Beshear: Kentucky on pace to have highest week of COVID-19 cases

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) -- For the second day in a row, more than 900 new cases of the coronavirus were reported to Kentucky public health officials.

There were a total of 973 new cases on Saturday, up from 930 on Friday, and a substantial jump from Thursday’s 745. Of the newly reported cases, 132 were from children age 18 and younger, with 18 age 5 and younger. The youngest was just 2 months old.

This brings the total number of COVID-19 cases in Kentucky to 66,036 since the first one was announced on March 6.

“Folks, right now we are on pace to have the single highest week in terms of positive cases that we’ve ever had,” said Gov. Andy Beshear. “We simply have to do better. Please wear a mask. Sadly, sometimes I’m seeing less of these out there than more. This will save lives.”

The governor also reported five new deaths Saturday, bringing the total number of Kentuckians lost to the coronavirus to 1,154.

“That’s five additional families who are suffering during this time,” he said.

The new deaths reported Saturday include a 67-year-old man from Scott County; an 80-year-old woman from Union County; an 86-year-old woman from Christian County; and two Boyd Countians, an 88-year-old man, and a 101-year-old woman.

Beshear repeated his mask advice, saying, “We’ve already lost more than 200,000 Americans. Do your part as Team Kentucky. Do your patriotic duty. Mask up, Kentucky. It may save the life of someone you know.”

As of Saturday, at least 1,354,927 tests had been administered in the state and the number of Kentuckians who are known to have recovered was at least 11,750.

The COVID-19 testing positivity rate, based on a seven-day rolling average, which is the total number of positive tests reported by laboratories divided by total tests reported by labs, continued a several day decline on Saturday, standing at 4.42 percent. That’s a decrease from 4.48 percent on Friday, a drop from 4.57 percent on Thursday, and down from Wednesday’s 4.62 percent.

On Saturday, Johns Hopkins University reported 32,673,978 confirmed cases of the coronavirus worldwide, with 990,738 deaths. The U. S. total is now 7,065,019 cases and 204,249 deaths.

Read about updated key numbers, actions, and other information from the Beshear administration on the response to the pandemic at kycovid19.ky.gov.

The Governor’s next scheduled press briefing will be Monday afternoon at 4 p.m. and will be live-streamed on his Facebook page and YouTube channel.

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