FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) - Another big jump in new cases of COVID-19 was reported to state health officials on Friday, pushing the total over 30,000. However, the positivity rate from testing took another dip.
Gov. Andy Beshear said there were 778 new cases, 23 of which involved children five and younger, and 100 more than Thursday’s new cases, which was 659. This brings the total number of cases of the coronavirus in Kentucky to at least 30,151, since the first one was reported on March 6.
“The health and the lives of people around you, our economy and how fast we can build it back, and our ability to get our kids in school depend on you. Let’s beat COVID-19,” said Beshear.
As of Friday, there have been at least 629,706 coronavirus tests performed in Kentucky. The positivity rate on Friday stood at 5.43 percent, a continued drop from 5.66 percent on Thursday and 5.81 percent on Wednesday. At least 7,481 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus.
“Our positivity rate has decreased for the third straight day. But we still have too many cases and we need to do everything we can to try to decrease those. We’re also seeing an increase of patients in the ICU,” Beshear stated.
He also reported four new deaths Friday, raising the total to 735 Kentuckians lost to the virus. They include a 75-year-old man from Fayette County, an 86-year-old woman from Jefferson County, a 63-year-old man from Perry County, and an 80-year-old woman from Taylor County.
“Sadly, we are also reporting four new deaths,” the Governor stated. “Kentucky, we know what it takes. Let’s mask up.”
Long-term care centers, such as nursing homes, continue to see a high number of cases, and a large proportion of the COVID-19 deaths in Kentucky.
A total of 255 facilities have seen one or more cases, but do not necessarily have any current ones. There has been a total of 2,458 involving resident and 1,368 among staff members, with the current number at 420 and 264, respectively. Deaths have risen to 474 residents, or 64 percent of Kentucky’s total deaths, with four staff also lost to the virus.
Due to the rising number of cases, the Governor announced earlier this week the closing of bars for two weeks; decreasing restaurant indoor seating to 25 percent of capacity, while outdoor seating is only limited by the ability to provide proper social distancing; and recommended that schools not reopen to in-person classes until the third week of August.
Read more about other key updates, actions and information from Gov. Beshear and his administration on the Coronavirus response at kycovid19.ky.gov.