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COVID-19: NKY Records 1,081 Cases Thursday to Sunday

More than a thousand newly confirmed positive COVID-19 cases were reported across five Northern Kentucky counties since Thursday as the state recorded more than 11,500 during the same period.

The state's positivity rare is also back up over 11%.

Governor Andy Beshear said that the state's increased positivity rate is likely due to some labs and public testing sites being closed over the holiday weekend, which increases the percentage of tests conducted in medical settings where patients are experiencing symptoms and suspect they have the virus.

“Every day we are reminded how fragile the progress we have made in defeating this virus really is,” Beshear said. “We will wait and watch closely over the coming days and weeks to gauge the impact the holidays may have had on our recent success in slowing new case growth. With more vaccines arriving in 2021, we have a new sense of hope but right now we must all continue to do our part to stop this virus, including wearing a mask and avoiding large in-person gatherings.”

Beshear released data from Thursday through Saturday in a news release on Saturday, while Sunday's numbers were posted to social media.

On Thursday, New Year's Eve, the state recorded 4,145 new cases, the highest total of the holiday weekend. Northern Kentucky counted for 421 of those.

Over the four-day period, Kenton County recorded 446 new cases while there were 375 in Boone County, 209 in Campbell County, 41 in Grant County, and 10 in Pendleton County.

The state reported 100 deaths over that four-day period.

As of Sunday, there are 1,677 people hospitalized due to COVID-19, including 421 in intensive care units and 196 on ventilators.

-Staff report

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