FRANKFORT, Ky. — Thursday marked the first release of the coronavirus incidence map, since Gov. Andy Beshear announced recommendations for those living in red counties. And as expected during the current third wave of the pandemic, there was a lot of red on the map.
Of Kentucky’s 120 counties, 68 are currently considered to be in the critical stage.
That includes most of the Mountain Top New coverage area, including Breathitt, Floyd, Johnson, Knott, Magoffin, Martin, Perry and Pike counties.
Residents of red counties are now advised to stay home as much as they can next week, and businesses are asked to allow employees to work remotely when possible.
Thursday’s number include 1,821 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total to 103,305.
Nineteen more people have died, raising the death toll to 1,461.
There are currently 969 people hospitalized with the illness, including 234 in intensive care and 120 on ventilators.
The state’s positivity rate is currently 6.04 percent.