Kentucky’s positivity rate continues to decline

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 9, 2020) – On Wednesday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced that while COVID-19 numbers in the commonwealth are still alarmingly high, Team Kentucky is making progress in its fight against the virus.

Wednesday was the state’s sixth straight day with a declining positivity rate, showing that Kentuckians’ ongoing sacrifices and the Governor’s recent actions to slow the spread have made an impact.

“We continue to see some promising trends in our COVID-19 numbers. They are still far too high, but given that we were experiencing exponential growth before we took those difficult steps, this is evidence that we may not just be slowing down that growth, we may even be plateauing our cases,” said Gov. Beshear. “You have to slow down the train before you stop it, and you have to stop it before you turn it around.”

Case Information
As of 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9, Gov. Beshear reported the following COVID-19 numbers:

  • New cases today: 3,481
  • New deaths today: 16
  • Positivity rate: 9.23%
  • Total deaths: 2,118
  • Currently hospitalized: 1,792
  • Currently in ICU: 412
  • Currently on ventilator: 211

Top counties with the most positive cases Wednesday are: Jefferson, Fayette, Kenton, Warren, Boone and Madison. Each of these counties reported 100 or more new cases; Jefferson County alone reported 731.

The red zone counties for this week can be found here. Community leaders, businesses, schools and families in these counties are encouraged to follow red zone reduction recommendations, as well as other orders and guidance.

Those reported lost to the virus Wednesday include two women, ages 81 and 94, and an 80-year-old man from Caldwell County; a 32-year-old man from Clark County; a 94-year-old man from Daviess County; a 65-year-old man from Floyd County; a 98-year-old woman from Harlan County; a 78-year-old woman and a 74-year-old man from Jefferson County; a 90-year-old man from Jessamine County; a 69-year-old woman from Livingston County; an 82-year-old man from Marshall County; an 82-year-old man from McLean County; a 69-year-old woman from Ohio County; an 89-year-old man from Owsley County; and a 68-year-old man from Webster County.

Here are the number of new cases  in the local area provided by the Barren River District Health Department:

-WARREN COUNTY: 8,259 (+189)
– BARREN COUNTY: 2,234 (+19)
– LOGAN COUNTY: 1,361 (+18)
– BUTLER COUNTY: 661 (+18)
– ALLEN COUNTY: 851 (+26)
– SIMPSON COUNTY: 889 (+31)
– HART COUNTY: 1,059 (+23)
– EDMONSON COUNTY: 463 (+11)
– METCALFE COUNTY: 469 (+18)
AS OF 6 P.M. 12/09/20
*The new cases have been calculated over two days, since the health department did not release any data on Tuesday.