Kentucky reports record number of new COVID-19 cases

Posted at 7:12 PM, Jan 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-06 19:12:47-05

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said the state had a record number of new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, with 5,742.

Kentucky also saw its highest positivity rate since May 5 at 11.7%, he said. The positivity rate reflects the rate of testing that shows a positive result.

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

He also reported 34 deaths in the state Wednesday.

For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms that clear up within weeks. But for others, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, the virus can cause severe symptoms and be fatal. The vast majority of people recover.