FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) - Kentucky has now seen more than 600 deaths due to the coronavirus, as well as a massive spike in new cases, Gov. Andy Beshear announced on Tuesday.
A total of 371 new cases, the highest total since May 5, were reported to state officials, making the pandemic total at least 17,519.
“Today is a tough day in our fight against the coronavirus,” the governor said. “While we’ve long noted that case numbers fluctuate due to differences in reporting, and that weekends often see lower tallies that sometimes catch up during the week. Today’s numbers are cause for serious concern. We have worked too long and hard, and sacrificed too much, to squander the gains we have made in this fight.
“The only way to secure our safety is to recommit ourselves to doing what we all know is required of us: washing our hands frequently, staying at least six feet from others, avoiding crowds, getting tested frequently and cooperating with contact tracers if they call with information.”
Nine new deaths were reported Tuesday, raising the number to 602 Kentuckians lost to the virus.
The new deaths include a 78-year-old man from Jefferson County; a 52-year-old man from Kenton County; two women, ages 86 and 96, and two men, ages 85 and 95, from Knox County; a 70-year-old woman from Logan County; a 64-year-old woman from Mason County; and a 62-year-old man from Monroe County.
“There’s nothing more important to me than protecting the lives of Kentuckians and there’s nothing more difficult in this job than knowing that despite every effort we still have lost more than 600 of our fellow citizens to this deadly virus,” Beshear said. “Let’s light up our homes and businesses green to show our compassion for these folks, their families and their communities.”
As of Tuesday, there have been at least 445,196 coronavirus tests performed in Kentucky, and at least 4,841 Kentuckians have recovered from the coronavirus.
You can check out other key updates, actions and information from Gov. Beshear and his administration at kycovid19.ky.gov.
While he has been doing them on Tuesdays lately, this week Gov. Beshear will have his weekly press briefing on the coronavirus on Thursday at 4 p.m., EDT.