Lexington, Kentucky (WKYT) – Governor Andy Becher announced new COVID-19 numbers on Christmas Eve and Christmas Eve, as well as the day after Christmas.
764 new cases of COVID-19 were in Kentucky on Saturday. The total number of the country now stands at 255,563. The state’s positivity rate is now 8.04%. Health officials say this day is less due to the Christmas holidays. The counties hit the most on Saturday were Jefferson and Fayette.
The governor also reported four new deaths on Saturday. This brings the total deaths related to COVID-19 in Kentucky to 2,534.
“The number of deaths we are announcing today is really heartbreaking – another wake-up call. But the good news is that our positivity rate continues to decline.” Governor Bashir said, “It was less than eight percent on Christmas Day.” That means our sacrifices make a difference. Thank you for taking the holidays differently this year to protect each other. Let us continue to work hard so that we do not have more days like today where we have to announce that we have lost a lot of our neighbors, family and friends.
Among the people reported missing from the virus on Saturday is a 71-year-old woman from Hart County; 99-year-old man from Jefferson County; 94-year-old woman from Monroe County; And a 76-year-old man from Simpson County.
At least 1,511 Kentucky residents are currently hospitalized, of whom 396 are in the intensive care unit and 237 are on ventilators.
On Friday, 1,803 cases of COVID-19 were reported. The positivity rate was slightly lower than in previous days, at 7.95%.
The governor’s office said 11 people died from the virus on Friday. Among the missing was an 84-year-old man from Anderson County. 71-year-old woman from Barren County; 60-year-old man from Cumberland County; 71-year-old woman from Franklin County; 71-year-old woman from Hopkins County; 87-year-old woman from Logan County; 81-year-old woman from Madison County; Two men, aged 62 and 91, from McCracken County; 58-year-old man from Monroe County; And an 85-year-old woman from Pulaski County.
On Thursday, 2,742 new cases of coronavirus were reported. Thursday’s case numbers include the second-highest number of deaths ever reported in the state, with 53 Kentucky residents missing from the virus.
Among the people reported missing from the virus on Thursday was a 67-year-old man from Boyle County; 72-year-old woman from Breckenridge; Two men, ages 55 to 74, from Bullet County; 77-year-old man from Campbell County; Two women, ages 90 to 91, and an 89-year-old man from Christian County; 71-year-old woman from Cumberland County; Two men, aged 63 and 65, from Davis County; 82-year-old woman from Floyd County; 83-year-old man from Franklin County; 84-year-old woman from Graves County; 94-year-old woman and 87-year-old man from Grayson County; 100-year-old woman from Hardin County; Four women, ages 67, 74, 92, and 94, and two men, between 74 and 77, from Hopkins County; An 85-year-old woman and three Jefferson County men, ages 70, 80, and 90; Two men, 74 and 89, from Jessamine County; Three women, ages 64, 68, and 73 from Madison County; 69-year-old woman from Mason County; Two men, aged 73 and 77, from Monroe County; Two women, aged 77 to 90, from Mühlenberg county; 77-year-old woman from Ohio County; 91-year-old man from Owen County; Three women, ages 52, 87, and 90, and two men, between the ages of 90 and 91, from Pulaski County; 66-year-old woman from Rockcastle County; Three women, ages 86, 87, and 90, from Russell County; Two women, between the ages of 82 and 84, from Taylor County; 86-year-old man from Trig County; 73-year-old man from Warren County; And a 65-year-old woman from Wolff County.
“Many Kentucky residents found new ways to celebrate Christmas yesterday, including limiting their personal interactions with others,” said Dr. Stephen Stack, Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Public Health. “We appreciate your sacrifices and a good gift to your loved ones and neighbors because we are preventing this horrific disease from spreading more quickly. Please make sure you are aware of the symptoms of this virus, and if you are not feeling well, please stay home until you get better or visit a health care provider.”
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