Steven Stack

Stu Johnson | WEKU

Kentucky is seeing an increase in coronavirus cases.  State Public Health Commissioner Dr. Steven Stack said Thursday the latest tally revealed about 100 new cases more than the week before.

Stack said the coronavirus positivity rate has gone up more than one percent over that time. “The positivity rate is going up and the cases are going up. Now the real question will be: will the vaccines help to keep those at lower levels, and will it keep the hospitals and the ICU’S from getting filled up, and will it keep people safe and protected serious permanent harm and or death?” 

While there are 26 confirmed Delta variant COVID-19 cases in the Commonwealth, state officials believe the true number of Delta cases is higher.

Ryland Barton

Republican state lawmakers again cast doubt on Kentucky’s coronavirus statistics during a legislative hearing on Thursday, arguing that the state inaccurately reports COVID-related deaths by including people who have conditions that make them vulnerable to the virus.

About 94% of people who have died from coronavirus across the country had another “comorbid” condition, according to a study released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last month.

Those conditions include heart disease, cancer, lung disease, diabetes and chronic kidney disease — 6 in 10 adult Americans have some form of chronic condition.