weekend.

You can watch the livestream below.

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