Kentucky’s seven-day rolling average of new COVID-19 cases reached its lowest point in nearly three weeks while the state’s positivity rate remained a 5.5-percent for a third straight day.
Kentucky reported 573 new cases of the virus Friday, giving the state a seven-day average of 527.5. It’s the lowest since 447 on July 18. 21 of the cases involved children under the age of five.
Kentucky averaged over 7,000 tests per day in July. That total is about 6,500 per day this month which has resulted in little fluctuation in the state’s positivity rate which has remained above 5-percent for 15 straight days.
The state also reported 717 hospitalizations due to the virus, which is the most in the past two months. The ICU census was 136, down 14 from last Friday.
Numbers in long term care facilities continue to be a concern although the number of active cases involving residents showed a slight decline.
Christian County reported five fewer active cases in the four facilities that appear on the state’s long term care report. Covington’s Convalescent Center reported 12 of the county’s 15 active cases Friday.
Hearthstone Place in Todd County increased from 12 active cases to 14, according to the report.
The state reported four new deaths Friday, ranging in age from 53 to 91. In the first seven days of August, there have been 29 COVID-related deaths in Kentucky compared to 39 in the first seven days of July.
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