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Kentucky Has Worst Week Ever for New Virus Cases
By West Kentucky Star Staff
FRANKFORT - Kentucky has experienced its worst week ever for new coronavirus cases.

Governor Andy Beshear announced 2,194 new cases on Sunday, the highest ever for a Sunday. The second highest Sunday was Oct. 25, when 1,462 new cases were reported. 

In addition, this was Kentucky's highest week ever for new COVID-19 cases, surpassing the previous record week by 3,766 cases.

Those reported lost to the virus on Sunday include an 88-year-old man from McCracken County. 

"This upcoming holiday week is a special time for all of our families, and I know everyone wants to have a normal Thanksgiving after such a difficult year," Beshear said. "I wish more than anything that we could go back to normal safely, but we can't. In order to protect our only line of health care workers and all of our fellow Kentuckians, keep gatherings small (eight people or fewer and two households at most), wear a mask, wash your hands and stay six feet apart. If we have a major surge of COVID-19 cases after Thanksgiving, our hospitals will simply not have the capacity to give everyone the care they need. Nothing is worth that risk."

As of 4 p.m. Sunday, Beshear reported the following COVID-19 numbers:

New cases today: 2,194
New deaths today: 4
Positivity rate: 9.19%
Total deaths: 1,787
Currently hospitalized: 1,533
Currently in ICU: 389
Currently on ventilator: 208

Top counties with the most positive cases today are: Jefferson, Fayette, Boone and Kenton. Each of these counties reported more than 100 new cases.

To view the full daily report, incidence rate map, new statewide requirements, testing locations, long term-care and other congregate facilities update, school reports and guidance, red zone counties, red zone recommendations, the White House Coronavirus Task Force reports for Kentucky and other key guidance visit, kycovid19.ky.gov.

Published 10:06 PM, Sunday Nov. 22, 2020
Updated 10:20 AM, Monday Nov. 23, 2020

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