Gov. Andy Beshear announced an uptick in COVID-19 cases Wednesday, after expressing optimism over declining numbers in recent weeks.

Beshear announced 3,784 new cases. That eclipsed each total from the previous two Wednesdays by nearly 1,000 cases.

“Our report for today is higher than it's been for a number of days,” Beshear said. “The progress we've made is fragile. We have to keep working and making good decisions every day.”

The positivity rate rose back above 9% on Wednesday. Beshear said this may be due to testing sites being limited within the holidays.

Beshear urged Kentuckians to take part in safeguards during New Year's Eve celebrations. Like Thanksgiving and xmas, he explained celebrations ought to be small “ideally” restricted to one household.

“We need everybody safe this New Year's Eve,” he said. “Do not gather in large groups.”

Beshear announced 29 new deaths on Wednesday. Nearly 1,700 Kentuckians have been in a healthcare facility with COVID-19, 433 are in the ICU, and 234 are on ventilators.