Kentucky sets new records for COVID cases, deaths

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Coming off of the holiday weekend, Kentucky set new records on Tuesday for new cases of COVID-19, as well as for the number of deaths in a single day.

“Put simply, today is a terrible day, and it shows us how quickly this thing is spreading,” Gov. Andy Beshear said. “It shows why it is so important to take steps to stop it before it gets any worse.”

The latest numbers show more than 4,100 new cases reported on Tuesday, bringing the total to more than 183,000.

Thirty-five more Kentuckians have died, raising the death toll to 1,943.

A record 1,777 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, including a record 441 in intensive care and a record 241 on ventilators.

The state’s positivity rate also hit a new record since testing was ramped up, and now stands at 9.59 percent.