Government Beshear reports 2,898 new COVID-19 cases; 23 dead

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) – Governor Andy Beshear has provided an update on COVID-19 cases.

The governor says all 11 health facilities in the state that were scheduled to receive the first shipments of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines have received them.

“This is a very exciting time. With these life-saving vaccines now being administered to our frontline workers, the beginning of the end of the coronavirus crisis is in sight, ”said the governor. “We also continue to see fewer cases week after week, with the current number lower than last Wednesday. This is all great news, but it will take time for these modern medical miracles to be available to everyone. Until then, we need everyone on Team Kentucky to be patient and watchful. Continue masking, keep a social distance, avoid unnecessary travel and crowds, and practice proper hand washing. “

Government Beshear reported 2,898 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, bringing the state’s total to 230,693 cases. The governor says the state sees a positivity rate of 8.57 percent. Of Wednesday’s new cases, 317 are in children 18 or younger.

There were 23 reported COVID-19-related deaths on Wednesday. The state’s death total is now 2,262.

The deaths reported Wednesday include an 80-year-old woman and a 67-year-old man from Adair County; a 61-year-old woman from Bell County; an 81-year-old woman from Daviess County; an 81-year-old man from Jefferson County; two women aged 77 and 85 from Marion County; two men, aged 71 and 86, and a 96-year-old woman from Mason County; a 77-year-old woman and a 67-year-old man from McCracken County; two men aged 73 and 75 and a 76-year-old woman from Nelson County; two men aged 65 and 72 and an 84-year-old woman from Oldham County; a 95-year-old woman and an 87-year-old man from Pulaski County; an 89-year-old man from Russell County; an 81-year-old man from Taylor County; and a 72-year-old man from Todd County.

As of Wednesday, 1,793 people have been hospitalized for COVID-19-related reasons, 460 are in the ICU and 239 on ventilators. At least 32,402 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus.

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