KY shatters weekly record for COVID-19 cases as Thanksgiving holiday draws closer

KY shatters weekly record for COVID-19 cases as Thanksgiving holiday draws closer

KENTUCKY (WFIE) - Gov. Andy Beshear announced 2,194 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 and four additional deaths on Sunday afternoon.

Kentucky is reporting that 158,100 residents have tested positive since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. The positivity rate currently stands at 9.19% statewide.

“If we have a major surge of COVID-19 cases after Thanksgiving, our hospitals will simply not have the capacity to give everyone the care they need,” Gov. Beshear said. “Nothing is worth that risk.”

As of Sunday, 1,787 residents have died across the commonwealth due to complications with COVID-19.

This week was the highest ever for new COVID-19 cases in Kentucky, surpassing the previous record week by 3,766 cases.

The governor pleads with Kentuckians to stay cautious over the holiday.

“This upcoming holiday week is a special time for all of our families, and I know everyone wants to have a normal Thanksgiving after such a difficult year,” Gov. Beshear said. “I wish more than anything that we could go back to normal safely, but we can’t. In order to protect our only line of health care workers and all of our fellow Kentuckians, keep gatherings small, wear a mask, wash your hands and stay six feet apart.”

The Muhlenberg County Health Department reported 13 additional COVID-19 cases on Sunday.

This brings the countywide number to 1,314 total cases. Out of these reported cases, 1,103 residents have fully recovered.

Muhlenberg County now has 192 active cases.

Here are the all-time totals of confirmed positive cases and deaths in our area of Kentucky:

  • Daviess Co. - 2,948 cases, 41 deaths, 2,321 recovered
  • Muhlenberg Co. - 1,314 cases, 19 deaths, 1,103 recovered
  • Hopkins Co. - 1,621 cases, 46 deaths, 1,065 recovered
  • Ohio Co. - 858 cases, 14 deaths, 686 recovered
  • Henderson Co. - 1,830 cases, 37 deaths, 1,438 recovered
  • Webster Co. - 497 cases, 6 deaths, 368 recovered
  • McLean Co. - 355 cases, 12 deaths, 246 recovered
  • Union Co. - 674 cases, 6 deaths, 555 recovered
  • Hancock Co. - 265 cases, 10 deaths, 181 recovered

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