COVID Numbers Remain High, Beshear Family Affected

Kentucky’s key pandemic statistics remain as high as any time since COVID-19 arrived in the commonwealth nearly two years ago. On Monday, Governor Andy Beshear announced a case positivity rate of 33.06%.

Beshear reported 3,912 new cases with 2,326 Kentuckians hospitalized, 440 patients in intensive care units (ICUs), and 257 on ventilators.

During the week ending January 23, Kentucky reported 81,743 new cases — 9,000 more cases than the previous record set the prior week. The weekly positivity rate was 33.1%, nearly four points higher than the previous record set the week before.

The governor held his Monday news conference from the Governor’s Mansion following a positive case in the family. Beshear said that his son tested positive for COVID-19 and is generally asymptomatic. The governor added that the boy is fully vaccinated and recently received a booster shot. The rest of the Beshear family tested negative today.

Beshear said health officials tested him twice and would continue to test him daily and follow U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. He continued to encourage Kentuckians to get vaccinated and boosted if eligible.