Kentucky sees highest positivity rate since COVID testing is made readily available

On Monday, Governor Andy Beshear announced the second highest total of new cases for a Monday. 1,514 additional cases are announced, meaning 139,097 Kentuckians have contracted the virus since the start of the pandemic in March.

Monday’s positivity rate is at 8.98%. According to Gov. Beshear, this is the highest positivity rate since testing has been made readily available. Gov. Beshear also stated that COVID-19 is spreading more rapidly now than in the early days of the pandemic.

Three Kentuckians reportedly died from the virus on Monday. This announcement brings the total number of lives lost in Kentucky to 1,664.

 The Barren River District Health Department reports that Warren county had an additional 142 cases over the weekend. Barren County added an additional 96. In total, there have been 11,589 cases in South Central Kentucky since the start of the pandemic. 

In all of these counties combined, 162 people have died from the virus and over 9,500 have fully recovered. 

Here’s a look at the total number of cases in the surrounding area:

-WARREN COUNTY: 6,329 (+142) 

– BARREN COUNTY: 1,722 (+96)

– LOGAN COUNTY: 1,020 (+36)

– BUTLER COUNTY: 493 (+2)

– ALLEN COUNTY: 627 (+9)

– SIMPSON COUNTY: 494 (+15) 

– HART COUNTY: 650 (+24)

– EDMONSON COUNTY: 290 (+28) 

– METCALFE COUNTY: 321 (+14)

  AS OF 6 P.M. 11/16/20