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Friday, Saturday, Sunday case numbers are peak to date for virus

Governor advises against holiday gatherings

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Gov. Andy Beshear announced 2,194 new cases on Sunday and said his COVID-19 case report is the highest ever for a Sunday. The numbers are 33% more than Sunday, Oct. 25, when there were 1,462 new cases reported. Friday’s 3,825 cases are Kentucky’s single day peak to date.

With 20,598 cases, this was Kentucky’s highest week ever for new COVID-19 cases, surpassing the previous record week by 3,766 cases. Just more than 9.1% of those tested were positive in the Friday, Saturday and Sunday information.

“This upcoming holiday week is a special time for all of our families, and I know everyone wants to have a normal Thanksgiving after such a difficult year,” Beshear said. “I wish more than anything that we could go back to normal safely, but we can’t. In order to protect our only line of health care workers and all of our fellow Kentuckians, keep gatherings small (eight people or fewer and two households at most), wear a mask, wash your hands and stay 6 feet apart.

“If we have a major surge of COVID-19 cases after Thanksgiving, our hospitals will simply not have the capacity to give everyone the care they need. Nothing is worth that risk.”

New requirements impact restaurants, bars, social gatherings, indoor fitness and recreation centers, venues and theaters, professional services and schools.

Case information

As of 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, the state reported the following COVID-19 numbers:

New cases Sunday: 2,194

New deaths today: 4

Positivity rate: 9.19%

Total deaths: 1,787

Currently hospitalized: 1,533

Currently in ICU: 389

Currently on ventilator: 208

Top counties with the most positive cases today are: Jefferson, Fayette, Boone and Kenton. Each of these counties reported more than 100 new cases.

As of 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, Gov. Beshear reported the following COVID-19 numbers:

New cases Saturday: 3,711

New deaths Saturday: 21

Positivity rate: 9.14%

Total deaths: 1,783

Currently hospitalized: 1,514

Currently in ICU: 370

Currently on ventilator: 202

Top counties with the most positive cases today were reported in Jefferson, Fayette and Warren. Counties seeing the greatest number of new cases were reported in Jefferson, Fayette, Oldham, Boyd and Hardin.

As of 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, Gov. Beshear reported the following COVID-19 numbers:

New cases Friday: 3,825

New deaths Friday: 20

Positivity rate: 9.15%

Total deaths: 1,762

Currently hospitalized: 1,544

Currently in ICU: 366

Currently on ventilator: 188

Thanksgiving guidance

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends Americans avoid Thanksgiving travel.

“Kentucky, and much of the nation, is in a dangerous place right now,” said Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Department for Public Health. “Stay home. Stay home with only your own household as much as possible. If you must leave your home, wear a mask every time you are in public and stay as physically far away from others as possible. This is necessary for you, your loved ones and the most vulnerable Kentuckians who depend on us all.”