Kentucky’s positivity rate increases again in the New Year

Kentucky saw another increase in its coronavirus test positivity rate Sunday, when it reached 11.1% after rising over the holiday weekend.

Gov. Andy Beshear reiterated the increase is likely due to some labs and public testing sites being closed over the holiday, "which increases the percentage of tests conducted in medical settings where patients are experiencing symptoms and suspect they have the virus," he said in a tweet. 

"We will have a full explanation of the positivity rate during tomorrow's update," the governor said. 

Kentucky had seen a steady decrease in its positivity rate in the final weeks of December, hovering around 8% at the end of the month before it jumped to 9.89% on New Year's Eve

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