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Kentucky reports 29 more coronavirus-related deaths

October 19, 2021 GMT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky reported 1,786 new COVID-19 cases and 29 more virus-related deaths Tuesday as the statewide rate of residents testing positive for the coronavirus continued to drop.

The latest virus cases included 423 Kentuckians ages 18 and under, the state’s statistics showed.

Gov. Andy Beshear reported that the statewide positivity rate dropped to 7.17% on Tuesday, down from 7.36% the prior day to continue a steady decline in the key barometer.

The 29 latest deaths to be reported raised Kentucky’s death toll from the virus to at least 9,425 since the pandemic began. Beshear said Monday that deaths remain far too high, even as virus cases, hospitalizations and admissions to intensive care units have dropped.

The state on Tuesday reported 1,202 virus patients hospitalized in Kentucky, including 355 in ICUs.

Meanwhile, the Kentucky National Guard said Tuesday that COVID-19 vaccinations of its members have ramped up. More than 600 were given to Army and Air Guard members last weekend, it said. As of Monday, about 70% of the force had received a first vaccination, and 58% had gotten a second shot. Members of the U.S. military are required to get the vaccine.

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