Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear announced the Commonwealth’s highest report of new COVID-19 cases on December thirtieth with 6,441 The previous highest report was January 6,2021 with 5,742 cases.
“The most important thing for everyone to hear today is that omicron has not only come to the commonwealth, it has hit us harder, in terms of escalation of cases, than anything we have seen to date,” said Beshear. “We have gone from the plateau to the second highest week of reported cases since the start of the pandemic.”
During the week ending on January second, Kentucky reported 29,955 new COVID cases and an average positivity rate over 20%. The total is nearly twice the number of cases reported the previous week. The total is also the second highest week reported since the beginning of the outbreak.
More than 1,500 people remain hospitalized with 373 patients in ICU and 205 patients on ventilators.
Beshear reported 65 deaths so far this year. More than 12,200 Kentuckian have died from the virus since the onset of the outbreak.