Today, January 9, Kentucky surpassed 300,000 positive COVID-19 cases since the pandemic first began. "This is everywhere," said Governor Andy Beshear in his COVID-19 update. There were 4,240 new cases reported today with a positivity rate of 12.32%, the highest since May. Twenty deaths were reported for a total of 2,876 Kentuckians that have lost their battle with COVID-19.
Governor Beshear said, "We all have a duty to fight back against it. We need you to be at your best and we need to make sure we have the same tools available from our Department of Public Health to fight this virus that other states do."
Beshear continued, "To date, our efforts have put us in a place based on adjusted population where we have lost half the people that Tennessee has. We have lost 1/4 of the people that North and South Dakota have lost. Failure to take this virus seriously and fail to respond to it like we are in a war, the battlefield can change making it a difference between life and death."