Number of counties in red zone plummets

FRANKFORT, Ky. — The dramatic drop in coronavirus transmission is continuing across Kentucky.

After the nearly all of the state spent months in the red zone, now only 35 counties are at the highest level of transmission. That’s down from 63 counties on Tuesday.

Looking at the latest numbers, Kentucky saw more than 1,000 new cases reported on Tuesday, bringing the total to nearly 392,000.

Eighteen more Kentuckians have died, raising the death toll to 4,336.

There are 934 people currently hospitalized with COVID-19, including 259 in intensive care and 128 on ventilators.

The state’s positivity rate is now 6.99 percent.