COVID-19 continues decline in Kentucky as state reaches 700K total cases


FRANKFORT, KY (WOWK) – Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear says COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the Bluegrass State, even as the state surpassed a new milestone today of 700,000 cases since the pandemic began.

The governor says the state has now seen two straight weeks of declining weekly cases, however, he says the drop was not as significant as the week prior, and the state is keeping an eye on the charts because they want to see the number drop at a more “significant rate” to be sure it is a continuing decline and not a plateau.

As of today, Monday, Oct. 4, the state reported 1,239 new COVID-19 cases and 26 additional deaths, bringing the state to a total of 700,393 cases and 8,906 deaths throughout the pandemic. Of the new cases reported today, 287 were reported in children 18 or younger.

The governor also gave an update for the cases and deaths reported Saturday, Oct. 2 and Sunday, Oct. 3:

  • Saturday, Oct. 2: 2,511 new cases and 54 new deaths
  • Sunday, Oct. 3: 1,201 new cases and 22 new deaths

The number of Kentuckians in the hospital is also continuing to drop with 1,668 people currently hospitalized. of those, 496 are in the ICU and 332 are on ventilators.

According to the governor and the Kentucky Department for Public Health, 2,719,398 Kentuckians have been vaccinated against COVID-19. This breaks down into 61% of the total population, 71% of eligible Kentuckians (ages 12 and up) and 74% of adults (18 and over) in the Bluegrass State.

By age range COVID-19 vaccination rates are:

  • 75+ years: 90%
  • 65-74 years: 95%
  • 50-64 years: 81%
  • 40-49 years: 71%
  • 25-39 years: 60%
  • 18-24 years: 52%
  • 16-17 years: 51%
  • 12-15 years: 46%

The state’s percent positivity rate as of today is listed as 9.31%. Lewis, Elliot, Crittenden and Hickman counties are in orange on the state’s current incidence rate map while Lee, Ballard and Carlisle counties are in yellow. The remaining 113 counties remain in red.

For the first time since August, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists Elliot and Carlisle counties as orange on its COVID-19 data tracker map. The remaining 118 are still in orange.

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