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State COVID-19 cases stabilize as Christmas nears

FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) -- Gov. Andy Beshear announced on Saturday that mitigation efforts have stopped the growth of COVID-19 cases in the state, that case numbers are continuing to decline, and Kentucky’s positivity rate is stable.

“What we are seeing is that the measures we have taken are working,” he said. “We have stopped the increase in cases, which we knew we had to do before we can start to decrease those numbers. Let’s all commit to doing what we know is right – wearing masks, social distancing, washing our hands, and limiting our holiday gatherings – so we can beat this virus once and for good.”

While the trends may be looking favorable, the number of new cases reported to state public health officials on Saturday was 3,388, up from Friday’s total of 3,170.

Eight counties reported more than 100 new cases: Jefferson had 459, Kenton 174, Fayette 151, Pulaski 141, Daviess 137, Boone 129, Campbell 112, and Warren 101. In addition, Russell reported 67 and Christian 64 to round out the top ten counties.


Kentucky has now had 240,564 positive cases of the coronavirus since the first case was reported in Harrison County on March 6.

There were also 27 new deaths reported in Kentucky on Saturday, which increases the pandemic total to 2,371.

The victims ages ranged from 50 to 97. Six of the deaths were reported in Daviess County; three in Jefferson County; two in both Owsley and Pike counties; and one each in Bell, Christian, Fayette, Grayson, Hancock, Hardin, Jessamine, Knott, Marion, Ohio, Oldham, Shelby Spencer, and Webster counties.

The number of Kentuckians hospitalized dropped from 1,712 on Friday to 1,655 on Saturday. Of them, 438 are in the ICU and 253 are on a ventilator, both of which rose by just over 20.

The state’s positivity rate eased slightly to 8.58%, based on a seven-day rolling average of tests versus positive cases. There have now been 3,248,691 tests performed in Kentucky, and 34,517 people have fully recovered.

State Public Health Commissioner Dr. Steven Stack joined the Governor in urging Kentuckians to continue their mitigation efforts.

“Perseverance in the weeks ahead is critical as vaccine supplies increase and we work towards COVID-19 immunizations available to Kentuckians as 2021 unfolds,” he said. “It would be an added tragedy to reverse our hard-won progress through leisure travel and large gatherings. Some hospitals are already near full capacity and that could make it difficult to receive care if there is an added holiday surge. Watch your space, wear a mask, and wash your hands, to ensure that 2021 is a year of hope and healing.”

To view the full daily COVID-19 report for Kentucky, red zone counties and red zone recommendations, testing locations, the weekly White House Coronavirus Task Force reports for Kentucky, details on holiday gathering guidance, school reopening and more, go to

Gov. Beshear says he plans to hold his next press briefing on Monday afternoon at 4, which can be viewed on his Facebook and YouTube pages. He is expected to issue another daily report on Sunday.


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