COVID-19 Update: Kentucky's Positivity Rate Back Over 9%
On Sunday Governor Andy Beshear announced 2,803 new positive cases and 11 more COVID-19 related deaths. Kentucky's positivity rate has risen to 9.24%. Beshear released a statement thanking those Kentuckians who followed Thanksgiving guidelines laid out by national, state and local health officials.
"To every family who changed their traditions this year to keep others safe – thank you. To our only line health care workers and first responders who have put your own safety at risk during this pandemic – thank you. To our tireless neighbors battling food insecurity and making sure Kentuckians can put dinner on the table, on Thanksgiving and every day – thank you. And to the retail, grocery, logistics and food and beverage professionals who did the right thing to keep yourselves and customers safe this week – thank you. To these heroes, and so many others, you are all the best of Team Kentucky," said Gov. Beshear.
Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Department for Public Health worries that cases will surge following the holdiay and asks everyone to continue to follow guidelines to slow the spread of the virus. “As we finish the Thanksgiving weekend, we need to show our kindness and caring for each other now more than ever. The spread of the virus is at an all-time high, but science and experience have shown that we are not powerless to shape our future. If we all wear masks, stay six feet away from those outside our home, limit travel and stay home if we are sick, we can put ourselves on a better path, stay safe and suppress COVID-19.”
As of Sunday, 1,709 Kentuckians are hospitalized with COVID-19, 407 of those patients are in the ICU and 218 are on a ventilator.