Kentucky hits new one-day record for new COVID cases

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Gov. Andy Beshear is sounding the alarm, after the state reported a new daily record of coronavirus cases.

All counties in the Mountain Top News coverage area except Lawrence and Letcher are currently in the red zone.

This comes on the same that that the nation as a whole reported 100-thousand new cases for the first time.

The governor also announced that the number of red zone counties has now reached 80, including nearly all of Eastern Kentucky.

Counties subject to the governor’s red zone recommendations include nearly all of the Mountain Top News coverage area, with the exception of Lawrence and Letcher counties.

Thursday’s numbers show 2,318 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total to more than 115,000.

Twenty more people have died, raising the death toll to 1,534.

More than 1,100 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, including 291 in intensive care and 129 on ventilators.

Help for bars, restaurants

To help bars and restaurants get through the pandemic as cold weather makes outside seating impossible, the governor also announced fees for alcohol licenses will be waived for one year.

Those who haven’t yet paid their 2020 fees won’t have to pay until they renew in 2021. Those who have already paid their fees for this year will have their fees waived next year.