FRANKFORT, Ky. (WAVE) - Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear provided a rare Friday update on the state’s COVID-19 status.
Beshear said that fallout from holiday gatherings, combined with reports of a possible new variant of the virus, means residents still need to be vigilant despite the recent arrival of a vaccine.
“We are at a really tough point once again in our war against COVID-19,” he said. “We are not only in a dangerous time for the amount of virus out there, but the virus may be more dangerous, in terms of its spread, than ever before.”
The governor reported 4,750 new cases Friday, the third highest single-day total since the pandemic began nearly a year ago. The state’s positivity rate stands at 11.93 percent.
Of the new cases, 758 were reported in Jefferson County, 302 in Fayette County and 181 in Oldham County.
Thirteen more deaths push the total to 2,856 deaths across the state since the crisis began.
“The cases are all over,” Beshear said. “We will see more death and devastation.”