Kentucky Hits Highest COVID Positivity Rate Of The Pandemic As Omicron Surges

This story has been updated.

At his Monday coronavirus briefing, Gov. Andy Beshear announced that Kentucky had its highest-ever daily COVID-19 positivity rate, 20.72%.

We also had our highest-ever number of positive cases in one day, 6,441, last Thursday, Dec. 30. There were a total of 29,955 new COVID cases in the state last week, close to twice the number from the week before.

“The most important thing for everyone to hear today is that omicron has not only come to the commonwealth, it has hit us harder, in terms of escalation of cases, than anything we have seen to date,” Gov. Beshear said. “We have gone from the plateau to the second highest week of reported cases since the start of the pandemic.”

Kentucky’s COVID cases have shot up dramatically while omicron surges in the U.S.

A positivity rate measures the number of people who test positive for COVID-19 compared to how many people test for it in that state in total on a given day.

COVID has hit the upper ranks of the state legislature, as well. Minority Caucus Chair Sen. Reginald Thomas, D-Lexington, tested positive on Tuesday for coronavirus, according to Courier Journal reporter Joe Sonka. The previous night, he had appeared in person on the television program Kentucky Tonight with three other high-ranking members of the General Assembly, including Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, House Speaker Rep. David Meade, R-Stanford, and Minority Whip Rep. Angie Hatton, D-Whitesburg.

About three-fourths of Kentucky adults have received at least a first dose of a COVID vaccine, according to state data. This, according to Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health, is key in the fight against severe COVID cases and hospitalizations.

Dr. Stack says that Kentuckians who test positive need to quarantine and encourage anyone they’ve been in close contact with to get tested as well. 

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