Kentucky sees over 5,000 new COVID cases in record daily report

FRANKFORT, Ky.  – On Wednesday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced the highest-ever daily report of COVID-19 cases in the commonwealth and the highest positivity rate since May 5.

“Today’s numbers show how critically important a centralized effort and response is to defeating this virus,” said Gov. Beshear.

Before announcing Wednesday’s COVID-19 report, the Governor released a statement on the events unfolding at the United States Capitol that you can view here.

He said Kentuckians can watch his joint State of the Commonwealth and budget address Thursday night at 7 p.m. EST via his Facebook and YouTube channels, where closed captions are also available. For full coverage, Kentuckians can tune to Kentucky Educational Television.

Case Information
As of 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 6, Gov. Beshear reported the following COVID-19 numbers:

New cases Wednesday: 5,742
New deaths Wednesday: 34
Positivity rate: 11.7%
Total deaths: 2,806
Currently hospitalized: 1,778
Currently in ICU: 428
Currently on ventilator: 244

Top counties with the most positive cases Wednesday are: Jefferson, Fayette, Warren, Kenton and Daviess. Each of these counties reported 200 or more new cases; Jefferson County alone reported 828.