Ky. coronavirus cases top 200,000, after weekend bring 10,000 new cases

FRANKFORT, Ky. — The number of coronavirus cases in Kentucky hit a new milestone, with more than 200,000 people now with confirmed cases of the illness.

It took Kentucky exactly nine months from the date of the first reported case in the commonwealth — March 6 — to reach that mark. And it comes the same week the state reached more 2,000 deaths from the virus.

This afternoon at 2, Gov. Andy Beshear will preside over a wreath-laying ceremony by the Kentucky State Police Honor Guard to commemorate the victims of the disease.

The latest numbers show more than 10,000 cases reported over the weekend.

Fifty-eight more Kentuckians have died, raising the death toll to 2,072.

In a positive trend, the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 has gone down, at 1,673, including 401 people in intensive care and 214 on ventilators.

The state’s positivity rate has also decreased slightly, and is now at 9.75 percent.