FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky reported more than 2,500 new coronavirus cases Wednesday, the highest daily number since early February as Gov. Beshear warned that the growing outbreak will lead to more deaths.
What You Need To Know
- Kentucky reported 2,583 new coronavirus cases Wednesday, the most in a single day since Feb. 3
- Nearly 890 virus patients are hospitalized in Kentucky, including 275 in intensive care units
- 87 of Kentucky’s 120 counties are reported to be in the red zone — signaling a severe level of community spread
- Gov. Beshear has urged all Kentuckians to once again mask up when indoors, regardless of vaccination status
The rate of Kentuckians testing positive for COVID-19 surpassed 10% as the highly contagious delta variant spreads, Gov. Andy Beshear said on social media. Kentucky also has its highest numbers of COVID-19 patients who are hospitalized and in intensive care units since February, he said.
Today I am announcing 2,583 newly reported cases of COVID-19 in Kentucky, the highest report since Feb. 3. Kentucky’s positivity rate has also increased to above 10%. The delta variant is serious and real and we have to be willing to do what it takes to protect our people. pic.twitter.com/ApGdOjOvnU— Governor Andy Beshear (@GovAndyBeshear) August 4, 2021
“We are not moving the right direction,” Beshear said. “And remember, with more cases comes more death.”
The state reported 2,583 new coronavirus cases Wednesday, the most since Feb. 3 as its total case count surpassed 490,000 since the start of the pandemic. Ten more virus-related deaths were reported statewide, raising Kentucky’s death toll from COVID-19 to at least 7,362.
Nearly 890 virus patients are hospitalized in Kentucky, including 275 in intensive care units.
“This is serious,” Beshear said. “The delta variant is real. And we have to be willing to do what it takes. Folks, you need to get vaccinated. Things will get worse before they get better. But we can fight this. We can reduce the loss and the damage, if you’re willing to get vaccinated.”
He also offered guidance on when Kentuckians should wear a mask when indoors.
“My recommendation is no matter where you are in Kentucky right now, if you’re going indoors with people outside of your home, put on that mask again,” he said. “It’s not forever. It’s just for now. It’s temporary.”
In another sign of the widespread severity of the outbreak, 87 of Kentucky’s 120 counties are reported to be in the red zone — signaling a severe level of community spread, the state said. Just four counties are in a zone other than red or orange.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.