Kentucky reports record number of COVID hospitalizations

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky has broken its record for coronavirus-related hospitalizations as the state faces its most severe wave of COVID-19 yet. Some 2,074 Kentuckians are hospitalized, up from 1,658 last Wednesday. Gov. Andy Beshear offered a somber picture of the days to come in a video announcement Wednesday afternoon. He pleaded with the state’s residents to get vaccinated and follow safety measures. He says hospitals are “overrun” and there will be significant numbers of people who will die. The state logged 4,849 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday. That’s the third-highest since the pandemic began. More than 1,500 of new cases were children.