1,988 cases of COVID-19 were reported on Monday, with hospitality rates falling

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) – There are 1,988 cases of COVID-19 reported Monday, which adds to the 244,297 cases of COVID-19 in Kentucky.

Governor Andy Beshear says new cases are coming, as the state’s positivity rate is now 8.64%, which is slightly lower than Sunday’s 8.73%.

Currently, there are 1,580 COVID-positive patients treated at Kentucky hospitals. 411 of these patients are in intensive care and 231 use a ventilator.

In Monday’s report, Governor Beshear announced that 15 more Kentuckians had died after contracting COVID-19. 2,412 people have died from the virus in the state.

The top counties with the most positive cases today are Jefferson, Fayette, Kenton and Boone. Each of these counties reported 80 or more new cases; Jefferson County alone reported 376.

Among those reported to have lost the virus today include an 87-year-old man from Bullitt County; a 75-year-old woman and a 74-year-old man from Caldwell County; a 72-year-old woman from Clark County; a 68-year-old man from Fayette County; an 83-year-old woman from Hopkins County; an 82-year-old woman from Jefferson County; a 61-year-old woman from Johnson County; two women, ages 76 and 92, from Livingston County; an 88-year-old woman from Muhlenberg County; a 92-year-old woman from Ohio County; an 87-year-old woman and an 88-year-old man from Owsley County; and a 61-year-old woman from Webster County.

The governor also says hospitality rates are falling, citing a Washington Post article that says Kentucky is the only state that does not use more intensive care beds compared to three months ago.