By Melissa Patrick
Kentucky Health News
Despite the persistently high deaths from Covid-19 in Kentucky, Gov. Andy Beshear sees hope in the state’s declining rate of residents testing positive for the novel coronavirus in the last seven days.
Beshear announced 1,914 new cases of the virus on Wednesday, the lowest Wednesday in weeks, and reported that the positive-test rate dropped again, to 7.5 percent, the lowest since Nov. 9.
He also said 49 more Covid-related deaths, 46 confirmed and three probable, brought the state’s death toll to 4,175. In the last 14 days, the state has averaged 45.2 deaths per day, a near-record, and the average has been over 40 since Jan. 28.
“We are still seeing far too many deaths, but this decreased positivity rate is a really hopeful leading indicator,” Beshear said in a news release. “We have come so far in our fight against this virus – now, we need to hang on until we reach the finish line.”
When the infected wearer and receiver were both fitted with the double mask or a knotted and tucked mask, the cumulative exposure of the receiver were reduced by 96.4 percent and 95.9 percent, respectively.
The number of people hospitalized in Kentucky with the virus is down 13 from yesterday, to 1,191, but the number in intensive care rose 54, to 336; and 21 more were on ventilators, totaling 169.
Counties with 10 or more new cases were Jefferson, 244; Fayette, 145 Kenton, 74; Madison, 58; Boone and Daviess, 56; Warren, 55; Barren, 51; Hardin, 49; Montgomery, 43; Christian, 36; Laurel, 35; Campbell, 33; Bullitt and Hopkins, 31; McCracken, 27; Russell, 26; Boyd, Marion and Pulaski, 25; Jessamine, 23; Perry, 23; Henderson, 21; Clinton, Hart and Pike, 19; Casey, Clark and Marshall, 18; Caldwell, 17; Whitley, 16; Franklin, Lawrence and Scott, 15; Allen, Boyle, Green, Nelson, Oldham and Taylor, 14; Knox, Larue, Lincoln and McCreary, 13; Greenup and Shelby, 12; Butler, Meade, Monroe, Muhlenberg and Woodford, 11; Floyd, Grayson, Letcher, Logan and Mason, 10.