Gov. Beshear: Ky. continues to see decline in COVID-19 cases

Current incidence rate for COVID-19 in Kentucky, as of Wednesday, October 6.
Current incidence rate for COVID-19 in Kentucky, as of Wednesday, October 6.(Kentucky Dept. for Public Health)
Published: Oct. 6, 2021 at 3:48 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 7, 2021 at 2:12 PM CDT
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (KFVS) - Governor Andy Beshear gave a Team Kentucky update on Thursday, October 7.

He said the Commonwealth continues to see a decline in COVID-19 cases, test positivity rate, hospitalizations, ICU admittances and ventilator use.

“While we are all excited about the trends and where we’re going, let’s remember that we’re going to live with these scars and trauma and loss for a long time. Let’s make sure that we give ourselves space and do something about it. And the No. 1 thing we can do is get vaccinated,” said Governor Beshear.

He said Kentucky has now surpassed 9,000 deaths due to COVID-19, more than the state has lost in any modern war.

From March 1 to Oct. 6, 85.1 percent of COVID-19 cases, 91.2 percent of COVID-19 hospitalizations and 82.8 percent of COVID-19 deaths have been among partially vaccinated or unvaccinated Kentuckians.

As of Thursday, 148 adult ICU beds are available in the Commonwealth.

The governor said there are 16 pediatric patients hospitalized due to COVID-19, six are in the ICU and four are on a ventilator.

Cases of COVID-19 in Kentucky

As of Wednesday, Oct. 6, the Kentucky Department for Public Health reported 2,696 cases of COVID-19 and 51 additional deaths.

The positivity rate is 9.11 percent.

Currently, 1,634 Kentuckians are hospitalized with COVID-19. Of those, 476 are in the ICU and 314 are on ventilators.

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