Kentucky reports highest ever daily total of new COVID-19 cases Wednesday

Gov. Andy Beshear announced a record-high total of 2,700 new cases of the coronavirus in Kentucky on Wednesday.

“This entire state is in danger,” Beshear said in a statement. “COVID-19 is absolutely everywhere. We need everybody to wear your masks and follow red zone reduction recommendations and school recommendations. It is a must if you want to lessen the impact in your community.”

Beshear also reported 14 more deaths caused by the coronavirus. The commonwealth has now seen more than 127,000 cases and 1,604 related deaths during the pandemic.

Kentucky’s rate for positive tests increased for the eighth consecutive day Wednesday, reaching 8.12%, the highest it’s been since May 5. 

Counties with the most new cases include Jefferson (479), Fayette (182), Boone (172), Kenton (153), Hardin (87), Nelson (78), Campbell (75), Daviess (71), McCracken (63) and Buliltt (54).

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Coronavirus-related hospitalizations also continue to rise, with 1,274 Kentuckians in hospitals for treatment and 297 in an intensive care unit. 

Dr. Steven Hester, chief medical officer for Norton Healthcare, said earlier Wednesday the Louisville hospital system has 152 COVID-19 patients, representing about 15% of its admissions.

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