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Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Record-breaking day for Kentucky Covid-19 cases, deaths

Governor Andy Beshear announced 4,151 new Covid-19 cases today, the highest number of new cases reported in a single day with 35 deaths including a 76-year-old man from Kenton County.

"There is no way to sugar coat it," said Gov. Beshear. "Today is the very worst day for reporting on the spread of coronavirus and it is the deadliest day we have had."

Where to get tested for free in NKY

There are 358 testing locations spread across Kentucky. 

In Northern Kentucky, St. Elizabeth Healthcare and Covington's Gravity Diagnostics offer free, appointment-only drive-thru testing at 25 Atlantic Ave in Erlanger, the former Toyota HQ building off Mineola Pike.

The site is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. You will be able to collect your own sample without leaving your vehicle and receive results within three to five days.

Additionally, appointment-only drive-up testing is available through St. E at 7200 Alexandria Pike, Alexandria. The free testing site is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Schedule an appointment at those sites online at To find all coronavirus testing locations near you, click here.


Beshear announced Monday that Kentucky is finalizing its plan to distribute an initial shipment of Covid-19 vaccines to two vulnerable groups around the state. The federal government is expected to deliver 38,025 doses of the Pfizer vaccine to Kentucky as early as mid-December.

Residents and staff in long-term care facilities will be the first to receive a portion of these free vaccines. There are an estimated 50,300 people total in that group, and 26,000 will be vaccinated from the first shipment and will get the second "booster" dose three weeks later.

The second group to receive 12,000 free vaccines in the first shipment will be frontline healthcare workers treating coronavirus patients at Kentucky medical centers. This vaccine will be administered by the state through those medical centers, and the state will finalize the list of medical centers receiving vaccines by Friday.

An additional 76,700 doses are projected in a first shipment of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine, estimated to ship in late December.

Case information:

As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, daily update 

New cases today: 4,151
New deaths today: 35
Positivity rate: 9.59%
Total deaths: 1,943
Currently hospitalized: 1,777
Currently in ICU: 441
Currently on ventilator: 241

NKY cases:
Kenton County: 126
Boone County: 102
Campbell County: 73

Long-term care: 

Active Cases: Residents - 2251; Staff - 1193
Total Cases: Residents - 10327; Staff - 7426

Total Deaths: 1,268 

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