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Declining positivity rates evident of Kentuckians' sacrifices


FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) -- Gov. Andy Beshear said while COVID-19 numbers in Kentucky are still alarmingly high, there is progress in the fight against the virus.

Wednesday was the state’s sixth straight day with a declining positivity rate, dropping to 9.23%, showing that Kentuckians’ ongoing sacrifices have made an impact.

 

“We continue to see some promising trends in our COVID-19 numbers,” Beshear said.  “They are still far too high but given that we were experiencing exponential growth before we took those difficult steps, this is evidence that we may not just be slowing down that growth, we may even be plateauing our cases. 
 

You have to slow down the train before you stop it, and you have to stop it before you turn it around.”

 

There were 3,481 new cases of the coronavirus were reported to state public health officials on Wednesday.  Six counties had at least 100 new cases: Jefferson 731, Fayette 238, Kenton 144, Warren 119, Boone 105, and Madison with 102.  This brings Kentucky’s pandemic total to 209,136.

 

There were also 16 new deaths, with the victims ranging in age from 32 to 98.  Three of them were from Caldwell County, two from Jefferson County, and one each from Clark, Daviess, Floyd, Harlan, Jessamine, Livingston, Marshall, McLean, Ohio, Owsley and Webster counties.  

 

The number of Kentuckians who have now died due to COVID-19 now stands at 2,118. 

 

The Governor reported 1,792 people hospitalized with 412 in the intensive care and 211  on a ventilator.

 

Beshear also announced  4,069 applications have been filed for the Team Kentucky Food and Beverage Relief Fund, requesting $36.4 million in assistance. Already, $17.5 million has been approved for distribution. The fund contains $40 million available for distribution to eligible bar and restaurant owners. For more information, visit teamkyfbrf.ky.gov.

 

Beshear extended a previous executive order prohibiting price-gouging, which will remain in effect for the duration of the state of emergency. The emergency declaration began  March 6 after the first confirmed case of the coronavirus was reported in Kentucky.

 

The requirements impacting restaurants, bars, social gatherings, indoor fitness and recreation centers, venues, theaters, professional services and schools are set to expire Dec. 13.

 

To view the full daily report, the county by county incidence rate map, testing locations, long-term care and other congregate facilities update, school reports and guidance, red zone counties, red zone recommendations, the White House Coronavirus Task Force weekly reports for Kentucky and other key guidance, go to kycovid19.ky.gov.

 

Beshear plans to hold his last scheduled press briefing of the week, Thursday at 4 p.m.

 

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