Officials report record virus case count, 32 deaths on Thanksgiving

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FRANKFORT, Kt. (KT) -- Gov. Andy Beshear released two days’ worth of data on the COVID-19 pandemic on Friday, which includes the highest number of new daily cases ever reported in Kentucky, as well as the second highest number of newly confirmed deaths. He called the situation, “truly alarming.”

On Thursday, there were 3,870 cases of the coronavirus reported to state public health officials, a record for a single day in Kentucky.

Four counties reported over 100 new cases. Jefferson had 755, Fayette 292, Kenton 150, and Boone reported 134. The remainder of the top 10 counties were Warren with 96, Bullitt 88, McCracken 87, Madison 84, Hardin 80, and Graves 78.

In addition, 32 Kentuckians lost their lives to the coronavirus on Thursday.

They include a 73-year-old man from Barren County; a 66-year-old woman from Bell County; an 84-year-old man from Boone County; an 81-year-old woman and an 89-year-old man from Calloway County; an 86-year-old man from Christian County; a 96-year-old woman and an 86-year-old man from Fayette County; a 78-year-old woman from Floyd County; an 89-year-old woman and a 67-year-old man from Graves County; an 88-year-old woman from Hardin County; an 82-year-old woman from Henderson County; a 100-year-old woman from Hickman County; a 69-year-old man from Hopkins County; two women, ages 82 and 95, and an 88-year-old man from Jefferson County; a 63-year-old man from Johnson County; a 92-year-old woman and a 65-year-old man from Lee County; a 91-year-old man from Livingston County; an 88-year-old woman from McCracken County; a 91-year-old woman from Montgomery County; a 96-year-old woman and four men, ages 73, 81, 92 and 95, from Pike County; a 75-year-old man from Rockcastle County; an 86-year-old man from Shelby County; and an 84-year-old woman from Warren County.

With many of the testing labs closed on Thursday for Thanksgiving Day, Friday saw a lower than usual number of new cases, in fact, less than half of those the previous day, with 1,747.

Those with the most were Jefferson with 493, Fayette 210, Warren 63, McCracken 53, Kenton 46, Boone 44, Greenup 43, Calloway 42, Madison 31, and Butler 24.

The number of new deaths on Friday was also much lower, with only four reported. They were a 64-year-old woman and a 91-year-old man from Henderson County; and two women, ages 61 and 83, from Monroe County.

Through Friday, Kentucky has had 171,755 positive cases of COVID-19 since the first one was reported on March 6, and 1,871 virus-related deaths.

There were 1,714 Kentuckians hospitalized on Friday. Of them, 390 are in the intensive care unit, and 216 are on a ventilator.

“These new case reports are truly alarming,” said Gov. Beshear. “Please be careful when you’re shopping and consider safer options, like purchasing gifts online for delivery or curbside pick-up. “Wash your hands, stay six feet apart from other shoppers and wear a mask at all times. Now is the time we need everyone to buckle down, stay strong and stop this surge in cases.”

He also asked families to avoid busy shopping areas to prevent a further escalation of COVID-19 cases and reminded Kentuckians that many retailers are extending Black Friday deals to limit crowds.

The governor has renewed his state of emergency declaration, which was first issued on March 6, effective on Friday, Nov. 25. This includes the ban on price-gouging, according to Kentucky’s Consumer Protection Laws for another 15 days.

The law states, “No person shall sell, rent, or offer to sell or rent, regardless of whether an actual sale or rental occurs, a good or service listed in this paragraph or any repair or reconstruction service for a price which is grossly in excess of the price prior to the declaration and unrelated to any increased cost to the seller.”

Included under the ban are consumer food items; goods or services used for emergency cleanup; emergency supplies; medical supplies; home heating oil; building materials; housing; transportation, freight, and storage services; and gasoline or other motor fuels. It is not a violation if the price increase is ten percent or less of what it was before the emergency declaration, nor if a supplier has increased the costs to a retailer.

A wider view of the pandemic from Johns Hopkins University shows there have been 61,501,092 confirmed cases of COVID-19 globally, as well as 1,440,506 deaths. In the United States, there have been 13,062,364 positive cases and 264,284 deaths.

To view the full daily report for Kentucky, the incidence rate map, testing locations, long term-care and other congregate facilities update, school reports, the White House Coronavirus Task Force reports for Kentucky, red zone recommendations, the Governor’s new restrictions which are in effect until December 13, and other key guidance, visit kycovid19.ky.gov.

Gov. Beshear’s next scheduled live virtual press briefing will be on Monday, November 30, although he is expected to send out daily case information, through the holiday weekend.

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