HUNTINGTON — Kentucky reported more than 700 new coronavirus cases and 15 additional virus-related deaths Friday, along with a slightly higher rate of positive cases.
More than 1.6 million Kentuckians have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, Gov. Andy Beshear said. The state has more than a half-million doses of Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines available, he said, adding: “It just takes a few minutes to find yours.”
Beshear recently pledged to lift capacity and physical distancing restrictions for nearly all businesses, venues and events catering to 1,000 or fewer patrons once 2.5 million Kentuckians receive at least their first COVID-19 shot. He also would remove curfews on bars and restaurants.
Anyone 16 or older is eligible to be vaccinated in Kentucky.
The state reported 714 new COVID-19 cases Friday.
Of the 15 virus-related deaths announced, five were discovered through the state’s audit of deaths from prior months in an attempt to get a more comprehensive count of the death toll.
The state’s rate of positive cases continued to rise, reaching 3.51%.
“We have come so far in this fight, but it isn’t over,” the governor said.
More than 410 virus patients are hospitalized in Kentucky, including 94 in intensive care units.
In Boyd County, nine new cases were reported since Monday, for a total of 4,718, as well as one new virus-related death, for a total of 74 in the county.
In West Virginia, 475 new cases of COVID-19 were reported Friday, for a total of 148,071, and five new deaths, for a total of 2,777.
Total cases per county are: Barbour (1,342), Berkeley (11,499), Boone (1,861), Braxton (860), Brooke (2,117), Cabell (8,594), Calhoun (271), Clay (451), Doddridge (542), Fayette (3,240), Gilmer (734), Grant (1,237), Greenbrier (2,598), Hampshire (1,686), Hancock (2,699), Hardy (1,431), Harrison (5,377), Jackson (1,891), Jefferson (4,312), Kanawha (13,971), Lewis (1,132), Lincoln (1,391), Logan (2,990), Marion (4,122), Marshall (3,261), Mason (1,931), McDowell (1,467), Mercer (4,548), Mineral (2,751), Mingo (2,409), Monongalia (8,931), Monroe (1,066), Morgan (1,073), Nicholas (1,483), Ohio (4,018), Pendleton (680), Pleasants (831), Pocahontas (638), Preston (2,803), Putnam (4,782), Raleigh (6,082), Randolph (2,490), Ritchie (655), Roane (577), Summers (751), Taylor (1,195), Tucker (524), Tyler (670), Upshur (1,815), Wayne (2,814), Webster (454), Wetzel (1,183), Wirt (378), Wood (7,564) and Wyoming (1,899).
Cabell County reported 354 active cases Friday, while Wayne County reported 37.
West Virginians may pre-register for a COVID-19 vaccine at vaccinate.wv.gov.
In Ohio, more than 2,000 new cases were reported Friday, for a total of 1,050,112, with 18,989 deaths.