FRANKFFORT, Ky. (KT) -- Since a number of labs are closed on the weekend and don’t report test results, it’s no surprise that the number of new cases of the coronavirus dropped in Kentucky on Sunday.
There were 455 new cases reported to state public health officials. That is less than half of Saturday’s 973 new cases, Friday’s 930, and substantially less than Thursday’s total of 745. Sunday's additions increase the total number of cases in Kentucky to 66,491 since the first case was reported in the state on March 6.
Of Sunday’s newly reported cases, 60 were from children ages 18 and younger, 10 of which were age five and under. The youngest was just 2 months old.
“We know we must do better if we want to continue on the path toward regaining the parts of our lives that have been on hold,” said Governor Andy Beshear. "If we want to protect each other and our economy, if we want to get our kids back to school, the message is clear for Team Kentucky: Wear a mask, maintain social distance, wash your hands regularly and avoid crowds.”
He announced three more deaths Sunday, bringing the state’s death total to 1,157. The newly reported deaths include a 97-year-old woman from Bell County, an 87-year-old man from Kenton County, and an 81-year-old woman from Fayette County.
“That means there are three more Kentucky families who are grieving,” Beshear stated. “Let’s continue to light our homes and businesses up green at night and ring our bells at 10 a.m. to let those in mourning know that they are loved and in our thoughts.”
Due to the limited reporting on Sundays, some information will be delayed until Monday. That includes an update on the positivity rate, which had been declining the last several days even with the high number of new cases; how many tests have been performed; the number of Kentuckians who have recovered from the coronavirus; and hospitalization figures.
On Sunday, Johns Hopkins University reported the number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus worldwide now stands at 32,938,616, with 995,465 deaths. The U. S. total now stands at 7,101,774 cases and 204,618 deaths.
You can 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 4:00, Eastern Time, and will be livestreamed on his Facebook page and YouTube channel.