Kentucky surpasses 1 million COVID cases, Gov. Andy Beshear holds COVID-19 update

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Published: Jan. 18, 2022 at 4:04 PM EST
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WYMT) - Governor Andy Beshear held a news conference on Tuesday afternoon to update Kentuckians on COVID-19 cases.

Just before his conference, He announced a new record in Kentucky’s COVID reports.

Monday’s report showed that Kentucky officially passed 1 million COVID -19 cases since the last report, which was on Friday.

There were 6,644 new cases to start the week, bringing the state total to 1,006,224.

In Tuesday’s full report, the Governor announced 8,742 new cases, bringing the total case count to 1,014,703.

The state’s positivity rate now sits at 30.25%.

2,427 of the new cases were children 18 and younger. 2,200 Kentuckians remain hospitalized. 431 people remain in the ICU, with 244 on a ventilator.

The Governor also announced 16 new deaths.

Carroll County leads the state with an incidence rate of 350.7.

All 120 counties across the state are in the red zone on the state’s COVID-19 incidence rate map.

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:

In his news briefing, the Governor spoke about COVID rates and Kentucky’s efforts to fight the recent surge.

At the beginning of the conference, Beshear said Saturday was the highest case count Kentucky had seen since the beginning of the pandemic, with more than 14,000 cases.

You can watch a livestream of the conference below.

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